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Today's News

  • GVFD responds to electrical fire at Webb plant

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department put out an electrical fire at Webb Particle Board on Monday at around 5:30 a.m.

    Firefighters arrived to find that an electrical issue had caused a fire in the sawdust storage area of the facility, and spent about an hour putting out the fire in various spots around the electrical room.

    Five trucks and 20 firefighters responded to the scene. No injuries were reported. No damage occurred to the facility, except for the electrical device.

  • Plant recovering from vandalism

    In the wake of the vandalism at Vaughan-Bassett Furniture last week, some areas of the Galax plant are still closed, with the relevant employees able to file for unemployment through the Virginia Employment Commission until cleanup and repairs are complete, according to President Doug Bassett.

  • Farm fresh, never frozen

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — The Independence Farmers Market is up and running, even during the cold winter months.

    The online winter market has had $4,000 in sales since opening for the season on Oct 18. There are 14 vendors and two community fundraisers.

    Customers can place orders anytime from Friday afternoon until Wednesday evening. This gives the vendors time to prepare orders for customer pickup at the 1908 Courthouse on Fridays from 10 a.m. until noon.

  • Privett to serve 16 years for sexual battery of minor

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — Eddie Privett, 39, of Galax, was sentenced Feb. 2 to serve 16 years and undergo a minimum of 30 years’ probation after his release.

    Privett appeared at a sentencing hearing in Carroll County Circuit Court. He was charged on March 29, 2015, and later found guilty, of aggravated sexual battery of an 8-year-old female.

  • Prosecutor: pair plotted to kill teen

    Staff Reports

    Two Virginia Tech students charged with killing a Blacksburg teen and disposing of her body near Galax plotted the crime together, according to testimony at a Feb. 2 bond hearing in Christiansburg.

    Nicole Lovell, 13, was killed and her body found on Jan. 30 off Route 89 in North Carolina, about seven miles south of Galax and just 1.25 miles over the border from Grayson County.

  • All lanes reopen on I-77 bridge

    HILLSVILLE — The right lane of southbound Interstate 77 in Carroll County at mile marker 14 is now open, after Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews worked last week to repair the bridge over U.S. 58.

    The lane closed Feb. 1 after a structural failure caused traffic accidents. The left lane reopened the next day, but the right lane did not reopen until Feb. 5.

    Both southbound lanes were closed and traffic was diverted around the closure using the exit and entrance ramps of Exit 14.

  • Wreck damages ambulance, VFW fence

    HILLSVILLE – A Dugspur man collided with an ambulance in Hillsville last week, which resulted in damages to the fence around VFW Post 1115.

    According to police reports, the Hillsville Police Department responded to an accident on Main Street in Hillsville around 8:40 a.m. on Feb. 2.

  • Dori Freeman: Rising Star

    The video on YouTube is arresting. A slender, pale young woman in a tank top and jeans, sitting partly in a shaft of light, leans back into her seat, pulling the hand that turned the camera on down to rest on her thigh before she kicks into the song.

    It’s a hard-luck tale of the kind so prevalent in American folk and old-time mountain music, about poverty and its accompanying hardships. She sings it a cappella, accompanying herself only with rhythmic slaps against her denim-clad legs.

  • Duncan enters plea in shooting

    HILLSVILLE – Christopher Lee Duncan, who was slated for a jury trial later this month, has entered a guilty plea to a 2014 shooting and has been sentenced.

    Duncan, 39, of Cana, was arrested on Dec. 1, 2014, after the shooting of Marty Lee Hiatt. According to police reports, authorities responded to the intersection of Wards Gap and Old Dominion roads in Carroll County, where Hiatt had been shot in the abdomen while in a vehicle with his family. Hiatt’s wife, Liza Clair Hiatt, and one child were not injured. Hiatt identified Duncan as the shooter.

  • Police: murder suspect familiar with area

    Staff Reports

    A Virginia Tech freshman from Maryland charged with the abduction and first-degree murder of a Blacksburg teen, whose body was found near Galax, was familiar with the Twin County area, police say.

    According to information released on Tuesday, suspect David Eisenhauer has family in Galax and Grayson County who own land near the North Carolina border, which police said could explain his familiarity with the area where 13-year-old Nicole Lovell’s body was found on Jan. 30.