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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Community helps raise money for family in need

    Community can be defined in many different ways, and directed by many different purposes; but in Carroll County, it is defined by the fellowship, encouragement and support of families who are concerned for the common well-being of others.

    That’s exactly what was shown Sept. 8, when an enormous amount of support was given to a local family in need.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • New Galax police chief sworn in

    Three oaths were taken at the Sept. 10 Galax City Council meeting; one by new Police Chief DeWitt Cooper; one by new council member Beth White; and one by new police officer Aaron Willard.

    Judge J.D. Bolt administered the oath for White; Vice Mayor Sharon Plichta swore in Cooper and Willard in place of Mayor C.M. Mitchell, who was absent from the meeting.

    Each ceremony, though momentous for the participants, was brief and to the point.

  • Sinkholes open on east side of Galax

    Two sinkholes opened up this week on the east side of Galax, one of them underneath a vehicle.

    One appeared Tuesday in the Food City shopping center’s parking lot on E. Stuart Drive; another opened underneath a truck on Sept. 9 at the Wash Bucket Auto Care Center, at 959 E. Stuart Drive, next to McDonald’s.

    The sinkholes could be a result of last weekend’s heavy rains and flash flooding. The city received 5.5 inches of rain in a short period on Sept. 8.