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Today's News

  • Hillsville prepares for flea market crowds

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — Hillsville expects to draw more than 500,000 visitors this holiday weekend for the annual Labor Day Gun Show & Flea Market, and the town is offering some tips and information to help both locals and those attending.

    The market “consumes the entire town,” cautions the website hillsville.com. “Antique dealers, gun dealers and traders of all kinds make this one of the largest shows in the southeast.”

  • Sheetz opening Wednesday in Galax

    After three years and lots of anticipation, the Twin County area is getting its first Sheetz today, Wednesday, at 11 a.m., with a grand opening ceremony at 10:45 a.m.

    The company sent out a news release saying, “The shelves are stocked, beverages are on ice and our top-notch team of employees is ready and waiting to give you the best customer service in convenience dining.”

    Food services in the store will include a coffee bar serving various hot, iced and frozen non-alcoholic drinks, a made-to-order kitchen and a drive-thru.

  • Nofsinger pleads guilty to child porn charges

    ABINGDON — Richard Denny Nofsinger Jr. of Galax has pleaded guilty to three of the eight federal counts of producing child pornography leveled against him by federal prosecutors, according to a plea agreement logged in the federal court system.

    According to the plea agreement, which was signed by Nofsinger on Aug. 23, the suspect agreed to plead guilty on the three counts in exchange for dismissal of the other five, and for the United States to grant him a two-level reduction in his offense level.

  • Readers Hotline 8/29/16

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    I’m calling about the IRS scammers concern that was in the Hotline. I agree that something should be done with this. It is ridiculous. The majority of these calls the police can’t do anything about because the calls are coming from other countries. It’s not based in the United States and that’s why they can’t do anything. Wish something could be done. That is crazy. Wish y’all luck and hope you can get this taken care of.

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  • Grayson dedicates new football stadium

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Blue Devils were welcomed with style last Friday, as they charged onto the field to the sight of a newly-installed flag pole; and completely renovated stone bleachers, jam-packed full of cheering fans.

    The opening game of the season was preceded by a rededication ceremony for the Bill Strong Field at the newly named Grayson National Bank Stadium, as well as a dedication ceremony for the flag pole.

  • Clinton has experience to serve as president

    I am voting for Hillary Clinton because she is the most experienced, thoughtful and caring person in the race.
    Years ago my son developed a serious medical condition and we had no insurance. It was Hillary’s work that helped save us from disaster. Though a Republican and a Democrat worked together in the Senate to help pass CHIP — the Children’s Health Insurance Program — Hillary worked behind the scenes with both parties and the president to secure full funding.

  • Grundy holds off Blue Devils

    INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County rallied its way out of sizeable deficits in all three sets Thursday night but was unable to sustain the momentum in any of the three games and dropped a Conference 39 volleyball match to Grundy, falling 25-19, 25-21, 25-17.

    The Blue Devils’ best chance to extend the match probably came in the second set. Trailing 17-10, the Blue Devils (0-2) battled their way into a three-point lead before going cold down the stretch.

  • Alleghany outduels Blue Devils

    INDEPENDENCE –– In keeping with the festivities of the rededication of Grayson County’s football stadium, the Blue Devils and Alleghany, N.C. put on a fireworks display in the first quarter. The rest of the night was just a pretty decent high school football game.

    The two teams traded touchdowns throughout the first 12 minutes before the defenses gradually took control, and the Trojans held on for a 28-18 nondistrict win Friday at the freshly redone Bill Strong Field.

  • Galax turns the tide on Glenvar

    Something rather unusual happened in the Glenvar-Galax football game Friday night. 

    In a relatively new rivalry which has produced more than its share of close games, miracle comebacks and exiting finishes, this sixth game between the Highlanders and the Maroon Tide was almost over well before the end – emphasis on the almost. 

  • Buffaloes topple Cavaliers

    HILLSVILLE –– Floyd County made the trip to Carroll County without its head coach, Winfred Beale, who was suspended seven days Thursday morning for an undisclosed reason. The highly-respected Beale has won more than 200 games during his time leading the Buffaloes, but not once in his 36 years there has he made a tackle, laid a block or bolted through an open hole on a Friday night.