WSWV News Archive

Thompson Indicted for Embezzlement

Cheryl Ann Thompson was indicted today on 43 counts of embezzlement by the Lee County Circuit Court. Thompson embezzled more than $100,000 from Boone’s B.P. in Ewing VA.

Alpha Natural Resources Files Bankruptcy

Alpha Natural Resources has officially filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as of Monday. The company operates nearly 60 coal mines, a number of which provide many jobs in our region. Alpha alerted 292 employees of possible layoffs last month. The downturn in the coal mining industry has resulted in numerous job losses for Lee […]

Joy Global Laying Off 55

Joy Global in Duffield, Virginia announced last week that they will be laying off 55 employees. The layoff comes in the wake of the mining industry downturn. The employees affected work primarily with continuous miner product rebuilds. The company says the layoff is temporary and they look forward to bringing the employees back when demand […]

IDA Job Fair

The Lee County IDA and the Virginia Employment Commission will be hosting a job fair on Tuesday, August 11 at 10 a.m. at the Pennington Gap Community Center. Confirmed employers will consist of a number of local construction, healthcare, retail, and financial establishments. These include Mountain States Health Alliance, Estes Brothers Construction, Glass Machinery, Lee […]

Lee County RAM

The Lee County RAM Event will be held on September 12 and 13 at the Lee County Airport. Those wishing to donate toward the event can go to or make check payable to: The Health Wagon, Lee County Ram; PO BOX 367 Jonesville, VA 24263 If you would like to volunteer to work this […]

Szemak Arraigned in Lee County

A Lee County woman was arraigned Monday after being extradited from Kentucky where she was being held for possession of methamphetamine. Amanda Szemak was taken into custody by the Jonesville Police Department for an offense that occurred on June 30. Szemak was pulled over by the Jonesville Police Department and found with methamphetamine in a […]

Tax-Free Weekend and Generals Football

With only 21 days left until the start of the 2015-2016 school year, this year’s tax-free weekend will be held next weekend August 7-9 in Virginia. This means school supplies, clothing, footwear, hurricane and emergency preparedness items, and Energy Star and WaterSense products can be purchased without paying sales tax. Online purchases also qualify during […]

Mining Accident Injures Big Stone Gap Man

A Big Stone Gap man was injured in a mining accident Monday morning at Paramount Coal Company’s Mine No. 26 in Dickenson County. The man caught and twisted 0his arm on the drill steel while installing roof bolts and was airlifted to a hospital in Louisville KY. He is now recovering after a successful surgery.

KY State Trooper Injured in On-Foot Pursuit

A Harlan woman was arrested Monday morning after an on-foot pursuit Sunday night left a Kentucky State Police Officer in the hospital. Trooper Josh Messer sustained a broken leg while pursuing Paula Foley and another suspect, after the pair ran through a road block at Blackmont. The occupants wrecked their truck in a ditch line […]

MECC Mountain Music School

Mountain Empire Community College is holding their Eleventh Annual Mountain Music School this week, the 27th through the 31st. The program offers students ages 10 and older the opportunity to learn traditional Appalachian old-time music. Free music performances are held each day featuring the region’s most talented performers. The week will end in a jam […]