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Today's News

  • Readers Hotline 12/17/14

    Honest people
    Special thanks to the gentleman who saw my billfold fall from my moving vehicle and retrieved it. They stopped me at the next red light and returned it. Thank God for honest people. God bless you.

    Ticket paid off

  • Council will meet to talk about filling vacancy

    Galax City Council will use its Dec. 22 meeting to discuss the appointment of a council member to fill former council member Bill Webb’s unexpired term until the special election.

    The election is pending approval. If legal permission is not granted for the election in November 2015, as council has requested, it must be held in May.

    Webb resigned last month due to health reasons, but his term does not expire until June 30, 2016. Council must appoint someone to fill that term until the regular election in May 2016.

  • Branch Highways hits halfway mark on U.S. 58 project

    HILLSVILLE — Branch Highways has completed approximately half of the U.S. 58 widening project in Carroll, Floyd and Patrick counties.

    “We have finished our third season of construction activity and have made significant progress on the Laurel Fork project,” said Pete Copes, Branch’s general superintendent. “The team met all its construction goals for the year, and we look forward to resuming work in the spring.”

  • Grayson could top state in job creation

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County is likely number one in Virginia in per capita job creation in 2014.

    County Administrator Jonathon Sweet reported on the possibility at the Grayson Board of Supervisors’ Dec. 11 meeting.

    “We’re waiting until the end of the year when the numbers are all tallied to see where Grayson County stacks up in the commonwealth with respect to job creation and overall economic development performance,” Sweet said.

  • Christmas project turns tragedy into triumph

    Three years ago, Katy Dunn suffered the unthinkable when she lost her infant son in a tragic accident. But since then, she and her family have worked together to turn their grief into something beautiful for other families.

    This year, the family’s annual toy and clothing drive, CJ’s Christmas Project, has resulted in more than 1,100 donations from their community. Dunn says that this year’s collection will be distributed to several charities, including the Carroll Christmas Fund.

  • Governor to push new gun restrictions

    RICHMOND — Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Monday introduced a package of proposed gun restrictions, including a renewal of the state’s one-a-month limit on handgun purchases and a requirement that private vendors at gun shows — like the annual Labor Day weekend show in Hillsville — perform background checks.

    McAuliffe also proposed making firearms unavailable to people convicted of domestic violence-related crimes and revoking concealed handgun permits for parents who are behind on child-support payments.

  • Carroll authorities capture armed man

    The Carroll County Sheriff's Office arrested a Cana man on Tuesday after he reportedly threatened police officers and attempted to flee from arrest.

  • He's one

    Briley McKinley Marshall turned one on Dec. 10. His birthday was celebrated with a turtle party with friends and family. He is the son of Joseph and Chrissy Marshall.

    His big sisters are Izzie and Cassie Marshall. His grandparents are Randy and Kim Bell and Dennis and Opie Marshall. His great-grandparents are M.C. and Irene Bell, the late Verna Liddle, O’Neal and O’Needa Terry, and the late Virgil and Patty Marshall.

  • He's three

    Levi Kristopher Ward turned three on Oct. 4. He celebrated with a monster bouncy house party at his home. He is the son of Kris and Mary Lynne Ward of Independence.

    He has two brothers, Braeden and Luke. His grandparents are Harry Cox, Bo and Susan Moxley, and Harvey and Jill Ward. His great-grandparents are Agnes Cox, Mary Jane Hollingsworth, Odell Moxley, Danna Ward, and Lacy and Dreama Bowman.

  • She's 100

    Agnes Marie Lundy Cox of Independence turned 100 years old on Aug. 19. She celebrated with family and friends at the Flat Rock Community Building.

    She has two children: Harry Cox, and Anne Cox Collins and spouse Kendall Collins of San Francisco, Calif. She has three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren with one more on the way. She loves to get out on the farm, go for rides and do word searches. She thanked everyone for coming to her party and for the gifts and cards received.