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Today's News

  • Courthouse locked down after threat

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Courthouse went on lockdown Thursday after the Clerk of Circuit Court’s office received a suspicious letter with a note at around 11 a.m., according to Deputy County Administrator Mitchell Smith and Virginia State Police Lt. D.L. Reedy.

    The trial of Greyling Davis, for the homicide of Karen Cates, was taking place in the circuit court at the time, but Smith said, “I’d be surprised it if it had anything to do with the trial.”

  • 'Farmer John' supports Carroll's plan to sell wine

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – After listening to opposition in December, the Carroll Board of Supervisors this month heard from a farmer who supports the county’s plan to sell beer and wine at the Blue Ridge Plateau Visitor Center, which is located inside the retail portion of the Southwest Virginia Farmers’ Market.

    The board held a public hearing at its Dec. 11 meeting about the proposal. Two people, Debby Brady and Mandi McCraw, spoke against it.

  • Dangerous winds overturn tractor-trailers

    By ETHAN CAMPBELL, Staff

    FANCY GAP – Dangerous driving conditions resulted in an accident on Fancy Gap Mountain during the early morning hours of Jan. 18, in which three tractor-trailers were overturned due to extremely high winds; blocking both northbound lanes of Interstate 77.

    The Virginia State Police and Cana Rescue Squad first responded to the scene at 7:44 a.m. Thursday, followed shortly after by Carroll County EMS.

    The accidents occurred near the 2 milemarker on I-77, at the Virginia-North Carolina border.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.