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Today's News

  • Prosecutor: pair plotted to kill teen

    Staff Reports

    Two Virginia Tech students charged with killing a Blacksburg teen and disposing of her body near Galax plotted the crime together, according to testimony at a Feb. 2 bond hearing in Christiansburg.

    Nicole Lovell, 13, was killed and her body found on Jan. 30 off Route 89 in North Carolina, about seven miles south of Galax and just 1.25 miles over the border from Grayson County.

  • Dori Freeman: Rising Star

    The video on YouTube is arresting. A slender, pale young woman in a tank top and jeans, sitting partly in a shaft of light, leans back into her seat, pulling the hand that turned the camera on down to rest on her thigh before she kicks into the song.

    It’s a hard-luck tale of the kind so prevalent in American folk and old-time mountain music, about poverty and its accompanying hardships. She sings it a cappella, accompanying herself only with rhythmic slaps against her denim-clad legs.

  • Monday is deadline to register to vote in March 1 primaries

    If you want to vote in the primaries in Virginia, Feb. 8 is the deadline to register.

    Primaries are March 1, with polls open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. A valid photo ID is required to vote.

    The deadline for absentee ballot by mail application is 5 p.m. on Feb. 23. The deadline for absentee ballot by appearing in-person is 5 p.m. on Feb. 27.

  • All lanes reopen on I-77 bridge

    HILLSVILLE — The right lane of southbound Interstate 77 in Carroll County at mile marker 14 is now open, after Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews worked last week to repair the bridge over U.S. 58.

    The lane closed Feb. 1 after a structural failure caused traffic accidents. The left lane reopened the next day, but the right lane did not reopen until Feb. 5.

    Both southbound lanes were closed and traffic was diverted around the closure using the exit and entrance ramps of Exit 14.

  • Wreck damages ambulance, VFW fence

    HILLSVILLE – A Dugspur man collided with an ambulance in Hillsville last week, which resulted in damages to the fence around VFW Post 1115.

    According to police reports, the Hillsville Police Department responded to an accident on Main Street in Hillsville around 8:40 a.m. on Feb. 2.

  • Police: murder suspect familiar with area

    Staff Reports

    A Virginia Tech freshman from Maryland charged with the abduction and first-degree murder of a Blacksburg teen, whose body was found near Galax, was familiar with the Twin County area, police say.

    According to information released on Tuesday, suspect David Eisenhauer has family in Galax and Grayson County who own land near the North Carolina border, which police said could explain his familiarity with the area where 13-year-old Nicole Lovell’s body was found on Jan. 30.

  • Galax man charged in factory vandalism

    Corey Dean Hodges of Galax has been arrested and charged with acts of vandalization at Vaughan-Bassett Furniture that caused an estimated $100,000 in damage and shut the plant down for a day, according to Galax Police Chief Rick Clark.

    Clark said that Hodges, 27, was arrested Wednesday evening and charged with burglary with intent to commit a felony and felony destruction of property.

    There was no word at press time Wednesday night if there was anyone else involved in the incident, or what Hodges’ motive was in the alleged crime.

  • Duncan enters plea in shooting

    HILLSVILLE – Christopher Lee Duncan, who was slated for a jury trial later this month, has entered a guilty plea to a 2014 shooting and has been sentenced.

    Duncan, 39, of Cana, was arrested on Dec. 1, 2014, after the shooting of Marty Lee Hiatt. According to police reports, authorities responded to the intersection of Wards Gap and Old Dominion roads in Carroll County, where Hiatt had been shot in the abdomen while in a vehicle with his family. Hiatt’s wife, Liza Clair Hiatt, and one child were not injured. Hiatt identified Duncan as the shooter.

  • Harper murder trial now set for July

    INDEPENDENCE — A new trial date has been set for George Albert Harper III of Galax, who is charged with first-degree murder in the 2002 death of Brandon Billings.

    According to the Grayson County Circuit Court, Harper’s trial date has been set for the week of July 25.

    The trial date was originally set for the week of Feb. 8, but has been continued, according to the court system.

  • Felony arrests include drug violations, assault

    Staff Reports

    There were three felony arrests last week in the city, according to the Galax Police Department:

    • Dawn Marie Williams, 34, of Galax, arrested on Jan. 25 by Officer J.G. Hawks for possession of controlled substances. Galax officers served Williams a warrant on behalf of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office.

    • Chasity Shanta Wagg, 25, of Galax, arrested on Jan. 27 by Detective J.B. Greer for the manufacture, sale or possession of controlled substances.