The Five Men Rescued From A Cave In Russell County Virginia Have Been Identified. 55 Year Old Mark Webb, 34 Year Old Anthony Webb, 55 Year Old David Gobble, 54 Year Old Jason McFaddin And 55 Year Old Jeff Jackson Were All Rescued Over The Weekend And Treated For Hypothermia Related Injuries. Another Man With Them 22 Year Old David Webb Was Able To Rescue Himself And Call 911.
An Investigation Is Continuing Into A Body Found This Past Weekend In The Lewis Creek Section Of Russell County Virginia. Sheriff Steve Dye Said The Body Was Located In An Area Near Where There Was An Extensive Search Back In January In Reference To A Missing Person Case Out Of Buchanan County. Additional Information Is Expected To Be Released Later This Week.
HARLAN, Ky. (WYMT) - Several local music groups and artists will gather next week to host a benefit concert for a family affected by a deadly fire.
The event, that will benefit the Howard family, will take place Thursday, May 2nd from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. at the Buttermore Building in Downtown Harlan.
Two twin toddlers were found dead inside the family's home following the fire on April 22nd in the Totz community. Their mother, Allyson Howard, died two days later at a Georgia hospital. The father, Chad Howard, is still fighting for his life at that same hospital.
A Facebook post for the event states the concert is free, but donations are encouraged and will go to the With Love From Harlan organization, which has already raised more than $12,000 for funeral and other expenses for the victims.
Here are the acts scheduled to perform:
Dakota Saylor & The Bloody Harlan Band
The Wise County Virginia School Board Has Approved In 2020 Fiscal Year Budget. The 60.4 Million Dollar Spending Plan Has Been Sent To County Leaders To Approve. Included In The Budget, Is A Five Percent Pay Raise For Teachers And Picking Up The Tab For A 200-Thousand Dollar Increase In The Health Plan. The Board Of Supervisors Will Consider The Budget In May.
WHITESBURG, Ky. – Swing into Spring with Letcher County Tourism at Raven Rock Golf Course on Saturday, April 27th for amazing golf deals, free –live music, family fun, delicious food and spirit tastings.
Live music will begin at 4 p.m. and will conclude with a free live acoustic concert by Country Music Star Aaron Tippin under the big top at 8 p.m.
Guests are asked to bring their own lawn chair for the concert.
Prior to Aaron Tippin, Tourism will welcome to the stage East KY Natives Cory Harris at 4 p.m., Kristi Stanley & Running Blind at 5:15 p.m. and Clay Jamerson at 7 p.m.
An early bird “Pick a Pro” 4-person team or individual golf scramble will kick off the day at 8 a.m., followed by a special all-day rate of $15 to play 18 holes. Golfers wanting to participate in the golf scramble must register by Thursday, April 25th.
The kid-zone will open at 4 p.m. and will provide endless fun with face painting and inflatables.
As the afternoon progresses, Kentucky Mist Moonshine of Whitesburg and Dueling Barrels Brewery & Distillery of Pikeville will be offering spirits flights and tastings of their most-liked beverages. The Pine Restaurant at Raven Rock will also be serving their signature food and drinks throughout the day.
A special setting of the Wise County General District Court will be held on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. at Union High School Auditorium, 2 Champions Avenue, Big Stone Gap, Virginia with General District Court Judge Ronald Elkins presiding. Two trials are scheduled to be heard that day before an audience of students from Eastside High School, Union High School, J.I. Burton High School, and Central High School.
The trials will begin at 9:30 a.m. The program will conclude at approximately 11:00 a.m. Participants will be available for media interviews at 9:00 a.m. prior to the trials.
This year's program will bring together students from two separate school systems, Norton City Public Schools and Wise County Public Schools. Participants will include area defense attorneys, prosecutors from the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office, Wise County Sheriff Ronnie Oakes and officers from the Wise County Sheriff's Department, Norton City Police Chief James Lane and officers from the Norton City Police Department, and clerks from the Wise County Circuit Court Clerk's Office. Students will attend the actual court proceedings and will learn first-hand the real-life consequences of their decisions and actions. Following the trials, these events will provide an opportunity for the students to engage in a dialogue with court officials. The programs were scheduled strategically for April ahead of prom season and during Alcohol Abuse Awareness Month.
Commonwealth's Attorney Chuck Slemp said, "We are so excited to once again put on our annual Courts to Classrooms Program and thankful for the partnership of court officials and our school systems. It is important for our young people to see firsthand how the criminal justice system works. These students are learning that choices have consequences. Our goal is to inspire young people with this program and ensure that they understand the dangers of drugs, alcohol, and other crimes."
For more information, please contact Chuck Slemp at 276-328-9406 or CHSlemp@wisecwa.info.
A Major Change Is Coming To Ballad Health With The Air Ambulance Services. Med Trans Has Been Picked To Be The Single Provider To The Area. Currently Ballad Works With Three Air Ambulance Organizations. Ballad Does Not Expect Any Loss Of Jobs Or Disruptions To The Current Services. The Transition Which Should Be Complete By Late June, Will Mean A New Name For The Air Medical Services.
Food City Will Be Hosting A Company Wide Career Fair For Both Full Time And Part Time Positions, On Wednesday April 24th. Food City Is Looking To Hire Over 750 People Throughout The Market Area. If You Are Interested In Applying, You Can Visit Foodcity.Com Or Any Food City Location To Complete An Application
C.H. "Chuck" Slemp, III has received the nomination of the Republican Party to seek a second term as Commonwealth's Attorney.
