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Today's News

  • Father, son plead guilty to meth charges

    BHILLSVILLE — An August 2012 Twin County Drug Task Force investigation into methamphetamine manufacturing in Cana yielded convictions against a father and son.
    Both men pleaded guilty to drug charges on Monday in Carroll County Circuit Court.
    Authorities in clinical-looking white coveralls and breathing masks spread out meth-making items and ingredients on a tarp in front of the home at 53 Amazing Grace Lane, under the shade of a tree on the warm and sunny summer day almost two years ago, after a search warrant was served.

  • Galax school calendar breaks with tradition

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    There is less than one month left before Galax City Public Schools will have a final decision on a calendar for the 2014-2015 school year.
    After looking into the possibility of a balanced calendar — a new concept that includes periods throughout the school year for breaks, remediation and enrichment activities — Schools Superintendent Bill Sturgill will soon have to decide whether he wants to recommend the new concept or the traditional calendar to the school board next month.

  • Landowners protect more than 4,500 acres of farms, forests

    Story submitted by New River Land Trust

    INDEPENDENCE — The New River Land Trust and the Virginia Outdoors Foundation worked with local landowners to conserve more than 4,500 acres in 2013, including a cluster of easements in historic Spring Valley in Grayson County.
    Spring Valley landowners Ray Vaughan Poole, Janie Gentry and Timothy Luper combined to protect 350 acres.

  • Governor vetoes guns in cars bill

    RICHMOND — Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s first use of the veto pen — on a gun rights bill he previously sought to weaken with an amendment — is more symbolic than substantive.
    While its effect doesn’t change the law on storing guns inside a private vehicle, it’s a clear reminder to McAuliffe’s gun control base that he’s in their corner.

  • Bid for a Cure auction set for March 22

    The 13th Annual Bid For A Cure event will be held at Crossroads Institute on Saturday.
    The Twin County area saw the beginnings of Cystic Fibrosis (CF) fundraising in 1998, when Kelly and Susan Haga’s infant son was diagnosed with the disease. For several years, they organized an annual walk-a-thon, and In 2001 they stepped up their efforts when they had another child diagnosed with CF.

  • Car strikes and injures Carroll man

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll deputies received a report of a person who had been run over by a vehicle near the intersection of Mill Stone and Elkhorn roads last Wednesday around 4 p.m., leading to one arrest, according to Sheriff J.B. Gardner.

  • Galax pair lead conference balloting

    Galax’s Clif Conley and Maroon Tide coach Verl Brown headline a long list of Twin County basketball figures honored recently by being named to the first team of their respective all-conference basketball teams.

    Conley was named the Conference 46 player of the year while Brown garnered the coach of the year honors for the conference in voting by the league’s coaches.

  • Carroll Special Olympics in tournament play

     BLACKSBURG –– Cassell Coliseum was full of athletes, partners and family members from Carroll County Special Olympics recently as the Carroll County team participated in the Southwest Regional tournament at Virginia Tech.

    CCSO played a part in the opening ceremony as Kyle Nester was a torchbearer and LaRae Hall and Brittany Willard were in front of the crowd to deliver a challenge to the fans. Teams of all abilities from as far away as Lynchburg played in the day-long tournament. 

  • Big Time Rush

    The State Line Rush home school girls’ basketball team capped a strong season with a state championship and followed up with a top-10 showing this past weekend at the East Coast Homeschool Championships at Liberty University.

    The Rush split its final two regular season games, falling 64-55 to the Blue Ridge Panthers and edging Surry Home School 61-57. Daisy Clark entered the Feb. 28 Blue Ridge game five points shy of 1,000 for her career and reached the magic number with a 3-pointer in the second quarter to brighten an otherwise disappointing night for the Rush.

  • He's seven

    Kasen Galyean celebrated his seventh birthday Jan. 9, 2014 with a day at Chuck E. Cheese’s and a birthday party at his home with family. He is the son of Donnie and Angie Galyean of Baywood.

    He is the grandson of Nelson and Linda Galyean, Jimmy and Cathy Jones and Dennis and Janie Cox. He is the great -grandson of Chuck and Mitzi Galvean and Naomi Davis. He has two sisters, Hailee Anders and Kristin Galyean.