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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Harper murder trial now set for July

    INDEPENDENCE — A new trial date has been set for George Albert Harper III of Galax, who is charged with first-degree murder in the 2002 death of Brandon Billings.

    According to the Grayson County Circuit Court, Harper’s trial date has been set for the week of July 25.

    The trial date was originally set for the week of Feb. 8, but has been continued, according to the court system.

  • Felony arrests include drug violations, assault

    Staff Reports

    There were three felony arrests last week in the city, according to the Galax Police Department:

    • Dawn Marie Williams, 34, of Galax, arrested on Jan. 25 by Officer J.G. Hawks for possession of controlled substances. Galax officers served Williams a warrant on behalf of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office.

    • Chasity Shanta Wagg, 25, of Galax, arrested on Jan. 27 by Detective J.B. Greer for the manufacture, sale or possession of controlled substances.

  • 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.

  • Grayson grand jury issues charges

    Staff Reports

    INDEPENDENCE — A Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury issued 24 indictments against 14 individuals last Thursday, on charges that included drug possession and distribution, child abuse, statutory burglary and the assault of a police officer.

    Arley Jason Simpkins received two charges, including the distribution of marijuana and assault of a law enforcement officer.

  • Readers' Hotline 2/8/16

    Kudos to VDOT

  • Cavaliers let lead slip away in loss to Pulaski County

     DUBLIN –– Pulaski County bounced back from a 12-point halftime deficit and overtook Carroll County 55-52 in a River Ridge District game Friday night.

    Trailing 29-17 at intermission, the Cougars got 14 points from Miguel Garcia in the third quarter to cut the gap to 40-36, then completed the comeback in the fourth.

    Garcia led all scorers with 22 points and Logan Robertson added 13 for the Cougars.

  • Tide turns tables on Rural Retreat

    RURAL RETREAT – The Galax Maroon Tide got some revenge against the Rural Retreat Indians last Friday night.

    Earlier in the week, the Indians played the Maroon Tide on Galax’s home turf and won both games. That wasn’t the case last Friday at Rural Retreat.

    Both Maroon Tide teams came into their respective games well prepared and determined make a better showing.

  • Cavaliers spread the wealth

    HILLSVILLE –– Given the fact that in basketball, assists are also known as ‘dimes,’ and given the fact that Carroll County’s girls had 19 dimes Friday, if Cavalier coach Marc Motley had a nickel for every time his players dished a dime, he’d almost have a dollar’s worth of nickels.

    On the other hand, one can’t assign a monetary value to a 3-pointer.

  • With great power...

    Spider-Man once said, “With great power comes great responsibility.”

    No wait… that’s not right. Spider-Man didn’t coin that phrase, did he? But a quick Pinterest or Google search will provide countless images, “memes” and quotable graphics that “prove” he did.

    But let’s take a closer look. Further searches online will attribute this famous phrase to several icons from our past; Voltaire, Winston Churchill, Theodore Roosevelt and Lord Melbourne are just a few of them.