Local News

  • 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.

  • Search goes on for missing Whitetop man

    Staff Report

    A national organization that brings attention to missing people will hold an event on Sunday to help raise awareness of the case of John William Wingler Sr., 74, of Whitetop.

    The AWARE Foundation Inc., along with Wingler’s family and friends, are holding an event at the Food City in Damascus on Feb. 11 at 12:30 p.m. “We ask for all media and law enforcement to please attend,” said Kenny Jarrels of The AWARE Foundation,. “This family needs answers as to what happened to their beloved family member.”

  • Blue Ribbon Fair

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll’s Agricultural Fair Committee organized a celebration of the county fair’s success over the past two consecutive years, when it was recognized as “Best Fair in Virginia” in the small fairs division by the Virginia Association of Fairs.

  • Bill would allow cell towers with no local input

    Galax City Council has approved a resolution opposing a wireless infrastructure bill moving through the Virginia General Assembly, which would remove local authority concerning zooming matters about where cell towers can be placed.

    The bill would allow towers 50 feet tall or less to be built within rights-of-way without local control.

    Council voted on the Wireless Infrastructure Resolution at its Jan. 22 meeting.