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Today's News

  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • State legislators must get to work

    American democracy can be a curious enterprise.

    It often unfolds in predictable fashion, carried out by ordinary citizens in stuffy church assembly halls and drafty school gymnasiums and overseen by a phalanx of volunteers and public officials committed to due process and accurate results.

    But sometimes, on the rarest of occasions and in the oddest of circumstances, popular democracy means control of the House of Delegates is effectively determined by which film canister is drawn from a blue ceramic bowl in a Richmond meeting room.

  • Legislators propose bills for General Assembly

    RICHMOND — The time has come for local legislators’ bills to be proposed, heard and debated by the Virginia General Assembly, which began Wednesday.

    Legislators representing the Twin County region (all or in part) have wasted no time preparing for this year’s session; and several have already filed bills for consideration.