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Today's News

  • Grayson should amend school attendance policy

    By Timothy C. Donley, Mouth of Wilson

    It has come to my attention that the Grayson County school attendance policy is so unreasonably strict that parents who exercise their rights and responsibilities to keep an ill child at home for a few days over the course of the school year may be brought to court, accused of truancy violations.

    The school administration does not trust parents to decide for themselves if an ill child needs medical attention or not, nor are school principals trusted to decide if an absence may be truly excused or not.

  • Fabric of Life: Rosemary McPeak

    Rosemary McPeak, a native of Ivanhoe, has a passion for fabric art. To her, it is not just a business or a necessity, but a way of life.

    From the comforts of her home, after finishing her day job as a substitute teacher, McPeak spends hours at a time sewing everything from wedding and formal alterations, to various decor items and clothing for children and dolls.

    She holds no formal business title, nor does she work in a shop or art studio, but she is a well-known artisan of the Twin Counties.

  • Father faces hearing for son's homicide

    HILLSVILLE — Christopher Dean Woolwine, 29, of Christiansburg, is scheduled for hearings in Carroll County’s General District Court and Juvenile and Domestics Court in February next year.

    Woolwine was involved in two separate accidents on Oct. 31, the second of which claimed the life of his 4-year-old son.

    According to a police report, Woolwine was traveling on U.S. 52 south of Hillsville that evening when his vehicle struck a 2001 Chevrolet pickup in the rear, causing minor injuries and damage to the vehicle.

  • APCo to provide $5.8M in rebates

    RICHMOND — The State Corporation Commission on Nov. 26 agreed with Attorney General Mark Herring that Appalachian Power had overearned during 2012 and 2013 and ordered $5.825 million in rebates to customers to be distributed over the next six months, according to each customer’s usage.

    The rebates will affect more than 500,000 customers of Appalachian Power in central, southwest, and southside Virginia.

  • Prison ministry has successful first year

    INDEPENDENCE — The ministry program at River North Correctional Center appears to be working, according to the prison’s chaplain and other organizers.

    Since Christmas of 2013, the ministry reports that 51 offenders have been saved and there have been 29 baptisms. Attendance at religious programs continues to grow and is nearing 200.

    Chaplain R.B. Anderson is hopeful. “Last year, we had 23 offenders attend worship for Christmas. This year we may have 230.”

  • Galax youth's birthday wish is to help others

    Every Goliath has his David.

    When the giant in question is desperate circumstances for a local homeless shelter, its David appears to be an 11-year-old boy.

    Hope House, a local homeless shelter, is in need of a new home by March 11 of next year, and trying to raise funds to pay for a new one. The group is reliant on church and individual donations, getting by on a miniscule budget.

  • Salon, school owner fined, license revoked

    The state Board for Barbers and Cosmetology has revoked a cosmetology license belonging to Peggy Marie Haynes, after learning that her salon and cosmetology school in Cana, I Style Salon and Academy, was not properly licensed.

    The board made the decision to revoke Haynes’ license during their meeting on Nov. 17, during which they reviewed the investigative file, transcript and exhibits from an informal fact-finding conference and summary on Aug. 11.

  • Police chief serving on state drug task force

    RICHMOND — The Governor’s Task Force on Prescription Drug and Heroin Abuse held its first meeting Nov. 12, in Richmond, to recommend immediate steps to address a growing and dangerous epidemic of prescription opioid and heroin abuse in Virginia.

    In attendance was Galax Police Chief Rick Clark, who was appointed earlier this year as part of the 29-member task force. Clark is one of three municipal police chiefs across the state selected to serve.

  • Peaks pleads guilty to husband's shooting

    HILLSVILLE — Pamela Denise Peaks pleaded guilty to amended charges of unlawful wounding and the reckless handing of a firearm in the shooting of her husband, James Parnell “Crow” Peaks, in Carroll County Circuit Court on Nov. 13.

    Peaks was originally charged with aggravated malicious wounding, a Class 2 felony; and use of a firearm in commission of a felony.

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