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VSP investigating inmate death at regional jail

DUFFIELD, Va. (WYMT) - State authorities are investigating an inmate’s death at the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Duffield. The Virginia State Police said its Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Wytheville Field Office launched an investigation into the May 20 death of inmate Sherri D. Cook, 43 of Whitesburg, Kentucky.
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Scattered showers and thunderstorms possible this weekend, some could be strong

HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - Scattered showers and thunderstorms will be possible this weekend as a cold front sweeps into the area. Scattered showers and storms stick around into the evening; however, they will begin to fade away after the Sun sets. Another mild and muggy night is in store with lows falling into the upper-60s and lower-70s.
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Family releases name of Kentucky Power worker who died on the job

HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - Update: We have learned the name of the Kentucky Power worker who died. The family said Wallace “Woo” Melton Jr., 58, was killed Thursday morning. Perry County Sheriff Joe Engle says that around 4:00 a.m. Thursday morning, Melton was in his Kentucky Power truck on the right fork of Maces Creek in the Viper area when he went over an embankment.

LMU baseball camps continue through July

Head coach Justin Haywood and the Lincoln Memorial University baseball program will host five youth camps this summer, with online registration applications still being accepted for four remaining sessions through July. Remaining Sessions:. • Session 2: June 27 – 30 • Session 3: July 11 – 14 •...
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Nila Jane Gibson

BIG STONE GAP, VA - Nila Jane Gibson, 75, of Big Stone Gap, Virginia lost her battle with cancer on Friday, June 24, 2022 and went to be with the Lord. The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 pm, Monday, June 27, 2022 at West End Baptist Church in Big Stone Gap. Funeral services will follow at 7 pm with Rev. Kevin Taylor officiating. Graveside services will be held at 11 am at the Glencoe Cemetery. For the complete obituary go to Roy A. Green Funeral Home is serving the Gibson family.

Juneteenth celebration held in Hazard

Several community organizations held a Juneteenth fellowship celebration and cookout in downtown Hazard on Saturday, June 18, to educate the community about the history of slavery ending in the United States. Juneteenth, short for June 19, marks the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas. in 1865 to take...
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Wise County budget heads to final vote July 1

WISE — The Wise County 2022-23 draft budget drew few comments on Friday after a scheduled Board of Supervisors public hearing. Representatives of the Wise County school system and Frontier Health thanked the board for their funding in the budget, while county resident Walter Crouse said he was skeptical of the budget’s revenue projections due to national economic conditions.

Crime In The Coalfields episode 10 out now

APPALACHIA, WV, KY, VA (WVNS) – Every other Tuesday at Midnight, we bring you the most notorious, most unknown, and the deepest crime cases that Appalachia has to offer. The tenth episode of Crime In The Coalfields, centered around the tragic unsolved murder of Roy Melvin, is available right now on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and […]

Heat continues into the weekend

HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - Skies remain dry, but our seasonably hot weather continues as we close out the work week and head into the final weekend of June (I know, right?) Another warm evening expected as we finish the night out tonight. And that includes the mostly clear skies we’ll have tonight. Mild and muggy is the name of the game as we drop back into the middle and upper 60s overnight. That’s ahead of an even hotter day on the way for Saturday.

Commentary: Lessons on Acceptance from Rural America

A number of years ago, my husband surprised me on my 40th birthday with a gathering of unlikelies, held at our favorite, family-owned, Italian restaurant in the heart of Appalachia. It didn’t occur to me then that the friends he had invited were unlikelies; for me, they were people I had known most of my life: family, close friends, and new friends. But by the end of the evening, one comment seemed to carry the weight of the time we all spent together, celebrating. The words were spoken by my older sister who, generally, was not one to delve beneath the surface of any topic, thinking it best to keep conversation light. “As I looked around the room,” she began, “I suddenly realized how the gathering represented so many different people from so many different walks of life. And I wondered how we all fit so well together.” These words brought a moment of astonishment and deep gratitude.
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Wise county officials say Appalachia will continue to get fire, emergency services

WISE — Appalachia residents will continue to see fire and emergency medical service coverage despite a disagreement over Wise County funding for the department. Wise County Administrator Mike Hatfield on Thursday released a statement saying that the Appalachia Fire and Rescue organization has told county and Appalachia town officials that it will cease emergency medical service coverage in the town and adjacent county response zone after July 2.

Inmate death reported at Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Duffield

(WCYB) — The Virginia State Police is investigating the death of an inmate at the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Duffield. Investigators say Sherri Cook, 43, of Whitesburg, Kentucky was taken to the jail for processing on the afternoon of May 20. Cook's behavior was described as "combative" and she was "secured in a safety chair."

Drug court participates in city cleanup

The Harlan County Courthouse grounds received a thorough clean up on Wednesday, as participants in the Harlan Circuit Court and District Court Drug Court programs and the city of Harlan kicked off a program to help keep the city clean. Harlan Circuit Judge Kent Hendrickson explained what the drug court...

SOAR Focus summit kicks off in Hazard - 11:00 p.m.

London Police Chief Retires - 11:00 p.m. Mountain News Top Stories at 4:00 p.m. - June 23, 2022. Teen talks about riding helicopter shortly before it crashed. Maddison Brown had taken what turned out to be one of the Vietnam era helicopter's final rides. Two arrested after large drug raid...

Kentucky Office of Rural Health Seeks Applications for Elder Wellness Enrichment Initiative Grant

Hazard, Ky. (June 24, 2022) — The Kentucky Office of Rural Health (KORH) is accepting applications for its Elder Wellness Enrichment Initiative Grant, which will provide funding of up to $5,000 to nonprofit rural health care organizations and community-based organizations to create or enhance services for older adults — to help them age in place in rural Kentucky.

Wallins man charged with wanton endangerment and resisting arrest

A Wallins man is facing charges including wanton endangerment and resisting arrest after allegedly fleeing from police and destroying property at a store. Michael Tyler Buell, 36, was arrested on June, 16, by Kentucky State Police Trooper J. Jones. According to the citation, Kentucky State Police Post 10, Harlan, received...