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Today's News

  • Youth baseball rule questions cause tournament turmoil

    HILLSVILLE — A parent and coach from a Wythe County baseball team have expressed concerns over how their team was treated by Carroll County parks and recreation officials at a tournament held in Carroll.

    Damon Alley, a parent, and Jacob Porter, assistant coach, spoke to Carroll County Board of Supervisors members at their July 10 meeting, on behalf of a baseball team from Max Meadows.

    The team advanced to and won a semi-final game for the Southwest Virginia Youth Baseball League, which includes the counties of Wythe, Carroll, Grayson and Floyd.

  • Donation goes up in smoke

    Denise Hood of Galax suffered perhaps the most unusual bout of car trouble the city has ever seen.

    Her new car — a donation from a kind friend and generous strangers — went up in flames last week. What wasn’t destroyed was Hood’s faith in the community, after people pitched in again to help buy a second car for the woman in need.

    According to her friend, Kisha Johnson of God’s Storehouse and Soup Kitchen, “Denise is the most grateful person I have ever met.”

  • Town's historic bell could find new home

    FRIES — Fries Town Council discussed the topic of potentially relocating the Fries bell during its monthly meeting on July 11.

    Ideas include putting the bell near the planned Fries Depot site, or by the Whistle Stop Ice Cream Shop by the New River.

    The large metal bell was taken down when the old Washington Mills cotton mill was demolished.

  • Readers Hotline 7/17/17

    No answer
    It’s amazing that when a controversial decision is made in Grayson County like firing a coach, you can’t get the superintendent or the school board members’ phones to work. You call and you call and you can’t get an answer. Someone needs to call the phone company and fix the phones up there in Independence.

    Not fair

  • BBQ contest fires up this week in Galax

    Staff Report

    The 13th annual Smoke on the Mountain Virginia State BBQ Championship will be held July 21-22 in downtown Galax, hosted by the City of Galax and the Twin County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

    The event is Virginia’s official barbecue cookoff.

  • Great Race team wins division

    Staff Report

    The Crooked Road Racers once again went to the Great Race, leaving on June 21 and returning on July 3 after capturing a first-place win in the X-Cup Division and 44th place overall, according to native Galax racer Tom Littrell.

    The X-Cup Division involves youth navigators with an adult driver.

    The Galax team was also the first place X-Cup team in the pre-race event called the Trophy Run. It is a preliminary race held around the start city the day before the actual competition begins.

  • Andrews will plead guilty to fraud

    ABINGDON – A Carroll County businessman accused of fraud will plead guilty in federal court this week.

    According to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Abingdon, Jones Keith Andrews, owner of the bankrupt Andrews Farming Inc. and the still operating ANDCO Logistics, will plead guilty to charges against him.

    Andrews will appear in court on July 20 at 1:30 p.m. to plead guilty to one count of obstructing the lawful function of the Internal Revenue Service, failure to collect or pay taxes and bankruptcy fraud.

  • Suspect in deputy's fatal crash waives hearing

    HILLSVILLE – The man facing charges related to the crash that killed a Carroll County deputy has pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors and his two felony charges will go to a grand jury.

    Joseph Alan Lambert, 21, of Goodview, was being pursued by Carroll County authorities on the night of March 9. Deputy Curtis Bartlett was on his way to join the pursuit for Lambert, answering fellow deputies’ calls for help, when his patrol vehicle collided with a tractor-trailer. He died at the scene.

  • 10th annual 'Praisin' In The Park' underway

    Staff Report

    This year marks the 10th anniversary of “Praisin’ In the Park,” which started Sunday night and continues through Wednesday, 6-8:30 each night in Felts Park.

    The event, put on by Cornerstone Community Church and other local churches and businesses, creates a family-friendly, Christian environment for fun and worship.

  • Don't let political burnout keep you from staying informed

    It has been eight months since the events of last year’s presidential election, and probably even longer since most of us have made it through a quiet morning of checking emails and reading news articles without seeing something questionable related to our nation’s politics.

    There’s no doubt, no matter which side you take in the argument, that our nation is divided right now; and those who are not still angry towards either the left or right side (or both sides) may have fallen into a bit of a slump when it comes to staying informed.