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Today's News

  • Firefighters battle blaze inside Magnolia factory in Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE - Several fire departments worked to extinguish a fire at the Magnolia Manufacturing Company in Hillsville on Saturday, when an unknown cause sparked a fire in two industrial units inside one of the factory's filter houses.
    According to a report from Hillsville Assistant Fire Chief Mike Musser, firefighters were called to Magnolia around 7:30 p.m. to reports of a fire inside the factory.
    Upon arrival, firefighters were told that the fire was in a filter house — a component of the factory.

  • The Dream That Woke a Nation

    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., born in poverty in Atlanta and killed by an assassin’s bullet in Memphis at age 39, spent his life traveling through America as a Baptist preacher and Civil Rights activist who sought justice and racial equality for African-Americans.

    His “I Have a Dream” speech established him as one of the greatest orators in American history, and his work shed a light that is still a beacon today.

  • Brock Funk was one of us. And one of a kind

    Should there be a Mount Rushmore of Twin County sports greats, Brock Funk would be on it.

    Through his parents, Tiny and Roxanna Funk, Brock was the confluence of two sports families in the great baseball town of Fries. He was the first grandson of the Funks and the Moores, a blending of genes that would produce the exceptional.

  • Holdaway: fix Grayson attendance policy now

    INDEPENDENCE – Employees are rewarded for time off, while students and parents are punished for excused days, according to one school board member in Grayson County.

    Vice Chairman Shannon Holdaway asked a simple question during this month’s regular board meeting that turned into quite a debate between himself and the administration.

  • Police report multiple wrecks in Galax

    The Galax Police Department responded to three separate vehicle crashes Tuesday, two of which occurred on Glendale Road within minutes of one another, and the third involving a civilian vehicle and a police car on Meadow Street.

    The first accident was Tuesday at about 2:13 p.m. According to a police report shared by Capt. James Cox, a 2004 Ford Focus operated by Brook Williams, 23, of Galax, was traveling west on Glendale Road. The vehicle left the left side of the road, struck a ditch and overturned, coming to rest against a tree across from Monta Vista Cemetery.

  • Campbell supports bill to keep training center open

    A bill introduced in the 2015 General Assembly seeks to keep open the Southwest Virginia Training Center in Hillsville and Southeastern Virginia Training Center in Chesapeake for their disabled residents.

    House Bill 1614 was offered Jan. 14 by delegates Jeff Campbell, James Leftwich, Israel O’Quinn and Todd Pillion; and state senators Bill Carrico and Ben Chafin.

  • More cuts likely for Grayson schools

    INDEPENDENCE – Teachers in Grayson County won’t take home any additional pay next year and may be missing a few of their co-workers when the new school year begins, after what looks to be another tight budget for administrators.

    Grayson Superintendent Kevin Chalfant presented a first draft of his budget priorities for the 2015-16 school year during the school board’s regular meeting this month, and things don’t appear to be getting any better for a division struggling to make up a large deficit in this year’s budget.

  • Galax woman sentenced for fraud

    ABINGDON — Tamara Parnell, 36, of Galax, recently was sentenced to four months of imprisonment, three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $34,899 in restitution after pleading guilty to Social Security fraud.

    The sentencing was handed down in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Abingdon. After waiving her right to be indicted, Parnell had pleaded guilty in May 2014 to two counts of knowingly and willfully converting to her own use Social Security payments to another person for whom she was the representative payee.

  • New officer would reach out to at-risk youth

    “Youth at risk” is a phrase that’s familiar to parents, teachers and anyone who works with students and young people in general.

    It can mean they’re at risk for anything from drugs and alcohol to not getting critical life skills to unemployment after graduation to general delinquency.

  • Traffic stop leads to drug charges

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    SPARTA, N.C. – A near crash involving an Alleghany County, N.C., deputy sheriff has led to drug charges against a Galax woman and a Hillsville man.

    Alleghany County Sheriff Bryan Maines said that, in the early morning hours of Jan. 7, Deputy C.R. Williams was on routine patrol on U.S. 21 south when a car crossed over the center line into his lane. Williams swerved to miss the oncoming car.