This happened about ten miles from where I grew up. I really didn't know there were snake-handling churches in Mercer County (and I sure as hell never went to one); I thought the practice had pretty much died out but for a small congregation in McDowell County. I also am kind of flummoxed, and distressed, that snake-handling is still legal in West Virginia.
Here's the story from the local paper,
, which includes links to videos of Mack Wolford conducting services and handling snakes. Here's a follow-up
story from the same paper. And this story
has comments from folks in Matoaka, where this happened, as well as Jolo, the community in McDowell County that became somewhat famous because of Dennis Covington's book about snake-handling churches, Salvation on Sand Mountain
. I own a copy; it's a really interesting book.