Bassett, VA

Woman arrested for attempted murder of Henry County deputies

HENRY COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ) - A Bassett woman is charged with four counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer and using a firearm during the commission of a felony. About 9:20 p.m. Wednesday, Martinsville-Henry County 911 got a call about a person on Pine Valley Road in Bassett hearing voices. The caller reported the person was armed with a handgun and was outside the home.
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Bassett woman tries to kill four Henry County deputies

Bassett woman charged with four counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer. A woman from Bassett faces multiple charges for opening fire on 4 Henry County Sheriff’s Deputies. It happened Wednesday at a Pine Valley Road residence where deputies responded to a call of a woman with a gun who was behaving erratically. According to investigators the woman went into a wooded area and continued firing at the deputies. She is now booked into the Henry County Adult Detention Center without bond.

Gardner, Katherine Hull

Katherine Victorine Gardner, 95 of Floyd, passed away Wednesday, June 22, 2022. She is predeceased by her husband, Bernard E. Gardner; parents, Edward Sanders Hull and Nancy Arlena Bolt Hull; brothers, Dixie D. Hull (Ava) and Rush Hull (Nancy). She is survived by her daughter, Vicki S. Gardner; son, Donald...
Franklin News Post

Local man honored by Roanoke Quilts of Valor Stitchers

On Saturday, June 18, the Roanoke Quilts of Valor Stitchers awarded Rocky Mount resident Herbert Jones, 91, and Fork Mountain resident Michael T. Cassell, “Todd,” quilts of valor for their service to the United States. The ceremony was held at Fork Mountain Quilting in Rocky Mount. A quilt...
Smith Mountain Eagle

Franklin County School Board recognizes student success

At the Franklin County School Board meeting Monday, June 13, two students were recognized for their academic achievements. Windy Gap Elementary School Principal Matt Brain and art teacher Alex Queen introduced student Juliana Millard, who participated in the 2022 Spring Regional Forum Art Contest for the Blue Ridge area (Region 6) and received third place in the elementary school category. Franklin County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Bernice Cobbs presented Millard with a certificate.
Smith Mountain Eagle

YMCA holds first Community Block Party

The Franklin County Family YMCA held its first annual Community Block Party on May 28 from noon to 5 p.m. at its Rocky Mount location. Food trucks, vendors and community partners filled the Rocky Mount YMCA’s parking lot where people gathered to play games, dance, listen to music, jump on inflatables, do goat yoga and have a good time.

Franklin County home total loss after early morning fire

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. – An apartment and garage in Franklin County are a total loss after an early morning fire, according to the Rocky Mount Fire Department. We’re told crews were called to Beechdale Road at about 3:12 a.m. for the reported fire. Authorities say they arrived to...

Dillon, June Smith

Priscilla June Smith Dillon, passed away peacefully on June 6, 2019, in Eustis, Florida. June was born in Floyd County on June 9, 1942. June is preceded in death by her parents, George Robert “Rob” Smith and Roxie Gaye Radford Smith of Floyd; sisters, Dorothy Gaye Smith of Floyd and Nina Christine Smith Blankenship of Christiansburg; and brothers, Jeff Willard Smith, Pete Marion Smith, and Bobby N Smith, all of Floyd.
Smith Mountain Eagle

New Life Center for Thoroughbreds bringing hope to ex-racehorses

What happens to a racehorse when it can no longer run a race, or has suffered an injury that will not allow it to race?. In a $100 billion sport such as horse racing, thoroughbreds are birthed for the specific intention of bringing the owner or owners riches on the track, and even more future riches through breeding. But the facts tell a sad story about many of the horses that are bred in this country specifically for racing.


(Obituaries air at 8:25 a.m., 9:55 a.m., 12:25 p.m., 4:25 p.m., and 5:25 p.m.) Mildred Brown, 89, of Martinsville, died Thursday, June 23. Wright Funeral Service is in charge. Ronald Lee Fisher, 79 of Fayetteville, Ga., formerly of Martinsville, died Friday, June 10. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 25, at 352 McDonough Road Baptist Church, Fayetteville, Ga. Norris Funeral Services is in charge.

Community Calendar

Stuart Farmers Market from 8 a.m. to noon. Rook, music and more from 10 a.m. to noon at Bassett Ruritan Club. Southside survivor response center community giveaway from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Salvation Army parking lot. Red Cross Blood Drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at...

WHEE sports

Forest City shutout the Mustangs last night 1-0. Martinsville is 10-10 on the season and in second place in the West behind 17-5 Savannah. Wilson is in the top spot in the East at 15-6. The Mustangs play Tri-City at home tonight. Washington Nationals. The Nats were off yesterday. They...

Virginia woman charged with attempting to murder four deputies

BASSETT, Va. — A 26-year-old woman from Virginia was arrested after authorities said she shot multiple rounds at sheriff's deputies. Authorities in Bassett said Heather Hart is facing multiple charges, including four counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer, as well as the use of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Ferrum College Celebrates Two Longtime Employees at Recent Commencement

During Ferrum College’s 106th commencement ceremony held on April 23, 2022, numerous nontraditional students celebrated the receipt of their diploma including two long-time College employees: Joyce Creel ’22 and Margaret Drakeford ’22, both of Franklin County, received bachelor of science degrees in Business Administration and Liberal Studies, respectively.