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  • BB&T: account errors will be fixed

    UPDATED 1/28/15:

    Some BB&T customers had alarming experiences with their bank accounts on Tuesday, such as discovering their accounts held less funds than they should have, sometimes to the point of being overdrafted with fees.

    The problem was caused by what BB&T Corporate Communication Strategist Brian Davis referred to as “a processing issue.”

  • Johnson named Hillsville's citizen of the month

    HILLSVILLE — Hillsville Interim Police Chief Wesley Yonce selected Jeff Johnson as the town’s Citizen of the Month for January.

    Yonce made his presentation at town council’s Jan. 12 meeting.

    After 22 years of conducting his business in the area, Johnson has become “a pillar of the Twin County business community,” said Yonce.

  • Va. Senate kills gun control legislation

    RICHMOND — The Virginia Senate Courts of Justice Committee spent several hours Monday killing Democratic gun control bills and advancing a measure that would allow concealed weapon permit holders to obtain a lifetime permit.

    “It was an awesome day,” said Philip Van Cleave, president of the pro-gun Virginia Citizens Defense League.

  • KKK recruitment fliers causing concern locally

    The dispersal of literature from the Ku Klux Klan in the Twin Counties caused concern and resurrected unpleasant memories in several members of the community last week.

    The KKK, a classified hate group, is associated with white supremacy, violence and various forms of prejudice.

    Galax resident Dolores Vass found a pamphlet from the KKK in her mailbox, criticizing the late Martin Luther King Jr., and she says it sparked several painful memories from her past, involving acts of racism from the community towards herself and her family.

  • State police find mobile meth lab

    A Carroll County man and woman were arrested on Jan. 22, after a Virginia State Police trooper discovered a mobile meth lab inside their vehicle during a traffic stop.

    Adam James Bolen, 41, and Jennifer Marie Bolen, 35, were arrested after Trooper S.M. Cochran stopped them in a 1999 Chevrolet pickup truck on Airport Road, near Five Forks Road at around 5 p.m. last Thursday.

  • Republican primary deadline is Jan. 26

    HILLSVILLE – Anyone planning to seek public office in Carroll County and run in the Republican preferential primary is reminded that the deadline to file is today, Monday, at noon.

    The Carroll County Republican Party will select its slate of candidates to run in the Nov. 3 general election during the primary to be held on May 16.

  • Firefighters battle blaze inside Magnolia factory in Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE - Several fire departments worked to extinguish a fire at the Magnolia Manufacturing Company in Hillsville on Saturday, when an unknown cause sparked a fire in two industrial units inside one of the factory's filter houses.

    According to a report from Hillsville Assistant Fire Chief Mike Musser, firefighters were called to Magnolia around 7:30 p.m. to reports of a fire inside the factory.

    Upon arrival, firefighters were told that the fire was in a filter house — a component of the factory.

  • Campbell supports bill to keep training center open

    A bill introduced in the 2015 General Assembly seeks to keep open the Southwest Virginia Training Center in Hillsville and Southeastern Virginia Training Center in Chesapeake for their disabled residents.

    House Bill 1614 was offered Jan. 14 by delegates Jeff Campbell, James Leftwich, Israel O’Quinn and Todd Pillion; and state senators Bill Carrico and Ben Chafin.

  • Police report multiple wrecks in Galax

    The Galax Police Department responded to three separate vehicle crashes Tuesday, two of which occurred on Glendale Road within minutes of one another, and the third involving a civilian vehicle and a police car on Meadow Street.

    The first accident was Tuesday at about 2:13 p.m. According to a police report shared by Capt. James Cox, a 2004 Ford Focus operated by Brook Williams, 23, of Galax, was traveling west on Glendale Road. The vehicle left the left side of the road, struck a ditch and overturned, coming to rest against a tree across from Monta Vista Cemetery.

  • Traffic stop leads to drug charges

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    SPARTA, N.C. – A near crash involving an Alleghany County, N.C., deputy sheriff has led to drug charges against a Galax woman and a Hillsville man.

    Alleghany County Sheriff Bryan Maines said that, in the early morning hours of Jan. 7, Deputy C.R. Williams was on routine patrol on U.S. 21 south when a car crossed over the center line into his lane. Williams swerved to miss the oncoming car.