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NPS firefighters take our 59News crews to the fireline of brushfire

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An enormous effort is underway in Fayette County to stop the spread of a massive brush fire that continues to consume more land in the New River Gorge. More>>

26th annual "Celebrity Night" coming to a restaurant near you

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Food, celebrities and helping out worthy causes that's coming up on Cinco De Mayo. More>>

NEW DETAILS: New River Gorge brushfire nearly contained

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Officials with the National Park Service updated the ongoing efforts to put out a brushfire that has burned 130 acres of the New River Gorge National River.  They said on Wednesday, April 23 that the fire is nearly completely contained, but not yet fully controlled. More>>

NEW DETAILS: WVDOH to close Route 99 intermittently

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Crews with the West Virginia Department of Transportation are on the scene of a rockslide that is blocking a road in western Raleigh County. More>>

LATEST: New River Gorge brushfire nearly contained

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Firefighters are dealing with a brush fire that has spread through the New River Gorge National River. More>>

Boston Marathon runner returns home inspired

Boston Marathon runner returns home inspired

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A 19 time Boston Marathon runner showed no hesitation to go back to Boston this year after last year's disaster. More>>

FOUND: Missing person, Baron Lambert, found unharmed Video included

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Troopers said that Baron Scott Lambert, 27, was last seen in around 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22. That was in the area of Barlow Hollow which is near Maybeury, WV.
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FIRST ON 59: Smith's Packette employee robbed at knife point

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An employee at a Raleigh County business falls victim to an armed robbery Tuesday night (4/22). More>>

Vocational school proposes drug testing students for new program

Vocational school proposes drug testing students for new program Video included

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A student drug test proposal was heard at a Board Of Education Meeting by the Academic Careers and Technology vocational school. More>>

80-year-old woman homeless after 8 homes collapse in McDowell County Video included

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Several people are left homeless Tuesday, after their apartment complex crumbled to the ground. More>>

Concord University names Dr. Kendra Boggess as 12th President

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Concord University named their 12th President, Dr. Kendra Boggess at a Board of Governors meeting Tuesday night, pending approval by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission. Dr. Boggess has been serving as Concord University’s interim president since last July. She was one of three finalists for the presidency of Concord following a nationwide search. Dr. Boggess has been serving Concord for almost three decades in academics and administration to the presidency. More>>

Demolition underway for old Iaeger Elementary; Construction to start for new School

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Demolition is underway in McDowell County as the old Iaegar Elementary School is coming down and anew building is being constructed. More>>

Mudslide on Riverside Drive in McDowell County still keeps road closed

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Repairs on a McDowell County road continue, following a water line leak and mudslide. More>>

Former Concord University Police Officer will serve time for sex charges Video included

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Randy Cordle of Lashmeet was sentenced to 10 to 20 years in prison on Tuesday, April 22. Cordle had previously pleaded guilty to one count of sexual assault by a parent or custodian. None of the abuse happened on the university campus.
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Old Mill Bridge to be closed for repairs on Monday, April 28

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Work will begin to repair a bridge that was damaged nearly two years ago. The Old Mill Bridge in Mabscott, which is also known as the Knob Hill bridge, was damaged in July 2012 when a tractor trailer hit the bridge causing structural damage.
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Residents of Northfork Apartment Building safe but without a home

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A building collapsed Monday night in McDowell County. It was an apartment building on Main Street in the Northfork area. More>>

State Police search for convicted sex offender who may be involved in another sex crime

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Christopher Lee Preston, 35, of Beckley is wanted by the West Virginia State Police. Preston was convicted of a sex crime in 1998 and must register as a sex offender. He is now under investigation by law enforcement out of Kanawha County. More>>

UPDATE: Strange arrested on Malicious Wounding charge after shooting in Bluefield, WV Video included

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Trayvon Strange was arrested on Monday, April 21 in connection with an investigation into a shooting that happened on Lewis Street.
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NEW DETAILS: Rock above Route 20 in Hinton dislodged Video included

