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SW Va. man arrested after chase on side-by-side

PIKEVILLE, Ky. — A southwestern Virginia man was arrested on a long list of charges, after allegedly leading police on a chase. State troopers were conducting a roadblock at the intersection of U.S. 460 and Marrowbone Creek around 11 Friday night, when they went to check on James Douglas Allen Adkins, 26, of Vansant, who was driving a side-by-side. As the officers approached, they could detect a strong odor of alcohol, and then Adkins drove away.
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Pike man now charged with stealing jewelry

PIKEVILLE, Ky. — One of the two people who were arrested for allegedly trying to pawn jewelry stolen from Kay Jewelers in Pikeville last week has now been charged with stealing it. Aaron Hall, 50, of Pikeville, and Shawnna Maynard, 44, of Banner, were arrested in Floyd County Sunday...
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Shooting shakes up community in small Kentucky town

FREEBURN, Ky. (WEHT) — Something big happened in a small coal town community in Eastern Kentucky over the weekend. Police say a man from out-of-state shot a woman Saturday, hospitalizing her. According to the Kentucky State Police, the Pikeville Post received a 911 call saying there was a shooting in Freeburn, a community in which […]

Two People Arrested and Charged in Jewelry Theft

Two people were arrested Saturday in Floyd Co in connection with a jewelry theft that happened in Pikeville last week. Arrested were 50 year-old Aaron Hall of Pikeville and 44 year-old Shawnna Maynard of Banner. Both have been charged with receiving stolen property aftrer Police say the couple pawned jewelry that was stolen from Kay Jewelers. During the arrest, Police said Maynard told them that Hall said he had won the items in a poker game. Police also say Hall attempted to slip out the back door and ignored commands to stop, but he was quickly arrested. Hall has additionally been charged with attempting to flee Police. Both have been lodged in the Floyd Co Detention Center.
Kingsport Times-News

Assistant chief: Appalachia Fire and Rescue layoffs on hold

APPALACHIA — Appalachia Fire and Rescue has put plans to lay off personnel on hold. Travis Anderson, the organization’s assistant chief, said Tuesday that discussions with some members of the Wise County Board of Supervisors led to a change in last week’s plans to lay off some of the 12 paid fire and EMS personnel and stop providing medical service.

Preparing for a fight: Kentuckians react to the overturn of Roe v. Wade

A sign held up at the reproductive rights rally in Pikeville Sunday June 26, 2022.Stan Ingold/WEKU. Last week’s decision by the Supreme Court that overturned Roe v. Wade sparked reactions across the Commonwealth. The WEKU news team spread out across the state for coverage of how Kentuckians reacted to news of the historic ruling over the weekend.

Two charged in connection to jewelry theft

BANNER, Ky. — Two people were arrested in Floyd County Saturday, in connection with a jewelry theft in Pikeville last week. Aaron Hall, 50, of Pikeville, and Shawnna Maynard, 44, of Banner, are each charged with receiving stolen property. Police say the couple pawned jewelry stolen from Kay Jewelers...

Rylee Samons commits to Tennessee Tech

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - One member of the core that led Pikeville to a 15th Region crown has announced his next step. Panther guard Rylee Samons announced on Twitter on Tuesday that he has committed to play at Tennessee Tech. Samons led Pikeville in 2021-22 with 15.4 points per game,...

Union members in Southwest Virginia reach tentative contract agreement with AT&T

Communication Workers of America members in multiple parts of the country, including Southwest Virginia, have reached a tentative contract agreement with AT&T following a lengthy period of negotiations. CWA Local 2204 represents the Lebanon call center and the retail store in Bristol. Representatives of the union said previously that they...
Kingsport Times-News

'Barnwood Builders' films episode in Wise

‘Barnwood Builders,’ a documentary television series on the Magnolia Network, featured Wise, Virginia, in its most recent episode. In the show, Mark Bowe and his crew of West Virginia master craftsmen salvage antique barns and cabins, reusing the wood to create stunning, modern homes. Jim and Susan Gilliam Cox contacted the builders about an old Gilliam family homeplace — a log home dating back to the 1860s — and the home was chosen to be featured on the show. These photos were taken by Tim Cox on the final day of the four-day shoot in March. If you missed the airing of the episode last Thursday, you can still watch it on discovery+ or other streaming platforms. See additional photos at

Letcher County police chase ends in crash

WHITESBURG, Ky. (WYMT) - Two people were arrested Monday afternoon after police officers say they led them on a chase in Letcher County. An officer from Whitesburg Police tried to pull over a car when the driver sped on, with the officer giving chase. The chase continued on US-119 south...

Buchanan County man charged with assault in Pike County

FREEBURN, Ky. — A southwest Virginia man was arrested in Freeburn on Saturday, after police say he shot a woman. James Lester, 32, of Hurley, is now charged with first-degree assault and first-degree wanton endangerment. Police say Cleatus Blankenship and Pamela Owens were giving Lester a ride in the...
Kingsport Times-News

Three Wise County residents plead guilty to fentanyl distribution

ABINGDON — Three Wise County residents have pleaded guilty in a fentanyl distribution scheme that prosecutors say was connected to overdoses by two teens. According to U.S. Attorney for Western Virginia spokesperson Brian McGinn, Paul Mason Perkins, 20, Big Stone Gap; Austin Jeremiah Lane, 22, Norton; and Cheyenne Cassie Carico, 20, Norton, all recently pleaded guilty to one charge each of conspiracy to distribute and possess 40 grams or more of fentanyl with intent to distribute.

Eastern KY residents rally for abortion rights

A crowd reacts during a reproductive rights rally in Pikeville Sunday.Stan Ingold/WEKU. Threats of severe weather drove a reproductive rights rally indoors in Pikeville on Sunday. This did not deter a crowd of around two hundred people who showed up to voice their support for those who are affected by the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.