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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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Hazard Vendor’s Mall opens in new location

HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) -Hazard’s vendors and shoppers have a new place to discover the unique items people in the area have to offer. The new location of the Hazard Vendor’s Mall is right across from the old location on Main Street. The old location typically hosted multiple vendors...
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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,...
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...
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.

Trio plead guilty to federal drug cases related to two overdose victims in Wise County

A trio of now-convicted drug dealers from Southwest Virginia pleaded guilty to supplying teenagers with pills laced with fentanyl. Paul Mason Perkins, 20, of Big Stone Gap, and Austin Jeremiah Lane, 22, and Cheyenne Carrico, 20, both of Norton, now await sentencing in a federal case linked to drug conspiracy from a pressed pill operation based in California.
Johnson City Press

Appalachian Young Writers campers see fruit of summer work

BIG STONE GAP — Seventy-three students from Union Primary and Middle schools are ahead of the curve if asked to write an essay on what they did over the summer when they go back to school. The students, part of the Appalachian Writing Project’s summer Young Writers Camp, came...

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.

LoveLoud leads church groups back to Pike County

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - LoveLoud is filling the streets of Pike County once again, as area church groups come together for a week of service. The annual mission - organized through the Pike Association of Southern Baptists - hit the streets Monday, with construction, community service and other projects on deck for the week.

Kentucky pharmacist fielding more patient questions about contraception

PIKEVILLE, Ky. — Kentucky is adjusting to a post-Roe era this week. With that, an Eastern Kentucky pharmacist is sharing his perspective on how he’s having to help patients and their concerns about accessing contraception. What You Need To Know. A Kentucky pharmacist says more patients are calling...