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Route 20 could be closed off and on while WVDOT crews work to clean up rockslide.
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A Mercer County man is in Jail after sexual assault and abuse charges on juveniles

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A Mercer County man is in Southern Regional Jail after he was charged with 5 counts of sexual assault and 10 counts of sexual abuse on juveniles.James Irvin is a 52 year old man who thinks of himself as a magical warlock. He allegedly used this to Lure young girls in to gain his trust.Detective Adams, with the Bluefield Police Department, said he used this religion to convince the girls."His daughter in law said he was practicing a Pagan religion and he was able to perform magic rituals and h... More>>

Hinton Native Ken Allman Named West Virginia's Small-Business Person of the Year

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HINTON -- Ken Allman, owner and CEO of PracticeLink.com and MountainPlex Properties, has been recognized as West Virginia’s Small-Business Person of the Year. This award, whose recipient is chosen by the West Virginia District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration, recognizes small businesses for their local and national contributions and economic impact.Allman will be recognized at the Small Business Week Awards Celebration on Thursday, May 29, at the West Virginia University Eric... More>>

Bridge Over Bluestone Lake in Hinton to be Replaced

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HINTON -- A three and a half year project to replace the Lilly Bridge over Bluestone Lake in Hinton is taking place. Mountaineer Contracting tore down part of a mountainside to widen the road on Route 20 to make room for the new bridge. The existing one cannot safely handle heavy trucks passing over that exceed weight limits.The bridge will be built by Brayman Construction, and Mountaineer Contracting assisted with widening the road. The existing bridge will remain open to traffic.Stay with w... More>>

Fayette County Elementary students raise $3,500 for Make-A-Wish

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Almost$3,500 was raised for the Make-A-Wish foundation by children in our area. More>>

Jimmy Wright pleaded guilty to dealing prescription pills in Mercer County

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Efforts to put a stop to the illegal sale of prescription drugs took another step forward in West Virginia on Monday, April 21. More>>

Eric Hitt pleaded guilty to child porn charges out of Mercer County

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An investigation into a child pornography case out of Mercer County lead to the arrest of a Princeton man on Monday, April 21. More>>

David Price named new Superintendent of Raleigh County Schools

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An announcement was made at a news conference on Monday, April 21 revealing who will take over as head of Raleigh County schools. More>>

Deputies investigate body found near White Sulphur Springs

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Investigators are trying to find out what happened to a person who's body was found in Greenbrier County. More>>

Three crews fight house fire in Shady Spring

Three crews fight house fire in Shady Spring

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Three fire departments worked to fight a house fire in Shady Spring, Raleigh County Sunday night.The fire started just after 8 p.m. in Country Road Estates.Everyone inside the home was able to make it out unharmed.Ghent, Beaver, and Coal City Fire Departments responded to the scene.Right now - the cause of the fire has not been determined but crews did say there was natural gas inside the home.As of 11 p.m. Sunday, the scene was still not cleared. More>>

Several arrested after city-wide drug sweep in Greenbrier County

Several arrested after city-wide drug sweep in Greenbrier County

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Four men are arrested after a city-wide drug sweep in Greenbrier County.On Thursday, April 17 officers with Alderson Police Department along with the Greenbrier County Sheriff's Department and the West Virginia State Police made three felony arrests and one misdemeanor arrest on drug charges.Jeremy Lewis is charged with delivery of a controlled substance (marijuana) , possession with intent to deliver, and conspiracy to commit a felony.Ronald Cook Jr. is charged with two counts of delivery of... More>>

One man shot early Saturday morning in Beckley

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     One man is in custody Saturday after a bar shooting in Raleigh County. More>>

Correctional officers and inmates indicted in plot to kill another inmate

Correctional officers and inmates indicted in plot to kill another inmate

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WV State Regional Jail Authority Director, Joe DeLong, confirmed that four correctional officers and four other inmates are now charged after they plotted to kill another inmate. More>>

