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Today's News

  • GVFD to silence siren at night

    The unmistakable sound of the Galax Fire Department’s siren now will only be heard during the day.

    Galax Fire Chief David Hankley said the department voted for the change after the city manager and some council members brought citizen complaints to their attention. For decades, the sound — much like an air raid siren — has been a rude awakening for downtown residents when it goes off at night.

    “We are going to curtail the use of the siren from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m.,” Hankley said.

  • Arrests made for drugs, truck theft in Galax

    The Galax Police Department reported arrests in three separate incidents in the past week — two drug cases and a stolen vehicle.

    According to a police report, William Michael Dye, 42, of Independence, was arrested on Sept. 19 at Twin County Regional Hospital after he was charged with possession of methamphetamine.

    “Police were summoned to the hospital after a nurse discovered a suspicious pouch that contained the suspected narcotics,” the report said.

    Dye was charged by Sgt. Shawny Jones and Officer Terry Woods.

  • Encounter with 'traveller' turns violent in Grayson

    Each year, members the secretive community of career criminals known as “Irish Travellers” depart their enclave in the South and spread out across the United States, looking for easy marks to hustle out of money, or using their timeless tactics of distraction to commit burglaries right under a homeowner’s nose.

  • 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?