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Today's News

  • Absentee voting for presidential election underway

    Absentee voting is underway in Virginia for the Nov. 8 election.

    Qualified Virginia voters may vote absentee in-person at a local voter registration office or vote absentee by mail.

    To vote absentee, voters must meet one of 19 eligibility requirements listed on the Virginia absentee ballot application.

    In-person absentee voting is available at local voter registration offices Monday-Friday during regular office hours and on Saturdays Oct. 29 and Nov. 5.

  • Never Forgotten: POW/MIA Day

    The Galax American Legion #245 and Independence Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #7726 came together Sept. 17 at twilight to remember and honor prisoners of war and those missing in action.

    The service was held at the Blue Ridge Veterans Memorial next to the Galax Public Library. Coy Shaffner was introduced as a former POW of Germany during Word War II.

  • Nichols faces 38 child porn charges

    HILLSVILLE — Brandon Lee Nichols, 24, of Woodlawn, was arrested on Monday by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and charged with 38 counts of felony possession of child pornography, according to the Hillsville Police Department’s Det. Robert S. Martin.

    Martin led the investigation as part of his efforts with Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children (SOVA ICAC), a federal task force comprised of multiple cooperating federal, state and local agencies.

  • Grayson SOLs show improvement

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County Public Schools are celebrating a continued climb in Standards of Learning test scores, after receiving news that six out of seven schools in the system were fully accredited based on the 2015-16 results.

  • Three hurt in Cana accident

    CANA — A two-vehicle accident on Sept. 17 at 7:55 a.m. on Paul’s Creek Road in Cana left three people injured, according to a report filed by Virginia State Trooper R.D. Horton.

    Sara Johnson, 27, of Cana, was driving a 2014 Honda Civic along Paul’s Creek near Flower Gap Road when she crossed the middle line and struck a 2001 Isuzu Rodeo driven by Patty Marsh, 46, also of Cana, according to the report.

    Damages were estimated at $10,000 to Johnson’s car and $6,500 to Marsh’s car.

  • Readers Hotline 9/28/16

    One simple question
    I give the female race just a little more credit than this hypocrite on TV right now, Hillary Clinton. You want to talk about women getting proper money in the workplace and she is a fighter for women’s justice. Won’t you ask her one simple question? How come the women who have always worked for you make 75 cents on the dollar compared to the men that work for you? You are nothing but a hypocrite. Every day that goes by, she pulls back the covers on yet another one.

    String beans

  • Public record for 9/28/16 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 information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in March in the Carroll County General District Court Office, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Readers Hotline 9/26/16

    Not enough
    The NCAA cancelled all college championship games in North Carolina due to the HB2 bill in that state. The president said there was a tremendous concern to doing the right thing in this complex issue. If the president was concerned along with the NCAA, then why don’t they cancel all sporting events and all activities in the state of North Carolina? Just a question. Why just championships if they are concerned about their athletes?

    Secret ballot

  • Festivals celebrate local character, bring communities together

    It’s that magical time of the year again: the leaves are changing, the temperature is dropping, our tasters are set for holiday treats and the streets are lined with vendors, performers and other fun things for families to enjoy just about every weekend.

  • Cavs escape Maroon Tide

    After a cakewalk of a first set it appeared Carroll County was in for a short night in its nondistrict venture to Galax Monday. But with 110 total points played in the second and third sets, the Maroon Tide made the Cavaliers do quite a bit of work just to get out of town in four.

    Galax gave Carroll County all it could handle and was one point away from taking a two-set lead before the Cavaliers staved off the upset bid and finally came away with the 25-10, 26-28, 29-27, 25-14 win.