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Today's News

  • Suppression denied in Jones case

    A motion to suppress a photographic identification procedure and eyewitness testimony in the Matthew Steven Jones murder trial was denied by Grayson County Circuit Court on Friday.
    The testimony in question places Jones at the exact spot where the body of his girlfriend, Desia Rae George of Fries, was found more than a month after she was reported missing last year.

  • Black bear spotted in Grayson County

    A bear was spotted last week along the New River and Riverside Drive, just off Route 58 outside of Galax in Grayson County.

  • Recipe for Success

    Oakland Elementary School welcomed Sophie Haga, 13, of Galax, and Chef Gunnar Thompson of Primland Resort for a healthy recipe demonstration on Oct. 1.
    Haga, who represented Virginia as the statewide winner of First Lady Michelle Obama's Healthy Lunchtime Challenge earlier this year, shared her winning recipe for chia chicken pitas with the elementary school's third, fourth and fifth grade students. For dessert, Thompson provided a healthy dish of dark chocolate and avocado mousse.

  • Shooting near Hillsville still under investigation

    The Carroll County Sheriff’s Department continues to investigate an Oct. 4 shooting near Hillsville that left a man in critical condition.
    According to a news release from the department, officers received a call reporting “shots fired” at 6:13 p.m. Oct. 4, at Sunnyside Road and Stable Inn Road, just south of the Town of Hillsville on U.S. 52.
    Responding deputies found Alexander Burlin Davis Jr., 50, of Fries, at the lower parking lot of Sunnyside Store, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the head.

  • Is texting to blame for bad test scores?

    English test scores are falling in Virginia and elsewhere, and some educators and parents fear that the trend reflects societal changes that will be tough to overcome.
    Children today read less in their free time, goes one widely accepted argument. Another, which garners more debate, is that they’re increasingly likely to text, tweet or post to Facebook rather than engage in conversation.

  • Readers Hotline 10/13/14

    Be aware
    In response to the caller who does not believe the serious respiratory virus affecting so many children is being spread by illegal immigrants, just realize that many of the children crossing the border are ill. That has been reported on national news networks. It’s too much of a coincidence that just when these children are being shipped all over the United States, this virus breaks out all over. You can’t hide your head in the sand. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.

  • Parking lot shooting case continued

    The case of Austin Kenneth Rupert Wagg was granted a continuance by Galax Circuit Court Judge J.D. Bolt on Monday, the initial date of his hearing.

    Wagg was arrested by Galax police on Aug. 20 for allegedly firing a weapon at another vehicle in the Galax Food City parking lot near Pizza Hut. He was charged with discharging a firearm in the city, destruction of property, carrying a concealed weapon, attempted first degree murder (two counts), use of a firearm in the commission of a felony (two counts) and discharge of a firearm into an occupied vehicle.

  • Couples wed after marriage law change

    Landmark News Service and Staff Reports

    On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear appeals of same-sex marriage court rulings in Virginia and four other states, opening the way for the long-prohibited unions in the Old Dominion.

    The news led to a flurry of activity for local circuit court clerks, and the first same-sex marriage in the Twin Counties took place in Hillsville on Tuesday.

  • Making cheese a mix of art, science

    Anthony Bourdain, in his seminal memoir “Kitchen Confidential,” describes people who work with meat as capable of obscene, irreverent jokes, while people who work with fish, he says, have no sense of humor at all.

  • Friends of Hillsville tackle projects

    HILLSVILLE — Friends of Hillsville, a new non-profit organization, is seeking to bring together individuals, businesses and community organizations for the betterment of the town.

    In recent weeks, the group has reached out to the public for their ideas, and they have already received a flood of responses, according to Laura Beth Parnell and Retta Jackson during a group interview.