Elk reintroduction proving successful in southwest Virginia
BUCHANAN COUNTY, Va. – Elk were reintroduced to southwest Virginia in a three-year release from 2012 to 2014, and the effort seems to be working. The recorded number of elk since the release has grown from 75 to an estimated 300. People are coming from all over to see the elk and to take part in outdoor adventures. “There are people who will come from Pennsylvania, from Georgia, from North Carolina to come here for a chance to see the elk," said Kristi Rose of Southern Gap Outdoor Adventures. “I think this will be the key to Buchanan County’s success is this outdoor tourism.”The herds are protected in the wildlife management zone of Buchanan, Dickenson and Wise counties.
Storms cause mudslides in parts of Southwest Virginia
BUCHANAN COUNTY, Va. – Take a look around Buchanan County and you’re likely to find some serious damage. Strong storms and heavy rains caused mudslides in that part of Southwest Virginia on Monday night, according to WCYB. The NBC affiliate talked with a tow and and salvage company owner who said she lost about 50 vehicles. The television station also reported that one of its crews saw buildings leveled and the homes moved off their foundations.
Authorities find missing elderly Southwest Virginia couple found safe in Galax
BUCHANAN COUNTY, Va. Great news to share as Charles and Ruby Wilmer have been found and they are safe! They were found in Galax after getting lost while driving, according to the Buchanan County Sheriffs Office. The Sheriffs Office is making arrangements to make sure they get home safely. At 8 p.m. Wednesday someone believes they spotted the two in Christiansburg near the Ruby Tuesday on Roanoke Street, according to the Buchanan County Sheriffs Office. Anyone with information about where the Wilmers may be is asked to call the Sheriffs Office at 276-935-2313.