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Today's News

  • Peaks pleads guilty to husband's shooting

    HILLSVILLE — Pamela Denise Peaks pleaded guilty to amended charges of unlawful wounding and the reckless handing of a firearm in the shooting of her husband, James Parnell “Crow” Peaks, in Carroll County Circuit Court on Nov. 13.

    Peaks was originally charged with aggravated malicious wounding, a Class 2 felony; and use of a firearm in commission of a felony.

  • Jones to be sentenced for murder conviction

    INDEPENDENCE — Matthew Steven Jones, 36, found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of his girlfriend, Desia Rae George, has been scheduled for a sentencing hearing in January.

    Jones was found guilty by a jury after a three-day trial at Grayson Circuit Court last week.

    Proceedings began on Nov. 19 and ended after 10 p.m. on Nov. 21.

    According to evidence, George, 33, was strangled to death and her body was dumped by a road in Fries. She was missing for nearly a month.

  • Police: witness drove stolen car to court

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — While a Galax man was in court testifying in a murder case last week, police in Independence discovered that the car he drove to court was stolen from West Virginia.

    Now, two Galax residents are facing charges.

    Independence Police Chief James Wagoner said he was investigating a suspicious vehicle call at the Independence Post Office on Nov. 20 when he observed a man and woman walking in that area.

  • Mitchell named Carroll Teacher of the Year

    HILLSVILLE — Frederick L. Mitchell, a chemistry teacher at Carroll County High School, has been named the school system’s Teacher of the Year for 2014.

    Mitchell was surprised with the award during class on Nov. 14, just a few days after he and the other nominees were recognized at the Carroll School Board’s Nov. 11 meeting. “They showed up with [the award] and some treats for me and my students to all enjoy,” he said on Monday.

  • Salon, school owner fined, license revoked

    The state Board for Barbers and Cosmetology has revoked a cosmetology license belonging to Peggy Marie Haynes, after learning that her salon and cosmetology school in Cana, I Style Salon and Academy, was not properly licensed.

    The board made the decision to revoke Haynes’ license during their meeting on Nov. 17, during which they reviewed the investigative file, transcript and exhibits from an informal fact-finding conference and summary on Aug. 11.

  • Police chief serving on state drug task force

    RICHMOND — The Governor’s Task Force on Prescription Drug and Heroin Abuse held its first meeting Nov. 12, in Richmond, to recommend immediate steps to address a growing and dangerous epidemic of prescription opioid and heroin abuse in Virginia.

    In attendance was Galax Police Chief Rick Clark, who was appointed earlier this year as part of the 29-member task force. Clark is one of three municipal police chiefs across the state selected to serve.

  • Merchants concerned over parade plans

    HILLSVILLE — Downtown merchants expressed their concern to the Hillsville Town Council earlier this month after hearing about several changes that have been made to this year’s Christmas celebration.

    In previous years, the annual event began with the Christmas parade at 4 p.m., followed by the tree lighting ceremony. However, this year’s plan includes a later start date, with the tree lighting slated for 5:15 p.m., followed by the parade at 6 p.m.

  • Infection Prevention: Beyond the common cold & flu

    By AGNES A. SMITH

    Chief Nursing Officer, Twin County Regional Healthcare

    With the advent of fall, cold and flu season arrives, which means it’s time to arm yourself and your loved ones with the proper preventive measures to stay well.

    Be prepared by making sure you and your family have had your annual immunizations, as well as taking sensible measures to avoid the spread of illness.

  • Christmas food fund taking donations

    The Galax Community Christmas Food Fund is kicking off it annual activities.

    Spearheaded by the Galax Volunteer Fire Department, the fund helps the public provide holiday food staples for needy families.

    The goal is to raise $30,000 to purchase two food boxes for 550 less fortunate families in the area. For many years, this effort was handled by the Galax Y’s Men’s Club; the fire department has now taken on the project.

  • Town manager charged with DUI

    WYTHEVILLE — Retta Nichole Jackson, 23, of Hillsville, faces a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated following a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 81 in Wythe County on Nov. 16.

    Jackson serves as town manager of Hillsville.

    The Wythe County General District Court website shows two charges against Jackson — driving while intoxicated (first offense), a Class 1 misdemeanor; and failure to update license, a traffic infraction.