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Today's News

  • Six seek Republican nomination in Carroll

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    HILLSVILLE — Six Republican candidates have filed for the Carroll County Board of Supervisors election to be held Nov. 7, including a candidate with the same name as a supervisor currently serving.

    Three seats are open this year on the board of supervisors and three on the Carroll County School Board. Terms are for four years.

    The filing deadline for Republican supervisor candidates was noon Monday.

  • Bogeys closing after 11 years

    Bogeys Restaurant, after changing hands and seeing periods of success and struggle since August 2005 when it first opened, is closing again, this time permanently

    At the end of shift on Saturday, the popular Galax eatery will close its doors. A new owner plans to re-open soon, with a new name and concept.

    Bogeys is located at the corner of Glendale Road and Country Club Lane.

  • Suspects who took dog from shelter still at large

    Staff Reports

    Police are still looking for two suspects in conjunction with the theft of a pit bull from the Galax-Carroll-Grayson Animal Shelter on Jan. 11 at around 10:30 p.m., according to Galax Police Capt. James Cox.

  • Judge reviewing Keepers' interrogation

    CHRISTIANSBURG — Natalie Keepers’ motions hearing came to a conclusion late Wednesday in the Montgomery County Circuit Court, but Judge Robert Turk reached no decision on defense requests.

    Keepers, a former Virginia Tech student, stands accused of being an accessory before the fact to first-degree murder and concealing a dead body in the January 2016 stabbing death of 13-year-old Blacksburg teen Nicole Lovell. Keepers was 19 at the time of the incident.

  • Galax employment office moving

    The Virginia Employment Commission office in Galax will be moving to a new location from Jan. 25-27 and will re-open Jan. 30 as usual, according to VEC Communications Manager Joyce Fogg.

    The new location will be in Suite 167 at the Crossroads Institute in Galax, said Fogg from Richmond during a phone interview on Monday.

  • TCRH implements new flu visitation guidelines

    Staff Report

    Twin County Regional Hospital is taking precautions to minimize the spread of flu-like illnesses, according to a report issued by Martha Cole, TCRH’s marketing director.

    “The health of our community is very important to us,” said Susan Cox, the hospital’s infection prevention coordinator. “The flu increases the risk of severe complications to patients with other illnesses, especially in individuals who are receiving cancer treatments, or whose immune systems may be compromised.”

  • Treasurer proposes change to delinquent property sales

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors received a proposal this month to ensure that the county’s policy to put real estate up auction aligns with the Code of Virginia.

    Grayson County Treasurer Kelly Haga approached the board at the Jan. 12 meeting to present the proposal, which would shorten the time frame for delinquent taxes to be paid off before homes are sold at auction.

  • Police find cause of explosion

    Investigators have identified a butane honey oil (BHO) lab as the cause of an explosion at a Carroll County home last week, which cracked walls and foundations, blew out windows and sent one man to the hospital with serious injuries.

    In a BHO lab, the chemical THC is extracted from marijuana using butane. The butane is evaporated, leaving behind a waxy resin, but filling the air with highly flammable and explosive butane.

  • County interviewing administrator candidates

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors has received 33 applications from people in 15 states (and one foreign country) to fill the vacant county administrator position.

    Supervisors Chairwoman Brenda Sutherland provided an update on the progress of the board’s search this week. “We’ve made it through our first round of interviews, and we are now working on the second round. We are a team, and everybody has been involved in this process,” she said, referring to the five board members.

  • Nonprofit live-streams committee hearings

    Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND — Ameratu Kamara unpacked her backpack and got to work early Friday morning.

    The only things she needed: a tripod, an iPod and Wi-Fi.

    Those are the tools of transparency.

    Within minutes, the junior criminal justice major and political science minor from Virginia Commonwealth University was prepared to do what the General Assembly has refused to do for years: video record, live-stream and archive a committee hearing.