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  • Commercialization Station Will Soon Undergo Renovations In Bluefield

    Commercialization Station Will Soon Undergo Renovations In Bluefield

    Commercialization Station Will Soon Undergo Renovations In Bluefield

    Tuesday, May 23 2017 5:31 PM EDT2017-05-23 21:31:36 GMT
    A facility that will help start-up businesses will soon undergo renovations in Bluefield.  This is all thanks to a more than 2 million dollar grant from the Economic Development Administration along with more than $500,000 thousand from the Shott Foundation.  This commercialization station is an incubator that focuses on things like manufacturing and welding for start-up businesses.  The renovations will be electrical and work will also be done on the doors of the build...
    A facility that will help start-up businesses will soon undergo renovations in Bluefield.  This is all thanks to a more than 2 million dollar grant from the Economic Development Administration along with more than $500,000 thousand from the Shott Foundation.  This commercialization station is an incubator that focuses on things like manufacturing and welding for start-up businesses.  The renovations will be electrical and work will also be done on the doors of the build...
  • Clean Up Continues on Rock Slide in Mercer County

    Clean Up Continues on Rock Slide in Mercer County

    Monday, May 22 2017 9:24 PM EDT2017-05-23 01:24:04 GMT
    People in Mercer County are still looking for alternative routes after a rock slide shutdown a main roadway. A rock slide on County Route 460 on Kellysville Road is continuing to prove difficult to clear for West Virginia Department of Transportation. Due to the size of some of the boulders on the road, crews had to bring in heavy equipment from out of state. "What we want to do is get all the material out and we'll have to have a look at the embankment," WVDOT Distr...
    People in Mercer County are still looking for alternative routes after a rock slide shutdown a main roadway. A rock slide on County Route 460 on Kellysville Road is continuing to prove difficult to clear for West Virginia Department of Transportation. Due to the size of some of the boulders on the road, crews had to bring in heavy equipment from out of state. "What we want to do is get all the material out and we'll have to have a look at the embankment," WVDOT Distr...
  • New Ladder Truck Arrives At Princeton Fire Department

    New Ladder Truck Arrives At Princeton Fire Department

    New Ladder Truck Arrives At Princeton Fire Department

    Monday, May 22 2017 6:15 PM EDT2017-05-22 22:15:04 GMT
    The Princeton Fire Department now has a new ladder fire truck.  It has a 100 foot platform that can now reach the highest building in the city.  The new truck arrived on May 21, 2017.  Firefighters will begin training on the new truck on May 23, 2017.  It will go in use once the firefighters are finished with training in a few weeks.  Princeton Fire Chief Chad Bailey said, "It's got a longer reach but it's the newest equipment out there.  It's state...
    The Princeton Fire Department now has a new ladder fire truck.  It has a 100 foot platform that can now reach the highest building in the city.  The new truck arrived on May 21, 2017.  Firefighters will begin training on the new truck on May 23, 2017.  It will go in use once the firefighters are finished with training in a few weeks.  Princeton Fire Chief Chad Bailey said, "It's got a longer reach but it's the newest equipment out there.  It's state...
  • Man Sentenced For Trying To Solicit A Minor Over A Computer In Mercer County

    Man Sentenced For Trying To Solicit A Minor Over A Computer In Mercer County

    Man Sentenced For Trying To Solicit A Minor Over A Computer In Mercer County

    Monday, May 22 2017 6:10 PM EDT2017-05-22 22:10:34 GMT
    A man accused of trying to solicit a minor over a computer found out his fate in Mercer County on May 22, 2017.  Charles Bailey was sentenced 2 to 10 years each, for 2 Counts of Soliciting a Minor By A Computer.  Those sentences are set to run at the same time.  However, a judge suspended those sentences.  Instead, Bailey will serve 5 years.  He will serve the first 6 months of his sentence on home confinement.  Bailey was arrested back in 2015.  Det...
    A man accused of trying to solicit a minor over a computer found out his fate in Mercer County on May 22, 2017.  Charles Bailey was sentenced 2 to 10 years each, for 2 Counts of Soliciting a Minor By A Computer.  Those sentences are set to run at the same time.  However, a judge suspended those sentences.  Instead, Bailey will serve 5 years.  He will serve the first 6 months of his sentence on home confinement.  Bailey was arrested back in 2015.  Det...
  • City Workers in Princeton Offer Tips To Prevent Your Area From Flooding

