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Today's News

  • Burglars attempt robberies at local cellular stores

    The Galax Police Department is investigating the burglary and attempted burglary of two U.S. Cellular stores, and police in other jurisdictions say the same suspects may have hit U.S. Cellular stores there, as well.

    According to police, at 6:38 a.m. on July 6, the suspects gained entry to the front door of the U.S. Cellular Store in the Food City Plaza in Galax. No property was taken and the suspects exited the store in less than two minutes.

  • Burglar breaks into local tienda

    Security camera photos show a suspect who broke in to Disco Tienda Korita, located in the

    Magic Mart Shopping Center in Galax, on the night of July 2.

    Police say the person broke the door glass, entered the store and took a box of items. The suspect then fled on foot.

    If you have any information about this or other crimes, the Galax Police Department asks that you call (276) 236-8101.

    You may also text GALAX to TIP411 followed by your tip and remain anonymous.

  • F.A.S.T. Camp set for this weekend

    The Galax High School football program will host a F.A.S.T. Camp on July 11-12.

    F.A.S.T. is a group of former collegiate and professional football players and other athletes dedicated to developing the physical and mental skills of young athletes. The group has helped produce some top high school athletes through focusing on Fitness, Agility, Strength and Technique.

  • Public record for 7/9/14 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.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded March 13-24 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville.

  • Readers' Hotline 7/9/14

    Running a tab
    Concerning the $30,000 owed for school meals, when Carroll County teachers don’t pay for their own kids’ meals and run an outstanding balance, why do they expect anybody else to pay?

    Losing appeal

  • Baywood wreck victim airlifted

    A 24-year-old Mount Airy, N.C., resident was airlifted to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center after wrecking his pickup truck in the Baywood area of Grayson County on July 4.

    According to Virginia State Trooper Jessie Tilson, Morgan Butler was speeding in his Chevrolet along Pleasant Grove Road near U.S. 58 when he lost control, veered off the right side of the road, plunged down an embankment and hit a tree. Tilson said the accident occurred around 6:15 p.m.

  • Readers' Hotline 7/7/14

    No access
    I took my kids to Providence School in Fries to the playground the other day. I didn’t realize they had turned it into Fort Knox. Everything is locked up tight. Kids can no longer play on the playground. What do you think about that, taxpayers? We paid for it. Now we can’t use it.
    Editor’s note: The former school is property of the Fries Volunteer Fire Department, which uses it for a substation and to host fundraising events.

    Who’s in charge?

  • Chief's departure raises questions about Hillsville

    Later this month, the town of Hillsville will say goodbye to the second police chief in the past two years who was not in the mood to deal with extra drama associated with an already difficult position.

    And we can’t say we blame him or his predecessor one bit for getting out of that situation on their own terms.

    Chief Greg Bolen turned in his resignation to the town on June 30, after hearing repeatedly that his job may or may not be threatened after the new town council took office July 1.

  • Budget passes despite objections

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed its 2015 budget on June 25, despite a continued disagreement about one of the smallest budgeted expenditures: $8,300 allocated toward a roofing project at the Flatridge Community Center.

  • Pair charged with larceny, child endangerment

    HILLSVILLE — A Hillsville man and woman have been arrested on a number of charges, including larceny, breaking and entering and child endangerment, according to a report from the Hillsville Police Department.

    Capt. James Alderman, Sgt. Alan Gravley and officers Wesley Yonce, Billy Anau and Shannon Goad executed a search warrant on the residence of Annette Freeman, 29, and Arless Dalton Jr., 34, of Hillsville, on July 2.