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Today's News

  • Keepers found guilty

    CHRISTIANSBURG — On Jan. 26, 2016, Nicole Lovell of Blacksburg kissed her mother goodnight, went to her room, pushed a dresser against the door and climbed out her window to meet David Eisenhauer, an older boy she was in love with.

    She never returned.

    Eisenhauer, 20, is serving 75 years in prison for abducting and stabbing to death the 13-year-old, due to fears their relationship would be discovered.

  • Blevins rebuilds after flooding

    In the days following a sudden burst of heavy rain throughout the Twin Counties, a downtown business in Galax has been hard at work restoring their building from extensive flood damage.

    Blevins Building Supply, located on 302 S Main Street in downtown Galax, suffered a major loss due to flooding at their business as a result of the storm on Sept. 8, but management assures customers that they are still up and running. Cleanup is still ongoing; but customers can still access the business from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

  • Man charged for tampering with 19 vehicles

    Staff Report

    A man found sleeping in a car in Galax was charged with tampering with 19 vehicles in the city.

    David Lee Glass, 20, of Galax was charged after officers Silverio Gonzales and Sara Patton responded to a report of a man sleeping in a vehicle on Sept. 11, according to a Galax Police Department report.

    Glass was detained by Gonzales and Patton and placed under arrest for tampering with a motor vehicle and possession of a Schedule II controlled substance.

  • Absentee voting begins for Nov. 6 mid-terms

    Staff Report

    Absentee voting for the Nov. 6 General Election starts statewide today, Friday.

    Qualified Virginia voters may vote absentee in-person at their local voter registration office or vote absentee by mail. To vote absentee, registered voters must meet one of the 20 eligibility requirements listed on the Virginia Absentee Ballot Application.

  • Debating Keepers' role in killing

    CHRISTIANSBURG — Natalie Keepers did not intend for Nicole Lovell to die.

    Instead, she thought the plan to kill the Blacksburg teen was a fantasy, according to defense attorney John Robertson’s opening remarks Tuesday in Keepers’ trial.

    Keepers, 21, of Laurel, Md., is on trial this week in Montgomery County Circuit Court as an accessory to murder before the fact. Keepers pleaded guilty in August to helping conceal Lovell’s body near Galax, after the girl was stabbed to death by David Eisenhauer in January 2016.

  • Area recovers from Florence

    Staff Reports

    It could have been so much worse.

    That’s the general consensus of Twin County residents in the aftermath of Florence, which started out as a hurricane before downgrading to a tropical storm long before hitting the area over the weekend.

    Still, the storm brought between two and six inches of rain over Saturday and Sunday as Florence it came ashore, then slowed over the south and dumped rain on the region before turning northeast.

  • Town holds public hearing for downtown plan

    INDEPENDENCE ― The Independence Town Council’s plans for the downtown area ― namely, the Independence Town Park ― has been opened to suggestions from event planners and local business owners who utilize the space for local events, including the Independence Farmers’ Market.

    The council held the first of several planned public hearings to discuss the town park prior to their regular monthly meeting Sept. 11. Several farmers’ market representatives attended, along with representation from the Grayson County Library.

  • Grant will help FVFD recruit new firefighters

    FRIES — The Fries Volunteer Fire Department was recently awarded a grant to assist in recruiting new members, the second from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in the past month.

    The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant, totaling $178,616, provides funding directly to fire departments to assist them in increasing or maintaining the number of trained “front line” firefighters.

  • Bus drivers get benefits

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County School Board has returned benefits to part-time bus drivers, after discovering it had more flexibility in its budget.

    Part-time employees have been requesting a return of benefits for several months.

    The school board voted to reinstate the benefits at its meeting on Sept. 11.

    Several requests were made earlier this year, from part-time bus drivers employed by Carroll County Public Schools.

  • AEP project moves forward

    The Galax Industrial Development Authority has sold a 16-acre parcel of land to American Electric Power for use in the utility’s $40 million Glendale Area Improvements Project.