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Local News

  • TCRH board gives $5M to foundation

    The Twin County Community Foundation received a $5 million endowment in August, the first transfer of funds from the proceeds of the joint venture transaction between Twin County Regional Hospital and Duke LifePoint Healthcare that took place on April 1, 2012.

  • Church, business launching soup kitchen

    HILLSVILLE — A local business is partnering with Hillsville Pentecostal Holiness Church (PHC) to bring a soup kitchen to the town beginning in September.

    Elnor Martin and April Cope of Watt’s the Idea, a new business on Main Street in Hillsville, met with Pastor Jeff Pickett of Hillsville PHC in recent weeks to discuss the need for a soup kitchen in the Hillsville area.

  • Hope House could be without home

    A homeless shelter without a home?

    It sounds like the punchline to a bad joke. By late in the coming winter, though, it’s going to be a reality for the Galax Hope House.

    Hope House operates in a building owned by the Church of the Good Shepherd, which has been leasing it to the shelter at a rate of $1 a year for some time.

  • VDOT warns of heavy flea market traffic

    HILLSVILLE — Travelers heading to the annual Labor Day Flea Market and Gun Show this weekend should be prepared for considerable traffic delays, according to a news release from the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).

  • Police say hitchhiker borrowed, wrecked car

    A hitchhiker passing through from Ohio wrecked a borrowed car last week in Galax, according to Virginia State Police.

    On Aug. 21 at 5 p.m., Frank L. Conway of Columbus, Ohio, ran off the right side of Meadow Creek Road just past Mount Vale Church in Galax, went over a small bank and struck a tree, according to Trooper Cameron Keesling, who attended the scene.

  • Gravley remembered for influence on town

    HILLSVILLE — The town of Hillsville was devastated last week by news of the death of Randall Gravley, former Hillsville mayor and community activist.

    He died Thursday in Pulaski County at age 65.

    Gravley served a total of eight years on Hillsville Town Council ― four as a member, and four as mayor during 2004-2008.

    He was owner of Nuckolls Drug for 32 years. He was also a leader in the founding of Carroll Wellness Center and president of its board of directors.

  • Stokes County authorities believe missing N.C. man traveled through Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE — The Stokes County (N.C.) Sheriff’s Office is searching for a Danbury, N.C., man who has recently passed through the Town of Hillsville, according to a missing persons report.

    
An alert posted online by Stokes Sheriff Mike Marshall said that Jon Robert Lagergren was last seen on Aug. 22, at 1175 Line Road in Sandy Ridge, N.C.

    His home address is 1080 Hole Road in Danbury.

  • Cana man faces DUI, hit and run charges

    CANA — A Cana man was arrested Aug. 23 following a hit-and-run crash involving three vehicles.

    Virginia State Police responded to Flowers Gap Road, near the intersection of Paul’s Creek Road, in Cana at 6 p.m. last Saturday, after hearing reports of a multi-vehicle accident in that area.

    According to the police report, Daniel Eric Brame, 34, was operating a 1999 Jeep Cherokee on Flowers Gap when he entered a curve and allegedly sideswiped a 2006 Nissan, operated by Marlie Samuel Jones, 72, of Cana.

  • Hillsville names West interim treasurer

    HILLSVILLE — An interim treasurer has been elected to fill the seat left by Judy Bolt earlier this month.

    During Hillsville Town Council’s Aug. 25 meeting, members elected Sandra West to take the seat temporarily as they look for a permanent replacement.

    Judy Bolt, the town’s former treasurer and administrative assistant, announced her resignation earlier this month. Her last day was Aug. 19.

    Bolt will be taking over a new position with the City of Galax, as human resources director.

  • Holdaway charged with arson in Pinecrest fire

    Arson and burglary charges have been filed against a Galax man in connection with an Aug. 21 fire that destroyed a portion of Pinecrest Apartments in Galax, police said.

    Philip Allen Holdaway, 34, was charged by Officer Drew Burnett and Sgt. Jody Poole with burglary and intent to commit arson.

    Holdaway is also charged with arson involving a fire at the same location that was discovered March 24, 2013, and extinguished, according to a spokesman for Galax Police Chief Rick Clark.