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Today's News

  • 'Factory Man' a tale of furniture exec's fight

    By RALPH BERRIER JR.
    Copyright 2014, The Roanoke Times
    Reprinted with permission

    Growing up in the blue-collar town of Urbana, Ohio, Beth Macy knew lots of factory men and women.
    Her mother soldered lights in an airplane factory and watched other people’s kids while the parents worked manufacturing jobs. This was back in the 1970s and early 1980s, when one could feed and clothe a family on factory wages and could afford to send children to college with a little financial aid from Uncle Sam.

  • Grayson authorities discover stockpile of illegal drugs, prescription pills

    Grayson County authorities arrested two men this week, after finding stockpiles of illegal substances, including methamphetamine, at an Elk Creek home.

  • Leaving child in hot car can be deadly

    As temperatures climb during the summer and early fall months, stories of children dying in cars from heat stroke are cropping up in areas all over the country.

    So far this year, according to kidsandcars.org, 16 children nationwide have suffered heat-related deaths after being left in the car, which experts say is less than half of the typical yearly average.

  • P.U.S.H.-ed To Conviction

    “It just happened in 2007. I was drunk, intoxicated, high. I walked into a gas station convenience store. It was in Florida. I walked behind the counter. The clerk thought I was trying to rob the place.”

    The teller of this particular tale is a 36-year-old former convict, explaining when he hit bottom.

  • Two arrested in Fancy Gap for drug, weapons violations

    HILLSVILLE — Two people were arrested in Fancy Gap on June 25, on drug and weapons charges.

    Members of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and the Twin County Drug Task Force received information from the New River Valley Drug Task Force on June 25, and executed a search warrant at 1934 Reedside Drive, in the Fancy Gap community, according to a report from Sheriff J.B. Gardner.

    Approximately 20 pounds of marijuana and three firearms were seized from the location, according to his report.

  • Burglars attempt robberies at local cellular stores

    The Galax Police Department is investigating the burglary and attempted burglary of two U.S. Cellular stores, and police in other jurisdictions say the same suspects may have hit U.S. Cellular stores there, as well.

    According to police, at 6:38 a.m. on July 6, the suspects gained entry to the front door of the U.S. Cellular Store in the Food City Plaza in Galax. No property was taken and the suspects exited the store in less than two minutes.

  • Supervisor opts out of Wildwood vote

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County supervisors voted to provide the county’s share in a security bond for a Virginia Department of Transportation grant to construct an industrial access road to the future Wildwood Commerce Park in Carroll County, but one supervisor stood in the middle of the road in the decision, and abstained from the 4-0 vote.

  • Pair charged with larceny, child endangerment

    HILLSVILLE — A Hillsville man and woman have been arrested on a number of charges, including larceny, breaking and entering and child endangerment, according to a report from the Hillsville Police Department.

    Capt. James Alderman, Sgt. Alan Gravley and officers Wesley Yonce, Billy Anau and Shannon Goad executed a search warrant on the residence of Annette Freeman, 29, and Arless Dalton Jr., 34, of Hillsville, on July 2.

  • Cooley named Hillsville's citizen of the month

    HILLSVILLE — Mayor Greg Crowder presented the Town of Hillsville’s Citizen of the Month award to Raleigh Minor Cooley at the June 23 meeting.

    Although Cooley was unavailable to attend the meeting that evening due to health reasons, Crowder took a moment to summarize Cooley’s accomplishments to those in attendance.

    Cooley graduated from Hillsville High School in 1941, and worked and paid his way through William & Mary College. He was drafted into the U.S. Navy in April, 1943, and served for almost three years aboard the U.S.S. Halford.

  • 2014 Independence Day Parades

    Watch a slideshow of photos from July 4, 2014, parades in Hillsville, Independence, Galax and Fries. By Patrick Smith, Shaina Stockton and Shannon Watkins.

    http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/2014-independence-day-parades