Today's News

  • Early SOL scores look good for Galax

    Preliminary SOL scores indicate that Galax has again excelled, according to Superintendent Bill Sturgill.

    “It’s still unofficial … we scored better in math this year than our three-year average,” he said, noting that “we’re seeing the same trend with English.”

    Sturgill informed the Galax School Board about the early results at the Sept. 13 meeting. He said he felt that the targeted remediation classes during mornings during intersession weeks were directly responsible for the upswing.

  • Taco Bell coming to Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE – Hillsville Town Council held a special called meeting Wednesday night to approve the site plan for a new Taco Bell, which will be located on South Main Street.

    According to Council Member Greg Yonce, the planning commission met on Sept. 29 to review the site plan for approval before it was put before council. The site is located at 145 South Main, next to Pizza Hut and in front of Food Lion.

  • Robinson, Hamm to marry

    Randy Hamm and Linda Robinson announced that their wedding will be Oct. 1 at Eastlake Community Church in Moneta. Family and friends are welcome.

    Robinson is the daughter of Edgar and Pauline Jones.

  • Public record for 10/5/16 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 Dec. 1-31, 2015, in the office of Gerald Goad, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Passenger charged with reckless driving

    Staff Report

    After allegedly causing an automobile accident on Delhart Road in Galax and then fleeing the scene on Sept. 22, Sandra Mendez, 19, of Raleigh, N.C., was caught the next day in Galax by the Virginia State Police, according to Trooper C.W. Keesling.

    At 6:55 p.m. the day before, Mendez was a front seat passenger in a Ford SUV driven by her mother, Sandra Villegas, 38, of Sparta, N.C., with three minor children in the back seat.

  • Galax arrests include assault, larceny, neglect

    Staff Reports

    According to a report issued by the Galax Police Department, last week’s arrests included felony charges of assault, grand larceny, drug offenses, abduction, child neglect and obstruction of justice.

  • Readers Hotline 10/5/16

    Taking control

  • Tax collection effort pays off for Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE – A tax collection initiative implemented by Hillsville has proven successful and the town has collected more than $300,000 in delinquent real estate, personal property, meals and transient taxes.

  • WBRF mourns loss of radio host Jason Blevins

    A familiar voice on radio station WBRF-FM for the past 26 years, Jason Blevins is remembered as a beloved DJ and dedicated worker who kept going even during treatment for a rare form of cancer.

    Blevins, 35, passed away on Oct. 1. He had been at the classic country radio station since 1999, and worked his way up to music director and host of a popular midday show.

  • Pioneers sweep Grayson

    MAX MEADOWS –– Grayson County led Fort Chiswell early in all three games Monday but the Pioneers rallied to sweep the Blue Devils 25-20, 25-14, 25-16 in a Mountain Empire District volleyball match.

    Four of Fort Chiswell’s first seven serves failed to clear the net in the opening set, and the Blue Devils (1-12) got kills from Kaylee Moore and Breanna Brewer to take an early 8-6 lead.