Today's News

  • Candidates quizzed at first forum


    FRIES – Candidates in the Nov. 3 general election gave their views during a forum sponsored by the Grayson County Citizens for Better Schools held Sept. 1 at the former Providence School.

    Each of the 17 candidates attending was given a set of five questions for response pertaining to the office they are seeking.

    Robert “Bobby” Williams, a Democrat running for clerk of the circuit court, led off the forum. He said if elected, he would seek out the best technology for the office.

  • Man pleads guilty to having drugs in jail

    Copyright 2015, The Southwest Times

    Reprinted with permission

    PULASKI — A Galax man caught in a November drug transaction will have to serve two years in prison.

    According to the prosecution, William Estil Crigger, 36, told police he accompanied Randa Spencer on the transaction, but he thought they were going to rob the intended buyer rather than complete the methamphetamine transaction.

  • She's one

    Emilee Hash celebrated her first birthday Aug. 25 with family and friends.

    She is the daughter of Karen Hash and Eric Hash. Her grandparents are Larry and Becky Elliott and Milton and Barbara Hicks.

  • Loves celebrate 65th anniversary

    James and Ethelene Love celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary Aug. 12, 2015.
    They have two sons, five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

    They celebrated with a surprise anniversary dinner Aug. 22 that was given by their niece and their youngest son at their home in Galax and was attended by 50 friends and family.
    Ethelene also celebrated her 84th birthday Aug. 17.

  • Public record for 9/9/15

    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 Jan. 6-28 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville.
    Charles L. Cox to Dennis Lafon Jr. and Anita Lafon. .59 acre in the City of Galax. $160,000.

  • Seven arrested for selling fake goods at flea market

    HILLSVILLE — Approximately $500,000 worth of fake merchandise was seized in a joint investigative initiative on Sept. 4 at the Labor Day Gun Show and Flea Market in Hillsville, and seven people are charged with felonies.

    The investigation was conducted by the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Wytheville Field Office and the Hillsville Police Department. Blazer Investigations, representing numerous trademarked brand names, was also on site assisting with identification of counterfeit goods, according to a state police news release.

  • Readers Hotline 9/9/15

    Airing it out
    I love the Readers’ Hotline. It gives people in our area a chance to voice their opinion and to hear other people’s opinions where we otherwise don’t have a chance. I would like to ask that another few seconds be added on to our time limit for calls. Ninety seconds is not quite enough sometimes.

    He asked for it

  • Joy Ranch's annual 'friend-raiser' is Sept. 12

    WOODLAWN — JoyFest, taking place Sept. 12, is the annual “friend raiser” at Joy Ranch, an open house celebration when the Christian home for children in Woodlawn welcomes the public to its 62-acre campus on 813 Joy Ranch Road.

    Founded in 1961 by Richard and Mary McHenry, the faith-based, non-sectarian, donor-supported ministry has been home to more than 5,000 children in crisis situations.

  • Lightning strike possible cause of fire

    Staff Reports

    WOODLAWN — A fire on Glade Creek Road, off of Joy Ranch Road in Carroll County, completely destroyed a shed behind a rental house at around 4 p.m. on Sept. 4, according to Hillsville Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Chief Mike Musser.

    Shannon Smith, who lives in the adjacent house as a renter, said, “I was inside lying on the couch. All of a sudden, I heard thunder — it sounded like a bomb went off. About 10 minutes later, I came outside and saw this.”

  • Carroll County continues hot start, tops Bassett

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County continues to show improvement. More importantly, the Cavaliers are continuing to win.

    Still fitting the pieces together after the program took a big hit from graduation this past spring, Carroll County won its fourth straight match to open the season, shutting down Bassett in three sets, 25-19, 25-15, 25-18 in a nondistrict region 4A North match Thursday.