Shayne Fields spends his days this summer between planning ways to expand Norton’s recreational trail network and actually building those trails.
BIG STONE GAP — Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy officials enjoyed the sunshine Tuesday, and not just because of the weather. DMME Director John Warren joined Deputy Director Butch Lambert and staff at the agency’s Big Stone Gap office to turn on the ceremonial switch to the building’s rooftop solar array.
Samantha Rae Dennis pleaded guilty in August 2018 to second-degree murder and assault and battery stemming from the Dec. 23, 2016 incident, when she turned across U.S. Alternate Route 58 near the Banner community to avoid a traffic sobriety checkpoint.
Laura Gilliam and workers at the Four Seasons Restaurant were getting ready Monday for school’s beginning in Wise County. Those preparations included assembling 18 backpacks of school supplies for children of Wise County miners hit by July’s shutdown and bankruptcy of coal operator Blackjewel LLC.
Wise County Sheriff A.J.P. Corder had already seen one black prisoner taken from his custody and lynched less than a month earlier when another mob came to the county jail on Sunday, Dec. 5, 1920.
Zoe Crihfield and Tommy Noble have spent their summer learning what racism looked like in Wise County in the early 1900’s. As students at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, the three have been working with history professor Tom Costa and retired teacher Preston Mitchell to use census data and newspaper accounts from the periods surrounding three lynchings in 1902, 1920 and 1927.
As many Southwest Virginia school teachers get ready to go back the class room this month, a Northern Virginia education consultant told more than 600 of them that public schools are in pretty good shape despite public opinion.
“If you’re going to suspend anyone, whether it’s a janitor or teacher or superintendent, you’ve got to have facts to support it and not a guess.” — Attorney Steve Minor.
Federal abandoned mine funds will help start a solar power system at a Wise County data center.
A bluegrass and traditional music destination on the Crooked Road music trail got federal recognition Wednesday to upgrade the facility.