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Today's News

  • A Citizen's Guide to the 2016 General Assembly

    Landmark News Service & Staff Reports

    Professional lobbyists aren’t the only ones who can have a voice at the General Assembly in Richmond. Thanks to the Internet, you can see what legislators are up to and share your opinions.

    Here’s a guide to the basics for this year’s session, which begins Jan. 13 and runs through February

    Do Your Homework

    Become familiar with the legislation beyond what you read or hear.

  • Will vulture bill fly in Assembly?

    Sen. Bill Carrico (R-40th District) of Grayson County plans to introduce a bill addressing the problem of black vultures during the General Assembly session that starts this week.

    Areas of the Twin Counties, particularly Galax, have seen huge flocks of the birds roosting in trees and on rooftops and circling in the skies for the past couple of years.

    Despite efforts to drive them off, the vultures stubbornly remain.

  • Halsey, Hawks to marry

    The engagement of Ben Halsey and Samantha Hawks was announced by their parents.

    Ben is the son of R.J. Halsey and Karen Halsey.
    Samantha is the daughter of Carol Hawks and the late Muncie Hawks.
    The wedding is planned for Aug. 20.

  • Public record for 1/13/16 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record.  
    The listings are complete. The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing.
    For information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded in May in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Feeling Lucky? What to do if you win the lottery

    Wednesday’s multi-state Powerball lottery jackpot is expected to reach a record $1.4 billion. The following column offering advice on what to do if you are a significant lottery winner was provided by Ken Diggs, a spokesman for State Farm Insurance in Tennessee.

    We all dream of winning the Powerball or Mega Millions, but you are more likely to be bitten by a shark or struck by lightning in your lifetime.

  • N.C. man arrested after standoff in Cana

    Staff Reports

    CANA – A Mount Airy, N.C., man was arrested after a five-hour standoff with police in Cana on Tuesday.

    According to a report from Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner, deputies from his office, deputies from the U.S. Marshals Service and troopers with Virginia State Police arrested Dale Thomas Willard, 37, after the standoff.

  • Tractor-trailer turns over on Coulson Church Road

    An accident involving a truck hauling stone occurred today, Jan. 11, around 1 p.m. at the intersection of Coulson Church Road and Rescue Road in Carroll County.

    Tyler Lane Cassell, 25, of Mount Airy, N.C., was driving a truck for McCraw Trucking when the vehicle overturned on the passenger side. Cassell was transported from the accident by ambulance, but the nature of his injuries are not known at this time.

  • Police chief: concealed weapon decision won't cause many changes

    Law enforcement officials and many gun owners have expressed their opposition to Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring’s decision that, as of Feb. 1, the state will no longer recognize concealed carry handgun permits from 25 other states.

    Herring said these states — including the border states of North Carolina, Tennessee, and Kentucky — have criteria for concealed carry permits that are more lax than Virginia’s requirements.

  • Suspect took $1,000 worth of teeth-whitening products

    Staff Reports

    Given the nature of the theft, it’s surprising that a suspect in a teeth-whitening kit theft didn’t smile in his mug shot.

    On Jan. 7, Galax police were called to investigate a shoplifting at CVS. Officer Darrin Alley responded and discovered that a male subject had fled the store with more than $1,000 in teeth whitener kits. The suspect left on foot and no vehicle was seen.

  • Readers' Hotline 1/11/16

    Uplifting display
    A great big virtual hug to creators of the delightfully entertaining holiday light show on display in Felts Park in Galax. What an uplifting and joyful experience. We took several visitors to enjoy this and each time we came away humming a song and smiling. I hope their generosity comes back to them manyfold.
    Editor’s note: High Country Lights creator William Bottomley recently posted on the attraction’s Facebook page that he and the city have agreed to bring the lights back next year and expand the display.