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  • Go faster, move over or pay up

    Capital News Service

    RICHMOND — The House of Delegates has approved a bill that would impose a mandatory $250 fine for driving too slowly in the left lane on highways.

    HB 2201 was introduced by Del. Israel O’Quinn (R-Bristol) and co-sponsored by Democrats Del. Kaye Kory of Falls Church and Sen. Scott Surovell of Fairfax to show bipartisan support for the measure.

  • 'Rally for Humanity' planned for Hillsville

    Samantha Castor of Hillsville was talking with a co-worker when the idea of a rally first came to her.

    “We were talking about the so-called ‘Muslim ban,’” she said of recent immigration executive orders that prohibit or limit entry by those from some Middle Eastern countries. “My heart literally hurt to think of these people and their families, packed and ready to come here to the U.S. for a brand new life, only to be turned around and sent back to refugee camps.”

  • N.C. man faces drug, weapon charges

    Staff Report

    WHITETOP — A Jefferson, N.C., man faces drug and weapons charges after a traffic stop in the Whitetop community of Grayson County resulted in a vehicle search and seizure of methamphetamine, a handgun and metal knuckles.

  • 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.