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Today's News

  • State legislators designate Suicide Prevention Week

    Capital News Service

    RICHMOND – Joshua Alburger grew up in a large, supportive family in Goochland, says his sister, Marcie Allen. “We were nurtured, loved, respected and made to feel safe.”

    Their parents had five children of their own while raising an additional five, Allen said. She said that later in life, Alburger developed a mental illness and struggled with suicidal thoughts. In 2013, at age 32, he died by suicide, leaving behind a wife of 10 years and three children.

  • Virginia Senate OKs 'religious freedom' bill

    Capital News Service

    RICHMOND – Democratic officials and the American Civil Liberties Union blasted Republican senators after they passed a “religious freedom” bill that would protect people who refuse to marry same-gender couples.

  • Fries welcomes new assistant town manager

    FRIES — February’s Fries Town Council meeting opened with the introduction of Brian Martin, who will serve as a part-time town manager along with Brian Reed.

    Martin is employed by the Mount Rogers Planning District Commission, and serves as a circuit town manager for the Glade Spring and Troutdale communities, in addition to his new position in Fries.

    Martin’s day job, he says, is his position as a loan funds administrator.

  • Drivers urged to 'Zone In' near Galax schools

    Staff Report

    Galax students and parents dropping them off at school may not be aware that, just a few blocks from the campuses, Galax Safe Routes to School has yard signs posted in the Parkwood Street neighborhood urging drivers to “Slow Down! Keep our kids safe,” and the message behind it goes deep.

  • Readers Hotline 2/22/17

    Prayers won’t work

  • Public record for 2/22/17 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record.  
    The listings are complete.
    The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing.
    For additional information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in August in the Galax General District Court Office, Galax. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Hot when it matters

    HILLSVILLE –– There are more ways than one to skin a cat. Fortunately for Carroll County, there were more ways than one to slay a Wolverine.

    Having outshot opponent after opponent this year, the Cavaliers fell uncharacteristically cold from the floor but overcame it by sinking 32 free throws and using a late 12-2 run to survive Woodgrove 69-61 Monday in the Region 4A West girls’ quarterfinals.

  • By any means necessary

    SALEM –– In simplest terms, Will Lawrence is a brute and Joshua Spurlin is a technician when they step on a wrestling mat. Both of them are now two-time state champions.

    Hey, whatever works, right?

    Rest assured that Spurlin isn’t averse to being physical, and Lawrence is well-versed in the finer aspects of the sport. But each rode his own strengths to state titles Saturday at the Salem Civic Center.

  • Readers Hotline 2/20/17

    Extra credit
    I would like to comment on the “staying eligible” call, that  two students at an area high school had grades changed to Ds at the end of a semester. I want to report that these kids went after school. They had to stay at remediation to make up their grades. It was not given to them and I don’t think they need to be talking about the school to begin with because they don’t know what they are talking about. These kids had to work for their grades. They had to make their grades up.

  • Cavaliers thump Colonels

    HILLSVILLE –– In the Conference 24 championship game Thursday, Carroll County point guard Mattie Kennedy scored a career-high 33 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, distributed seven assists, hit a pair of huge third-quarter 3-pointers and forced William Fleming to put her on the foul line 17 times in the second half.

    “Can you ask for anything more from a kid?” asked Cavalier coach Marc Motley.