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  • Grant paying for playground equipment for special needs students

    INDEPENDENCE ― Grayson County Public Schools recently received a grant from United Way Southwest Virginia for $5,000, to use in inclusive projects for students with special needs.

    The grant money will pay for recreational equipment that can be enjoyed by students with and without special needs at Fairview Elementary School; where they will also soon have an inclusive play area to enjoy together.

  • Don't get caught up in a bad romance

    Online dating websites and social media have made it easier than ever to meet new people and, with luck, find that special someone.

    “Unfortunately, it has also made it simpler for scammers to do their sordid work,” said the Better Business Bureau in a recent alert. “Con artists create compelling backstories and full-fledged identities, and then trick victims into falling for someone who does not even exist.”

  • Judge postpones Eisenhauer murder trial

    Staff Report

    CHRISTIANSBURG — A trial for David Eisenhauer, 19, a former Virginia Tech student charged with first-degree murder, has been postponed, according to lmedia reports.

    Eisenhauer also is charged with abduction and hiding a body in the death of 13-year-old Blacksburg resident Nicole Lovell, whose body was found near Galax in January 2016.

  • Training center bills stall in House

    RICHMOND — Two bills from local legislators aimed at keeping the Southwestern Virginia Training Center open have failed to advance in the Virginia General Assembly.

    Del. Israel O’Quinn (R–5th District) and Del. Jeff Campbell (R–6th District) both introduced bills in the House of Delegates to stop or delay the training center’s scheduled closing in 2018. Their districts include the area served by the mental health facility in Carroll County.

  • Georgia fugitive captured in Carroll

    Staff Reports

    The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office arrested a fugitive from Georgia on Feb. 6, and the man faces a weapon charge and numerous drug charges.

  • Virginians sound off on pot, cellphones, health care

    Landmark News Service

    A large majority of Virginia voters want to ban all but hands-free cellphones for drivers, decriminalize marijuana use and abolish the federal health care law after it’s replaced, according to a poll released Thursday.

  • Cana man faces meth trafficking charges

    Staff Report

    DOBSON, N.C. – A Cana man has been arrested following a drug investigation conducted by the Surry County, N.C., Sheriff’s Department.

    According to an article in the Winston-Salem Journal, Timothy Wade Bowman, 45, was charged with two counts of felony trafficking in methamphetamine.

    Two other suspects were charged following the investigation.

    Jeremy Junior Brewer Walker, 23, of Triple R Drive in Mount Airy, N.C., was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Taylor directs traffic, sends students in positive direction

    Officer Vickie Taylor received an accolade just in time for Crossing Guard Appreciation Day; she was given one of Virginia’s Most Outstanding Crossing Guard Awards for 2016, one of six such officers to receive the award out of 71 nominations.

    “I love you, but I’ll correct you,” is a motto of sorts for Taylor, a 15-year veteran of the Galax City Police Department and a school resource officer for 13 years.

  • Murder case sent to grand jury

    Copyright 2017, The Wytheville Enterprise

    Reprinted with permission

    SMYTH COUNTY ― A Smyth County judge heard evidence in January against a Wythe County man, charged in the August 2016 hit-and-run slaying of his ex-girlfriend and the malicious wounding of her companion.

    The hit-and-run incident left 35-year-old Heather Michelle Clontz dead and 28-year-old Samuel David Lawson injured.

  • Police: double distraction for DUI driver

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – Driving under the influence, attending to a child in a car and talking on a cell phone are all distractions that can cause an accident.

    According to state police, a Wytheville man was doing all three when he flipped his vehicle and closed Interstate 77 for almost an hour last Thursday night near exit 14 in Carroll County.

    State Trooper J.D. Delp said the accident occurred about 9 p.m. on Feb. 2 between mile markers 13 and 14.