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Pennington Gap represented at VML annual conference, Vice-Mayor Carson installed as VML President-Elect

For Immediate Release: Oct. 28, 2021 Contact: Rob Bullington,

The Virginia Municipal League (VML) held its annual conference October 3rd-5th in Leesburg. This was the first in-person conference for VML in two years. Over 500 people from across the Commonwealth, including officials and staff from VML member local governments, attended the event. The Town of Pennington Gap was represented by Town Manager Keith Harless, Assistant Town Manager Brian Skidmore, and Councilmember Gary McElyea who were on hand to approve the election of Pennington Gap Vice-Mayor Jill Carson to the position of VML PresidentElect during the league’s annual business meeting held on the second day of the conference. Ms. Carson was previously VML’s Vice President.

Also approved during the meeting was the 2022 Legislative Program which outlines the needs of local governments to be prioritized during the coming year of VML lobbying during legislative sessions. The 2022 Legislative Program is available on VML’s website here.

The Town of Pennington Gap was also highlighted at the conference with an exhibition table staffed by Lee Theater manager Tony Lawson and volunteer Jennifer Lawson who promoted the town to conference attendees. Mrs. Lawson also participated in a discussion recorded for an upcoming episode of the league’s podcast, The VML Voice (to be aired in November). As part of the exhibit package, the town will receive a full-page promotional advertisement in an upcoming issue of VML’s magazine, Virginia Town & City. During the conference, the Pennington Gap cohort benefited from dozens of educational sessions that covered a range of topics relevant to local governments. These included topics ranging from the permitted uses of the American Rescue Plan funds to the proper way to handle disagreements during council meetings. The full schedule of offerings is available here. While in Leesburg, Councilmember McElyea participated in a post-conference golf event with VML Executive Director Michelle Gowdy during which his wife, Betsy, took home the door-prize!

More information about the benefits of VML membership are available on the league’s website here. To learn more about the Virginia Municipal League, visit

Halloween Trick or Treat

will be observed in the town from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, Saturday, October 30. Lee Theatre will have two free movies. Children’s movie Addam’s Family (2019) (PG) will be Thursday, October 28, 7 PM, sponsored by Charly’s Restaurant and on Saturday, October 30 at 8 PM, Halloween (2018) (R) sponsored by WSWV will show. Charly’s will be giving out free children’s meal coupons at Thursday’s movie.

Disconnections reinstated

Utility customers who are delinquent on their accounts need to contact the town in order to avoid a disruption in water services. 276-546-1177 x0

Public Hearing

The town will hold a public hearing for a resolution on upgrades to the water plant prior to the regular council meeting on Monday, August 16 at 6 PM, 528 Industrial Dr. Pennington Gap, VA. For more information, call 276-546-1177 x 2.

Leeman Field Pool Extended Season

Leeman Field Pool will have an extended season this year! The pool will continue to operate Friday-Sunday during the month of August. August hours: Friday 4-8 PM, Saturday 12-6 PM, and Sunday 1-6 PM. Call 276-546-0270 for more info.

Miss Lee County Fair Scholarship Pageant 2021 Registration

Miss Lee County Fair Scholarship Pageant registration forms are available to download below. The pageant will be on September 14th, 2021 from 5-10 PM. Queen entries are due by September 6th, and all entries must be received by September 9th. In person sign-ups will be September 8th and 9th from 4-6 at the Pennington Gap Woman’s Club Building located just inside Leeman Field.

Online bill payment through Invoice Cloud coming April 1st.

UPDATE: We have temporarily removed access to online bill payment. This will be available online again on April 1st with no fees to the customer. Sorry for the inconvenience. Call if you need to make a payment before April 1.

We recently announced a new way to pay coming soon on our last bill, that was delayed due to the storm in Texas and being able to test through the company we will be using. Customers are still welcome to call our office, 276-546-1177 ext. 1 to pay with a card 8-4:30 weekdays with no fees.

Disaster preparedness survey

The LENOWISCO Planning District is conducting a study to better understand the emergency preparedness needs and risk perceptions of its residents as part of the Hazard Mitigation Plan update process. To do so, a questionnaire has been distributed throughout the Planning District, and your participation is requested.
The questionnaire should take about 10 minutes to complete. All responses will be kept confidential, and your participation is strictly voluntary. Your input will enable the Planning District to better serve you in times of disaster.

To participate, please click the following link:

CARES Utility Relief Application

Some funding may be available for qualifying applicants who have been affected by COVID-19, either lost work, had additional family members in your home, or other circumstances directly related. This is for utility relief on balances older than 60 days. Please fill out an application or call to have one filled out for you. Let us know if you are interested in applying for relief. Call 276-546-1177 ext. 0 or 1 for more information. Drop completed forms in our curbside drop box. Blank forms available here or in the box by our door.