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i* Arrest made in murder case Wise County Sheriff Ronnie Oakes announced today that a Big Stone Gap man has been arrested on charges related to the mur- der of Janina Jefferson last November. Jefferson was found murdered in Appalachia at the town water plant on November 27, 2016. Jefferson's ex-husband Eric Monroe Jones, age 46 of Big Stone Gap, has been charged and is wanted for First=Degree Murder of Jefferson, and other related charges. Prior to the mur- der, Jones had been previ- ously charged with assault and battery of Jefferson, strangulation and trespass- ing. Jones is currently a fugitive and law enforce- ment is continuing their efforts to bring him to jus- tice. Jacob Seth Rowland, age 24 of Big Stone Gap, is charged with acting as an accessory in the murder of Janina Jefferson. He also faces charges for Trespassing, violating a protective Order as a princi- pal in the 2nd degree, con- spiracy with Eric Jones to intimidate Jefferson or impede her testimony against Jones by threats of bodily harm or force, and that he conspired with Jones to violate a protec- tive order. He faces a total maximum punishment of 71 years of incarceration. It is alleged that Rowland drove Jones to the scene of the murder, Rowland allegedly knew that there was a protective order in place that prevent- ed Jones from having any contact with Jefferson. He also allegedly knew about the pending charges against Jones and that Jones wanted to prevent Jefferson from testifying against him in those cases. Sheriff Ronnie Oakes further states that our investigators are working closely with several Law Enforcement Agencies and - The Wise County Jacob Seth Rowland Commonwealth Attorney Chuck Slemp to prosecute those who have either assisted Jones with his crimes or are providing him assistance now as a Fugitive. We are asking for the public for assistance in locating Eric Monroe Jones, anyone who has information is asked to contact The Wise County sheriff's Office at 276- 328-3756. Warner,. Kaine announce more than $3 million in funding for Southwest Virginia economic development U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded more than $3 mil- lion to promote manufac- turing, higher education, and workforce develop: ment programs in Southwest Virginia• The funding comes as part of the Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) Initiative, a multi-agency effort aligning and target- ing. federal economic and workforce development resources to communities and workers affected by the downturn in the coal economy. These funds are expected to create or retain 500 direct and indirect jobs throughout the region. "These ARC funds will support efforts to build a stronger, more diverse economy in Southwest Virginia," said Warner. "I am particularly, proud to see that ARC is continuing the work that we started back when I was Governor, when we first helped jump- start Virginia Community Capital, by providing valu- able investment to organi- zations that will bring jobs and attract more businesses in the area." "I am a strong supporter of ARC because the com- mission has made a tangi- ble, positive impact in Southwest Virginia," Kaine said. "Today's funding is another step in the right direction, helping to create and save jobs through investments in manufactur- ing and education." "These investments capitalize on the growing momentum for a diverse economy in Appalachia," said ARC Federal Co- Chair Earl Gohl. "They are strategic, collaborative and impactful plans to make Virginia and the entire Appalachian Region more competitive in technology, manufacturing, entrepre- neurship, broadband, health and a variety of other sectors The $3,057,650 in POWER grants will be dis- bursed to the following three organizations: • Southwest Virginia Alliance for Manufacturing will receive $1,307,650; Mountain Empire Community College will receive $950,000; and, Virginia Community Capital will receix/e $800,000. Russell County Extension News The Russell County Unit of the Virginia Tech and Virginia State Extension Division presents this week's Extension News. Extension Calendar of Events: January 23 American Forage and Grasslands Council Meeting Hotel Roanoke - Roanoke, VA January 24 .VA Cattlemen's Economic Outlook Discussion SW Higher Education Center - Abingdon, VA - 5:30 pm January 28 Beef Cattle Health Conference VT Vet School - Blacksburg, VA February 18 Last day to wean for March VQA Feeder Calf Sale March 19 BCIA Bull Test Open House 1-4 pm at the New Test Station March 25 BCIA Bull Sale - 12 noon Umberger Test Facility - Exit 79 - Wytheville, VA If you need information about any of the listed events, please call the Extension Office at (276) 889-8056 or check Virginia