Karissa Blackburn

Position: Content Producer
E-Mail Address: kblackburn@civitasmedia.com
Phone Number: 304-752-6950


About Karissa Blackburn

Karissa Blackburn is a recent graduate from West Virginia University where she received a Bachelor of Science in journalism. She attends church at Freedom Full Gospel Assembly House of Prayer at Horsepen and loves participating in her church drama team: Ten Strings. Karissa is an avid coffee-drinker, book-reader, day-dreamer and story-teller. If you have any news tips, you can reach Karissa at 304-752-6950, ext. 1729 or kblackburn@civitasmedia.com. Romans 1:16

Latest Stories by Karissa Blackburn

It's time to “fall back” and change the clocks.
Every Fall, we say good-bye to Daylight Saving Time and hello to Standard Time when most Americans turn their clocks back one hour. As Eastern Daylight-Savings Time ends and Eastern Standard Time begins, area residents should turn their clocks back one hour early Sunday morning. At 2 a.m.

Remember: 'Fall Back' this weekend

It's time to “fall back” and change the clocks. Every Fall, we say good-bye to Daylight Saving Time and hello to Standard Time when most Americans turn their clocks back one hour. As Eastern Daylight-Savings Time ends and Eastern Standard Time begins, area residents should turn their clocks back one hour early Sunday morning. At 2 a.m.

Amanda Adams Mattox, originally of Gilbert, became interested in the supernatural after a personal experience left her with more questions than answers. The experience lead her deep into the world of the unknown as she began studying the paranormal. Mattox became a paranormal investigator in 2009, and she began to look for a group of people to help

Embracing the paranormal

Amanda Adams Mattox, originally of Gilbert, became interested in the supernatural after a personal experience left her with more questions than answers. The experience lead her deep into the world of the unknown as she began studying the paranormal. Mattox became a paranormal investigator in 2009, and she began to look for a group of people to help

CHARLESTON — According to United States Attorney Booth Goodwin's office, the Logan County Assessor has been charged with a federal banking law violation.
Goodwin filed an information in federal court in Charleston on Wednesday against Russell R. Grimmett, also known as Rick Grimmett, for violating federal banking laws. Banks are required by

Grimmett accused of 'structuring'

CHARLESTON — According to United States Attorney Booth Goodwin's office, the Logan County Assessor has been charged with a federal banking law violation. Goodwin filed an information in federal court in Charleston on Wednesday against Russell R. Grimmett, also known as Rick Grimmett, for violating federal banking laws. Banks are required by

SOUTH CHARLESTON — Katie Copley, 26, and Tyler Sipple, 21, both of Stollings, were arrested Tuesday night after an alleged crime spree in South Charleston; the couple was taken to jail after an incident just before midnight at McDonalds in Southridge. Copley and Sipple were both charged with armed robbery and malicious assault.
Police say a

Logan couple arrested for assault, robbery

SOUTH CHARLESTON — Katie Copley, 26, and Tyler Sipple, 21, both of Stollings, were arrested Tuesday night after an alleged crime spree in South Charleston; the couple was taken to jail after an incident just before midnight at McDonalds in Southridge. Copley and Sipple were both charged with armed robbery and malicious assault. Police say a

OMAR —Kenneth Brandon Ooten of Delbarton has been arrested in reference to an armed robbery that occurred at the old Chevron station, now a Marathon station, located along Route 44 in Omar late Sunday evening.
The robbery happened a little after 8 p.m. Sunday when a man entered the Marathon Gas Station located at 7716 Jerry West Highway, in

Arrest made in Omar armed robbery

OMAR —Kenneth Brandon Ooten of Delbarton has been arrested in reference to an armed robbery that occurred at the old Chevron station, now a Marathon station, located along Route 44 in Omar late Sunday evening. The robbery happened a little after 8 p.m. Sunday when a man entered the Marathon Gas Station located at 7716 Jerry West Highway, in

GLENVILLE — Southern Coalition for the ARTS has been running full force since their most recent, on-stage production of Shrek: The Musical, which still has residents of Logan County buzzing about the group. From a haunted attraction to news of a winter production, the ARTS have made it clear that they're here to stay.
On Tuesday, during the

