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Today's News

  • Suspects who took dog from shelter still at large

    Staff Reports

    Police are still looking for two suspects in conjunction with the theft of a pit bull from the Galax-Carroll-Grayson Animal Shelter on Jan. 11 at around 10:30 p.m., according to Galax Police Capt. James Cox.

  • Judge reviewing Keepers' interrogation

    CHRISTIANSBURG — Natalie Keepers’ motions hearing came to a conclusion late Wednesday in the Montgomery County Circuit Court, but Judge Robert Turk reached no decision on defense requests.

    Keepers, a former Virginia Tech student, stands accused of being an accessory before the fact to first-degree murder and concealing a dead body in the January 2016 stabbing death of 13-year-old Blacksburg teen Nicole Lovell. Keepers was 19 at the time of the incident.

  • Two file to run for Fancy Gap supervisor

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    HILLSVILLE — Two candidates have filed for the Fancy Gap District seat in the Nov. 7 election for the Carroll County Board of Supervisors.

    According to information provided by the Carroll County General Registrar’s office last Friday, only two candidates have filed, Greg Spencer and Ronnie Collins.

  • Treasurer proposes change to delinquent property sales

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors received a proposal this month to ensure that the county’s policy to put real estate up auction aligns with the Code of Virginia.

    Grayson County Treasurer Kelly Haga approached the board at the Jan. 12 meeting to present the proposal, which would shorten the time frame for delinquent taxes to be paid off before homes are sold at auction.

  • Confession questioned at Keepers' hearing

    Staff Reports

    CHRISTIANSBURG — Testimony on the first two of four days hearings was mainly concerned with statements Natalie Keepers made to police after the stabbing death of 13-year-old Nicole Lovell last year.

    The defense team for Keepers — who is charged with being an accessory to murder — has filed five motions in the Montgomery County Circuit Court. Four days of motions hearings began Tuesday.

  • Police find cause of explosion

    Investigators have identified a butane honey oil (BHO) lab as the cause of an explosion at a Carroll County home last week, which cracked walls and foundations, blew out windows and sent one man to the hospital with serious injuries.

    In a BHO lab, the chemical THC is extracted from marijuana using butane. The butane is evaporated, leaving behind a waxy resin, but filling the air with highly flammable and explosive butane.

  • County interviewing administrator candidates

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors has received 33 applications from people in 15 states (and one foreign country) to fill the vacant county administrator position.

    Supervisors Chairwoman Brenda Sutherland provided an update on the progress of the board’s search this week. “We’ve made it through our first round of interviews, and we are now working on the second round. We are a team, and everybody has been involved in this process,” she said, referring to the five board members.

  • Churches celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    The annual multi-church celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day was held at McMillian Ministries on Sunday, with music and talks on the theme, “I have decided to stick with love, hate is too great a burden to bear,” as said by King himself.

    McMillian Ministries’ Pastor Sue Greene presided over the service with her characteristic verve and openheartedness.

  • Nonprofit live-streams committee hearings

    Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND — Ameratu Kamara unpacked her backpack and got to work early Friday morning.

    The only things she needed: a tripod, an iPod and Wi-Fi.

    Those are the tools of transparency.

    Within minutes, the junior criminal justice major and political science minor from Virginia Commonwealth University was prepared to do what the General Assembly has refused to do for years: video record, live-stream and archive a committee hearing.

  • Suspect tussles with officer after chase

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — A Hillsville man allegedly took police on a chase through icy streets and a yard on Jan. 8 before crashing his vehicle, fleeing on foot, hiding in a closet and then getting into a scuffle with the arresting officer.

    Eric Repass, 43, of 201 Weddle Street faces numerous charges, according to Hillsville Police Chief Wesley Yonce.