A Wise County man has been indicted by a grand jury for sexually assaulting a minor. 32-year-old James Harold Bryant has been charged with forcible rape and aggravated sexual battery, along with indecent liberties with a child. Bryant could receive up to life in prison on the current charges.
Two people in Wise County have been arrested in conjunction with a series of meth lab seizures. 34-year-old Joey Hensel Large and 32-year-old Christina Marie Large of Pound have been arrested on several counts of methamphetamine manufacture and possession and 5 felony counts each of child endangerment. Pound Police Department discovered four labs located on their property after investigating the tampering of a water meter at their address.
A new law in Virginia will allow those charged with marijuana possession to opt for additional community service instead of the current 6 month license suspension. About 22,000 people are arrested each year for marijuana possession in Virginia, and 40% of defendants will lose their jobs when they lose their license. Activists say that maintaining a license will help people to complete their community service hours more effectively. The law has bipartisan support in the Virginia House and Senate.
McCARR, Ky. (WYMT) - The Pike County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting near the McCarr and Freeburn communities.
It happened around 6:00 p.m. Tuesday on Peter Fork Road.
Deputies say David L. Adkins fired multiple shots from a handgun into a vehicle while the driver, Darrell K. Adkins, and passenger, Ariel Lashay Epling, were inside.
Darrell Adkins received a single gunshot wound and was airlifted to Pikeville Medical Center Trauma Unit. We do not know his condition at this time.
Epling was not injured.
Deputies arrested David Adkins on two counts of attempted murder. He was booked in the Pike County Detention Center.
HARLAN COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Starting July 1st, Harlan County Schools will have a new superintendent.
The Harlan County School Board has selected Brent Roark to take over for outgoing superintendent Mike Howard.
Howard will retire on June 30th.
According to a news release from the school system, Roark has held numerous positions in the district, including assistant superintendent, Title I director, teacher, coach and others.
He holds numerous degrees and certifications. He earned his elementary education degree at Eastern Kentucky University, his Master of Arts, Rank I and instructional supervision from Union College, and his instructional leadership for superintendency from EKU.
Roark is only the 16th superintendent in the district since 1984.
Thursday, June 29: Conservation Night
5:00 PM – Opening Ceremonies (DAV)
Carnival and Ferris Wheel Opens
Inflatables Open (Big Baseball Field)
Arts & Crafts Opens
Food Booth and Vendors Open
Hay Rides Begin
5:30 PM – Deer Processing Expo, Saftey Expo, Elk Decoy, & Fish & Wildlife Boat
5:30 PM – 4H & FFA Bird House Kits; Court #3
6:00 PM – Fishing Expo; Densmore Goodson; Conference Room
6:30 PM – Trapping Expo; Bobby Owens; Conference Room
7:00 PM – Turkey Calling Expo; Chad Campbell; Conference Room
7:30 PM – Wildlife Women; Mrs. Campbell; Conference Room
8:00 PM – Moron Brothers; Stage
10:00 PM – Close
Friday, June 30: Race Night
5:00 PM – Gates Open
Carnival & Ferris Wheel Open
Arts & Crafts Open
Food Booths & Vendors Open
Hay Rides Begins
6:00 PM – Cruise Inn & Burn Outs; Behind Big Baseball Field
6:00 PM – Pageant; Christy Boyd; Conference Room
7:00 PM – Kids Games; Big Baseball Field
7:30 PM – High In The Saddle Band; Stage
8:00 PM – Movie; Cars; Outside Between Little League Fields
9:00 PM – Still Water Band; Stage
11:00 PM – Close
Saturday, July 1: Patriotic Day
7:00 AM – Race Registration
8:00 AM – Knott County Relay for Life 5K
11:00 AM – Gates Open
Carnival & Ferris Wheel Opens
Arts & Crafts Open
Food Booths & Vendors Open
Hay Rides Begin
12:00 PM – 4H Exhibits/Adult Exhibits; Inside Sportsplex
12:00 PM – Agriculture Exhibits
12:00 PM – Farmers Market; Parking Lot Tent
12:00 PM – First Responders Zone; Kenny Champion Field
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Petting Zoo; Big Baseball Field
2:00 PM – Inflatables/Games; Big Baseball Field
2:00 PM – Youth Rabbit Show; Parking Lot Tent
2:00 PM – Cooking Show; Conference Room
3:00 PM – Greased Pig Contest; Bob Miller Field
3:30 PM – Cooking Show; Conference Room
6:00 PM – Ginsenging For Bills Band; Stage
7:00 PM – Gates Close; Free Admission To Music and Fireworks
7:30 PM – Whitley Tate; Stage
8:00 PM – First Responders Parade
9:00 PM – Hassell Bryant Band; Stage
10:00 PM – Fire on the Mountain Fire Works Show
12:00 AM – Close
(WISE, Va.) – The Virginia Department of Health’s (VDH) LENOWISCO and Cumberland Plateau Health Districts will host town hall meetings on June 28 to engage the community in discussions about injection drug use and related infections including hepatitis B and C and HIV.
