Local News

  • Food banks struggle to feed the needy

    While people struggle to keep food on the table during tough times, some Twin County food banks are "grasping at straws" to keep their cupboards full.

    Those were the words that Terri Gillespie of Rooftop of Virginia Community Action Program used to describe the organization's efforts to meet demand for families during the economic crisis, when there's less to go around to the different agencies and more people need help.

    The amount that the demand has been growing varies among different groups, but they all agree that requests for aid is rising.

  • Gildan closing will leave 180 jobless

    HILLSVILLE — A Virginia Employment Commission official is confirming the closure next year of a sock-knitting plant in Hillsville.

    Gildan has given employees notice about the coming shut down, said Bill Webb of the Virginia Employment Commission Thursday morning.

  • Don't fall for 'free money' offers

    A Rooftop of Virginia client was conned out of $900 in credit card charges last month after a grant-writers research company in Raleigh, N.C., promised to find free money, only to provide a list of governmental agencies that already provide free services.

    Grant Writers Research Network offered to help an elderly woman find grants to help her repair her home, said a concerned Tammy Webb, community resource service coordinator of Rooftop of Virginia Community Action Program.

  • Court sets aside 4-6 weeks for Hammer trial

    INDEPENDENCE — Independence attorney Jonathon Venzie, one of the lawyers representing Frederick Hammer on five charges of capital murder and 11 other charges, told Grayson Circuit Judge Brett Geisler that Hammer's trial could last between four and six weeks.

    The charges against Hammer stem from the killings of Ronald Hudler, 73; his son, Frederick Hudler, 44; and farm worker John Miller Jr. , 25, on Jan. 24.

  • Tempest in a tree stand

    HILLSVILLE — The latest dust-up between Carroll County and Hillsville is all tied up with a Christmas bow. Two days after Hillsville held its annual Christmas tree lighting, county officials insisted the town's artificial

  • State to appeal dog custody case

    HILLSVILLE — Dogs being held in the state's care as the result of an investigation into a Carroll County man appear to be in legal limbo at the moment.

    In investigating reports of poor conditions in kennels owned by David Winesett of Coulson Church Road, Virginia State Police seized 63 dogs.

  • Whitetop blasting continues

    INDEPENDENCE — A rock quarry in Whitetop was granted permanent permission from the Grayson Board of Supervisors to blast after a six-month probation period.

    Tim Miller owns the quarry on Middle Fork Lane and approached the board back in April for an amendment to his special use permit to allow blasting.

    During the meeting in April, several residents voiced their concerns and asked the supervisors to look at requirements that Miller had not met from his original special use permit before granting an amendment.

  • Phipps free after verdict overturned

    INDEPENDENCE — Tony Byron Phipps II, 20, of Independence has been released from police custody after winning his appeal of a malicious wounding conviction and being granted a new trial.

    Phipps appeared in Grayson County Circuit Court Dec. 4 for a bond hearing. Judge Brett Geisler set a secured bond of $25,000, which was later posted. Phipps was released after serving more than 12 months in prison.

    He was convicted in May 2007.

  • Animal cruelty charges taken under advisement

    HILLSVILLE — A Carroll General District judge on Nov. 25 took animal cruelty charges against a brother and sister from Fancy Gap under advisement for six months.

    George Daniel Rigney, 76, and Ruth R. Robertson, 74, had more than 50 dogs at their Fancy Gap properties on Elk Spur Road, and many of those animals were suffering from highly contagious cases of mange.

  • Vaughan-Bassett plans to increase Galax production

    Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Company says the Galax plant will have to increase production and employees will go back to working on a full-time schedule, as the Elkin, N.C., factory closes down, resulting in 400 people losing their jobs.

    “We are now facing both Asian competition and a severe and possibly prolonged recession, producing the worst slump in the furniture business in at least 30 years,” said Wyatt Bassett, president and chief executive officer.