Posts Tagged ‘West Virginia’


Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018
Hip-Hop Artist, J-Mane overcomes the adversities of “The Struggle”

J-Mane has seen many struggles throughout his life and desires change. Phillip Jermane Allen – also known as J-Mane, is an up and coming hip-hop artist out the underbelly of small rural West Virginia. Allen was born February 4th, 1988 in White Sulphur Spring to parents, Penny Allen and Jay Jones.

The term “music is the entry to the soul” sits with the young J-Mane. It wasn’t always his passion to still make music. When he was younger, he had another passion that he wanted to carry him to the road of success, football. He had dreams of making it pro and coming out of the struggle. The struggles became more of a reality when he got older.

In 2007, Allen’s world changed completely. His mother, Penny Allen, got sick and lost her fight. Young Allen is merely just coming out of high school at the age of 18, and he didn’t know what to think. Sadness, anger, many emotions were running through his head. During his emotional rollercoaster, he gained a DUI charge, and this was when his mindset changed his whole perspective. Phillip turned to football and envisioned success as his way to make his momma proud. In 2015, his dreams fulfilled when he went to the west coast and signed with an AFL (Arena Football League) team. Shortly after signing with the team- his nightmare began. The interim coach lost his position, and his contract voided. Back on the struggle, J-Mane tried to think of ways to cope. Music became the answer. He was able to speak his story and help inspire others. His path appears to be finally set.


What’s next for J-Mane?

J-Mane, with inspirations from the death of his mother, family, friends, and the overall struggle of life, began his journey into the hip-hop scene. His story speaks for itself with hard times, conflict and poverty. His vision is evident. He aims to reach new heights and change the world with his music. His most recent single, “Proof,” featuring ex D-Block member J-Hood is the prime example of struggle in his life. The record speaks on his story of hardships. The truth that J-Mane speaks is something that everyone can identify. J-Mane is here to stay and is the next face of the hip-hop community.

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Pastor killed at snake handling ceremony

Friday, June 1st, 2012

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (AP) — Funeral services are scheduled Saturday for a snake-handling pastor who was fatally bitten during an outdoor service Sunday near Bluefield, W.Va.

The Rev. Mack Wolford was an enthusiastic believer in a disputed Bible verse that most scholars think was tacked on to the Gospel of Mark. It quotes Jesus as saying that believers “shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them.”

On Sunday, witnesses say the 44-year-old Wolford sat down next to a rattlesnake, which bit him on the thigh. Instead of seeking immediate medical help, friends and family prayed for his healing.

Photojournalist Lauren Pond, who attended the service, says Wolford died about eight hours later.

Snake-handling worship services are outlawed in many states, but are legal in West Virginia

American Gypsy Wedding The Craziest Boob-Exposing Eye Gouging Catfight Of All Time

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Every reality show on the planet should give up NOW — because the girls on TLC’s “My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding” just set the record for the wildest, most ruthless catfight of all time … and it was all caught on tape.

The fight went down last November at a “gypsy” wedding in West Virginia — the smaller girl (Mellie) hails from the groom’s side and the bigger girl (Diamond) was the maid of honor.

Sources tell TMZ, neither side of the family exactly approved of the union — but Mellie took it one step further after the ceremony … running her mouth about how the bride and groom don’t belong together.

Diamond caught wind of it … and FLIPPED — shoving Mellie to the ground outside the church.

At that point, both girls unleashed fist-flying hell — beating the living crap out of each other and pulling at each other’s clothes until they were naked … literally.

Last living U.S. World War I Veteran Dies At Age 110

Sunday, February 27th, 2011


(CNN) — Frank Buckles, the last living U.S. World War I veteran, has died, a spokesman for his family said Sunday. He was 110.

Buckles “died peacefully in his home of natural causes” early Sunday morning, the family said in a statement sent to CNN late Sunday by spokesman David DeJonge.

Buckles marked his 110th birthday on February 1, but his family had earlier told CNN he had slowed considerably since last fall, according his daughter Susannah Buckles Flanagan, who lives at the family home near Charles Town, West Virginia.


Police Nab Beef Jerky Bandits

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

Two West Virginia cousins have left authorities scratching their heads.

The duo, 37-year old Michael Graham and 35-year old John Barry, were stopped by Pennsylvania State Police because their license plate was dangling from their vehicle.

After being stopped, police found they were carrying a carload of stolen beef jerky and tool sets the men planned to sell for gas money.

An affidavit from authorities attests that the arresting officer spotted “a large amount of boxed and packaged beef jerky” and socket sets on the car’s rear seat.

Police say the cousins admitted stealing the items from auto parts and convenience stores.  Who knew there was such a large black market for stolen beef jerky?


Gunman Kills US Marshal, Wounds 2

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

A man opened fire on authorities trying to serve a warrant in West Virginia this morning, fatally wounding one deputy U.S. marshal and injuring two others before being shot dead by law enforcement officials, authorities said.

Several marshals went to the home in Elkins around 8:30 a.m. to serve a warrant for the arrest of Charles Smith, 50, who was wanted on drug charges, the U.S. Marshals Service said,

As the law enforcement officers entered the home, a man inside opened fire with a shotgun, hitting three marshals. The officers returned fire and hit Smith, who was dead on the scene, the Marshals Service said.

The wounded marshals, whose names were not immediately released, were all taken to hospitals. One died of his injuries, while a second was hospitalized but is expected to recover, the Marshals Service said. A third marshal was treated and released from the hospital.