    City Workers in Princeton Offer Tips To Prevent Your Area From Flooding

    City Workers in Princeton Offer Tips To Prevent Your Area From Flooding

    Monday, May 22 2017 6:03 PM EDT2017-05-22 22:03:03 GMT
    While we are expecting more rain in our forecast this week, we spoke to an assistant public works director in Mercer County about tips on preventing flooding in your area.  Jackie Phillips is the Assistant Public Works Director for the city of Princeton.  On May 22, 2017, he said when they find out that rain is on the way, they try to make sure debris is cleared away from the culverts to prevent flooding. Phillips said, "Just keep, not throwing grass in your ditches a...
    While we are expecting more rain in our forecast this week, we spoke to an assistant public works director in Mercer County about tips on preventing flooding in your area.  Jackie Phillips is the Assistant Public Works Director for the city of Princeton.  On May 22, 2017, he said when they find out that rain is on the way, they try to make sure debris is cleared away from the culverts to prevent flooding. Phillips said, "Just keep, not throwing grass in your ditches a...
  • UPDATE: Bluefield WV Officer Arrested for DUI

    UPDATE: Bluefield WV Officer Arrested for DUI

    Monday, May 22 2017 5:34 PM EDT2017-05-22 21:34:08 GMT

    Saturday morning (5/20) a Mercer County Deputy arrested an officer with the Bluefield West Virginia Police Department.

    Saturday morning (5/20) a Mercer County Deputy arrested an officer with the Bluefield West Virginia Police Department.

  • Stages Music School Holds Spring Concert

    Stages Music School Holds Spring Concert

    Sunday, May 21 2017 7:16 PM EDT2017-05-21 23:16:40 GMT

    Kids in Mercer County showed off their musical talent.  

    Kids in Mercer County showed off their musical talent.  

  • HIGH WATERS: Deputies Ensure Safety in Dangerous Wx Conditions

    HIGH WATERS: Deputies Ensure Safety in Dangerous Wx Conditions

    Saturday, May 20 2017 8:32 PM EDT2017-05-21 00:32:55 GMT

    Mercer County was no stranger to the wet weather Saturday evening (5/20). 

    Mercer County was no stranger to the wet weather Saturday evening (5/20). 

  • Installation Of New Field Turf At Mitchell Stadium Finished

    Installation Of New Field Turf At Mitchell Stadium Finished

    Installation Of New Field Turf At Mitchell Stadium Finished

    Friday, May 19 2017 5:53 PM EDT2017-05-19 21:53:16 GMT
    The new field turf at Mitchell Stadium is now finished being installed.  The installation process took about 3 weeks.  The new turf cost more than $400,000.  To protect the new turf, food, sunflower seeds, gum, and tobacco products aren't allowed on the turf.  Parks and Recreation Director Charles Ridlehuber said, "It's nice to be finished and put in.  What's nice for us is these media lines go through the team area.  We used to have paint that. &nb...
    The new field turf at Mitchell Stadium is now finished being installed.  The installation process took about 3 weeks.  The new turf cost more than $400,000.  To protect the new turf, food, sunflower seeds, gum, and tobacco products aren't allowed on the turf.  Parks and Recreation Director Charles Ridlehuber said, "It's nice to be finished and put in.  What's nice for us is these media lines go through the team area.  We used to have paint that. &nb...
  • Warm Weather Means Orange Cone Season And Drivers Should Be On Alert

