Russell County, VA

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VHSL CLASS 2 BASEBALL/SOFTBALL: Lebanon two wins away from state titles

The left arm of Matthew Buchanan – and the nearly unhittable pitches it generates – garners plenty of notoriety, but he and his baseball teammates are sharing top billing at Lebanon High School these days. That’s because both the baseball and softball teams at the Russell County school are unbeaten...
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Tazewell, VASouthwest Virginia Today

Project Jonah debuts website

Wardell, Va. – Pure Salmon Virginia, the actual company name of what was called “Project Jonah’ is now on Facebook. The website of the company went live June 15 and in addition to providing information about the $228 million business being constructed on the Tazewell\Russell County line it is offering local companies a chance to bid on goods and services they need.
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Russell County woman sentenced in unemployment fraud conspiracy

A Russell County, Virginia, woman who authorities say helped file dozens of fraudulent unemployment claims during the COVID-19 pandemic — including for ineligible jail inmates — will serve nine years in prison. Leelyn Danielle Chytka, 31, previously waived her right to be indicted in March 2021 in U.S. District Court...
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Va woman gets 9 years for $500k COVID unemployment fraud

A southwest Virginia woman has been sentenced to nine years for defrauding the government of almost 500-thousand dollars in unemployment compensation, funds intended to help those coping with COVID-19 job losses. Federal prosecutors say 31-year-old Leelynn Chytka of Russell County conspired with dozens of others, including prisoners, to fraudulently obtain pandemic unemployment assistance. She was also ordered to pay almost 456-thousand dollars in restitution.
Russell County, VASouthwest Virginia Today

Russell County woman sentenced to nine years for fraud

ABINGDON, Va. – A Russell County woman was sentenced June 12 to 108 months in prison and to pay $455,930.00 in restitution, for conspiring with others to defraud the government of more than $499,000 and to commit mail fraud, and committing aggravated identify theft and for distributing drugs into a prison facility.
Russell County, VASouthwest Virginia Today

'Rodeo in the Valley' relocated to Russell County after stalemate

ABINGDON, Va. — Following a lengthy discussion spanning three hours, the Washington County Board of Supervisors agreed last week to work on a compromise to hold rodeos on Reedy Creek Road. But the board still tabled making a decision on granting a special-exception permit to hold the first “Rodeo in...
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PREP ROUNDUP: Maggie Lampkin (Lebanon), Logan Leonard (John Battle) still launching homers for unbeaten teams; Lexie Lane (Holston), Cameron Grabeel (Thomas Walker), Nathan Barlow (Virginia High) also star

Lebanon High School’s softball team is still unbeaten and the Pioneers posted one of their most impressive victories of 2021 on Tuesday. Adrienne Morrison struck out 15 in firing a three-hit shutout and Maggie Lampkin homered as the wrecking crew from Russell County rolled to a 10-0 Southwest District win over rival Richlands.
Russell County, VAKingsport Times-News

William John (Johnny) D. Lucas

William John (Johnny) D. Lucas passed from this world May 26, 2021. John was born on March 18, 1937, in Russell County, Virginia to the late Troy and Lakie Jane Gibson Lucas. John was the last surviving child; and was preceeded in death by his sisters Christine (Teenie), Dovie, Peggy, and Zelma, as well as his brothers, Clyde, and Jarvie (Squeaky).
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'Rodeo in the Valley' relocated to Russell County

BRISTOL, Va. — Washington County’s “Rodeo in the Valley” is now headed to the Russell County Fairgrounds in Castlewood, Virginia. “There will be a rodeo. I can tell you that much,” said an excited Sandy Tibol, manager of the Country Corner Market at the Burson Place crossroads of Reedy Creek Road and Benhams Road, near the originally proposed site of the rodeo off Reedy Creek Road.
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Driver treated for life-threatening injuries after crashing into school bus

HANSONVILLE, Va. — A two-vehicle wreck involving a school bus in Russell County on Tuesday morning sent one person to a hospital. The Virginia State Police responded to the wreck at 7:51 a.m. along U.S. Highway 58-Alternate at Hawkins Mill Road. The bus was stopped in the right eastbound lane to pick up students when the driver of a 2003 Honda sedan failed to stop in time and ran into the back of the bus, according to police.
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Driver airlifted after Southwest Virginia school bus crash

RUSSELL COUNTY, Va. – A driver was airlifted to a nearby hospital after a school bus crash in Russell County, according to Virginia State Police. Authorities said the accident happend just before 8 a.m. Tuesday on Route 58 at Hawkins Mill Road. According to State Police, a county school bus was stopped in the right eastbound lane to pick up students when a 2003 Honda rearended the bus.
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Virginia State Police investigating crash involving school bus in Russell County

RUSSELL COUNTY, Va. (WCYB) — UPDATE: Virginia State Police has released information regarding Tuesday morning's school bus crash in Russell County. According to police, the crash occurred on Route 58 at Hawkins Mill Road. A Russell County schools bus was stopped in the right eastbound lane to pick up students when a 2003 Honda sedan failed to stop in time and rear-ended the bus.