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Today's News

  • Churches strive to heal hate

    HILLSVILLE — Churches in Carroll County united last week to speak out against racism and the rise of white supremacist groups, in the wake of a rally in Charlottesville that broke into violence, leaving one woman dead.

    Hillsville Christian Church hosted a “Prayer Vigil for Peace and Justice” on Aug. 17, led by the Rev. Amanda Hatfield Moore.

  • Traffic stops lead to drugs, stolen vehicle

    HILLSVILLE — The Hillsville Police Department made recent arrests for drug violations and a stolen vehicle, according to a report issued by Chief Wesley Yonce.

    Yonce reported on activities between July 27-Aug. 13 at Hillsville Town Council’s Aug. 14 meeting.

    On July 27, Investigator Alan Gravley stopped a 2003 GMS pickup and arrested driver Darwin Wengerd, 23, for driving with a revoked license.

    During a search of the vehicle, Gravley found drug paraphernalia, the report said. The vehicle was towed.

  • Citizens speak on behalf of former coach

    INDEPENDENCE – More citizens attended the Grayson County School Board’s Aug. 14 meeting in a continuing expression of support of former coach Charles Campbell.

    Campbell, a long-time eighth grade head baseball coach, and a full-time assistant with the varsity team for the first time this past spring, was not renewed as the assistant varsity baseball coach earlier this year. During the school board’s June meeting, Campbell was relieved of his duties with the varsity with a 4-1 vote from the board.

  • Carroll County Fair opens Aug. 23

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — The annual Carroll County Fair starts today, Wednesday, at the Southwest Virginia Farmers’ Market, off Interstate 77’s Exit 14 in Hillsville, and runs through Aug. 27.

    It has been named the “Best Small Fair in Virginia” by the Virginia Association of Fairs.

    The fair offers unlimited carnival rides with paid gate admission. Admission this year is $5 for ages 13 and older, $3 for ages 6-12 and free for ages 5 and younger.

  • Eclipse watching in Galax

    Hundreds of students filled the football field and bleachers at Galax High School on Monday to view the solar eclipse, with safety glasses provided by Virginia State Parks.

    Over the stadium’s PA system, science teachers gave updates as the moon passed in front of the sun and the afternoon turned dark. Galax was not in the path of totality, but experienced about a 90 percent eclipse.

    This was the first eclipse visible all across the United States in nearly 100 years, and the last visible in the Twin Counties for a long time.

  • Warner hears from Galax community

    “I can’t think of a time when there’s been more unease in our political system than right now,” said Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) at a meeting with local leaders Aug. 16 in Galax.

    “It’s almost like our democracy’s being tested at this point.”

    Warner, U.S. Senator from Virginia and its former governor, was late to arrive at The Crossroads Institute, but stayed over to answer a few extra questions when prompted by his aides to leave.

  • Alward named new hospital CEO

    Staff Report

    Dale Alward has been named the new CEO of Twin County Regional Healthcare (TCRH), effective Aug. 28.

    He will serve as the fourth chief executive in TCRH’s 44-year history.

    Alward replaces interim CEO Agnes Smith, who is also the hospital’s chief nursing officer. She has been serving in dual roles since the departure of Jon Applebaum earlier this year.

  • Lineberry in court for charge of manslaughter

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — Tanisha Ann Lineberry, charged in the vehicle death of her son, three year-old Jaylen Lineberry, was appointed legal counsel at a hearing in Grayson County Circuit Court on Aug. 17.

    According to court records, Lineberry has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, and abuse of a child resulting in serious injury.

    Her trial date is scheduled to be set on Oct. 27. According to the circuit court office, attorney J. Tompkins will represent Lineberry.

  • Grayson plans school renovations

    INDEPENDENCE — The county and school boards continued to clash over the school budget this month, when a request to approve funding for renovation projects at the high school was tabled, pending a presentation of the school’s five-year Capital Improvement Plan.

  • Musical Passages: a tribute to Joe Wilson

    During the week of the Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention, a special showcase titled “Musical Passages: A Tribute to Joe Wilson” honored the late luminary of Americana.

    Led by his wife, Kathy James, and featuring several of his friends and cultural compatriots, the 90-minute event at Chestnut Creek School of the Arts was a loving tribute and raucous recall of Wilson’s life and times.