Crews battle a house fire for several hours in Pax

Crews battle a house fire for several hours in Pax

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A house burnt for several hours last night in Pax before fire crews could put it out.Officials say nobody lived in the home that was located on Paint Street.The Pax Fire Department's assistant Chief, John Lovelace, said that arson looked to be the cause."Because nobody lives here and there's no way it could have been an electrical fire, so we think somebody set it," he said.Some Pax residents said that when houses catch on fire like this they are left worried for their own home."It crosses my... More>>

Princeton State Police arrest suspect in Walmart parking lot theft

Princeton State Police arrest suspect in Walmart parking lot theft

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State troopers in Princeton said they've arrested a man in connection with a Walmart parking lot theft. More>>

Boy Scouts team up with the American Chestnut Foundation to plant trees

Boy Scouts team up with the American Chestnut Foundation to plant trees

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Today the American Chestnut Foundation and the Boy Scouts of America teamed up and planted numerous Chestnut trees.The trees were planted at the National Scout Reserve in Glen Jean.Over 40 scouts were there working very hard alongside friends and family membersBoy Scout officialssayss that this was a great way for scouts to put the ideals of scouting into practice."We've gathered scouts from 3 different counties, Raleigh ,Summers andLayettee.They can come up here and learn more about the Ches... More>>

Human remains found in Greenbrier County

Human remains found in Greenbrier County

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Greenbrier County Sheriff Jan Cahill told 59 News Sunday that human remains were found in the eastern part of the county. More>>

Tazewell County Sheriff's Deputies capture man wanted for scamming people

Tazewell County Sheriff's Deputies capture man wanted for scamming people

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Tazewell County Sheriff Deputies have captured a man wanted for scamming people in at least three counties. More>>

Mercer County Woman Dies in Florida Car Accident

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JACKSONVILLE -- A Mercer County woman was killed in an accident in Jacksonville FL early Saturday morning. According to police Kimberly Gillespie had stopped her vehicle in the center lane of I-95 going Northbound in Jacksonville when she was hit by an approaching vehicle, and ejecting Gillespie from her vehicle. After she was ejected, two more vehicles ran over her body. Police say the oncoming vehicles did not see Gillespie due to poor lighting. She was pronounced dead at the scene.Gillespi... More>>

Beckley Motor Speedway holds open practice

Beckley Motor Speedway holds open practice

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Today the Beckley Motor Speedway held an open practice for any racer who wanted to test out the track. More>>

Crews fight house fire in Fayette County for several hours Saturday

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Crews fought a house fire in Fayette County Saturday evening for several hours. 911 Dispatchers said the call came in of a house fire on Paint Creek Road near Pax around 6:30 p.m. Pax Fire Department and Bradley-Prosperity Fire Department responded along with several other crews. We're told no one was inside the home when the fire happened. More>>

Woman and husband charged for unintentional killing of son

Woman and husband charged for unintentional killing of son

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A Shinnston woman and her husband have been charged with what authorities are calling the unintentional suffocation of her 3-month-old son. More>>

Greenbrier Resort celebrates 100th anniversary of Old White TPC

Greenbrier Resort celebrates 100th anniversary of Old White TPC

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America's resort is celebrating an important birthday.The Greenbrier Resort's famous golf course, the Old White TPC turned 100 years old today.To commemorate the event Jim Justice, Owner of The Greenbrier, and Jeff Kmiec, the resort's President along with several other representatives of the resort gathered Saturday to remember the course's long history.Guests were in attendance to watch as Justice hit the ceremonial first ball from the first tee.Even recent Masters winner Bubba Watson made a... More>>

After chemical Spill, officials give $1.2 Million to WV tourism

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There's a new push to help West Virginia's tourism industry after the chemical spill that caused a major water crisis in January. More>>

Haven't planned your summer vacation? Experts give tips

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Haven't finalized your summer vacation plans yet? More>>

