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Mercer county woman pronounced dead in Florida car accident Video included

JACKSONVILLE, FL (WVVA) -- A woman from Mercer County died in a car accident early Saturday morning. More>>

Old White celebrates 100th anniversary

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS (WVVA) -- The Greenbrier Old White Golf Course is making history this Easter weekend. More>>

Structure fire is under investigation in Fayette County Video included

PAX (WVVA) -- A Saturday evening fire was visible from miles away on the turnpike.  The blaze started just after 6 p.m. on Paint Creek Road in Pax, Fayette County.  More>>

One injured in ATV accident

WYOMING COUNTY (WVVA) -- An ATV accident sends one person to the hospital. More>>

Some W.Va. state Dems flip to GOP for midterms

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- As Republicans rally for more control in West Virginia, some Democrats jumped ship and are running as Republicans against former colleagues. More>>

Fire tears through Raleigh County home Video included

COOL RIDGE (WVVA) -- A family is left homeless after their house was destroyed by fire. More>>

Bar shooting sends one to hospital, one to jail Video included

BECKLEY (WVVA) -- A man has been released from the hospital after a shooting at a local bar. The shooter is in custody. More>>

Healthy living challenge revives rivalry between Wyoming East and Westside Video included

MULLENS (WVVA) -- The battle of Wyoming County was back in action this week. Students at Westside and Wyoming East high schools competed in a fitness and healthy living challenge... More>>

Students compete in BSC's Engineering and Technology Olympics Video included

BRUSHFORK, W. Va (WVVA)-- For a group of college students, today was all about robots, slingshots, and hoops. Students at the School of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science at Bluefield State College held Engineering Olympic games at the Brushfork armory. Through events like a bridge build, a robot competition, and field math, they practiced skills that rely their knowledge of physics with a fun and competitive twist. "[We're] teaching them a little bit about the laws of physics and ... More>>

Beckley officer, K9 partner receive honor

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BECKLEY (WVVA) - A Beckley Police officer and his four-legged partner have been named Officer and K-9 of the Year by the West Virginia Police Canine Association.Corporal Jamie Blume and Ciro... More>>

Man wanted in door-to-door scam

TAZEWELL (WVVA) - Authorities are looking for a North Tazewell man they say has gone to door-to-door to multiple homes in the region attempting to scam money from those who answer.Timothy Dillow is currently wanted... More>>

Drug addiction center may soon locate in Mercer Co.

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Bluefield, W.Va. (WVVA)-A long-term drug addiction center could soon be coming to Mercer County .Scott Adkins, Executive Director of The Healing Place in Huntington, tells WVVA they are awaiting approval... More>>

Group brings new shoes to McDowell County children Video included

BRADSHAW (WVVA) - Hundreds of pairs of shoes were delivered to elementary students in McDowell County Thursday.The shoes were delivered by ‘Save The Children’ and were donated by Toms... More>>

UPDATE: Crews respond to tractor-trailer fires on I-77 South

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ATHENS (WVVA) - One southbound lane of Interstate 77 South near the Athens exit was closed Thursday as crews responded to at least one tractor-trailer fire... More>>

Change opens WIC services to more W.Va. families

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources says a program intended to keep mothers and their young children healthy has raised its income eligibility guidelines. More>>

Boston police safely blow up suspicious backpacks

Survivors, first responders and relatives of those killed in the Boston Marathon bombing marked the anniversary Tuesday with tributes that combined sorrow over the loss of innocent victims with pride over the city's... More>>

Student Issues Day at James Monroe High School Video included

MONROE COUNTY (WVVA)- For the past two years students at James Monroe High School have participated in Student Issues Day. During the once yearly event multiple speakers come and teach ninth through twelfth graders every day lessons.There are more than a dozen demonstrations.For this year's event local emergency workers put on a mock DUI demonstration. Officials say they want to make sure students get the full experience.There is less than a month until prom or graduation. Officials hope this... More>>

Police use current case to shine a light on marital rape Video included

PRINCETON, W. Va (WVVA)-- You may be aware April is designated as "Sexual Assault Awareness Month," but you may not be familiar with the full definition of "sexual assault" under West Virginia law.Spousal, or marital rape, is a form of sexual assault that police say is under-reported. A recent case making its way through Mercer County court addresses alleged marital sexual assault .Athens police say Ahmed, or "Ed", Salau is charged with first degree sexual assault after allegedly raping his w... More>>

