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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Four charged with thefts in Va., N.C.

    Copyright 2017, The Alleghany News

    Reprinted with permission

    SPARTA, N.C. — A drive-off at a gas station in Ennice started a winding road that led investigators to find stolen property from Galax, Va., and launch an investigation into other suspected criminal activity, according to Alleghany County Sheriff Bryan Maines.

  • Lawmaker pushes for guns in schools

    Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND — A state lawmaker has introduced a bill that would let school boards designate employees to carry concealed handguns on school property.

    It would require those carrying the weapons to receive training and certification, either through the state or the National Rifle Association.

  • Dog stolen in burglary at animal shelter

    A dog quarantined for attacking another canine was stolen from the Galax-Carroll-Grayson Animal Shelter around 10:30 p.m. last Wednesday night.

    Someone broke in to the facility on Jan. 11 and left with the animal, according to Galax City Manager Keith Barker and Galax Police Capt. James Cox.

    The dog was a male blue pit bull that was accused of killing another dog.

  • High-speed chase ends in crash

    Staff Reports

    A high speed chase in Carroll County on Jan. 9 resulted in the arrest of James Richard Grimes, 36, of Hillsville, who was wanted in the county for a probation violation, according to Sheriff J.B. Gardner.

    On Monday at approximately 7:50 p.m., Cpl. Joseph Holderfield of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office received information that a wanted person, possibly armed, had been seen in the Laurel section of the county operating a white Chevrolet Blazer that was possibly stolen.