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Today's News

  • Grayson grand jury indicts 12

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — A Jefferson, N.C., man was indicted by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury Jan. 23 on four counts of carnal knowledge.

    Connor Allen Lewis, 20, was indicted on charges involving a 14-year-old girl. He will be represented by Dublin attorney Michael Barbour.

    An indictment indicates that a grand jury found sufficient evidence for a case to go to trial, and does not indicate guilt. All of those indicted are innocent until proven guilty.

  • BB&T: account errors will be fixed

    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.”

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Answers and an approval for new school

    After reviewing the cost of two firms’ proposed traffic studies for the Kipling Lane property, chosen as the site for a new elementary school, the Galax School Board voted to accept the offer from Thompson & Litton.

    Galax Schools Superintendent Bill Sturgill led the brief discussion at the Jan. 20 school board meeting before the vote by saying, “I would like to recommend that we go with the study from Thompson & Litton. The scope as presented by the companies is very similar with a very significant difference in price.”

  • 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.

  • Grayson teachers ask for 6% raise

    INDEPENDENCE – Pay raises are again the top priority for the Grayson County Education Association as the division tries to recruit and retain top talent.

    Rebecca Absher, president of GCEA, presented her annual priority list to the division’s school board this month as the county begins working on a budget for the 2015-16 school year.

  • School budget talk raises questions for Galax citizen

    A Jan. 12 public hearing regarding an amendment to the Galax school budget drew no speakers, though remarks were made later in the meeting by a citizen.

    Council member Sharon Plichta was absent from the Galax City Council meeting, while new specially-appointed council member Bill Davis Jr. was present for his first meeting.