Jake Owen, Kellie Pickler to headline Friends of Coal Auto Fair Video included

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BECKLEY (WVVA) - Country music stars Jake Owen and Kellie Pickler will be the featured performers at this year's Friends of Coal Auto Fair in Beckley.The popular artists will take the stage on July 19 at the YMCA Paul Cline Memorial Sports Complex in Beckley... More>>

Former doctor's office employee sentence for drug fraud

BECKLEY (NEWS RELEASE) – Tina Marie Richmond, age 41, of Beckley, West Virginia was sentenced to 14 months in federal prison for obtaining oxycodone by fraud, announced U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin... More>>

Beckley man gets 2 years for defrauding business

BECKLEY (NEWS RELEASE) – United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced that Mark Randall Trump, 44, of Beckley, West Virginia was sentenced to serve two years in federal prison for defrauding Walker Machinery... More>>

UPDATE: One lane of Route 20 re-opened near Hinton

HINTON (WVVA) - One lane of Route 20 has been reopened as crews continue to work at the site of a rockslide. Motorists are advised to use caution in the area at the intersection of Routes 20 and 3, near the Veterans Memorial Bridge... More>>

New River Gorge eagle hit by train, vehicle dies

CHARLESTON (AP) -- A female bald eagle that nested in the New River Gorge has died from injuries suffered last month when she was hit by a train and later by a vehicle. Three Rivers Avian Center executive director Wendy Perrone says the eagle, named Streaky, was euthanized Monday after she failed to regain the use of her legs and her liver shut down. Perrone tells the Charleston Gazette that Streaky couldn't eat, drink or respond favorably to injections of fluids in recent days. The eagle col... More>>

UPDATE: Rail line reopens, derailment cleanup continues

ROCK (WVVA) - Crews were at the site of a train derailment in a remote area of Mercer County Wednesday. The derailment occurred Tuesday night in the Rock area -- near Montcalm -- across from Route 71.. More>>

Beckley man facing multiple charges after allegedly soliciting child for sex

BECKLEY (WVVA) - A Raleigh County man is facing multiple sex crimes charges after allegedly soliciting a minor for sex online.William W. Pugh, 28, of Beckley was arrested by State Police on Wednesday. Pugh is charged with soliciting a minor via computer, second-degree sexual assault, five counts of... More>>

Theatre W.Va. to return for 54th season

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) -- Theatre West Virginia is preparing to return for its 54th season following a shutdown caused by financial problems.The Register-Herald reports that Theatre West Virginia has scheduled 17 performances of "Hatfields and McCoys" this season... More>>

Fears rise for missing in SKorea ferry sinking Video included

Strong currents, rain and bad visibility hampered an increasingly anxious search Thursday for 287 passengers still missing a day after their ferry flipped onto its side and sank in cold waters off the southern coast of... More>>

Woman guilty of four charges after running over employee Video included

MERCER CO. (WVVA) - Dustie Beller was on trial for running over a woman with her car all for chainsaw. While she was found not guilty of attempted murder, the jury did find her guilty of petty larceny, conspiracy, failure to stop and render aid, and malicious wounding. The victim had this to say about the verdict. "Um very happy,” Mackenzie Ansley said. “To be expected -- the attempted murder charge. I knew coming into it, it was an iffy charge. And I'll take four out of five. And I'm happy w... More>>

Suspect in state trooper threats ordered to psychiatric treatment

BECKLEY (WVVA) -- Court proceedings for a man accused of threatening a state trooper are continued while the suspect spends time in a psychiatric hospital. More>>

Hinton Little League bouncing back after missing money causes problems Video included

HINTON, W. Va (WVVA)-- Police have confirmed they are investigating the Hinton Little League's finances, after money apparently went missing over the summer.This was initially upsetting for its leaders and many parents whose children play, but the Little League is working on bouncing back.Cris Meadows, Vice President of the Hinton Little League's Board of Directors, said several thousand dollars are unaccounted for. He said this came to leaders' attention when a check for new uniforms bounced... More>>

Gracie's Wish, granting stuffed animals to sick children Video included

BECKLEY (WVVA) -- A young girl's compassion will soon touch the lives of more than 80 sick children in southern West Virginia. More>>

Pair arrested after picking up pot from post office Video included

MOUNT HOPE (WVVA) - A pair of Fayette County residents have been arrested after picking up a special delivery from Colorado that contained more than a pound and a half of marijuana.... More>>

