California Man Sentenced to 17 Years for Supplying Fentanyl Linked to Teen Overdoses in Virginia
ABINGDON, Va. – In a recent federal court ruling, Alexander Ortiz, 26, also known as "LoLife," of Fullerton, California, has been sentenced to 17 years in federal prison for his involvement in supplying fentanyl linked to a series of teenage overdoses in Wise County, Virginia. Ortiz pleaded guilty in January 2023 to charges of conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
Tigers loaded for another postseason run
HONAKER — The Honaker boys won the Black Diamond District regular season and tournament titles in their final year in the district. They return six players, including four starters off a team that finished runner-up in Region 1D and advanced to the VHSL Class 1 state quarterfinals before running into a buzzsaw at Auburn.
Carroll girls earn hard-fought win at Honaker
If Carroll County makes a deep run in the postseason, it will look back at Tuesday’s 65-62 victory over Honaker and smile. Alyssa Ervin stood alone at the free throw line with Cavalier teammates on the other end of the court and connected on her last two shots from the charity stripe to push the CCHS lead out to 65-62. The score would be the final tally as Honaker could not get a good look at a game-tying 3-pointer.
Russell County cuts ribbon on county courthouse additions
RUSSELL COUNTY, Va. (WJHL) – Russell County leaders celebrated the official opening of additions to the county’s courthouse Monday. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at 4 p.m., and guests were invited to see the courthouse’s new features in an open house. Attendees toured the new Russell County Circuit Courtroom after the ribbon was cut. The […]
WATCH: Two SWVA deputies recognized for bravery following recent incident
WISE COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Two deputies in Wise County are being recognized for what Sheriff Grant Kilgore calls heroic actions during a recent rescue. It happened Monday in Appalachia on a bridge where a man was threatening to jump. You can see the deputies, Anthony Walsh and Alex Stallard,...
Wise County man sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for meth distribution, firearms possession
A Wise County man has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for distributing methamphetamine and illegally possessing firearms. Randall Scott Hileman, 56, previously pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute and possession with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine, to possessing with the intent to distribute and distributing methamphetamine, and to possession of firearms by a convicted felon.
New Coach & Pioneers are primed for run in Class 2
LEBANON, Va. — There has been a shuffling of the deck in Russell County basketball. Added to the Pioneer roster, first-team all-region Caden Boyd, along with Max Boyd and Jake Hilton from Honaker, each transferred to Lebanon. Going from Lebanon to Honaker is Lebanon News Boys Player of the Year Keyton Keene. You will need a new roster.
A former prison guard shares his thoughts on Virginia's most expensive agency
On a sunny autumn afternoon, I’m taking a tour in Brian Mitchell’s pickup truck. He lives in a small town called Raven – about sixty miles north of the Tennessee line. It’s one of many small communities southwest Virginia in the Clinch River Valley. “Originally I...
Accumulating snowfall likely for mountains overnight through Wednesday afternoon
Our Storm Team 11 forecast calls for a cloudy and chilly evening with a 60% chance of cold showers overnight for the immediate Tri-Cities. The low will be 35 degrees. Mountain zones could start to see the transition from rain to snow late. Winter Weather Advisories are in effect now...
Lady Tigers have experience & talent to contend
HONAKER — Winners of three consecutive state titles, Honaker’s girls have closed the book on an unacceptable 2022-23 season. Their season ended with a shocking 43-40 overtime loss to J.I. Burton in the Region 1D semifinals. “It was one of those things, I knew I had a team...
Dickenson County Sheriff's Office arrests the Grinch during Christmas parade
CLINTWOOD, Va. (WCYB) — The Dickenson County Sheriff's Office arrested the Grinch during Sunday's Christmas parade in Clintwood. The Grinch was driving a Polaris ACE and was taken into custody following a "pursuit" through town. The department said on Facebook that it saw many smiling faces after finally arresting...
Even with struggles, optimism for Castlewood
CASTLEWOOD, Va. — The last few seasons have been forgettable for the Blue Devils. They didn’t pick up a win last year and now have 37 losses in a row. The previous win was a 60-47 victory at Twin Valley on December 21, 2021. However, hope is on the horizon—Castlewood returns ten lettermen, including four starters. The streak does create a lot of stress.
Relay for Life honors Abingdon restaurant
The Relay for Life of the Clinch River Valley recently honored an Abingdon restaurant for its role in combating cancer. Area restaurants were asked to sell “pink drinks” throughout Oct. to support the American Cancer Society’s First Annual Pink Drink Campaign. The restaurant selling the most “pink drinks” was Bonefire Smokehouse BBQ in Abingdon.
Statzer takes helm of Lady Devils
CASTLEWOOD, Va. — You must return to the 2014-15 season for the last time the Castlewood girls had a winning record. They’ve logged a total of 25 wins over the previous eight seasons. They posted a 6-2 record in their first eight games last season but lost their last 14 contest and didn’t notch a win in the harsh Cumberland District.
Lady Pioneers eager to succeed in SWD
LEBANON, Va. — The Lady Pioneers surprised some fans last year with a 15-10 overall record. Lebanon finished second in the Hogoheegee in the regular season and tournament, runner-up to Rural Retreat. The problem is they graduated standout Morgan Varney. The smooth Varney averaged 20 points a game and led the girls in points, rebounds, steals, free throws made, and shooting percentage.
Today the gas price is close to $3.15 in Castlewood as of 2023-12-06. Find the available station near you.
Photo from Unsplash and unrelated to the city. For most people, it is a constant necessity of life to manage gas prices. The national average price for a gallon of regular-grade gas on Wednesday is $3.216, a week ago the price is $3.246 , according to AAA.
California Family Sue Sheriff’s Office Who Hired Man That Murdered Three Relatives, Kidnapped 15-Year-Old
Per the lawsuit, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office failed to properly investigate Austin Lee Edwards before hiring him
Washington County family that waited six years for new home finally moves in
The pandemic threw off many organizations around Washington County including Habitat for Humanity.
Virgie pastor encouraging church to reach community with gospel
VIRGIE, Ky. (KT) – Thomas Reid knew very little about eastern Kentucky when he accepted the call to become the pastor of Virgie Baptist Church nearly two years ago. However, he and his wife, Tara, have grown to love the people and the small vibrant church where he is pastor. For the second year in a row, the church put on a Bethlehem Walk-Thru and 85 percent of the church participated. The community showed up big, too, with 185 coming through over two days.
Russell County Courthouse Unveils Enhancements: A Testament to Community Progress and Civic Pride
Lebanon, Virginia witnessed a celebration of progress and community spirit with the Russell County Courthouse revealing its recent enhancements. During a sunny Monday afternoon, local officials and citizens gathered at 83 East Main Street for a ribbon-cutting event to inaugurate the courthouse's new features. The ceremony, more than a mere formality, provided an open house experience, enabling visitors to explore the improvements, including a tour of the new Russell County Circuit Courtroom.