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Unavailable witness stalls ex-coach’s case

By MELINDA WILLIAMS melinda@southwesttimes.com   The indecent liberties case of former Pulaski County recreation league soccer coach Russell Keith Simpson was postponed Friday due to an unavailable witness. Pulaski County…

Virginia DMV implements new laws effective July 1

By CALVIN PYNN calvin@southwesttimes.com   RICHMOND – Starting next month the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will implement new laws following legislative action taken during the 2014 General Assembly.…

Obama on Iraq security: We can’t do it for them

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Friday he is weighing a range of options for countering the violent Islamic insurgency in Iraq, but he warned government leaders in Baghdad…

Harrell ordered to repay stolen money

By MELINDA WILLIAMS melinda@southwesttimes.com   A former cheerleading coach received a 10-year suspended sentence Thursday after pleading no contest to embezzling funds from the squad. Under a plea agreement with…

Virginia passes budget with Medicaid restriction

RICHMOND (AP) — The General Assembly passed a new state budget late Thursday night after adopting a Republican-backed amendment to ensure that Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe cannot expand Medicaid without…

Va. gets $3.4M grant for veteran employment

RICHMOND (AP) — Virginia is getting a $3.4 million federal grant to help veterans better gain employment. The U.S. Department of Labor says Virginia is experiencing a record number of…

Va. revenues decline nearly 21 percent in May

RICHMOND (AP) — Virginia’s revenue collections declined nearly 21 percent in May, marking it the biggest one-month decline in 13 years. Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Thursday that total revenue collections…

Inmate’s death under investigation

By MELINDA WILLIAMS melinda@southwesttimes.com CHRISTIANSBURG — Christiansburg Police Department is investigating the death of an inmate at Montgomery County Jail Tuesday morning. Jail staff found the 49-year-old Christiansburg man dead…

October jury trial set for ex-teacher

By MELINDA WILLIAMS melinda@southwesttimes.com   An Oct. 9 trial date has been set for a former teacher accused of having sex with a student. Jonathan Edward Bell, 31, of Salem,…

Pulaski Elks help fill the bag

Pulaski Elks help fill the bag

By CALVIN PYNN calvin@southwesttimes.com   The Pulaski chapter of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks joined forces with local activist Vicky Goad to promote and distribute meal backpacks to…