Congressman Morgan Griffith visits "Experience Works" agency

RICHLANDS Va. (WVVA)- Congressman Morgan Griffith met with officials at "Experience Works" today in Richlands.The Congressman wished to know more about the federal program, which is geared towards helping low income seniors get back into the workforce."Experience Works" accomplishes this through setting seniors up with a non-profit organization which teaches essential jobs skill while paying them minimum wage.The program is headquartered in Tazewell and Richlands and serves seniors across Sou... More>>

Legal issues settled, rescue squad announces new leadership

SALTVILLE Va. (WVVA) - New leadership for a Southwest Virginia rescue squad says it is focused on serving the community after allegations of health care fraud are settled.A news release from the Saltville Rescue Squad Inc. says all legal matters stemming from a charge of Medicare fraud against the squad have now been settled. In 2012, the squad and its president were indicted on fraud charges. The president was convicted and sentenced to prison. While the squad was found not guilty, the gover... More>>

Bluefield woman gets 15 months for distributing hydromorphone

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CHARLESTON (NEWS RELEASE) – United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced that Rachelle Bryant, 24, of Bluefield, West Virginia, was sentenced in federal court in Charleston today to fifteen months in prison for distributing hydromorphone, dangerous and addictive prescription drugs.Bryant previously pled guilty in December of 2013, admitting that in May of 2013, she distributed two hydromorphone pills to an individual cooperating with law enforcement. The drug deal took place in Bluefield. T... More>>

Tazewell County names four 'Teacher of the Year' winners

TAZEWELL (NEWS RELEASE) -- Tazewell County Public Schools has announced their 2014 Teachers of the Year to four deserving teachers within the county. This year the honors went to Martha Jessee, Ann Keene, Debra Hatfield and Mike Howington each were honored at the April School Board Meeting.Every year teachers in the county name a Teacher of the Year for each school, then their names are taken to the Central Office level where a committee of Central Office Supervisors vote by secret ballot for... More>>

Man pleads guilty in Christiansburg mall shooting

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (AP) -- A man accused of shooting and wounding two women at a community college inside a Christiansburg mall has pleaded guilty to four felony charges. Media outlets report that 19-year-old Neil Allan MacInnis of Christiansburg pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of aggravated malicious wounding and two counts of using a firearm in a felony. Sentencing is set for July 10 in Montgomery County Circuit Court. Police have said the women were in the lobby when a gunman enter... More>>

Orange and Maroon Caravan rolls into town April 30th

BLUEFIELD (WVVA)- The annual Orange and Maroon Caravan will be rolling into town on April 30th at Fincastle on the Mountain.The event is presented by the Bluefield and Tazewell Hokie Clubs.Tickets are 25 dollars for adults and 15 dollars for children.Dinner will start 6:30 P.M. and will feature special guest Head Coach Frank Beamer.Dinner will be provided by Chef Rick.For tickets and information, you can call Lisa Clark at 304-922-8544. More>>

Work Force West Virginia holds veterans job fair Video included

BLUEFIELD (WVVA)- Work Force West Virginia held a job fair for veterans today in Bluefield.

More than 40 venders packed into the Youth Center on Stadium Drive representing various employers from across the state and even the federal level.

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UPDATE: Driver found guilty of most charges in parking lot incident Video included


PRINCETON (WVVA) - A Mercer County jury has found a woman not guilty of attempted murder -- but guilty on all other charges stemming from an incident in which she ran over a Bluefield store employee following a chainsaw theft.
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Va. Tech shooting victims remembered, seven years later

BLACKSBURG (WVVA) - It's been seven years since the deadly shooting on the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg.The massacre on the morning of April 16, 2007, was the deadliest shooting rampage in U.S. history.Thirty-two students and faculty... More>>

UPDATE: Roosters seized from cockfighting home Video included

OAKVALE (WVVA) - One rooster is fighting for its life and Animal Control is in the process of seizing more than 100 other roosters from the cockfighting investigation out of Mercer County.While the owners of the roosters were only cited with a misdemeanor, they are getting all of their 128 roosters taken away.Animal Control officer Tracy Monninger tells WVVA that most residences will only have one to two roosters. This many throws up a red flag.More than half of the birds are being taken from... More>>

SLIDESHOW: April (Snow) Showers

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BLUEFIELD (WVVA) - Spring took a break on Tuesday, giving way to winter-like conditions across the Two Virginias.Temperatures fell quickly through the morning -- from highs around 60 into the 30s. By afternoon, snow... More>>

SLIDESHOW: 'Blood Moon' over the Two Virginias

BLUEFIELD (WVVA) - The photos in the this slideshow were contributed by WVVA viewers during the 'blood moon' on April 15, 2014.If you have a photo you'd like to share, send it to connect@wvva.com, or share it on Facebook at WVVA News. More>>

