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Today's News

  • Hurricane Hugo: 25 Years Later

    It has been 25 years since Hurricane Hugo ripped through the Blue Ridge Mountains with 125 mph winds, leaving devastation amounting to millions of dollars in its wake in the Twin Counties.

    The local area was spared any human cost, but the storm killed 26 people in the Caribbean and 11 more when it made landfall near Charleston, S.C., on Sept. 21, 1989.

    Tens of thousands of people in the U.S. and the Caribbean were left homeless.

  • WCC president announces retirement

    WYTHEVILLE — Wytheville Community College President Charlie White announced that he will retire effective June 30, 2015.

    White has served as president since May 2006. He announced his plans to faculty and staff at a recent beginning-of-term meeting at the college.

    White has worked in various positions within the Virginia Community College System since 1971, including a long period at New River Community College in Dublin.

  • He's two

    Nolan Jay Spurlin celebrated his second birthday on Aug. 8 with a cookout at his house with family. His parents are Jason Spurlin and Jill Cockerham of Galax.

    His maternal grandparents are Danny and Carolyn Cockerham of Galax. His paternal grandparents are Mike and Anita Spurlin of Galax. His maternal great-grandparents are Rubye Cockerham and Louise Diamond, both of Galax.

  • She's five

    Palin Leanne Snider celebrated her fifth birthday Aug. 11 with a Bubble Guppies party at home with family and friends. Her parents are Curtis and Lorie Snider.

    She has a younger sister, Paisley Snider. Her grandparents are Danny and Linda Deskins of Dugspur and Harold and Joyce Snider of Dublin and the late Kathy Snider. Her great-grandparents are Pauline Marshall of Laurel Fork and the late Frieda Deskins. Her aunt is Holly Choate.

  • Public record for 9/24/14 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 in May in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Fun & Faith in Hillsville

     

    Local congregations celebrated the third annual Christian Family Fun Day event on Saturday with a parade, a 5K and a day-long celebration at the Hillsville VFW. Churches from the Twin Counties and surrounding localities turned up to offer free food, games, entertainment and messages about Christianity. Everyone in the community was invited to attend, regardless of their personal beliefs.

  • Readers Hotline 9/24/14

    Unclear rules
    My buddies and us like to sit in our trucks at Walmart and talk. I don’t understand why some weekends the police never say anything to us about sitting on the lot. They let us stay as long as we want and then on some weekends we barely get out of our trucks and the cops pull up and tell us we have to leave. Why do some cops let us hang out with our friends and they will even ride by and wave to us, and some cops run us off?

  • CCHS one of state's top schools

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County High School has received recognition by Virginia Living magazine as one of the top schools in the state.

    CCHS will be featured in the publication’s October edition, Director of School Improvement Beverly Adams-Parker said at the Carroll County School Board’s Sept. 9 meeting.

  • Hillsville hires Hines as treasurer

    HILLSVILLE — LeAnna Hines of Grayson County was chosen as Hillsville’s new treasurer during town council’s meeting on Monday.

    Hines was selected after a special meeting was called by Hillsville Town Council on Sept. 18, where she and two other applicants were interviewed for the position.

    After nearly an hour and a half of deliberation in closed session on Monday, council returned to open session with their decision.

  • Remediation, enrichment classes kick off in Galax

    Galax City Schools will offer remediation and enrichment for students next week, and again in February. Funded by a Virginia Department of Education planning grant, the programs are in their first year and school administration has high hopes for them.

    “I don’t know of anywhere else that’s doing anything like this,” said Assistant Schools Superintendent Rebecca Cardwell.