Raleigh County Humane Society dealing with severe overcrowding

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It's puppy and kitty season according to the Raleigh County Humane Society.  And for them, that means one thing... overcrowding. More>>

Thanked an emergency dispatcher? It's their day

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Thursday is national Dispatcher Day. We are also in National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. It's a time to celebrate and thank those who dedicate their lives to serving the public and to set aside More>>

Ford's Mustang turns 50 years old

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An American muscle classic is blowing out the candles on Thursday. More>>

One Lane Closes After Trucks Catch Fire on I-77

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ATHENS -- One southbound lane on Interstate 77 near the Athens exit was closed today after two vehicles caught on fire. More>>

Regional Jails to ban contact visits in attempt to keep out drugs

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This week, the Regional Jail Authority announced the new no touching rule during visitations. More>>

YMCA announces concert for Friends of Coal Auto Fair

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Jay Rist, CEO of the YMCA of Southern West Virginia announced Thursday Jake Owen and Kelly Pickler will be performing at the fair on Saturday, July 19. More>>

Officers crack down on distracted driving

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Last years number of state highway deaths was the second lowest number to date. Officials say the new distracted driving laws are responsible. Officers are now handing out more tickets than ever to anyone More>>

William Pugh held on $500,000 bond in connection with sex charges

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Troopers with the West Virginia State Police Crimes Against Children Unit made an arrest in an investigation into a man who allegedly solicited a 14-year-old for sex. More>>

Burning Rock is ready for ATV season

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Burning Rock Outdoor Adventure Park is urging people to come out and see all the trails and excitement they have to offer. More>>

VICTIM SPEAKS: Mixed verdict in Dustie Beller attempted murder trial Video included

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Victim Mackenzie Ansley speaks out on the verdict of Dustie Beller. More>>

Raleigh County participates in National Healthcare Decisions Day

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Across the nation Wednesday, April 16, people took time out of their day to think about their health care. More>>

Beckley Z-Way Project to move forward in May

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Just imagine, a trip down the main artery of Beckley without wasting your day sitting at red-light after red-light.  The future is almost here. More>>

Mercer County Schools hold a meeting regarding this coming years levy rate

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The Mercer County Board of Education held a meeting on Tuesday regarding the 2014 and 15 school year levy rate. More>>

Would stiffer penalties for DUI's save more lives?

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Driving under the influence in Mercer County. Authorities told us they're seeing it far too often lately. More>>

Skeletal remains found Wyoming County Video included

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State Police found skeletal remains on a man's property in Wyoming County. More>>

How you can help clean up Kee Dam

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In Mercer County, a popular fishing area that became a dump site for trash is getting cleaned up. More>>

Snow returns to southern West Virginia in time for tax day

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April 15 is tax day and around the Mountain State it was snowing. More>>

The building of a new school calls for safer railroad crossing

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A new school is being built in Wyoming County, but a railroad track is forcing officials to take action to keep the children safe. More>>

Mid-70 temperatures, then snow? How do we deal? Video included

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A lot of people in the area spent the weekend outside to enjoy the beautiful weather. Unfortunately for some, winter isn't done with us yet. More>>

The Greenbrier names Sampras as tennis pro emeritus

Tennis Hall of Famer Peter Sampras has been named tennis pro emeritus at The Greenbrier. More>>

UPDATE: Police said suspect in Little General robbery needed money because of drug problem

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At 9am on Sunday morning Beckley Police Department responded to a call from the Little General store on Johnstown Road. More>>

Brush fire nears homes in Fayette County

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Crews were on the scene of a brush fire for three hours in Fayette County Sunday night. More>>

Crews battle brush fire for several hours in Mercer County

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Crews spent more than four hours fighting a brush fire in Mercer County Sunday. More>>

Mercer County schools will start early next year

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Mercer County schools will start early for the 2014-15 school year. More>>