Ex-firefighter charged with arson in Buchanan County blazes

GRUNDY (WVVA) - A former firefighter has been charged with four counts of arson after allegedly starting fires that burned hundreds of acres in Buchanan County.Shane Rife, 19, of Grundy is accused of starting the... More>>

Bluefield a Tree City

BLUEFIELD (WVVA) - The City of Bluefield has once again been designated as a 'Tree City USA' by the Arbor Day Foundation.Bluefield joins more than 3,400 other cities recognized by the program by meeting the four requirements... More>>

Where you can find Tax Day freebies

BLUEFIELD (WVVA) - The following restaurant chains are offering freebies on Tax Day, April 15:Great American Cookie Company (locations in Mercer Mall and Crossroads Road) is giving away .... More>>

LATEST: Officials Release the Name of the Victim in Sunday Night's Shooting Video included

HINTON (WVVA) -- Police are looking for two male suspects in connection with a drive-by shooting Sunday evening. More>>

A Car Hits A Pedestrian, Sending Him to the Hospital Video included

MERCER COUNTY (WVVA)- According to the Mercer County Sheriff's department, a man was walking down the road when a car swerved, hitting him. The call came in a little before 6:30 p.m. on Monday. The More>>

Human remains found in shallow grave Video included

WYOMING CO. (WVVA) - Human remains are found on the property of a Wyoming County man who is already in custody for another murder.
On Thursday, authorities used a search warrant at the home of Oscar Combs Senior, where skeletal remains were discovered in a shallow makeshift grave.
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Snow in the Forecast for Tuesday Video included

WVVA (Bluefield, WV) – Yes, snow is back in the forecast. Yes, we know it’s April.

A strong cold front will bring periods of rain to the Two Virginias through Tuesday morning. Rain may be heavy at times and accompanied by thunder and occasional gusty winds. Many will see rain totals of a
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The First of 4 Lunar Eclipses for the US

WVVA (Bluefield, WV) -- The morning of Tuesday, April 15th, the US will be in position to see a full lunar eclipse. This will be the first in a consecutive series of 4 total lunar eclipses (called a tetrad) all about 6 months from each other. The second eclipse in this group will be October 8, 2014, the third: More>>

State police bust cockfighting operation

Princeton, West Virginia - West Virginia State Troopers cited two Mercer County residents for hosting an illegal venture in connection to reports of cockfighting. On Saturday, April 12, 2014, troopers joined the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department and responded to 451 Browns Cemetery Road, near Oakvale, West Virginia after receiving information concerning cock fighting. Upon arrival, officers say it was evident that a cock fighting event had recently occurred. Two roosters were found to be sev... More>>

The Greenbrier Announces Pete Sampras as Tennis Pro Emeritus

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS (WVVA)- Pete Sampras will be the new tennis pro emeritus at The Greenbrier Resort. Resort staff sent out a press release announcing Sampras on Monday. He is the resort's first More>>

Man arrested in ax attack

Gary, WV (WVVA)-A man is arrested for attacking a car with and ax-hitting a teenager in the head. It happened Saturday night in Gary, McDowell County. More>>

UPDATE: Suspect caught in early morning robbery Video included

BECKLEY (WVVA) -- A man caused a ruckus robbing a convenience store Sunday morning. Darnell Jackson, 33, of Beckley is accused of second degree robbery.  More>>

W.Va. schools to get free computer system upgrades

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia's public schools will get free computer operating system upgrades for five years under a new agreement with Microsoft.The Charleston Daily Mail reports that schools will enter the agreement with Microsoft on July 1. Under the agreement, schools can upgrade their computers' operating systems without cost if the hardware can handle the upgrade. Many school computers still use the 12-year-old Windows XP system. Microsoft ended support for Windows XP last w... More>>

Va. trial set for coal companies' legal battle

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- A long-running legal battle between two coal companies is headed for trial in Virginia. The Charleston Gazette says an April 21 trial is set in Grundy, Va., for a lawsuit filed by Hugh Caperton against Massey Energy. Caperton claims his companies, Harman Mining Corp. and Sovereign Coal Sales, were financially damaged when Massey slashed the amount of coal it had agreed to buy from them. Caperton originally sued Massey in 1998 in Boone County, W.Va. A jury awarded $5... More>>

