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Over $30,000 cash and $10,000 in prescription drugs was recently confiscated from a Russell Prater home. Sheriff Ray Foster (pictured) said the local Drug Task Force is leading the investigation. 

Drugs, Cash Found at Viers Branch Home

by Scotty Wampler
News Editor  
  Thirty-five candidates seeking office in November are left standing following recent nominations by the county Democrat and Republican parties and recent filings for school board and the board of supervisors.
  Democrats selected their slate of candidates at the party's annual convention Saturday. Incumbent Knox Supervisor Pat Justus, having not received the Democrat nod, has filed for re-election as an Independent candidate.
  Three newcomers have recently filed to seek election to the school board. Belinda Honaker (Garden), Ronnie Lee Lester (Rocklick) and Paul Hayes (Prater) will all vie for school board seats in their respective magisterial districts.
  Also, Wade McNeely has filed for candidacy for one of three Big Sandy Soil and Water Conservation District director seats.
  All seven supervisors seats, as well as the constitutional offices of sheriff, circuit court clerk, commissioner of revenue, treasurer and commonwealth's attorney will be on the ballot.
  Additionally seven non-partisan posts on the Buchanan County School Board will be up for election on the November 6 ballot.

For more of the story, see the print edition of the Mountaineer, on sale at newsstands now.  To subscribe to the Mountaineer, call 276-935-2123 today.

Route 604 to Close Temporarily

by Scotty Wampler
News Editor
The current Route 604 near Poplar Gap will soon be closed temporarily while road development work continues at the site.
  VDOT Resident Engineer Conrad Hill informed the Board of Supervisors of the change last week.
  Hill said traffic will be diverted to another road, what will be the eventual new Route 604 at a later stage of development.
  The road will be closed sometime in August, he said, and will remain closed through the winter. The new Route 604 should be passable by spring, he added.
  The board set a public hearing for July 9 at 10:30 a.m. to hear comments on the road's closure.
  County Road Engineer Marcus Stiltner told the board no bids for an improvement project for the Hurley High School football field were received, and he suggested the board look into funding a smaller improvement project in the spring to solve drainage problems at the field.
  In April, Stiltner said French drains needed to be installed around the perimeter of the field to collect excess water and keep the field in better condition.
  In other action taken by the board:
  A public hearing was scheduled for June 18 at 10:30 a.m. to consider the adoption of an ordinance to condemn property needed for the access road to Poplar Gap Park to facilitate phase two of the Poplar Gap development project.
  Coal Road inspectors were approved for six of the seven magisterial districts, including Gene Lee (North Grundy), Jeremy Mullins (Garden), Hassell Charles (Knox), Edward Fletcher (South Grundy), Harry Presley (Hurricane) and Tobe Rife (Prater).

For more of the story, see the print edition of the Mountaineer, on sale at newsstands now.  To subscribe to the Mountaineer, call 276-935-2123 today.


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