Local News

  • Eisenhauer pleads no contest to murder

    CHRISTIANSBURG — David Edmond Eisenhauer was found guilty of the murder of Nicole Lovell, abduction and concealing her body, after he pleaded no contest to all three charges in Montgomery County Circuit Court on Friday.

    The plea came in the wake of the prosecution’s attempt Thursday to submit chat conversations recovered from his phone as evidence.

  • Fries man charged with stabbing

    A Fries man has been charged with aggravated malicious wounding in connection with an offense that occurred on Feb. 3 in Galax.

    Galax police were called to a motel in the city to investigate a complaint of damaged property, according to a report from Chief Rick Clark.

    “Officer Adam Newman met with a witness and his initial investigation caused him to believe that there had been an altercation, because of what he believed to be blood stains at the scene,” Clark said.

  • Carroll teen recovering from heart transplant

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County High School will hold a spaghetti meal fundraiser Sunday for Clayton Davis, a junior recovering from a heart transplant.

    The meal will be in the CCHS cafeteria from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

    Davis, an active member in the CCHS Future Farmers of America (FFA), received a heart transplant at UVA Medical Center on Jan. 8 and will stay in Charlottesville for an additional two months to recover from the operation.

  • DNA evidence links victim, suspects

    CHRISTIANSBURG — As David Eisenhauer’s murder trial continued this week, prosecutors presented a mounting pile of evidence and DNA analysis they say links the former Virginia Tech student to the stabbing death of a Blacksburg teen.

    Eisenhauer, 20, of Columbia, Md., has pleaded not guilty in the 2016 killing of 13-year-old Blacksburg native Nicole Lovell. He stands accused of murder, abduction and concealing a body.

  • Fire destroys Fairview home

    FAIRVIEW — A structure fire early Monday morning in the Fairview area left an unoccupied home completely destroyed, according to information and pictures posted on social media by the Galax Volunteer Fire Department.

    Firefighters were dispatched at 3:31 a.m. on Feb. 5 for a fire in an unoccupied single-story wooden home on Fairview Road. Members arrived to find it fully involved, and contained the fire in 20 minutes.

    There were no injuries. Firefighters cleared the scene at 4:45 a.m.

  • Tractor-trailer crash dumps fuel into creek

    A crash involving two tractor-trailers on Interstate 77 northbound at the 22.5 mile marker in Carroll County on Monday morning left a large diesel fuel spill, according to Virginia State Police First Sgt. D.L. Reedy.

    A hazardous materials team was called into contain the spill and clean up a nearby creek.

  • New partnership will manage Alleghany Memorial

    Staff Report

    SPARTA, N.C. — Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have announced a partnership to ensure the future of Alleghany Memorial Hospital in Sparta.

    Through the agreement that was effective Feb. 2, Wake Forest Baptist and Hugh Chatham created a 50-50 joint venture called Alleghany Health LLC, which will become the full owner of Alleghany Memorial.

  • IDA sells industrial park land for new business

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) passed a resolution Monday afternoon to sell a parcel of land located near the old Andrews Farming building in the Carroll County Industrial Park.

    The motion to approve this resolution, made by IDA Member Richard Sowers, was seconded by IDA Member Larry Chambers, carrying a unanimous 7-0 vote by the council.

    The 8.8 acres of land were sold to Donald and Unella Branscome for $90,200, and reportedly will be used to construct an office and machine shop, and for other business purposes.

  • Defense shifts blame to Keepers

    Day 2

    Tammy Weeks, Lovell’s mother, was called as a witness on Tuesday.

    She spoke of her daughter’s early illness that led to a liver transplant, which from childhood on necessitated Lovell to take immunosuppressive drugs so that her body would not reject the donor organ. Weeks or Lovell’s grandfather, who also lived there, would set out Lovell’s pills in the morning.

  • Trial begins in Lovell murder case

    CHRISTIANSBURG — Prior to jury selection, David Eisenhauer pleaded not guilty in the 2016 stabbing death of 13 year old Blacksburg native Nicole Lovell in the Montgomery County Circuit Court on Monday.

    Eisenhauer, 20, of Columbia, Md., a former Virginia Tech student, stands accused of murder, abduction and concealing a body.

    The Blacksburg case has a local connection, as Eisenhauer has family in the Twin Counties and Lovell’s body was found beside Route 89 in North Carolina, just south of the Galax city limits and the Grayson County border.