20-year-old Rural Retreat man found guilty of first-degree murder in 2020 shooting
A 20-year-old man from Rural Retreat was found guilty of first-degree murder in connection with a deadly shooting in 2020, according to Wythe County Commonwealth’s Attorney Mike Jones. William Akers III had a two-day jury trial in the Wythe County Circuit Court for the deadly shooting on June 21,...
1-77N Bland County vehicle crash cleared
BLAND COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) says drivers traveling on Interstate 77 (I-77) North and South in Bland County can expect delays due to a vehicle crash on May 26th. VDOT says the crash occurred at mile marker 53.7 on I-77 North. At this...
Missing Marion, Virginia woman found
UPDATE: According to the Marion Police Department, Young has been found safe and reunited with her family. MARION, Va. (WJHL) – The Marion Police Department is asking the public for help in locating a missing 83-year-old woman who could possibly be endangered. A release from town officials said Lonnie Young, 83, was traveling from Mt. […]
Max Meadows man convicted after Wythe County drug arrest
WYTHE COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ) - A Max Meadows man arrested in September 2022 on drug charges has been convicted in a Wythe County court. Timothy Joel King, 44, was convicted May 25, 2023 of one count of Possession With Intent to Distribute More Than 10 Grams of Methamphetamine, one count of Distribution of More Than 10 Grams of Methamphetamine, and one count of Possession of a Schedule II Drug. As part of a plea agreement, King was sentenced to serve 10 years mandatory time in the Virginia Department of Corrections. The total sentence was 45 years with 35 years suspended.
Wythe County man convicted of murder in 2020 shooting of 19-year-old Matthew King
WYTHE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — The Commonwealth’s Attorney for Wythe County, Mike Jones, shared that William Greg Akers III has been found guilty of 1st-degree murder from a homicide that occurred in June of 2020. Akers, who was 17 years old at the time of the incident, was...
I-77 Big Walker Mountain Tunnel northbound lanes opened
BLAND COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — The Virginia Department of Transportation says drivers can expect delays on Interstate 77 North at Big Walker Mountain Tunnel on May 26th. The department says all northbound lanes are closed at this time and traffic has been stopped. According to the Bland County Sheriff’s Office traffic is backed up for approximately 10 miles.
Crosses on display in Marion ahead of Memorial Day
(WCYB) — The Town of Marion, Virginia is once again setting out to make the Memorial Day holiday very special. Town workers and volunteers were out Wednesday morning, placing 1500 crosses on the lawns of the courthouse and a nearby church. The tradition, sponsored by the local VFW, has been going on for nearly a decade now. Once all the crosses are placed, each one will have an American flag to adorn it.
Section of King Coal Highway to be complete soon
BLUEFIELD, WV (WVNS) – Work on constructing a Mercer County section of the King Coal Highway is expected to be finished soon. The section is located between the City of Bluefield and Interstate 77. It will cross the Christine Elmore West Bridge near the intersection of Route 460 and Princeton Avenue and hook into John […]
Local donation is largest in WCC history
WYTHEVILLE — A gift of more than $1 million from the estate of a Grayson County native is the largest one-time donation to Wytheville Community College since it was established in 1963. The $1.34 million donation the estate of Janie Hale Gentry was announced May 18, part of a...
Pickup truck catches fire in Galax
GALAX, Va. (WFXR) — The Galax Fire Department responded to Pipers Gap Road, where they found a pickup truck engulfed in flames on May 25. Around 11:17 a.m. on Thursday, Pipers Gap Road was temporarily closed while crews extinguished the fire. WFXR was told that no one was hurt, but the cause of the fire […]
Pennsylvania Physician Sentenced to Prison for HOPE Clinic Prescription Practices
CHARLESTON, WV (LOOTPRESS) – Brian Gullett, D.O., 46, of Clarksville, Pennsylvania, was sentenced today to six months in prison, to be followed by one year of supervised release, and fined $5,000 for aiding and abetting obtaining a controlled substance by fraud. Gullett admitted to unlawful prescription practices at HOPE (Hitech Opioid Pharmachovigilance Expertise) Clinic, a […]
Tina Turner’s Mercer County legacy
BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (WVVA) - Tina Turner was an icon performer, bringing a singular style to her performances on stage and in the recording studio. She gained her first taste of fame with her first husband Ike Turner, who not only gave her his last name, but changed her first name to Tina.
Warhawk Park Groundbreaking Ceremony Held
The groundbreaking ceremony for the new Warhawk Park brought community members together on May 26, 2023. Warhawk Park, so named in honor of students bused from the Carline Community School to the Tazewell County High School in Bluefield during segregation until 1965, will be located at 374 Carline Avenue. Each One Teach 1 Inc. board members welcomed those in attendance and shared their excitement for the official kickoff of this much anticipated project, which will eventually feature new fitness and play equipment, community gardens, walking paths, & more.
Coeburn, May 26 High School Softball🥎 Game Notice
The Rural Retreat High School softball team will have a game with Eastside High School on May 26, 2023, 12:00:00 CST.
Hometown Jobs: Wytheville Community College accepting applications for registered nursing program
WYTHEVILLE, Va. (WDBJ) - As we have shared with you over the past few years, the need for healthcare workers is great here in Southwest Virginia, especially in smaller communities. Wytheville Community College is accepting applications for the registered nursing program. “We actually expanded our enrollment options and opened up...
Credit union donates $750K to free clinic
State Employees Credit Union Foundation recently made a $750,000 donation to Surry Medical Ministries to help the agency with its new on Rockford Street clinic, the SECU Health Resource Center. “(This) is good news for residents in Northwest North Carolina with little or no access to primary healthcare,” officials with...
StormWatch 4 Team Summer Outlook
Oak Hill, WV (WOAY-TV): Following a paltry winter and seasonable spring, what does Mother Nature have in store for our region this summer? Our StormWatch 4 weather team did the research. Check out the 2023 Summer Outlook below:. Last year, Bluefield had its wettest summer on record while Beckley ranked...
Wytheville Police searching for suspect in car break-in, purse theft
WYTHEVILLE, Va. (WSET) — Wytheville Police are asking for the public's help in identifying a suspect they say broke into a car and stole someone's purse. On Tuesday, at about 6:00 p.m., the Wytheville Police Dept. received the report of the theft from the Wytheville Community College baseball field parking lot.
Mercer Mobile Clinic makes a stop in Bluefield
BLUEFIELD, WV (WVNS) — Bluefield was visited by Mercer County Health Department’s mobile clinic on Tuesday, May 23, 2023. The clinic was set up at Wayne Street Park from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. offering clinical services as well as covid vaccines and testing. Mercer County Health Department Administrator Bonnie Allen says the mobile clinic […]
American Legion prepares Bluefield for Memorial Day
BLUEFIELD, WV (WVNS) – The American Legion is also preparing for Memorial Day. In Bluefield, Mercer County, there will be a Veteran’s helping Veterans Car Show, as well as the age old Memorial Day ceremony itself. The car show is Saturday from 9 A.M. to 4 P.M. There will be dash plaques and trophies for […]
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