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  • Senior Olympics begin Friday

    HILLSVILLE — The Twin County Senior Olympics has attracted 50 competitors to the field.
    The games for those over age 50 will be held this Friday and Saturday.
    While organizers hoped for at least 75 participants, 50 still seems like a healthy start for the first-ever event, said Dennis Ward.

  • Officers working to disband Hillsville Rescue

    HILLSVILLE — HIllsville Rescue Squad does still exist in a way, but those involved are working to terminate its status as a corporation, according to a long-time member and officer.
    Local officials shut down the volunteer agency years ago when a member inappropriately used an ambulance to move furniture.
    The organization lingered on as hopes to revive the rescue squad remained, said Larry South, who will serve as an officer until the organization’s final demise.

  • Caregiver charged with taking money from elderly

    Hillsville Police say a North Carolina woman was forging checks from those she cared for.

  • Crossroads promotes life-long learning

    By SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

    The Crossroads Institute Higher Education Center begins its first session of Life @ The Crossroads on Tuesday with Tom Barr, owner of Barr’s Fiddle Shop.
    In Barr’s session, titled “History of a Fiddlin Place – Barr’s Fiddle Shop and More,” he will talk about his extensive involvement with the local bluegrass music scene, including his contributions to the Blue Ridge Music Center, the Rex Theater and the opening of his own store, Barr’s Fiddle Shop, in downtown Galax.

  • Galax church robbery under investigation

    The Galax Police Department is investigating a burglary at First Baptist Church in Galax.
    According to a police report, the offense was discovered Sept. 2 prior to the beginning of services.
    Musical instruments were taken, including an amplifier, Ibanez bass guitars, Fender bass guitar and microphones. Also taken were two laptops and a video camcorder.
    Anyone with information on this crime can contact the Galax Police Department at 236-8101.

  • Police investigate possible cancer scam

    WYTHEVILLE — Virginia State Police are continuing to investigate a 42-year-old Austinville woman who may have falsely raised money for health problems.
    Law enforcement officials identify the subject of the investigation as Melissa Carol Sawyers, though she may also be known as Missy Briggs.

  • Churches unite for family fun day

    HILLSVILLE  — Around 50 churches hope to welcome more than 1,500 participants to Christian Family Fun Day Sept. 22.
    The majority of activities will take place at the Grover King Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1115 after a 10:30 a.m. kick-off parade on Main Street travels to the post grounds.

  • Town targets another Hillsville Rescue building

    HILLSVILLE — Deciding what to do with a second empty Hillsville Rescue Squad station has further complicated putting the defunct agency to rest.
    Carroll County discontinued the Hillsville Rescue Squad from responding to emergency calls years ago, when a member improperly used an ambulance to move furniture. Unresolved squad business has so far proven tricky to clean up.

  • Galax man dies in N.C. crash

    By SHAINA STOCKTON

    Staff

    LOWGAP, N.C. — Dave Carl Call Jr., 49, of 3244 Poplar Knob Road in Galax, died Sept. 1 as the result of a vehicle fatality in Surry County, N.C., officials said.

  • Gladeville lockdown a false alarm

    SHAINA STOCKTON

    Staff