ARTS brings home title

GLENVILLE — Southern Coalition for the ARTS has been running full force since their most recent, on-stage production of Shrek: The Musical, which still has residents of Logan County buzzing about the group. From a haunted attraction to news of a winter production, the ARTS have made it clear that they're here to stay. On Tuesday, during the

SOUTH CHARLESTON — Katie Copley, 26, and Tyler Sipple, 21, both of Stollings, were arrested Tuesday night, Oct. 28, 2014, after an alleged crime spree in South Charleston.
The couple was taken to jail after an incident just before midnight at McDonalds in Southridge. Copley and Sipple were both charged with armed robbery and malicious assaul

Logan couple arrested for assault, robbery

SOUTH CHARLESTON — Katie Copley, 26, and Tyler Sipple, 21, both of Stollings, were arrested Tuesday night, Oct. 28, 2014, after an alleged crime spree in South Charleston. The couple was taken to jail after an incident just before midnight at McDonalds in Southridge. Copley and Sipple were both charged with armed robbery and malicious assaul

KISTLER — Christy Lynn Gaikowski, 40, of Accoville, was arrested by the City of Logan Police on October 17 for entering without breaking.
Deputy Terry Brumfield was contacted on January 11 by Logan County 911 referring to a break and enter in the Kistler area. Upon arrival, Brumfield spoke to the victim, Kenneth Milton, who had returned home

Woman allegedly steals TV, DVR

KISTLER — Christy Lynn Gaikowski, 40, of Accoville, was arrested by the City of Logan Police on October 17 for entering without breaking. Deputy Terry Brumfield was contacted on January 11 by Logan County 911 referring to a break and enter in the Kistler area. Upon arrival, Brumfield spoke to the victim, Kenneth Milton, who had returned home

LOGAN — In preparing for next Tuesday's General Election, County Clerk John Turner, along with volunteers from the two major political parties in West Virginia, took time Tuesday, Oct. 28 to test the polling equipment.
“We have a machine from each of the precincts,” Turner said. “We have someone come and vote on each precin

Preparing for Gen. Election

LOGAN — In preparing for next Tuesday's General Election, County Clerk John Turner, along with volunteers from the two major political parties in West Virginia, took time Tuesday, Oct. 28 to test the polling equipment. “We have a machine from each of the precincts,” Turner said. “We have someone come and vote on each precin

CHARLESTON — An Alum Creek man faces a voluntary manslaughter charge stemming from the death of a pastor. Charleston police arrested 36-year-old David Sharp on Monday for an incident that occured on September 10 of this year.
Sharp is accused of shoving 76-year-old Auther Hensley, a pastor of the Woodville First Baptist Church for 13 years,

Chapmanville pastor passes away

CHARLESTON — An Alum Creek man faces a voluntary manslaughter charge stemming from the death of a pastor. Charleston police arrested 36-year-old David Sharp on Monday for an incident that occured on September 10 of this year. Sharp is accused of shoving 76-year-old Auther Hensley, a pastor of the Woodville First Baptist Church for 13 years,

3-MILE CURVE — On Friday, Oct. 24, three businesses on 3-Mile Curve joined hands and stretched out to become one in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
“Representing Logan Center, Genesis Healthcare, I really wanted to something different this year in recognition of breast cancer awareness month,” Betty Conn, Recreation

Breast Cancer Awareness

3-MILE CURVE — On Friday, Oct. 24, three businesses on 3-Mile Curve joined hands and stretched out to become one in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. “Representing Logan Center, Genesis Healthcare, I really wanted to something different this year in recognition of breast cancer awareness month,” Betty Conn, Recreation

Plaque, program dedicated to miners

BEAVER, W.Va. — Don Bragg and Elvis Hatfield, who died in an underground mine fire at Massey Energy's Aracoma Coal Alma No. 1 Mine in Logan County in Jan. 2006, were remembered in a ceremony Monday morning dedicating a new training program at the National Mine Health and Safety Academy in Raleigh County. In the mine accident at Aracoma, Brag

Armed robbery in Omar

OMAR — The old Chevron station, now a Marathon station, located along Route 44 in Omar was a victim of an armed robbery late Sunday evening. According to reports, the robbery happened a little after 8 p.m. Sunday evening. An unknown suspect entered the Marathon Gas Station located at 7716 Jerry West Highway, in Omar, brandished a firearm and

