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  • Woman suffers minor injuries after car rolls on I-77 in Raleigh County

    Woman suffers minor injuries after car rolls on I-77 in Raleigh County

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:13 PM EDT2014-07-31 02:13:55 GMT
    Car rolled multiple times on I-77 North in Raleigh County.Car rolled multiple times on I-77 North in Raleigh County.
    In Raleigh County, a woman is miraculously not seriously injured, after her car rolls over on I-77 around 6:30 Wednesday night.An eyewitness tells us the woman was driving in the left lane on the northbound side. She suddenly veered off the road, over corrected,then slammed into the side of a tractor trailer. The car rolled multiple times before coming to a stop on it's roof.The witness says two small dogs ran out of the car. Moments later, the woman crawled out and ran after one of the dogs....
    In Raleigh County, a woman is miraculously not seriously injured, after her car rolls over on I-77 around 6:30 Wednesday night.An eyewitness tells us the woman was driving in the left lane on the northbound side. She suddenly veered off the road, over corrected,then slammed into the side of a tractor trailer. The car rolled multiple times before coming to a stop on it's roof.The witness says two small dogs ran out of the car. Moments later, the woman crawled out and ran after one of the dogs....
  • EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Woman struck by car on Robert C. Byrd Drive

    EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Woman struck by car on Robert C. Byrd Drive

    Friday, August 1 2014 6:27 PM EDT2014-08-01 22:27:01 GMT
    A woman was struck by a car in front of Family Coin Laundry on Robert C. Byrd Drive in Beckley Thursday night.This is surveillance video given to us by the business owners. She was not walking on a designated crosswalk. So who is at fault?
    A woman was struck by a car in front of Family Coin Laundry on Robert C. Byrd Drive in Beckley Thursday night.This is surveillance video given to us by the business owners. She was not walking on a designated crosswalk. So who is at fault?
  • Alpha Natural Resources may idle eight mines in the state of West Virginia

    Alpha Natural Resources may idle eight mines in the state of West Virginia

    Friday, August 1 2014 3:58 PM EDT2014-08-01 19:58:48 GMT
    Alpha Natural Resources might lay off over 1,000 minersAlpha Natural Resources might lay off over 1,000 miners
    Just days after coal miners rally in Pittsburgh over new rules on EPA emissions another problem arises for the coal industry.Alpha Natural Resources says because of a weak market and government regulations mine sites might have to be shut down.Eight Alpha affiliated surface mines in West Virginia are expected to be shutdown by mid October. Three of the eight mines are right here in Southern West Virginia.One of the mines that could be idled is the Pioneer Fuel's Ewing Fork number 1 Surface Mi...
    Just days after coal miners rally in Pittsburgh over new rules on EPA emissions another problem arises for the coal industry.Alpha Natural Resources says because of a weak market and government regulations mine sites might have to be shut down.Eight Alpha affiliated surface mines in West Virginia are expected to be shutdown by mid October. Three of the eight mines are right here in Southern West Virginia.One of the mines that could be idled is the Pioneer Fuel's Ewing Fork number 1 Surface Mi...

Spencer Adkins is the longest serving on-air personality on WOWK TV.

He joined the station in March of 1993, after driving a U-Haul through the remnants of the "Storm of the Century." That should have been a sign he would end up spending most of his time talking about weather.

Spencer graduated from Oakland University which is located north of Detroit and is nowhere near Oakland, California. His original plan was to work in some kind of sportscasting, but he found a level of success writing, covering and anchoring news stories.

His first TV job was in 1989 at WBKB TV in Alpena, Michigan which was the smallest TV market (and station) in the nation at the time. Spencer did the entire load of news, weather and sports for the weekend newscasts, his first exposure to weathercasting. After that, Spencer would venture to Clarksburg, WV also in 1989, where he became the 11p.m. co-anchor and producer. Spencer filled in for the late, great Mike Simons on weather. His next stop was also in West Virginia at WYVN TV in 1991, in the beautiful Eastern Panhandle where he also produced and co-anchored the 11p.m. news. Yes, he also filled in on weather when needed. In 1992, Spencer took a position as weekend weather anchor and weekday news reporter at WHOI TV in Peoria, Illinois. Six months later, West Virginia would come calling again.

Spencer arrived at WOWK first as a Charleston night side reporter. A few months later, he was tapped to be the morning weather anchor alongside morning anchor Samantha Kozsey. A year later, Spencer convinced the bosses to let him create his own segment on the evening news called "Spencer's Neighborhood Spotlight," which was pretty much Spencer rolling around the area showcasing anything and everything people like to do for fun. Two years later, Spencer was asked to take over for departing Chief Meteorologist Dave Parker. Spencer accepted, went back to school for meteorology, trained on the job, busted a few forecasts, learned a whole lot, and eventually earned the prestigious Seal of Approval from the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association. In recent years, Spencer elevated his credentials by becoming a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist via the American Meteorological Society.

When he's not talking about, thinking about or messing around with something that has to do with weather, Spencer is most likely spending time with his family or is out running or in the gym lifting weights. He is still a huge NASCAR fan, has been a local track stock car race announcer, still dabbles in covering college and high school football and loves all of the local college teams from Marshall to WVU, UK to Ohio University and even Ohio State when they aren't playing Michigan. He got hooked on thriller novels thanks to reading author Brad Thor and loves any new tech or computer gadget.

Over the years he has been an avid supporter of the Marine Corps Toys for Tots drive in the area. Spencer grew up in Michigan where he met his wife, but they eventually landed in Huntington, West Virginia, which was the home of his grandparents.

He currently lives in Cabell County with his wife, four boys and two girl dogs where they all lead a very busy life. Spencer says he has been very lucky to work with several other outstanding meteorologists in his department over the years. Together they have won numerous awards for Best Weathercast or Best Weather Operation from various groups. However, Spencer says the best "award" he can receive is when someone says, "You got it right today!"