Tax Tips From WV Attorney General Patrick Morrisey

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CHARLESTON - Attorney General Patrick Morrisey warned consumers to be cautious if they are filing their taxes at the last minute or awaiting a tax refund. "The April 15 tax day deadline is quickly approaching, More>>

8th Annual Chocolate Festival held in Lewisburg

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8th annual chocolate festival held in Lewisburg More>>

Boston Marathon Bombings won't slow this veteran runner down

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After witnessing the Boston bombings in 2013, Lee Hunter, is headed back to the Boston Marathon for her 19th year in a row. More>>

Town of Marlinton shares plans to re-build after fire

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After a devastating fire this winter demolished a large portion of the business district in Marlinton, Pocahontas County, plans are coming together to re-build the area. More>>

Former Pocahontas County Prosecutor is indicted for embezzlement

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A former prosecuting attorney in Pocahontas County found herself on the wrong side of the courtroom Friday. More>>

Community reacts to high school teacher sex-assault arrest

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Community members in Pocahontas County react to hearing about a high school teacher facing sexual assault charges. More>>

Police search for woman in attempted bank robbery case out of Bluefield, WV

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A search is being conducted for a person who tried to rob the First Century Bank on College Ave in Bluefield, WV on Friday morning.According to police the woman came into the lobby of the bank at around More>>

Beckley physician to talk sports trauma at symposium in Florida

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This weekend a doctor from Beckley will be headed to a Jacksonville, FL to talk about sports medicine. Dr. Jim Kyle is an emergency physician. He will be at the 4th Annual First Coast Sports Injury Symposium. More>>

Susan French named Mercer County Teacher of the Year

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The Mercer County Board of Education has announced the educator who takes home the honor of being the best in the county for 2014-2015.Susan French, who is a sixth grade teacher at Montcalm Elementary More>>

Mackenzie's Closet offers discounted prom dresses

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Mackenzie's Closet, located off 219 in Fairlea, opened last month providing the area with hundreds of gowns, in all shapes and sizes. Unlike other stores, these dresses are available to borrow at no cost. Melanie More>>

Raleigh County students celebrate Arbor Day early

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If you didn't know, we're getting close to Arbor Day which is April 25th and children in Raleigh County are celebrating a little early and making the world a better place. More>>

Brian's Safehouse holds annual fundraising dinner

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A local drug rehab home is holding their annual dinner to raise awareness on Thursday, March 10. More>>

DOH fixes potholes in Summers County; Rt. 20, Rt. 3

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You've been emailing us with your concerns on the conditions of Route 3 and Route 20 in Summers County and we're working for you to find out when the potholes near Hinton and the surrounding areas will be filled. More>>

Preschoolers plant pinwheels for child abuse prevention

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Dozens of colorful pinwheels are on display in the lawn of the mayors office today. More>>

UPDATE: Jim Brown issues statement regarding resignation Video included

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A special meeting of the Raleigh County Board of Education was held on Tuesday, March 18 at 8:30 a.m. More>>

West Virginia State Police To Develop Sex Offender Mapping Program

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There are hundreds of crimes against children in West Virginia every year and only 18 troopers to deal with the cases. "It's nowhere near enough. Our troopers are overwhelmed. The ones that are assigned More>>

Flooding Threat Not Over

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FLOOD THREAT: Our next round of winter weather will move in to the area late this afternoon with possible heavy rain.Tuesday will start off dry with a mix of sun and clouds and temperatures topping out More>>

OSHA Investigating Fatal Cell Tower Collapse in Harrison County

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Two men were killed and two men were injured as they were making structural repairs to the tower when it fell.
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Middle School Track star putting up High School stats

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Kelshawn Grant is a middle school track star that is putting up stats comparable to high school scores. More>>

Head Start's Small Fry Showdown

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Children in the Head Start program throughout the area came to have some fun and celebrate the end of their school year at the YMCA Sports Complex for the Head Start small fry show down.
 

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