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Today's News

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Monday is deadline to register to vote in March 1 primaries

    If you want to vote in the primaries in Virginia, Feb. 8 is the deadline to register.

    Primaries are March 1, with polls open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. A valid photo ID is required to vote.

    The deadline for absentee ballot by mail application is 5 p.m. on Feb. 23. The deadline for absentee ballot by appearing in-person is 5 p.m. on Feb. 27.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Galax man charged in factory vandalism

    Corey Dean Hodges of Galax has been arrested and charged with acts of vandalization at Vaughan-Bassett Furniture that caused an estimated $100,000 in damage and shut the plant down for a day, according to Galax Police Chief Rick Clark.

    Clark said that Hodges, 27, was arrested Wednesday evening and charged with burglary with intent to commit a felony and felony destruction of property.

    There was no word at press time Wednesday night if there was anyone else involved in the incident, or what Hodges’ motive was in the alleged crime.