The meetings will feature representatives from the National Association of County and City Health Officials, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, local VDH staff and community members. They will discuss a comprehensive community emergency response plan for outbreaks of illness associated with drug use. The Plan aims to reduce the risks of further disease transmission and other consequences of injection drug use. VDH will present a draft community emergency response plan to address a potential rapid increase in new infectious hepatitis (hepatitis B or C infections) or HIV.
The meetings will be held on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at the following times/locations:
As a daughter of the Coalfields and “The Crooked Road,” singer-songwriter Reagan Boggs continues to grow her reputation as one of Americana music’s most popular and influential artists.
Northeast State proudly welcomes Boggs to perform at the College’s “Hot Nights, Cool Music” summer concert series on July 7 at 7:00 p.m. in the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts on the College’s Blountville campus. Admission is free and open to the public.
Boggs grew up in the tiny Southern Appalachian town of Pound, Va. Her family’s home was tucked away in a “holler” outside the small mining community. At times, she can be as pure as such mountain songbirds as Patty Loveless or as edgy as such artists as Shelby Lynne or Matraca Berg. But, all throughout her latest album, Empty Glasses, she manages to simply be Reagan Boggs – and that’s pretty special, as you will hear.
The new album was released last year as the follow-up to her Quicksand disc and won the attention in her home base, as well as on the Americana Music Association chart. She feels that the music on Empty Glasses reflects her diverse musical stylings.
“I had gotten a review in, and one of the lines said that I transcend genres. It’s hard when people ask me – and kind of to my detriment in a way – because when people ask me what kind of music I do, I draw a blank – because I have such a hard time with that,” says Boggs. “It’s very country based, with some other influences running through it. I went through so many phases of my life. I was a Blues singer, a Bluegrass singer, I sang Gospel, and was a Rock and Roller, too. I just love music….of all kinds.”
She lists such artists as Jason Isbell, Patty Loveless, Ryan Adams and Patty Griffin among her influences. She related that growing up in an area where there was little to do, and no cable, music was king – and that’s where she gained her biggest inspiration.
“I love anything that makes me feel something,” says Boggs. “It doesn’t really have to be a specific genre.”
Lee Zimmerman of the roots music journal No Depression compared Boggs style as “…the same wellspring of heartfelt emotion, bittersweet reflection and bleak back porch desire that birthed great singers like Loretta Lynn, Kitty Wells, Dolly Parton, and Emmylou Harris. Her voice is filtered through a mix of hard wrought emotion and soothing sensitivity, the kind that breeds great balladry and stirs the senses simultaneously.”
Boggs is a two-time Mountain Stage performer on National Public Radio and will be featured this summer on the PBS broadcast of “Song of the Mountains.” She also uses her vocal talents to narrate audio books. Check out her titles on Audible.com and iTunes.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The concert begins at 7:00 p.m. For more information, visit www.NortheastState.edu or contact jpkelly@NortheastState.edu
PIKE COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT/WSAZ) - Officials arrested two people in connection to a murder in the Turkey Creek community of Pike County.
Police told WYMT they received some tips about what could possibly be a body at a home on Turkey Creek Road.
We're told once officers searched the scene, they found a body buried in a shallow grave.
Okey Hinkle faces charges for tampering with evidence. Jennifer Blankenship is charged with murder. The pair already faced charges on previous bench warrants. They were taken to the Pike County Detention Center.
Troopers told our sister station WSAZ that the investigation started with a missing person's case out of Mingo County, West Virginia.
Kentucky State Police is in charge of the murder investigation. The Mingo County Sheriff's Office is also investigating to see whether or not the victim is related to the missing person's report.
Police have not released the name of the victim at this time.
The Wise County Sheriff's Office is currently investigating several counterfeit money cases. We have recovered counterfeit $100 bills that were passed at the Indian Mountain Trade Center and other businesses in the county. If you have any information on these crimes please contact the Wise County Sheriff's Office at 1-276-328-3756.