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Today's News

  • Wreck damages ambulance, VFW fence

    HILLSVILLE – A Dugspur man collided with an ambulance in Hillsville last week, which resulted in damages to the fence around VFW Post 1115.

    According to police reports, the Hillsville Police Department responded to an accident on Main Street in Hillsville around 8:40 a.m. on Feb. 2.

  • Dori Freeman: Rising Star

    The video on YouTube is arresting. A slender, pale young woman in a tank top and jeans, sitting partly in a shaft of light, leans back into her seat, pulling the hand that turned the camera on down to rest on her thigh before she kicks into the song.

    It’s a hard-luck tale of the kind so prevalent in American folk and old-time mountain music, about poverty and its accompanying hardships. She sings it a cappella, accompanying herself only with rhythmic slaps against her denim-clad legs.

  • Duncan enters plea in shooting

    HILLSVILLE – Christopher Lee Duncan, who was slated for a jury trial later this month, has entered a guilty plea to a 2014 shooting and has been sentenced.

    Duncan, 39, of Cana, was arrested on Dec. 1, 2014, after the shooting of Marty Lee Hiatt. According to police reports, authorities responded to the intersection of Wards Gap and Old Dominion roads in Carroll County, where Hiatt had been shot in the abdomen while in a vehicle with his family. Hiatt’s wife, Liza Clair Hiatt, and one child were not injured. Hiatt identified Duncan as the shooter.

  • Police: murder suspect familiar with area

    Staff Reports

    A Virginia Tech freshman from Maryland charged with the abduction and first-degree murder of a Blacksburg teen, whose body was found near Galax, was familiar with the Twin County area, police say.

    According to information released on Tuesday, suspect David Eisenhauer has family in Galax and Grayson County who own land near the North Carolina border, which police said could explain his familiarity with the area where 13-year-old Nicole Lovell’s body was found on Jan. 30.

  • General Assembly considers hunting bills

    Landmark News Service

    The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries lists 23 bills that have been introduced to the 2016 General Assembly.

    They range from free fishing days to the sale of animal parts to incentives for hunter education.

    Arguably, the most important bill was introduced by Del. C. Matthew Fariss and deals with what some landowners in the state see as a growing problem – the release of hunting hounds onto property where the owners don’t want them.

  • Galax man charged in factory vandalism

    Corey Dean Hodges of Galax has been arrested and charged with acts of vandalization at Vaughan-Bassett Furniture that caused an estimated $100,000 in damage and shut the plant down for a day, according to Galax Police Chief Rick Clark.

    Clark said that Hodges, 27, was arrested Wednesday evening and charged with burglary with intent to commit a felony and felony destruction of property.

    There was no word at press time Wednesday night if there was anyone else involved in the incident, or what Hodges’ motive was in the alleged crime.

  • Readers' Hotline 2/10/16

    Good people
    I’m a 73-year-old woman who don’t get around as good as I used to. I live in a low-income apartment. My neighbors are great. They helped me out during this bad snowstorm by getting my mail, taking my trash out, bringing me hot meals. They really helped me out. A lot of people think that people who live in low-income apartments are bad but we have a lot of good people in here. Oh yeah, we’ve got some bad ones in here, but so does your community.

    Keeping track

  • Engen, Helmick united in marriage

    Ches R. Helmick and Meagan Van Engen were united in marriage Jan. 9 at Old Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg.
    The groom is employed with Edward Jones Investments in Galax.

    The bride is finishing her doctoral degree at Virginia Tech and plans to move to Galax immediately.

  • Public record for 2/10/16 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 June in the Carroll County General District Court Office, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Readers' Hotline 2/8/16

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