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Obituary for Peyton Garrett Blankenship

Peyton Garrett Blankenship, age 18, of Pulaski, was called home Friday June 24, 2022. The Good Lord and his paternal grandparents, Draper and Margaret Anderson and several other family members were there, arms wide open for him. It is undeniable that he departed this world, as devastation rang throughout the family and friends. He was born into this world, a wonderful, and perfect miracle in Pulaski on April 15, 2004, and is the son of Brandi Nicole Blankenship-Anderson and Christopher Bryan Anderson. Peyton was a recent graduate of Pulaski County High School, class 2022.
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Woodlawn man arrested after chase in Carroll County

CARROL COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ) - A Woodlawn man has been arrested on multiple charges including possession of a schedule I/II controlled substance, according to the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office. A Carroll County Sheriff’s deputy was driving on Rt. 58 when he saw Matthew Blaine Gilliam, 31, on a motorcycle...
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Public responds to Appalachian Power’s proposed rate increase

PRINCETON, WV (WVNS) – The second of four public meetings across the state regarding a proposed state-wide rate increase for energy bills was held in Princeton Monday night. The proposed increase would raise energy costs by about $13 a month or $156 per year for the average West Virginian, more or less depending on how […]

People in Blacksburg protest against the overturning Roe v. Wade

BLACKSBURG, Va. – Hundreds of people took to the streets of downtown Blacksburg protesting The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. “I personally do not want my rights taken away. I don’t believe any woman should lose her rights because of what five people decided for them. I don’t want to lose my bodily autonomy. Women’s rights are human rights and I’m here to fight for that,” said one protestor, Maddie Price.

Virginia Tech Football: Hokies schedule with divisions eliminated in ACC

The framework of ACC football scheduling went out the window this morning when the conference announced the elimination of divisions. The split between Atlantic and Coastal will be no more starting in the 2023. In it’s place, they’ve adopted a 3-5-5 format. That gives each team each team 3 primary opponents and a pair of home and away games versus the other ten teams in the conference over four years. For Virginia Tech, this will shake up their conference schedule starting next year.

Vest, Shelven Aaron

Shelven Aaron (Sonny) Vest, 89 of Floyd, passed away on Saturday, June 25, 2022. He is preceded in death by his parents, Harvey Aaron Vest and Laura Hoback Vest; wives, Norma Gene Boothe Vest and Beulah Austin Whitlock Vest. He is survived by his daughter, Annette Vest (Mike) Battle; sons,...

The son of a former Virginia Tech standout is set to make his college decision

Loren Johnson arrived at Virginia Tech in the 1995 recruiting class, one of the more important classes in school history. Johnson, along with fellow defensive back signees Keion Carpenter and Pierson Prioleau, would help establish Virginia Tech as “DBU” over the next several years. The Hokies are still putting defensive backs into the NFL.

VSP investigating Wythe County crash that killed passenger

WYTHE COUNTY, Va. (WJHL) — A single-vehicle crash on Route 52 Saturday afternoon left one woman dead and two children injured, according to Virginia State Police (VSP). A release from police detailed the crash that occurred around 2:30 p.m. a half-mile north of Route 664. Investigators determined a 1998 Ford Explorer had been traveling south […]

Three-Star LB Tavorian Copeland Commits to Virginia Tech

After a few busy weeks full with loads of recruits visiting, Virginia Tech seems poised for a surge of commits in the coming weeks. That surge may have started today as three-star LB Tavorian Copeland committed to the Hokies. Copeland chose the Hokies over offers from UVA, multiple Ivy League...

Woman dead, kids injured following crash in Wythe County

UPDATE 1:03 p.m.: Police have released more details about Saturday afternoon’s crash in Wythe County, including the name of the woman who died. According to Virginia State Police, state troopers responded to the single-vehicle crash on Route 52 — about half a mile north of Route 664 — shortly after 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 25.

Handy, Margaret Eads

Margaret Irene Eads Handy, age 85 of Dublin, died Saturday, June 25, 2022 at her residence. She was born in Wytheville on September 5, 1936, and was the daughter of the late Gordie Gay Johnson Eads and the late Oscar Glen Eads. She retired after many years with Inland Motors...

Defendants plead not guilty to murder of 13-year-old

PRINCETON, W.Va. (WVVA) - Isis Wallace and Nichole Brooks both pleaded not guilty during an arraignment on Monday, for the murder of 13-year-old Maryze Unique Tatum in Bluefield, W.Va. on March 24, 2022. The pair’s pretrial date is set for Aug. 19, and their trial is set to begin Sept....

Ticket Tuesday: Virginia Tech vs. Wofford

As the 2022 football season draws closer, fans can take advantage of a limited time ticket offer for Virginia Tech's home game against Wofford on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 11 a.m. ET. This exclusive ticket package for just $10 includes one (1) ticket, an invitation to the HokieBird's birthday party...

Man dies in police custody during traffic stop

WYTHE COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ) - Virginia State Police and the Wythe County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the death of a man who collapsed while in custody. John Brown, 49, died at the scene of a traffic stop Friday. At 9:32 p.m. June 24, 2022, deputies were called to the...

Wythe County man dies in crash on Rt. 52

At 2:34 p.m. on Saturday (June 25), Virginia State Police responded to a single-vehicle crash on Route 52 a half-mile north of Route 664. A 1998 Ford Explorer was traveling south on Route 52 when it entered a curve in the road. The vehicle then ran off the left side of the road, traveled down an embankment, struck a fence and overturned several times.