Today's News

  • Galax man sentenced to 5 years for child porn

    ABINGDON — After taking a week to consider the case, a federal judge has sentenced a Galax man to five years in prison for receiving and possessing child pornography.
    Richard Lee Taylor, 38, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to the Internet child pornography charges. He received no plea agreement to lessen his sentence.

    Judge James P. Jones reviewed evidence in the week following a Jan. 19 sentencing hearing, and imposed the mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years for each of the two charges, which Taylor will serve concurrently.

  • Court unseals drug charges

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County Circuit Court recently released several months' worth of sealed indictments, mostly dealing with drug cases.
    It's common practice for the courts to seal charges until those named can be served with warrants.
    Some unsealed indictments date back to the September 2010 meeting of the grand jury.
    An indictment is a formal charge, not a finding of guilt.
    Those named in the court papers include:

  • Pyles added to martial arts hall of fame


  • Grayson lights up Pioneers

    INDEPENDENCE –– Adam Cornett was only credited with three points for each of the seven shots he made from behind the arc Wednesday night. The way his shooting opened up the inside for Grayson County, he may as well have been given an assist for each one, too.

    Grayson County busted Fort Chiswell’s zone for nine first-half 3-pointers, seven of them by Cornett, and pulled away for a 98-84 win in a matchup of MED title hopefuls.

  • Cavs stifle Falcons; Wave downs Tide

     HILLSVILLE –– After falling behind early, Carroll County clamped down defensively and dropped Abingdon 62-38 in a Southwest District girls’ game Wednesday.

    The Cavaliers (13-4 overall, 9-0 district) faced a 20-13 deficit at the start of the second quarter but gave up just 18 points the rest of the night – 10 in the second half – to strengthen their hold on the SWD lead.

    Lindsay Martin scored 21 points and Maleah Neely had 12 points and 12 rebounds to lead Carroll County. Shyann Dalton added 11 points.

  • Dog rescued from rock ledge

    The Carroll County Sheriffs Department received a call from a man who had been raccoon hunting with his dogs the night of Jan. 28, and one of them had gotten stuck on a rock ledge near Byllesby Dam.

    Contact was made with the Virginia Park Service, but the agency did not have the resources due to the distance and height of the dog’s location.  

  • Bills to slow foreclosures likely stalled

    RICHMOND — It wasn't difficult to empathize with Susan Brooking when she visited the Capitol recently to share her tale of anguish about losing her home last year in a foreclosure.
    She spoke of vain attempts to negotiate with her lender to save the homestead that had been in her family for generations.

    "I'm telling my story not just for me, but for you," said Brooking, her speech faltering as she fought back tears. "I know the emotional pain, stress, frustration and uncertainty you feel.”

  • Civil War 150 Legacy Project to visit Galax

    The Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission and the Library of Virginia have partnered to create a state-wide online collection of original Civil War manuscripts that still remain in private hands.
    The Civil War 150 Legacy Project: Document Digitization and Access focuses on manuscript materials created during the period 1859-1867 that reflect social, political, military, business and religious life in Virginia during the period of the Civil War and the early period of Reconstruction.

  • Senate panel shoots down Sunday hunting bill


  • Former deputy challenges sheriff in Grayson