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Lexington native filming a movie set in Kentucky

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By Hayley M. Cookhcook@civitasmedia.comPIKEVILLE, Ky. – Lexington, Kentucky, native Bethany Brooke Anderson has spent the last seven years in Hollywood, but now she is coming back home to film a movie about the very place she grew up in.Anderson’s film, titled “Burning Kentucky,” tells the story of a forbidden love between the son of a sheriff and the sole surviving member of a family the sheriff helped burn to death.According to the promo, the film promises to “take the audience on an unforgettable journey to a shocking conclusion both tragic and revealing” and will “leave the viewers with a haunting question of morality.”


Former judge hires new attorney in his case

By Rachel Doverdove@civitasmedia.comCHARLESTON - The former circuit judge of Mingo County has named a new attorney to represent him in his attempt to have his 50-month federal prison sentence reconsidered.Stephen Jory had been Thornsbury’s lawyer since he was indicted early last fall, but the former defense attorney submitted paperwork removing himself from that role following the defendant’s sentencing hearing was held on June 9.Thornsb...

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Three-car collision results in minor injuries

By Hayley M. Cookhcook@civitasmedia.comSOUTH WILLIAMSON, Ky. - A three-vehicle collision occurred Tuesday afternoon in front of Advance Auto Parts in South Williamson, and resulted in five people being taken to the hospital.According to Kentucky State Trooper Hoyt Smith, the accident occurred at about 3 p.m. when an unidentified car sped onto U.S. Highway 119 in an attempt to cut in front of a private passenger van, driven by Menvill Justice, of Freeburn, Kent...

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Mingo Central teacher arrested for alleged battery of student

By Rachel Doverdove@civitasmedia.comRED JACKET - A Mingo County man who has been employed for many years as an educator in the county school system has been arrested on a battery charge on connection with an incident that occurred with a student on May 16, prior to the end of the 2013-2014 school year.According to information provided to the Daily News by Mingo County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Joe Smith and Sgt. James Muncy, Henry Clay Moore, 63,...

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Alleged sexual assault of teen reported at downtown business

By Rachel Doverdove@civitasmedia.comWILLIAMSON - A Delbarton man has been arrested and is now lodged in the Southwestern Regional Jail at Holden on a $100,000 full-cash bond on a single charge of second-degree sexual assault.On Wednesday, Sgt. James Spence of the Williamson Police Department placed Jason Jonathan Dwayne Fields, 19, under arrest after a warrant had been obtained for his arrest on June 19 stemming from an alleged incident that occurred May 21 in...

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First of 10 guilty pleas entered in kickback case

By Rachel Doverdove@civitasmedia.comCHARLESTON – The first of 10 defendants charged with criminal activity in a kickback scheme investigation of the Mountain Laurel Mining Complex in Logan County has entered a guilty plea in federal court.Gary Roeher, 52, of Logan County, faces up to three years in prison after admitting on Wednesday filing false tax returns, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin has announced. Roeher, entered the plea before U.S. District Judge T...

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Williamson to hold Community Bash

WEST WILLIAMSON - The students of the Williamson Youth Education Program cordially invite you to the Williamson Community Bash to be held July 17, at Williamson Pre K-8 School located at 5 Parkway Drive, Williamson, West Virginia.It will be held from 1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m., with the Student Presentations and viewing of student work from 1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. There will also be a community luncheon.You may contact Ashley White, site coordinator, at 304-785-1331 for more in...

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Former prosecutor reveals his role in corruption case, federal investigation

By Rachel Doverdove@civitasmedia.comCHARLESTON - There are times during court proceedings that one can best obtain insight of the true nature of the case during closing remarks, as well as the defendant’s statement, if one is delivered. Such is true with the federal sentencing hearing of former Mingo County Prosecuting Attorney C. Michael Sparks, who spoke candidly and freely as he admitted the role he played in the case of public corruption, as well as a detailed ...

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