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  • Missing juvenile found

     

  • Body found in Fries could be that of missing man

    HILLSVILLE  — The Facebook page dedicated to the search for Sam Sheehi of Fries became a memorial over the weekend, after searchers found what they believe to be the missing man’s body on Saturday near his home.
    Family members organized the search around the home of the 32-year-old Sheehi, who had been missing since Oct. 10.

  • Veterans' memorial takes shape in Galax

    After years of planning, a veterans monument's first pieces are finally in place.

  • Independence revitalization plan revealed

    INDEPENDENCE — Independence was recently selected as one of only seven towns in the region to receive a sustainable communities grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission, which will allow for improvements to be made to the town’s overall appearance in an attempt to attract more tourists and entrepreneurs.

  • Hillsville chooses new chief

    HILLSVILLE — The new police chief, hired on a split vote late Tuesday, has patrolled the streets of Hillsville before.
    At the end of a special meeting on personnel, Hillsville Town Council members chose Greg Bolen as the person to fill the vacancy left by former chief Steve Williams' resignation.
    Bolen is a former Hillsville Police Department officer who now teaches criminal justice at Carroll County High School.

  • Former Carroll sheriff Dick Carrico dies

    WOODLAWN — Former Carroll Sheriff Richard “Dick” Carrico, 71, died at his home in Woodlawn on Tuesday.
    Carrico served as a trooper with the Virginia State Police and as the Carroll sheriff for two terms for a total of 28 years in law enforcement, according to those who worked with him at the sheriff’s office.
    Carrico left his coworkers with lots of memories of their time together.

  • Missing man's family organizes search

    FRIES — Family members of Samuel Joseph Sheehi are continuing to ask for community assistance in finding the missing Fries man.
    The family is working with Twin County law enforcement to find Sheehi, who has been missing for four weeks.
    Family members say 32-year-old Sheehi was last seen Oct. 10.

  • Kaine beats Allen for U.S. Senate seat

    In the end, Tim Kaine didn’t need presidential coattails to win election to the U.S. Senate.
    With the outcome of the presidential vote still uncertain in Virginia late Tuesday, Democrat Kaine claimed victory over Republican George Allen in their bruising battle for an open Senate seat.
    Soon, Kaine will be off to Washington to join fellow Democratic Sen. Mark Warner, the man he succeeded as governor in 2006.
    In a victory speech, Kaine pledged he’ll work to find solutions to the nation’s economic problems.

  • Griffith holds on to 9th District seat

    Incumbent U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-Salem) comfortably won his first Congressional re-election contest Tuesday, defeating Democratic challenger Anthony Flaccavento of Abingdon.
    Flaccavento, a first-time candidate, and Griffith, a 17-year member of the General Assembly and former state House majority leader, vied for the 9th Congressional District seat.
    The district includes the City of Galax and Carroll and Grayson counties.
    Griffith had 61 percent of the vote to Flaccavento’s 39 percent with all precincts reporting Wednesday afternoon.

  • ELECTION 2012: Obama wins 2nd term, Romney sweeps Twin Counties

    On the color-coded maps of TV political pundits, Virginia is now a “blue” Democratic state, but it still has a solidly “red” Republican half in Southwest Virginia.
    But more counties doesn’t equal more votes — something Mitt Romney and George Allen discovered on Election Night.
    Despite the Republican sweep of the Twin Counties and dominance in Southwest Virginia, presidential candidate Mitt Romney could not overcome the Democratic influence in the more populous eastern and northern parts of the state.