    Warm Weather Means Orange Cone Season And Drivers Should Be On Alert

    Warm Weather Means Orange Cone Season And Drivers Should Be On Alert

    Wednesday, May 17 2017 6:05 PM EDT2017-05-17 22:05:26 GMT
    Now that the warm weather is here, that means it's orange cone season.  Drivers on Wednesday May 17, 2017 were being extra mindful when merging on interstate 77 in the northbound lanes in Mercer County.  The right lane at the end of the ramp near exit 9 was closed due to construction crews putting in new asphalt.  Crews said the speed limit was slowed down to 55 in that work zone.  Driver Lance Franklin of Christiansburg, Virginia said he and his wife are headed to...
    Now that the warm weather is here, that means it's orange cone season.  Drivers on Wednesday May 17, 2017 were being extra mindful when merging on interstate 77 in the northbound lanes in Mercer County.  The right lane at the end of the ramp near exit 9 was closed due to construction crews putting in new asphalt.  Crews said the speed limit was slowed down to 55 in that work zone.  Driver Lance Franklin of Christiansburg, Virginia said he and his wife are headed to...
  • UPDATE: Mercer County Man Arrested For Child Exploitation

    UPDATE: Mercer County Man Arrested For Child Exploitation

    Wednesday, May 17 2017 3:50 PM EDT2017-05-17 19:50:57 GMT

           A Mercer county man is facing child sexual abuse charges.
          Charles Dodson was arrested Friday for having explicit pictures of a child stored on his iPhone. 

           A Mercer county man is facing child sexual abuse charges.
          Charles Dodson was arrested Friday for having explicit pictures of a child stored on his iPhone. 

  • Create Opportunity Event Held To Teach Marketing and Social Media Strategies in Bluefield

    Create Opportunity Event Held To Teach Marketing and Social Media Strategies in Bluefield

    Create Opportunity Event Held To Teach Marketing and Social Media Strategies in Bluefield

    Tuesday, May 16 2017 5:32 PM EDT2017-05-16 21:32:21 GMT
    A Create Opportunity event was held in Bluefield on May 16, 2017 at the Clover Club.  It was a free luncheon event that focused on marketing and social media.  Business owners learned how to accelerate business growth with inbound marketing. Public Information Specialist Mike Friel with the Robert C. Byrd Institute said, "We're hoping that people can figure out how to market their goods and services in the most effective way and ultimately to expand their businesses, e...
    A Create Opportunity event was held in Bluefield on May 16, 2017 at the Clover Club.  It was a free luncheon event that focused on marketing and social media.  Business owners learned how to accelerate business growth with inbound marketing. Public Information Specialist Mike Friel with the Robert C. Byrd Institute said, "We're hoping that people can figure out how to market their goods and services in the most effective way and ultimately to expand their businesses, e...
  • Crews Working to Refurbish Vacant Buildings To Enhance Downtown Bluefield

    Crews Working to Refurbish Vacant Buildings To Enhance Downtown Bluefield

    Crews Working to Refurbish Vacant Buildings To Enhance Downtown Bluefield

    Tuesday, May 16 2017 5:26 PM EDT2017-05-16 21:26:12 GMT
    In Mercer County, crews with the city of Bluefield are working to refurbish their older vacant buildings downtown.  On May 16, 2017, crews with the city of Bluefield were working to remove old paint from vacant buildings owned by the city on the block between Scott and Raleigh Streets.  Community and Economic Development Director for the city of Bluefield Jim Spencer said through the downtown development plan, they want to enhance the look of downtown.  They will be goi...
    In Mercer County, crews with the city of Bluefield are working to refurbish their older vacant buildings downtown.  On May 16, 2017, crews with the city of Bluefield were working to remove old paint from vacant buildings owned by the city on the block between Scott and Raleigh Streets.  Community and Economic Development Director for the city of Bluefield Jim Spencer said through the downtown development plan, they want to enhance the look of downtown.  They will be goi...
  • Mercer County Man Sentenced For Child Sex Crimes

    Mercer County Man Sentenced For Child Sex Crimes

    Mercer County Man Sentenced For Child Sex Crimes

    Tuesday, May 16 2017 5:19 PM EDT2017-05-16 21:19:06 GMT
    A former Mercer County youth minister accused of molesting a child for years found out his fate on May 16, 2017.  James Lilly of Bluefield was sentenced 2 to 10 years in prison for 3 Counts of First Degree Sexual Abuse.  The abuse reportedly started in 2009.  Police were alerted by the victim's family members in late 2015.  Prosecutors said the offense was not connected to Lilly's church activities. 
    A former Mercer County youth minister accused of molesting a child for years found out his fate on May 16, 2017.  James Lilly of Bluefield was sentenced 2 to 10 years in prison for 3 Counts of First Degree Sexual Abuse.  The abuse reportedly started in 2009.  Police were alerted by the victim's family members in late 2015.  Prosecutors said the offense was not connected to Lilly's church activities. 
  • Rock Slide Closes Road Indefinitely in Mercer County