Five days into the 10 day Early Voting period, and Logan County Clerk John Turner says he is very pleased with the turnout.
“It's doing really well,” Turner said. “I'm very pleased with it. That's what people need to do is come out and vote. If we keep on track we may even hit a thousand by next Saturday.”
Compared to 723

Good turnout for early voting

Five days into the 10 day Early Voting period, and Logan County Clerk John Turner says he is very pleased with the turnout. “It's doing really well,” Turner said. “I'm very pleased with it. That's what people need to do is come out and vote. If we keep on track we may even hit a thousand by next Saturday.” Compared to 723

HOLDEN — Kristopher Michael Selly, 22, of Holden, was arrested by the Logan County Sheriff's Department on October 20 for multiple charges. On October 19, Selly was charged with fleeing on foot and obstructing an officer.
At approximately 10:10 p.m., Deputy Nick Tucker, alond with the assistance of Depty D.J. Miller, Cpl. Booth and the Logan

Porch hideout, warranted arrest

HOLDEN — Kristopher Michael Selly, 22, of Holden, was arrested by the Logan County Sheriff's Department on October 20 for multiple charges. On October 19, Selly was charged with fleeing on foot and obstructing an officer. At approximately 10:10 p.m., Deputy Nick Tucker, alond with the assistance of Depty D.J. Miller, Cpl. Booth and the Logan

The Logan County Sheriff's Department is currently investigating an accident between a school bus and a coal truck.
On Friday, Oct. 24, Deputy Derrick Miller with the Logan County Sheriff's Department responded to a two vehicle crash located in the Stollings area of Logan County.
Deputy Miller arrived on the scene at approximately 7:35 a.m. Upon

School bus accident

The Logan County Sheriff's Department is currently investigating an accident between a school bus and a coal truck. On Friday, Oct. 24, Deputy Derrick Miller with the Logan County Sheriff's Department responded to a two vehicle crash located in the Stollings area of Logan County. Deputy Miller arrived on the scene at approximately 7:35 a.m. Upon

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin announced in September that Sabrina Deskins, a Logan County assistant prosecutor, will fill the vacancy for the Family Court Judge for the 8th Family Court Circuit serving Mingo County. The vacancy was created by the appointment of former Family Court Judge Miki Thompson to Circuit Judge for the 30th Judicial Circuit.
How

Commission appoints asst. prosecutor

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin announced in September that Sabrina Deskins, a Logan County assistant prosecutor, will fill the vacancy for the Family Court Judge for the 8th Family Court Circuit serving Mingo County. The vacancy was created by the appointment of former Family Court Judge Miki Thompson to Circuit Judge for the 30th Judicial Circuit. How

Perry Ballard, the Boone County native boxer that has held seven national and world titles in his career, is returning to southern West Virginia for the 27th Annual Toughman Contest in what he has called his “farewell bout in this great state.”
Ballard, who is 47 years old, will take on 38-year-old Steve Walker, otherwise known as The

Ballard saying 'Farewell'

Perry Ballard, the Boone County native boxer that has held seven national and world titles in his career, is returning to southern West Virginia for the 27th Annual Toughman Contest in what he has called his “farewell bout in this great state.” Ballard, who is 47 years old, will take on 38-year-old Steve Walker, otherwise known as The

Healthy, Fun Fall Festival

CORA-SHAMROCK — A new neighborhood coalition, Renew Rebuild Unite Cora-Shamrock, will host a free, kick-off event from 1-4 p.m. Sat., Oct. 25 at the Shamrock Freewill Baptist Church in Shamrock. Organizers urge everyone to come show community support and get chili, soup, cornbread and healthy snacks as well as health screenings and an opportu

CHAPMANVILLE — At the end of the 2013-14 school year, Chapmanville Middle School had maybe eight or nine students involved in their band. Today, however, they have nearly 70, and band director Brad Dougan contributes that change to a partnership between the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and VH1's Save The Music Foundation.
Sa

CMS saves the music

CHAPMANVILLE — At the end of the 2013-14 school year, Chapmanville Middle School had maybe eight or nine students involved in their band. Today, however, they have nearly 70, and band director Brad Dougan contributes that change to a partnership between the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and VH1's Save The Music Foundation. Sa





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