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Today's News

  • Rally will focus on gun violence, legal reform

    HILLSVILLE — Local churches are organizing a peace rally and walk Sunday to honor recent victims of gun violence and to support sensible gun reform.

    The Rev. Kevin Campbell of Hillsville Presbyterian Church and the Rev. Amanda Moore of Hillsville Christian Church are two of the event’s organizers.

  • Eisenhauer sentencing hearing postponed

    Staff Report

    CHRISTIANSBURG — A judge has granted a defense motion to postpone a sentencing hearing for David Eisenhauer, found guilty earlier this month of murdering 13-year-old Nicole Lovell.

    Eisenhauer, who is from Maryland but listed Galax as his home address to claim in-state tuition, pleaded no contest to killing the teen in 2016 and hiding her body in Surry County, N.C., just south of the Grayson County line. He could face life in prison for those crimes, plus abduction.

  • Smokehouse changing hands, but not menu

    The Galax Smokehouse’s 15th anniversary is Wednesday, and along with lots of fond memories comes a surprise: the popular downtown institution has changed hands.

    Partners Ron Passmore and Dan Milby, who started and have maintained the restaurant for a decade and a half, have passed it on to managers Bernadette Hodges and Casey Dawkins.

    “It hasn’t been an emotionless decision,” said Milby, visibly misting up; but they’re ready to move on to a new phase, he said.

  • City moving forward with GES project

    A loan will pay for the first phase of an expansion and remodeling project at Galax Elementary, after city council took action to approve a bond ordinance.

    At their December meeting, council members learned that the city had been approved for a project loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

    In January, the city began the process of securing a bridge loan to use as working funds during the GES project’s construction. The USDA loan would then be used to pay off the bridge loan and serve as the loan’s mortgage.

  • Security measures protect schools

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County Public Schools is re-emphasizing the importance of maintaining a secure and safe learning environment by expanding modernized, state-of-the art security systems across the district.

    The measures aren’t in response to recent school shootings, like the incident in Parkland, Fla., but have been an ongoing security measure. The use of these types of systems was first introduced to Carroll schools in 2014, and has been in daily use at Carroll County Middle School (CCMS) for approximately the past 2 years.

  • Grayson hopes to expand broadband

    INDEPENDENCE — A broadband consulting company is discussing a potential plan with Grayson County’s effort to expand high speed internet for the area’s underserved communities in the coming months.

    Sandie Terry, representing Rural Broadband Consulting LLC, met with the Grayson County Board of Supervisors on Feb. 12 and presented a plan of action for expanding the county’s internet access.

  • Union holds off Grayson rally to score upset win

    INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County cut a big Union lead to four points with a little more than two minutes remaining but the Bears were able to hit their free throws down the stretch and eliminated the Blue Devils 54-45 in the Region 2D quarterfinals last Wednesday.

    Grayson concluded its season with a 21-4 record. Union improved to 17-9 and advanced to Friday’s region semifinals where the Bears bowed out with a 67-47 loss to Gate City.

    Graham upset Gate City on Saturday night, 75-59, for the Region 2D championship.

  • Parry McCluer holds off Galax for 1C crown

    ELLISTON –– Galax came up short in its quest for a region championship, but there is still a lot of basketball to be played. The Maroon Tide need only to have looked across the court Friday night for proof of that.

  • Cavs rally for region title

    HILLSVILLE –– After a long series of wins coming by 30 or 40 or 50 points, Carroll County showed that it can still get down and dirty when circumstances call for it.

    The Cavaliers went from five points down to five ahead in the third quarter Thursday night and claimed the Region 4D girls’ basketball championship with a gutsy 50-40 subduing of William Byrd.

  • Billy Graham: a steadfast voice for Christianity

    During a time when the shifting winds of morality reoriented the nation, the Rev. Billy Graham stood his ground.

    When the culture seemed to marginalize those preaching the message of God’s love, Graham’s voice continued to ring out.

    And when people of all backgrounds — from paupers to presidents — looked for spiritual guidance, they found Graham’s open arms.