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Today's News

  • Johnson named Hillsville's citizen of the month

    HILLSVILLE — Hillsville Interim Police Chief Wesley Yonce selected Jeff Johnson as the town’s Citizen of the Month for January.

    Yonce made his presentation at town council’s Jan. 12 meeting.

    After 22 years of conducting his business in the area, Johnson has become “a pillar of the Twin County business community,” said Yonce.

  • Va. Senate kills gun control legislation

    RICHMOND — The Virginia Senate Courts of Justice Committee spent several hours Monday killing Democratic gun control bills and advancing a measure that would allow concealed weapon permit holders to obtain a lifetime permit.

    “It was an awesome day,” said Philip Van Cleave, president of the pro-gun Virginia Citizens Defense League.

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  • KKK recruitment fliers causing concern locally

    The dispersal of literature from the Ku Klux Klan in the Twin Counties caused concern and resurrected unpleasant memories in several members of the community last week.

    The KKK, a classified hate group, is associated with white supremacy, violence and various forms of prejudice.

    Galax resident Dolores Vass found a pamphlet from the KKK in her mailbox, criticizing the late Martin Luther King Jr., and she says it sparked several painful memories from her past, involving acts of racism from the community towards herself and her family.

  • State police find mobile meth lab

    A Carroll County man and woman were arrested on Jan. 22, after a Virginia State Police trooper discovered a mobile meth lab inside their vehicle during a traffic stop.

    Adam James Bolen, 41, and Jennifer Marie Bolen, 35, were arrested after Trooper S.M. Cochran stopped them in a 1999 Chevrolet pickup truck on Airport Road, near Five Forks Road at around 5 p.m. last Thursday.

  • Grayson teachers ask for 6% raise

    INDEPENDENCE – Pay raises are again the top priority for the Grayson County Education Association as the division tries to recruit and retain top talent.

    Rebecca Absher, president of GCEA, presented her annual priority list to the division’s school board this month as the county begins working on a budget for the 2015-16 school year.

  • School budget talk raises questions for Galax citizen

    A Jan. 12 public hearing regarding an amendment to the Galax school budget drew no speakers, though remarks were made later in the meeting by a citizen.

    Council member Sharon Plichta was absent from the Galax City Council meeting, while new specially-appointed council member Bill Davis Jr. was present for his first meeting.

  • Republican primary deadline is Jan. 26

    HILLSVILLE – Anyone planning to seek public office in Carroll County and run in the Republican preferential primary is reminded that the deadline to file is today, Monday, at noon.

    The Carroll County Republican Party will select its slate of candidates to run in the Nov. 3 general election during the primary to be held on May 16.

  • Boucher: first step in ending gridlock

    Rick Boucher, former Democratic congressman from Virginia’s 9th District, is co-chair of the Virginia Commission on Integrity and Public Confidence in State Government, appointed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe. In Congress, he represented the Twin Counties and Southwest Virginia for more than two decades.

    The gerrymandering of state legislative and congressional districts is a bipartisan offense. Members of the Virginia Commission on Integrity and Public Confidence in State Government are proposing a bipartisan solution.

  • Firefighters battle blaze inside Magnolia factory in Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE - Several fire departments worked to extinguish a fire at the Magnolia Manufacturing Company in Hillsville on Saturday, when an unknown cause sparked a fire in two industrial units inside one of the factory's filter houses.

    According to a report from Hillsville Assistant Fire Chief Mike Musser, firefighters were called to Magnolia around 7:30 p.m. to reports of a fire inside the factory.

    Upon arrival, firefighters were told that the fire was in a filter house — a component of the factory.