Cooperative Extension - Russell County on Facebook. SCOTT JESSEE - AGRICULTURE NEW LOCATION FOR 2017 VIRGINIA BCIA SOUTHWEST BULL TEST OPEN HOUSE MARCH 19, SALE MARCH 25 The Virginia BCIA Southwest Bull Test program is celebrating its 38th year of serving the beef industry in Virginia. The program now resides at Mountain Spring Farm, operated by Brian and Kayla Umberger of Wytheville, Virginia. Their oper- ation is located between Wytheville and Rural Retreat, at 1110 Black Lick Road, Wytheville. Virginia BCIA is excited to have the opportunity to collaborate with the Umbergers to carry on the great tradition and history the Southwest program has established over the years. Virginia BCIA would like to extend a special thanks to the Tim Sutphin family and the crew at Hillwinds Farm for their dedication and service over the past several years to the bull evaluation program. An open house will be hosted at the Southwest Virginia Bull Test on Sunday afternoon, March 19th from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. Cattle producers and others inter- ested are invited to attend• The Southwest Bull Test Station, owned and operated by Brian Umberger, is located at 1110 Black Lick Road, Wytheville, VA. Approximately 150 bulls will sell at the Virginia BCIA Southwest Bull Test Sale on Saturday, March 25th, 12:00 noon at the sale facility just outside Wytheville. These bulls will represent the top end of the 95 fall-born senior bulls and 128 spring-born junior bulls currently being developed. Breeds include Angus, Charolais, Gelbvieh & Gelbvieh Balancers, Polled & Horned Hereford, Simmental and SimAngus. Only bulls which meet stringent BCIA criteria will sell. This includes complete breeding soundness exams (including semen evaluation) on fall-born bulls, volume buyer discounts, and an enhanced soundness and fertil- ity guarantee on all bulls selling. The BCIA-Influenced Bred Heifer Sale will be held in conjunction with the bull sale. A select group of approximately 40 fall-calving bred heifers from leading producers will be offered immediately following the bulls. All heifers will be cer- tified through the Virginia Premium Assured Heifer Program, which verifies health, genetics, and management procedures. Service sires for the heifers will feature highly proven, AI sires selected for calving ease and performance. For complete details and progress reports visit the Virginia BCIA website http://www.bcia.apsc.vt.edu or phone 276-889-8056. Video clips of the bulls and an online catalog will also be posted. The Russell County Extension Unit Cornelia Estep, Scott Jessee, Donna Meade and Bill Worrell is located on 135 Highlands Drive, Lebanon, VA. Check out the Virginia Cooperative Extension Website at www.ext.vt.edu/ CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, January 26, 2017 Page 5 While most of the nation's attention became focused on another capitol city one hundred miles to the north, things were very busy down here at the Virginia Capitol in Richmond this week. With this session limited to forty-six days and nearly 3,000 bills and resolutions to consider, getting to work is a necessity. In most years, activities in Washington wouldn't loom as large over Richmond as they do this year• The election of Donald Trump, however, indicates a change in poli- cy as significant as it was eight years ago when Barack Obama took office. Even before he took the oath of office, the antici- pated change in federal policy could be seen in Richmond. This year, for the first time in four years, Governor McAuliffe did not place the funding for Medicaid expansion in his budget. He did ask for the authority to unilaterally expand the program, some- thing he undoubtedly knows has no chance of being approved. What was different this year? The incoming Trump adminis- tration and the Republican majority in Congress have pledged to repeal and replace Obamacare. As a result, we have no idea what will ultimately hap- pen to Medicaid expan- sion. And now, those states that adopted the costly pro- gram have to prepare for the potential it may not continue in its current form. Virginia, on the other hand, will not have to deal with any shortfalls or shock associated with a dramatic change in Medicaid expansion. Because its legislature took a "wait and see" approach, holding off a Democrat governor intent on expand- ing the size and scope of government, we are ideally positioned to take full advantage of any coming changes. Committees spent the week working and consid- ering bills, a quick start as we work to get through the tens of hundreds of bills and resolutions• The House and Senate both have until February 6th - a little over two weeks from now - to complete work on bills filed by their respec- tive members. Last week