The Wise/Norton Republican Party will hold a firehouse primary or canvas of voters on June 1, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Norton Community Center, 201 Park Avenue NE in Norton to officially nominate its candidates for the November 2019 General Election. However, Slemp became the party's official nominee last week when he was the only candidate to have filed to run for the office of Commonwealth's Attorney.
Chuck Slemp, age 37 of Wise, was elected Commonwealth's Attorney on November 3, 2015. Slemp announced his intention to seek a second four-year term earlier this year. Slemp was born in Wise County and grew up on a farm near Big Stone Gap. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia's College at Wise with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. He holds a Master's Degree from Regent University in Public Policy and a Juris Doctor from Regent School of Law. He also completed postgraduate studies at Oxford University in the United Kingdom. Prior to his election to office, Slemp practiced criminal law, domestic relations law, estate planning, and local government law in Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee.
The past several years have been busy for Slemp and his team, handling thousands of prosecutions. The office handled over 30,000 cases last year alone. Since becoming Commonwealth's Attorney in 2016, Slemp has lead a team of nine prosecutors, created various initiatives designed to create greater efficiencies in the criminal justice system, and worked closely with law enforcement in the prosecution of criminal cases to promote public safety throughout Southwest Virginia. In 2016, Slemp launched the "Courts to Classrooms" program, which provides educational experiences for area students. In 2017, Slemp created the "Southwest Virginia Joint Senior Abuse Task Force" to address crimes against senior citizens and the "Wise Works" program to provide an alternative sentencing option for low-risk offenders. Addressing the region's substance abuse crisis, protecting seniors from financial exploitation, and safeguarding children from abuse and neglect have been among his top priorities.
Slemp said, "I am honored to again receive the Republican nomination for Commonwealth's Attorney. I am proud of our team and the dedicated public service that our prosecutors, paralegals, and victim advocates have given this community over the past four years. I firmly believe that our record reflects the fact that every team member is 'giving it their all' every day. I hope we are given the opportunity to continue doing so the next four years."
Slemp pledged an aggressive re-election campaign, "I am excited to get started campaigning, attending events, knocking on doors, and talking to voters about our record. I am humbled by the chance to serve Wise County and the City of Norton. I respectfully ask for the opportunity to continue leading the office, and would appreciate your vote on November 5th."
Wise County Sheriff Ronnie Oakes said, "Chuck is one of the hardest working people I've ever seen. I am so glad that he is running for reelection. He leads a great team by setting an example of hard work and dedication. Over the past few years, we have worked closely on countless cases, programs and operations. He and his team are always available and accessible by day and in the middle of the night. He provides support and advice to law enforcement in court and at crime scenes across the region."
Kim Mullins, Wise County Republican Party Chair, said, "We are excited that Chuck Slemp is again the Republican Party's nominee for the Office of Commonwealth's Attorney. Chuck has worked hard for the past four years to prosecute crime, create public safety awareness campaigns, crime prevention projects for our region's young people, and formed meaningful programs to make a difference in the lives of our citizens. He kept the promises he made during his first campaign and has served our county well. I am excited that Chuck will be seeking the opportunity to continue his service as our Commonwealth's Attorney for the next four years."
Delegate Terry Kilgore said, "Chuck has been a great Commonwealth's Attorney and I am excited that he will be on the ballot again in November for another term. His office handles a lot of cases and is one of the largest prosecutor's offices in western Virginia. Chuck and his team do a great job. They are fair and diligent, work to provide support for victims of crime, and seek resolutions to cases that promote public safety throughout our entire region."
Delegate Todd Pillion said, "I have worked with Chuck on countless community events and legislative initiatives over the past several years. Together, we have sought creative solutions to important issues impacting Southwest Virginia, from addressing substance abuse and addiction to fighting crimes against senior citizens. Chuck has boundless energy and a strong work ethic. He comes up with great innovative ideas to make a difference and he has put the right people in place to make those ideas reality."
Leton Harding, President and CEO of Powell Valley National Bank is a member of the Southwest Virginia Joint Senior Abuse Task Force. Harding said, "Financial abuse of the elderly has increased many fold over the past several years. The Banking and Financial Industry has asked for leadership and support from the legislative and legal enforcement communities to develop safe harbors for reporting of potential abuse. Efforts such as the Elder Abuse Task Force led by Chuck Slemp have played a significant role in enhancing protection for our Senior Citizens and other at risk groups."
Brian Caldwell serves as Director for the Wise Works Program, an alternative sentencing program created by Slemp in 2017. Caldwell said, "I am so thankful for Chuck Slemp's leadership as Commonwealth's Attorney. He had the vision and courage to pursue the creation of our Wise Works Program. Since its inception, Wise Works has had 67 participants, has saved Wise County nearly $400,000 in jail costs and saved localities almost $300,000 in labor for needed community improvements. Chuck took a risk creating this program, and it is paying off for the localities and making a difference in the lives of our program participants."
Commonwealth's Attorney is one of several local public officials who will be on the ballot this November. Election day is November 5, 2019.
The Coal Run Night Market returns Friday, May 3 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm at the City Park in Coal Run Village. Artists, crafters, vendors, area restaurants, and food trucks will be on site with LIVE entertainment featured on the park's main stage. Admission is free! Come on out for a fabulous family event under the stars! That's the Coal Run Night Market, Friday, May 3. For more information phone (606) 437-6032.