W. Va barn demolition reveals 19th century school

MONTCALM, W.Va. (AP) -- A barn demolition project in Mercer County has uncovered a 19th century log school. Brian Pigg discovered the hand-hewn logs at his barn's core while removing siding. The barn is located on Browning Lambert Mountain in the Montcalm area. Retired Montcalm High School history teacher Jack Johnson tells the Bluefield Daily Telegraphthat the log structure was once known as the Mullins School. Pigg says the demolition project is on hold while he determines his next step. H... More>>

Capito comments on request for support in equal pay Video included

BECKLEY (WVVA) -- With the Paycheck Fairness Act in the news, a West Virginia republican is getting phone calls from politicians across the aisle. More>>

Church community celebrates milestone

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (WVVA) -- Sunday marks one century of praise and worship at Ada United Methodist Church.P More>>

"Eggstravaganza" takes over Bluefield Video included

BLUEFIELD, Va. (WVVA) -- Thousands of children and their families made their way to Graham Recreation Park for the fourth annual Eggstravaganza. More>>

Bluefield College continues Appalachian tradition Video included

BLUEFIELD, Va. (WVVA) -- The sights, sounds and tastes of Appalachia were out for all to see at a local college. More>>

Theatre West Virginia auctions tangible memories Video included

BECKLEY (WVVA) -- Theatre West Virginia held an auction Saturday, selling different props that have been featured in productions over the years. More>>

House fire threatens nearby wooded area

RALEIGH (WVVA) -- Fire destroyed a mobile home Saturday afternoon.  According to dispatchers, the home was on Winterset Lane off of Raleigh Ridge Road, just outside Beckley.  More>>

Argument escalates into stabbing in Raleigh County

BECKLEY (WVVA) -- One person is injured after a late night argument. More>>

UPDATE: Officials identify victims in W.Va. plane crash Video included

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Officials say a married couple from Ohio died after their plane crashed in Kanawha County. More>>

Lewisburg Chocolate Festival has Record Ticket Sales Video included

LEWISBURG (WVVA)- Thousands of people headed to the eighth annual Lewisburg Chocolate Festival in Greenbrier County.There were 35 vendors set up for patrons to get chocolate treats from. First timers such as Tyler Harclerode say, "A lot of people who have been here before said, it's one of their favorite events. I had to come."He noted that the chocolate martinis from Del Sol and frozen yogurts from Sweet Frog were his suggestions for any other new comers. In order to get a tasting of any tre... More>>

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  • UPDATE: Rail line reopens, derailment cleanup continues

    UPDATE: Rail line reopens, derailment cleanup continues

    ROCK (WVVA) - Crews were at the site of a train derailment in a remote area of Mercer County Wednesday. The derailment occurred Tuesday night in the Rock area -- near Montcalm -- across from Route 71..More >>
    ROCK (WVVA) - Crews were at the site of a train derailment in a remote area of Mercer County Wednesday. The derailment occurred Tuesday night in the Rock area -- near Montcalm -- across from Route 71.. More >>
  • Theatre W.Va. to return for 54th season

    Theatre W.Va. to return for 54th season

    BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) -- Theatre West Virginia is preparing to return for its 54th season following a shutdown caused by financial problems.The Register-Herald reports that Theatre West Virginia has scheduled 17 performances of "Hatfields and McCoys" this season...More >>
    BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) -- Theatre West Virginia is preparing to return for its 54th season following a shutdown caused by financial problems.The Register-Herald reports that Theatre West Virginia has scheduled 17 performances of "Hatfields and McCoys" this season...More >>
  • Woman guilty of four charges after running over employee

    Woman guilty of four charges after running over employee

    MERCER CO. (WVVA) - Dustie Beller was on trial for running over a woman with her car all for chainsaw. While she was found not guilty of attempted murder, the jury did find her guilty of petty larceny, conspiracy, failure to stop and render aid, and malicious wounding. The victim had this to say about the verdict. "Um very happy,” Mackenzie Ansley said. “To be expected -- the attempted murder charge. I knew coming into it, it was an iffy charge. And I'll take four out of five. And I'm happy w...More >>
    MERCER CO. (WVVA) - Dustie Beller was on trial for running over a woman with her car all for chainsaw. While she was found not guilty of attempted murder, the jury did find her guilty of petty larceny, conspiracy, failure to stop and render aid, and malicious wounding. The victim had this to say about the verdict. "Um very happy,” Mackenzie Ansley said. “To be expected -- the attempted murder charge. I knew coming into it, it was an iffy charge. And I'll take four out of five. And I'm happy w...More >>
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