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Today's News

  • Saving our poorest localities

    James W. “Will” Morefield (R-Tazewell) represents the 3rd District in the Virginia House of Delegates. He plans to submit legislation to the General Assembly that would exempt all residents and corporations from personal and corporate income tax for a period of 10 years in some of Virginia’s poorest counties.

  • Sen. Warner to meet with local leaders in Galax

    U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) will visit Galax on Wednesday to hear the primary needs and concerns of local government, community and business leaders.

    The meeting will be held in The Crossroads Institute’s conference room in Galax from 9:30-10:30 a.m. This is not a political gathering.

    Warner plans to deliver brief remarks on his work in Washington and will take questions from members of the community.

    Crossroads is at 1117 E. Stuart Drive in Galax.

  • Arrests include drug, firearm violations

    Staff Reports

    Drug and firearm violations were among the recent arrests in the City of Galax.

    Brittany Lee Farmer, 26, of Galax, was arrested on Aug. 6 by Officer Jeremiah Foutch and charged with possession of methamphetamine and marijuana.

    Farmer was arrested after a traffic stop conducted by Foutch, according to a police report. His observations during the stop resulted in a search of the vehicle.

    Farmer was transported to the New River Valley Regional Jail pending her appearance in the Galax General District Court.

  • Grayson welcomes new county administrator

    INDEPENDENCE — The July 13 meeting of the Grayson County Board of Supervisors was a transitional one, as the board and county staff publicly welcomed William “Bill” Shepley to his position as the new county administrator.

    Shepley began his new position on July 10.

    He will fill the position previously held by Jonathan Sweet, who resigned Jan. 15 to accept a position as Pulaski’s county administrator.

  • State police complete investigation of deputy's fatal crash

    HILLSVILLE — There will be no charges brought against the other driver in the two-vehicle crash that led to Carroll County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Curtis Bartlett’s death in March, according to local officials.

    Bartlett was responding to join a fellow deputy and a Virginia State Trooper in pursuit of a suspect when the crash occurred shortly after 10 p.m. on March 9. Bartlett had not yet reached the pursuit when he collided with a tractor-trailer making a left turn onto U.S. 58 from the Interstate 77 Exit 14 ramp in Hillsville.

  • Departing theater manager applauds community

    If his life was a movie, this would be the scene where our hero leaves behind the life he’s known and embarks on a journey into the unknown.

    He’s not really jetting off for an unknown planet or a lost city, but Mike Steinsberger is leaving Twin County Cinema III after 22 years as manager.

    He’s excited to begin this next chapter, but first he has unfinished business: thanking the community that has supported him and his family for more than two decades.

  • Two charged with attempted arson

    Staff Reports

    CANA — Two men are in custody, charged with attempting to burn an occupied house in Cana.

    On July 30 at approximately 12:33 am, Carroll County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a possible arson of a residence located on Holland Drive in Cana, according to Sheriff J.B. Gardner.

  • Second man arrested in false shooting report

    Staff Report

    A second man has been charged in connection with a false report of a shooting last week in Carroll County.

    Jordan Lee Eller, 27, was arrested on Aug. 4, according to Carroll Sheriff J.B. Gardner. Eller is charged with possession of a Schedule II drug and knowingly obstructing a law enforcement officer in the performance of their duties.

  • Comic con returns this weekend

    Staff Report

    WOODLAWN — Khan-Con — the Twin Counties’ convention dedicated to comic books, sci-fi, fantasy and gaming — returns for a third year this Saturday.

    The family-friendly event has something for the whole family, with appearances by local comic book creators; comic, collectible and toy vendors; artists; games and game demonstrations; an original art auction: raffle drawing; characters in costume and more.

    The convention is also a fundraiser for Jack Sullivan, a little boy battling Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

  • Readers Hotline 8/9/17

    Caution: weed pun
    I’m the guy that called about dope in Galax. All these places you go to work, they will give you a drug test. In the future, they will pick you, knowing the people that can pass it. They have a random drug test. I urge the people that have plants, have a plant-wide drug test and you will weed out a lot of the bad.
    Editor’s note: We know who to call if Cheech is ever looking for a new Chong.

    Shoved it down