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Today's News

  • Living in the danger zone

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    WOODLAWN — Bill and Ruth Baldwin have lived on U.S. 58 in the Midway Heights area for the past four years.

    They love their home and the community, but the increasing number of traffic accidents occurring around their home is causing them a lot of concern.

  • DNA, prints link victim to suspects

    Staff Report

    CHRISTIANSBURG — Fingerprint and DNA evidence is revealing more links between a murder victim and two suspects in her death.

    Nicole Lovell, 13, of Blacksburg was killed in January 2016 and her body was found a few days later near Galax.

    Evidence filed with the Montgomery County Circuit Court shows Lovell’s blood on tools, cleaning supplies, boots and other evidence. The fingerprints of the two suspects also appear on several items, according to court documents.

  • Mount Airy agrees to sell more water to Carroll

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – After months of negotiation, Mount Airy, N.C., has agreed to sell more water to Carroll at a reduced rate, serving the southern section of the county.

    The Carroll County Public Service Authority (PSA) discussed the new 10-year deal at its Jan. 8 meeting.

    PSA Executive Director Jessica Montgomery said the PSA staff had been negotiating with the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners since July 2016 to purchase more water for the Cana/Meadowbrook Road area.

  • Police say death was accidental

    Staff Report

    WHITETOP — The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a Whitetop man who was found in his home on Jan. 9.

    According to a news release from Sheriff Richard Vaughan, members of the sheriff’s office responded to 2248 Whitetop Gap Road to conduct a death investigation. Jacob Lester Richardson, 38, was discovered deceased in the basement of the residence.

  • Love is the focus of King celebration

    The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration, hosted by McMillian Ministries in Galax on Sunday, was lighter in attendance and shorter in duration than in past years, but still filled with spirit and song.

  • Owners offer $1,000 reward for missing dog

    Staff Report

    LAUREL FORK — The family of a missing therapy dog is offering a $1,000 for her safe return or information leading to her location, no questions asked.

    Stella, a 2-year-old brindle boxer, went missing from her Laurel Fork home in Carroll County on Jan. 8. She is in training to become a therapy dog, and assists owner Emily Goad’s nephew with his ADHD.

  • Missing dog sought, best friend Piggy distraught

    LAUREL FORK — The story of a local dog gone missing went viral on social media this week, as neighbors and friends assisted efforts to reunite the canine with her family in Carroll County, and most notably, her bonded partner in crime: the family’s pet pig.

    The search for Stella, a boxer brindle mix, began Monday morning, after she disappeared from the family’s yard in Laurel Fork. Emily Goad, Stella’s owner, said she knew something was wrong when their pet pig, aptly named “Piggy,” went along with Stella, but came back alone.

  • Medicaid, gun laws among Northam's priorities

    Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND — Even before Ralph Northam was sworn in Saturday as Virginia’s governor, he was contemplating what he wants to leave behind in four years.

    “My legacy would be to make sure that all Virginians have access to good health care and that all of our children have access to a world-class education. If I can do those two things, I’ll be content with my four years,” Northam said.

  • Carroll wants to rename U.S. 52 to honor veterans

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    HILLSVILLE — A stretch of highway U.S. 52 in Carroll County may soon be named to honor veterans.

    The Carroll County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Jan. 8 to name the portion of U.S. 52 that runs from the North Carolina border in Cana to the south and to the Wythe County line to the north “Veterans Memorial Highway.”

  • Flu cases on the rise in Twin Counties

    Southwest Virginia is entering the fourth week of a rise in flu-like symptoms being seen at emergency rooms and urgent care centers, according to Mount Rogers Health District Director Dr. Karen Shelton.

    She warned that the flu strain is stronger this year, and both A- and B-type flu strains are prevalent. Type A is found in multiple species, changes and morphs new strains constantly and is the type responsible for epidemics; Type B is only found in humans and is usually somewhat less severe.