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  • Security amped up at Bridge Day

    Security amped up at Bridge Day

    FAYETTEVILLE, W. Va (WVVA)-- With all the activities going on, there was a huge police presence at Bridge Day above the New River Gorge in Fayetteville. But before entering the bridge, visitors underwentMore >>
    FAYETTEVILLE, W. Va (WVVA)-- With all the activities going on, there was a huge police presence at Bridge Day above the New River Gorge in Fayetteville. But before entering the bridge, visitors underwentMore >>
  • Several injured on Bridge Day

    Several injured on Bridge Day

    FAYETTEVILLE, W. Va (WVVA)-- The New River Gorge bridge is a whopping eight hundred and seventy six feet from the ground... and those extreme Bridge Day activities can be dangerous if not done properly. ParachutersMore >>
    FAYETTEVILLE, W. Va (WVVA)-- The New River Gorge bridge is a whopping eight hundred and seventy six feet from the ground... and those extreme Bridge Day activities can be dangerous if not done properly. ParachutersMore >>
  • Hundreds of Vendors Line up For Bridge Day

    Hundreds of Vendors Line up For Bridge Day

    FAYETTEVILLE (WVVA)- More than 100 vendors from all across the country set up over the New River Gorge to show off their arts and crafts.Not only did people shop around for their favorite items but mostMore >>
    FAYETTEVILLE (WVVA)- More than 100 vendors from all across the country set up over the New River Gorge to show off their arts and crafts.Not only did people shop around for their favorite items but mostMore >>
  • BMX Riders Show Off Their Skills at Bridge Day

    BMX Riders Show Off Their Skills at Bridge Day

    FAYETTEVILLE (WVVA)- A new demo caught the attention of Bridge Day visitors as soon as they entered the gate.BMX riders from Louisiana twisted and turned to show off their tricks for the crowd. The ridersMore >>
    FAYETTEVILLE (WVVA)- A new demo caught the attention of Bridge Day visitors as soon as they entered the gate.BMX riders from Louisiana twisted and turned to show off their tricks for the crowd. The ridersMore >>
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    Oakvale School celebrates new look

    OAKVALE (WVVA) - The much-anticipated opening of Oakvale School has finally arrived.On Monday, students, guests and community members gathered to see the grand opening of the newly-built and renovated building.Tuesday was also move-in day for students in kindergarten through fifth grade.The construction has been underway for two years.More >>
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  • Mercer County man pleads guilty to drug distribution

    Mercer County man pleads guilty to drug distribution

    BLUEFIELD (NEWS RELEASE) – United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced today that Jimmy Dale Wright, 56, of Rock, West Virginia, pled guilty in federal court in Bluefield to distributing hydromorphone, a powerful and addictive prescription pain medication. Wright admitted that in August of 2013, he sold pills to a person who was cooperating with law enforcement authorities. The drug deal took place on Pocosin Fork Road in Lashmeet, Mercer County, West Virginia.Wright faces up to 20 years i...More >>
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  • UPDATE: Bizarre details revealed in sex abuse case against man who claimed to have 'magic' powers

    UPDATE: Bizarre details revealed in sex abuse case against man who claimed to have 'magic' powers

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    BLUEFIELD (WVVA) - Bluefield Police have arrested a man on multiple counts of sex crimes against children.James Irvin, 56, was taken into custody Monday morning. He is charged with...More >>
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FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. (AP) -- Thrillseekers from across the globe are converging on Fayetteville for the annual Bridge Day festival.

Saturday's event is the 34th year for the Bridge Day festival. It is the one day a year that it's legal to jump off the 876-foot high span across the New River Gorge.

More than 80,000 people are expected to walk across the bridge. Rappellers also will make their way from a cat walk under the bridge to the water below.

More than 450 BASE jumpers also registered to leap off the bridge. The acronym BASE stands for the places from which jumpers usually leap: buildings, antennae, spans and earth.

Those who have signed up come from 8 countries and more than 40 states. The youngest is 20 years old and the oldest is 84.

 

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