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  • Barter Theatre honors young playwrights

    HILLSVILLE — Four Carroll County High School (CCHS) students reached the semi-final round of competition for the Young Playwrights Festival, hosted by the Barter Theatre in Abingdon.

    The school reports that approximately 125 students wrote individually or in teams for the contest, which just this year received more than 300 entries from schools across the Barter Theatre service area of Virginia and Tennessee. Two plays submitted from CCHS withstood the competition and earned honors to advance to the semi-final round.

  • Virginia likely to expand medical marijuana

    Capital News Service

    RICHMOND – Virginia inched closer to greatly expanding medical marijuana use last week after legislation passed the Senate with unanimous support – three days after its companion bill was likewise approved by the House of Delegates.

    SB 726, which passed 38-0 on Feb. 5, would let doctors issue certifications for patients to use cannabis oil to treat the symptoms of diagnosed conditions or diseases. The House version of the bill – HB 1251 – passed 98-0 on Feb. 2.

  • Bill seeks to repeal 'racist' wage law

    Capital News Service

    RICHMOND – More than half a century after the end of Jim Crow laws that enforced racial segregation in the South, legislators are finding remnants of racism in Virginia law.

    The Code of Virginia makes it legal for employers to pay less than minimum wage to “newsboys, shoe-shine boys, caddies on golf courses, babysitters, ushers, doormen, concession attendants and cashiers in theaters.”

  • 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.