    Rock Slide Closes Road Indefinitely in Mercer County

    Monday, May 15 2017 8:19 PM EDT2017-05-16 00:19:04 GMT
    People in Mercer County are finding other ways to get around, after a rock slide closes a main road. County Route 460 on Kellysville Road, will remain closed until further notice.  The West Virginia Department of Transportation is working to clean up a rock slide. But that is proving to be difficult. Due to the size of some of the boulders on the road, they are bringing in heavy equipment from out of state. Clean up crews also have to get permission from the surrounding pr...
    People in Mercer County are finding other ways to get around, after a rock slide closes a main road. County Route 460 on Kellysville Road, will remain closed until further notice.  The West Virginia Department of Transportation is working to clean up a rock slide. But that is proving to be difficult. Due to the size of some of the boulders on the road, they are bringing in heavy equipment from out of state. Clean up crews also have to get permission from the surrounding pr...
  • Roundtable Discussion Held In Bluefield With WV Attorney General On Topics Like The Opioid Addiction Epidemic

    Roundtable Discussion Held In Bluefield With WV Attorney General On Topics Like The Opioid Addiction Epidemic

    Roundtable Discussion Held In Bluefield With WV Attorney General On Topics Like The Opioid Addiction Epidemic

    Monday, May 15 2017 5:32 PM EDT2017-05-15 21:32:26 GMT
    A roundtable discussion was held at Bluefield City Hall with West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey along with local leaders on May 15, 2017 in Mercer County.  One topic of discussion was the fight against the opioid epidemic.  Taking a stand against the opioid epidemic is something city leaders and businesses owners in Southern West Virginia have in common.   They all came together in Bluefield to talk about the next step as part of a roundtable discussion hos...
    A roundtable discussion was held at Bluefield City Hall with West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey along with local leaders on May 15, 2017 in Mercer County.  One topic of discussion was the fight against the opioid epidemic.  Taking a stand against the opioid epidemic is something city leaders and businesses owners in Southern West Virginia have in common.   They all came together in Bluefield to talk about the next step as part of a roundtable discussion hos...
  • ROAD CLOSED: Mercer County Road Closed Due to a Slide

    ROAD CLOSED: Mercer County Road Closed Due to a Slide

    Saturday, May 13 2017 12:29 PM EDT2017-05-13 16:29:21 GMT

    A road in Mercer County has been closed due to a slide. 

    A road in Mercer County has been closed due to a slide. 

  • Flood Relief: Helping Our Neighbors fundraiser on June 30, 2016

    Flood Relief: Helping Our Neighbors fundraiser on June 30, 2016

    Wednesday, June 29 2016 3:29 PM EDT2016-06-29 19:29:26 GMT

    WVNS-TV 59News is leading the way with coverage of the flooding which has devastated communities across southern West Virginia.  Those efforts continue with our Flood Relief: Helping Our Neighbors fundraising drive on Thursday, June 30, 2016. 

    WVNS-TV 59News is leading the way with coverage of the flooding which has devastated communities across southern West Virginia.  Those efforts continue with our Flood Relief: Helping Our Neighbors fundraising drive on Thursday, June 30, 2016. 

  • Founders Day of Caring: Fill the Boot for Food

    Founders Day of Caring: Fill the Boot for Food

    Friday, June 17 2016 12:30 PM EDT2016-06-17 16:30:43 GMT

    59News is hosting a "Fill the Boot for Food" drive to commemorate Founder's Day.  This is the 20th anniversary of the founding of our parent company, Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc.  

    59News is hosting a "Fill the Boot for Food" drive to commemorate Founder's Day.  This is the 20th anniversary of the founding of our parent company, Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc.  

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