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Today's News

  • Two charged after traffic stop turns up drugs

    Two men face drug charges after traffic stops that occurred on Feb. 28 and March 1 in Galax.

    On Saturday, Jeffery D. Ray, 44, of Galax, was stopped by Sgt. Shawny Jones for an equipment violation. “It was determined that Ray’s privilege to drive had been suspended and that it was the second time he had been stopped that day for the same violation,” according to a report from the Galax Police Department.

    While Ray’s vehicle was being inventoried prior to towing, a quantity of marijuana and suspected methamphetamine was discovered.

  • Goad to announce candidacy

    HILLSVILLE — Gerald Goad will announce his candidacy for Clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Historic Carroll County Courthouse on Main Street in Hillsville.

    Goad is an online academic advisor at Wytheville Community College. He studied business and industry training at Old Dominion University, and also attended Wytheville Community College and Virginia Tech.

    If elected, Goad would fill the seat vacated by Carolyn Honeycutt, who announced her retirement earlier this year.

  • Region tournament pairings

     REGION TOURNAMENTS


    REGION 1A WEST BOYS

    Quarterfinals at higher seed

    Monday

    Radford 74, Haysi 35

    Galax 60, Eastside 54, 3OT

    George Wythe 76, Twin Springs 54

    Honaker 75, Covington 63

  • Eagles upend Cavaliers in Conf. 24 semis

    DANVILLE –– George Washington made amends for two blowout losses in the regular season to Carroll County and ended the Cavaliers’ season with a 59-43 win in the Conference 24 girls’ semifinals Wednesday.

    Carroll County (16-7) had defeated the Eagles by 18 and 12 points in their two regular season meetings, but the Cavaliers went the entire first quarter Wednesday without a field goal and never recovered.

  • Blue Devils rough up Grundy

    RICHLANDS –– One of the biggest advantages of being a top seed in a postseason tournament is getting an extra day’s rest while the lower seeds battle it out in the first round. With what seemed like an eternity between the tournament’s scheduled starting date and the time No. 1 Grayson County finally got on the floor for its Conference 39 girls’ semifinal, being fresh was the least of anyone’s concern. Thus it all came down to who’s the better basketball team.

  • Galax drops title game to George Wythe

    WYTHEVILLE –– George Wythe did a few things differently Friday in avenging its only two setbacks of the year.

    The Maroons ditched the man defense they had employed in losses of nine and 14 points to Galax. They put forth a bit more effort. But the two biggest adjustments were that they didn’t find themselves in an early gaping hole, and they didn’t allow Maroon Tide shooter Clif Conley to turn the night into his own personal game of around-the-world.

  • Readers Hotline 3/2/15

    Selective enforcement
    Why does Hillsville let some downtown merchants get away with parking in front of their store all day when it is supposed to be a two-hour limit? I, as a customer, can’t find a parking space. This is especially bad on the north end of town. You only enforce some of the laws. If I did this, I would get a ticket. Either remove the limit or enforce the law.

    Said it well

  • Oak Hall bringing 100 jobs to Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — Oak Hall Cap & Gown, a manufacturer of academic, judicial and religious apparel, will invest $1.2 million to establish a textile manufacturing operation in Independence.

    The company will renovate and up-fit an existing 85,000-square-foot facility — the old Robertshaw Controls building at 607 W. Main Street — and create 100 new jobs.

  • Two arrested for drug violations

    Two Galax men have been arrested and charged with violations of the Drug Control Act after a traffic stop on Feb. 25.

    According to a report from the Galax Police Department, Officer Drew Burnett stopped a vehicle driven by Michael Logan Weyant, 20, for operating without headlights. Burnett’s observations and investigation resulted in the recovery of suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, the report said.

  • Bill would have allowed prayer at government meetings

    RICHMOND — A Virginia Senate committee narrowly rejected a measure to authorize public prayers at government meetings — a common practice at town and city council, school board and county supervisors’ meetings in the Twin Counties.

    The Senate General Laws and Technology Committee killed the measure on an 8-7 vote.