I shared my legislative priorities with you, and we remain com- mitted to educational excellence, and innovation. Towards this end, I am continuing my fight for charter schools. If we get to pick our own doctors and health care providers, I can't imagine why it should be less important for parents to be able to pick their children's schools "especially if they live in a locality with a fail- ing school division. I am also fighting for integrity in our election system, and allowing voters and politi- cal parties the freedom to pick their affiliation and parties the freedom to decide who can participate in their nomination processes - a right embod- ies in the First Amendment to the Constitution• These bills will come before com- mittee next week and the week after, a breakneck pace for the more than 25 bills we've drafted to improve the lives of Virginians. The Martin Luther King holiday falls early in every session, and it invariably brings large numbers of Virginians to Richmond to meet with their legislators. Although two federal holi- days and one state holiday fall during every General Assembly session, the General Assembly contin- ues to meet, even on those holiday.s. That gives a lot of Virginians who have those days off the opportu- nity to come to Richmond and see the 140 lawmakers they elected in person. We had quite a few visi- tors from the 26th District stop by the office in the past week. My good friend and former State Senator Nathan Miller and his wife Kim were here, and Kim's artwork is actually dis- played in my area of the General Assembly Building.We also wel- comed groups from Americans for Prosperity, the AARP, the American Legion, Virginia's Sheriff's Association, Valley Health, Harrisonburg/Rockingham SPCA, Augusta Health, Bridgewater College, and graduate students from (National Champions!) James Madison University. It was also great to see Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce President Frank Tamberrino and the Leadership Harrisonburg- Rockingham group, who came down on Thursday to meet with myself and Delegate Tony Wilt. Earlier this past week, Colleen Whiteford with Appalachian Physical Therapy stopped by as well. Planning a visit to Virginia's Capitol between now and February 24? If you are, please consider stopping by our offices in Room 331 of the General Assembly Building. If there's an issue under con- sideration this session on which you'd like to share your views, please send us an e-mail at District26@ senate.vir- ginia:gov. Next week, I'll have more information on the latest activity at the Virginia Capitol. Until then, have a great week. nine weeks honor roll First Honor Roll: Turner, Kaylee Isabella Grade 3: Gracen Waverly Wright. Second Honor Evans, Gavin Trey Hamm, Roll: Isabella Garcia, Sophia Grace Helbert, Elizabeth Mae Hamm, Jameson Truth Ruff, Isabel Emily Grace Morrison, Grace Sawyers, Mason Reann Ramsey, Riley Alexander Street. SecondBrianne Selfe. Honor Roll: Millicent First Honor Roll: Kate Bradley, Blake Grade 5: Alexis Brianna Douglas Chafin, Briana Carter. Autumn Danielle Nichole Hale, Olivia Compton, Korey Xavier Suzanne Harrison, Keira Head, Cameron Slemp, Hensley, Darren Caleb Benjamin Warren Williams. Sutherland. Second Honor First Honor Roll: Roll: Jessalee Grace Grade 4: Jocelyn Paige Evans, Nathan Edward Aldrich, Maddie Leigh Fields,Maya Alexis Compton, Alyssa Noel Garcia, Rachael Dingus, Kyleigh Brooke Mackenzie Mullins, Harmon, Spencer Trace Tanner Nicholas Perry, Anthony Rudd, Samuel Madison Jade Roberts. Ethan Sutherland, Angel Adam Reed Scheerer. Made Trent, Ashton EliasFirst Honor' Roll: Grade 6: Ryan Thomas Salyers, Destiny Jade Smith. First Honor Roll: Grade 7: Jada McKenna- Hartley, Taylor Brook Perry, Carlee Raye Slemp. Second Honor Roll: Delaney Clare Hale. First Honor Roll: Grade 8: Sydnee Alane Amburgey, Jacob Allen Gross, Robert Ahren Lee, Catherine Marie Levy, Jacob Maxwell Sawyers, Andrew Jessee Sutherland. Second Honor Roll: Dominic Joseph Winslow Bailey, Christopher James Carlos II, Madison Grace Edmonds, Gavin Xavier Greer, Tatum Rilee Jones, Olivia Grace Powers. FIRST DEGREE MURDER, USE OF A FIREARM WHILE COMMITTING FIRST DEGREE MURDER, POSSESSION OF A FIREARM BY CONVICTED FELON, FELONY PROBATION VIOLATION FOR UNDERLYING CHARGE OF ATTEMPTED MURDER FOR HIRE lllm~ ~- _-/;_ - --~ - ERIC MONROE JONES DATE OF BIRTH: HEIGHT; 0~110/1970 PLACE OF BIRTH: UNKNOWN 5"07" EYES: BROWN WEIGHT: 175 COMPL£XION: DARK HAtR~ BLACK BUILD: MEDIUM SEX:: M RACE: BLACK OCCUPATION: UNKNOWN SCARS AND MARK, S; UNKOWN tF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION CONCERNING THIS PERSON~ PLEASE CONTACT YOUR fOCAL lAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY OR DIAL 911, WiSE COUNTY Sf~ERIFF'$ OFFICE |276| 328-3566