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Today's News

  • Child injured in accidental shooting

    Staff Report

    CANA – A Carroll County girl was shot on Tuesday evening and the incident is currently under investigation.

    According to a news release from Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner, deputies were called to a residence in the 8000 block of Wards Gap Road in Cana on March 21 at 10:06 p.m. for a reported accidental gunshot.

    Deputy Jake Worrell responded to the scene and found a 9-year-old female that had been shot through the right arm. The child also appeared to have injuries to her left hand, the release said.

  • Beasley indicted for attempted murder

    HILLSVILLE – A Wythe County man who was the subject of a three-day manhunt that spanned two counties in September 2016 was indicted on multiple charges Monday.

    The Carroll County Circuit Court Grand Jury met March 20 and returned 118 indictments against 67 individuals. Among those were seven indictments against Kevin Nelson Beasley, 26, of Austinville.

  • Student from Galax makes medical breakthrough

    Julian Elmasry, 18, of Galax, pre-med scholar at the University of Virginia and son of local physician Dr. Medhat Elmasry, seems to have medical wisdom in his blood.

    Now, after a lot of hard work and several failed attempts, Elmasry has figured out how to use his wisdom to keep blood fresh longer, by developing a new kind of test tube, profiled briefly in “Popular Mechanics” and taking him all the way to the International Science Fair in Phoenix, Ariz.

  • Federal court delays tax fraud trial

    ABINGDON – Jones Keith Andrews, the owner of Andrews Farming Inc. and ANDCO Logistics in Hillsville, was scheduled to appear in court in April for federal tax fraud charges, but a continuance was granted changing the date of his trial.

    According to documents from the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Abingdon, Andrews’ counsel requested a motion of continuance on March 13. The motion was granted and Andrews’ trial is now scheduled for Aug. 7-11 in Abingdon.

  • Dixon steps down as Galax football coach

    Galax High School announced Tuesday morning that it has accepted the resignation of head football coach Mark Dixon. According to a statement released by GHS principal Justin Iroler, Dixon is pursuing opportunities "at the next level."

    Dixon was an assistant coach at GHS briefly under then-head coach Jared VanAcker and was named head coach in 2010 when VanAcker took a job in eastern Virginia.

  • Griffith proposes guns without borders bill

    Staff Report

    Legislation to address a gap in U.S. law related to transport of firearms across state lines has been introduced by Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-Va.) and Sen. Orrin Hatch of (R-Utah).

    Under current regulations, law-abiding Americans unwittingly violate differing rules governing transportation of firearms across state lines, the two said in a news release.

    Griffith and Hatch’s bills would amend the Firearm Owners Protection Act of 1986 to clarify some key provisions.

  • Educators, sheriffs react to state budget

    The state budget passed by the Virginia General Assembly last month is getting mixed reviews from two groups that will receive pay raises, school systems and sheriffs’ departments.

    School superintendents and sheriffs in the Twin Counties said the increases aren’t enough to address bigger issues with pay for teachers and deputies.

    The state spending plan includes a 3 percent raise for all state employees; and the state’s share of a 2 percent raise for teachers, without any added costs for taxpayers.

  • Carroll school chief retiring

    HILLSVILLE – Dr. Strader Blankenship, Carroll County Public Schools superintendent, has announced his retirement effective July 1.

    The Carroll County School Board will begin an immediate search for his replacement.

    Blankenship announced his retirement during closed session of the March 14 meeting of the school board. His wife, Ruby, who serves as a special education assistant in the county, also is retiring.

  • Galax arrests include malicious shooting

    Staff Report

    A Woodlawn man faces 10 charges after an altercation that allegedly involved a firearm.

  • Cause of car fire unknown

    A vehicle fire in front of Waddell Nursing Home in Galax on March 11 apparently left no one harmed, according to Galax Fire Capt. Mike Ayers. Firefighters were dispatched to 202 Painter Street at 5:16 p.m.

    They arrived to find a fully involved passenger car. Hoses were pulled from the engine and the blaze was extinguished in 10 minutes.

    The cause of the fire is unknown.