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Today's News

  • Georgia fugitive captured in Carroll

    Staff Reports

    The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office arrested a fugitive from Georgia on Feb. 6, and the man faces a weapon charge and numerous drug charges.

  • Virginians sound off on pot, cellphones, health care

    Landmark News Service

    A large majority of Virginia voters want to ban all but hands-free cellphones for drivers, decriminalize marijuana use and abolish the federal health care law after it’s replaced, according to a poll released Thursday.

  • Readers Hotline 2/8/17

    Holes to patch

  • Cana man faces meth trafficking charges

    Staff Report

    DOBSON, N.C. – A Cana man has been arrested following a drug investigation conducted by the Surry County, N.C., Sheriff’s Department.

    According to an article in the Winston-Salem Journal, Timothy Wade Bowman, 45, was charged with two counts of felony trafficking in methamphetamine.

    Two other suspects were charged following the investigation.

    Jeremy Junior Brewer Walker, 23, of Triple R Drive in Mount Airy, N.C., was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Taylor directs traffic, sends students in positive direction

    Officer Vickie Taylor received an accolade just in time for Crossing Guard Appreciation Day; she was given one of Virginia’s Most Outstanding Crossing Guard Awards for 2016, one of six such officers to receive the award out of 71 nominations.

    “I love you, but I’ll correct you,” is a motto of sorts for Taylor, a 15-year veteran of the Galax City Police Department and a school resource officer for 13 years.

  • Murder case sent to grand jury

    Copyright 2017, The Wytheville Enterprise

    Reprinted with permission

    SMYTH COUNTY ― A Smyth County judge heard evidence in January against a Wythe County man, charged in the August 2016 hit-and-run slaying of his ex-girlfriend and the malicious wounding of her companion.

    The hit-and-run incident left 35-year-old Heather Michelle Clontz dead and 28-year-old Samuel David Lawson injured.

  • He's two

    Parker Enoch Gregory celebrated his second birthday Jan. 1 with friends and family at his home.

    He is the son of Jimmie and Whitney Gregory of Elk Creek and the grandson of Eddie and Brenda Ward of Independence and Frances and the late John Pierce of Brush Creek.

  • Public record for 2/8/17 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 additional information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in August in the Grayson County General District Court Office, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Police: double distraction for DUI driver

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – Driving under the influence, attending to a child in a car and talking on a cell phone are all distractions that can cause an accident.

    According to state police, a Wytheville man was doing all three when he flipped his vehicle and closed Interstate 77 for almost an hour last Thursday night near exit 14 in Carroll County.

    State Trooper J.D. Delp said the accident occurred about 9 p.m. on Feb. 2 between mile markers 13 and 14.

  • Population data reveals shifts in Twin Counties

    By SHANNON WATKINS and SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff

    Galax and Carroll County both lost residents in the past six years, while Grayson County is growing, according to recent population data released by the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia.

    Virginia continues to grow at a faster rate than the U.S., increasing by 5.1 percent since 2010 to a total of 8.4 million people. The nation grew by 4.7 percent during that same period.