A Note from the Publisher

Trail at Sugar Hill in St. Paul, Virginia.
Trail at Sugar Hill in St. Paul, Virginia.

Thank you for reading our first issue of Mountain Peeks. This new magazine is about the various people, places, and things that make far Southwest Virginia interesting and one of the best places to live anywhere. We will “peek” into our region’s history, issues, plans, projects, promises, and future from a different perspective than most publications. We hope you like it.

Based on your input and requests, we will determine if the magazine will be published quarterly, monthly, or simply when we have enough good stuff lined up to print. We will initially distribute 15,000 copies in the cities of Bristol and Norton plus the counties of Washington, Russell, Tazewell, Scott, Wise, Lee, Buchanan, and Dickenson. This first edition is being distributed through Food City and New Peoples Bank, and we are discussing additional sites as well. The circulation will increase or decrease based upon demand.

If you wish to submit an article for consideration you can e-mail us at editor@mountainpeeksmag.com or snail mail it to Mountain Peeks, P. O. Box 1259, St. Paul, VA 24283. Your article should be about Southwest Virginia, including broader issues that impact the region. Stories of our region’s cultural past and present, ecology, educational institutions, health care, businesses that help the community, individuals that go the extra mile, and your ideas about what should be done to improve our future with specific proposals that will work are encouraged. Interesting interviews with our elderly citizens about days gone by or bright young residents who are staying in the region to make a difference are always of interest, as well as pieces about today’s community and business leaders who devote themselves to positive works and serving as role models. The stories we deem to be the best will be published, along with photographs you send with them, and the best of the best will receive stipends in the form of gift certificates from various businesses in the region. The running of any story is at our sole discretion, but each will be given a good reading, and you will be appreciated for submitting it.

This new mountain publication will form and shape as we go and as we respond to your interests and input. You will notice that we will take strong stands about drug problems in our area and other issues that cause our residents to sicken and die at a premature age. What we do to ourselves is the single biggest problem we face in the Appalachian Mountains, and we won’t be afraid to discuss it. Too many times humans blame others for their woes and disappointments, and although that complaint certainly can be valid at times, what we choose to do for or against ourselves is an individual matter for which we cannot blame anyone. You will see that theme in many of our articles.

It is our mission and goal that future generations of mountain children and adults live happier, healthier lives than this generation, and that each generation improves its status through self-awareness, education, self-control, and avoiding the repeated mistakes of the past. That is the only way we can make the best place to live even better.

Featured Freelance Writer: Helen McCoyBorn in Dickenson County in Southwest Virginia, Helen Dickerson McCoy now lives in Bluff City, fw_helen_mccoyTN. While living in Kentucky for 23 years, she taught in public schools and the community college system. She was a multiple award-winning writer for The London-Laurel Newspaper.Since coming to Tennessee, she works as a freelance writer and has written for the Bristol Herald Courier, the Johnson City Press, Her Magazine, and The Business Journal of the Tri-Cities. She is also employed as a grant writer for institutions of higher learning. At present, she is working on publishing a series of fictional short stories.