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But District 4’s Nolan Kilgore said the board had an obligation to operate the school system as efficiently as it can. Kilgore moved to accept the consolidation plan, including changing the names of Powell Valley Primary and Middle schools to Union Primary School and Union Middle School.

The Virginia health commissioner flagged almost a dozen specific reasons why she thinks the advantages of the Wellmont and Mountain States merger outweigh any disadvantages. Commissioner Marissa Levine also applied almost 50 detailed conditions in her Oct. 30 decision.

The conditions included that three members of the 11-member board of directors must be Virginia residents. Virginia is also guaranteed a full voting spot on finance, audit and compliance, quality, community benefit/population health and workforce board committees. Also, starting at the date that she conditionally approved the merger and until it is formally effective, the two health systems cannot touch service lines or facilities or terminate employees, except for cause, at their Virginia hospitals.

Also swaying her decision, the commissioner said, was the applicants’ commitments “to create new capacity for residential addiction recovery services, develop new community-based mental health resources and develop pediatric specialty centers and emergency rooms.”

Within three months, Ballad must adopt a charity care policy that is more charitable than what either health system has in place now. Immediately upon closing the merger, Ballad must adopt a policy for those who don’t fall within charitable care but who are still uninsured or underinsured so that they get a discount off hospital charges based on their ability to pay.

Gerard said his company searched sites nationwide for a year. “The county’s reputation as the ‘safest place on earth’ was a definite plus,” he said, but the area offered many other advantages such as “an ideal climate, low cost of power and robust connectivity.”

Mineral Gap is a mission critical Tier III data center representing a $65 million construction investment on 22 acres. He said more than 225,000 man hours were put into construction, with an average of 125 local workers on the site each day.

During the summer, Northam had said expanding the college would require public and private funding and would initially cost the commonwealth $15 million, “with a possibility of scaling up funding over time.” He said he would concentrate “on graduate-level and PhD programs and areas of high need and high growth like cybersecurity, unmanned aerial systems, energy, and computer engineering and programming.”

Dominion Energy Virginia announced Sept. 7 it is studying two coalfield sites for potential construction of a pumped storage hydroelectric power plant. One site is on East River Mountain in Tazewell County and the other is the former Bullitt mine near Appalachia.

In a pumped storage facility, when electricity is needed on the power grid, water flows from an upper reservoir downhill through a powerhouse and into a lower reservoir. When there is excess electricity on the grid, power is used to pump the water back to the upper reservoir.

Construction would bring about $576 million in economic benefits to Virginia, Dominion said, with more than half that impact coming to the coalfields. Development and construction would support more than 2,000 local jobs. During operation, the facility would bring a $37 million regional economic impact with about 50 permanent jobs.

County and city schools got official notification on July 24 of which schools qualified under the federal Community Eligibility Provision, a key component of The Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010, designated for schools in areas with low incomes.

Food nutrition services are funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. According to the website, this provision of federal laws “allows the nation’s highest poverty schools and districts to serve breakfast and lunch at no cost to all enrolled students without the burden of collection household applications.

Nearly 240 runners took part in the races, bringing with them hundreds of family members and friends who filled up local hotels and motels or camped onsite, according to City Manager Fred Ramey and city Special Projects Coordinator Katie Dunn.

The Cloudsplitter 100 relocated this year from Kentucky’s Pine Mountain to High Knob and offered distances of 25 kilometers, 50 kilometers, 100 kilometers and 100 miles. Over two days, it took runners along High Knob trails in Wise and Scott counties. More than 140 people started the event. Ramey said the Cloudsplitter magnifies the potential impact of Norton’s strategy to grow outdoor recreation.

The fourth annual Hellbender, a 6.2-mile race from downtown Norton to the Knob observation tower, drew a record number of participants, with 93 registrants and 81 runners from Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Indiana, Ohio and West Virginia.

The annual Woodbooger Festival was a success, according to founder Joe Fawbush. The event included a movie in Norton Park, followed the next day by the Knob festival and trail walks, which attracted 390 people ages 5 and up who paid an admission fee and another 100 kids younger than 5.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Aug. 30 that an effort to leverage High Knob’s various assets into more tourism income would get a $40,000 grant through Virginia’s Building Collaborative Communities program, which encourages economically distressed localities to work together on economic development.

The money, with $10,000 in local matching funds, will go toward creating a regional master plan that identifies the High Knob area’s key assets and needed improvements; how downtown districts and economic hubs can best connect to the Knob; how to best position the region to be the tourist gateway to the Knob; and related goals.

The new funds will supplement $3 million awarded in October 2016 to expand regional recreation attractions, including construction of a 4,000-square-foot High Knob gateway center. Those funds came through the Obama administration’s Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) Initiative.

Spearhead Trails Executive Director Shawn Lindsay told the crowd that 400 miles of trials now exist in the system, with an estimated 500 miles planned by next year. He said the goal is to create 1,300 miles of trails to become the largest off-road trail system in the United States.

An economic impact study released in November estimates that over one fiscal year, Wise County benefited from $1.3 million in new money from Spearhead Trails visitors. Spending by travelers translated into $343,000 in fresh money for Norton and $445,000 in Dickenson County. The total economic impact from travelers attributed to Spearhead Trails during fiscal 2016-17 was an estimated $4.3 million

County attorney Karen Mullins described trails and path of different lengths and difficulties that will enhance the natural setting. Seating is proposed along the paths “for the enjoyment of various tree species, flowers and wildlife,” Mullins said. “The opportunities for birding are immense and the entire tract of property lends itself to the general appreciation of nature.”

Setbacks included disagreement over the handling of $1 million Buchanan set aside in her estate for the project and for spay and neuter programming. Wise County faced losing all the money and property when the IDA did not meet the will’s specified time frame.

The foundation and Wise County ultimately reached an agreement that the Phipps foundation would take only half of the money if the IDA developed the property as Buchanan wanted. Funding for spay and neutering is unavailable until that happens.