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MLK Jr. Day events slated for Saturday

Wytheville will celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with several events on Saturday. The public is invited to join in a community effort of unity as it commemorates the works and dreams of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The annual event, presented by the Concerned Citizens Network in collabor


Wythe deputies investigating school bus wreck

Wythe County Sheriff deputies are investigating a school bus wreck on Sharon’s Drive between Rural Retreat and Speedwell. Officials said students were on the bus, but that no serious injuries have been reported. According to police scanner traffic, a salt truck collided with the bus about 3 p.m. Thu


Three dead in crashes across Virginia as roads remain slick, icy

ROANOKE, Va. - Highways may appear to be clear, but Virginia State Police say slick and icy conditions still exist. Troopers are at the scene of a tractor-trailer crash in Culpeper County right now. Police say the driver was not injured.


Hometown Eats: Fox Mountain Gourmet Burgers in Max Meadows

MAX MEADOWS,Va. (WDBJ7) It may have just opened a few months ago, but Fox Mountain Gourmet Burgers has made quite the name for itself. Known for mouth-watering burgers and hotdogs, Fox Mountain has become a staple for many people in, and around, Wythe County.


Commonwealth's attorney rules officer-involved shooting justified

The Virginia State Police investigation into an officer-involved shooting that wounded a Wythe County deputy has been completed. Wythe County Commonwealth’s Attorney Mike Jones determined that the Nov. 14, 2018, shooting death of Olajuwon Murphy at the Greyhound Bus Station in Fort Chiswell was just


Five people charged, accused of helping Cody Drain hide from authorities in Wythe County

WYTHE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR News) - Five people have been charged after they allegedly helped a fugitive hide from law enforcement. According to the Wythe County Sheriff's Office, the five people charged lied to investigators and helped Drain from being captured by authorities.


Tazewell County grand jury hands down indictments

Grand larceny, drug distribution, assault and credit card fraud are among the 222 charges handed down against 43 individuals by a Tazewell County grand jury during the January session.


Search underway for missing woman in Mercer County

MERCER COUNTY (WVVA) A search and rescue operation is underway for a missing hiker in Mercer County,. According to Sheriff Tommy Bailey, a husband and wife went missing near the Ada Road area just outside of Bluefield.


911 calls reveal I-81 angst

Drivers stuck on Interstate 81 during last month’s big snowstorm throughout Southwest Virginia called 911 looking for answers. A review of those recorded calls indicates emergency dispatchers had few to provide, and were looking for answers themselves.


Murder charge in case of missing King man, body recovered in Virginia

A Winston-Salem man has been charged in the homicide of a King man last seen more than a week ago. Christian Lang Willard, 20, of Gordy Trail was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder, King police said. He was jailed without bail in the Stokes County Detention Center, accused of killing 86-year


Former trooper pleads guilty in Wythe

He once enforced the law, but on Thursday, he admitted to breaking it. More than two years after he was arrested on drug and gun charges, a former Virginia State Police trooper and special agent pleaded guilty to three felonies during a short Wythe County Circuit Court hearing.


Virginia Family Terrified After Mysterious Double Homicide

A Virginia mother and daughter are terrified a killer or killers could be looking for them after a father and son were killed in a Fauquier County home in November. “My husband a very good guy, and he worked so hard for my family,” My Nguyen said. “And my son, he very good boy. I don’t know what hap


Student athlete hero on and off the field

Bluefield, WWV (WVNS) - The Bluefield Beavers are heartbroken with grief following the unexpected collapse of one of their own student athletes. Bluefield Beavers Junior Running Back, Tony Webster, collapsed Monday evening while lifting weights. Webster was rushed to Roanoke Hospital where it was de


UPDATE: Missing hiker found in Mercer County

MERCER COUNTY (WVVA) Rescuers have found a missing woman in Mercer County. According to Sheriff Tommy Bailey, a husband and wife went missing near the Ada Road area just outside of Bluefield. The husband made it out around 7 a.m. on Thursday and was treated at Bluefield Regional Medical Center.


Friends, family, community mourn loss of 17-year-old Bluefield student

BLUEFIELD — There are times when life just doesn’t make sense. The fate of “Lil” Tony Webster is one of those. “That is just unfortunate, but the way I look at it that is just how Jesus works. God works like that and there is nothing we can do about it except learn something from Him,” Bluefield foo


Animal rescue non-profit seeking donations

Pit Bulls Second Chance Rescue is a non-profit based in Mercer County, and right now, they are in need of donations to keep their facility up and running. They rescue animals that would have otherwise been euthanized, and they work to find them homes. If you would like to donate, you can go here to


Government shutdown felt in Carroll

Allen Worrell/The Carroll News Kerry Crowley of Hillsville folds towels on Wednesday at The Hair Shack in Hillsville. A federal government employee, Crowley has been personally impacted by the partial government shutdown, which tied a record for longest in the nation’s history Friday. - As the parti


Snow and a wintry mix through early Friday morning

(WVVA) Snow showers and a wintry mix of sleet and freezing rain will transition over to rain Thursday night. Total snow accumulation will range from trace to 2 inches at lower elevations with 2-4 inches possible across higher terrain. A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect for Mercer, Summers,


Woman sues doctor, alleges negligence caused her mother's death

PRINCETON — An estate executor is suing a medical doctor, citing alleged negligence. Kimberly Christian, executor of the estate of Shelby Jean Brookman, filed a complaint in Mercer Circuit Court against Dr. Gene Duremidas alleging that he breached his duty by failing to meet the standard of care.


Family of Virginia mom killed after Snapchat post pleads for change in driving law

RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) - A family pleading for change visited the Virginia State Capitol Wednesday, holding a photograph of Lakin Ashlyn Gabel that was uploaded to Snapchat in 2017.