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Today's News

  • Readers Hotline 1/19/15

    Excessive homework
    My daughter, who is an honor roll student at one of the schools, has a problem. The math teacher gives so much homework every single night — five or six pages each night. It’s a struggle. She can never get in bed until really late, besides having to do homework from other classes. She sometimes falls asleep before getting it all done. She already has hours of math each school day. Why would the teacher give the class this much homework? I am really annoyed.

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  • Hutchins files to run for re-election

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – Two-term member David Hutchins has announced plans to seek the Republican nomination for a third term on the Carroll County Board of Supervisors in the May 16 primary.

    Hutchins so far is the only candidate to file for the Sulphur Springs District seat on the board. The deadline to file is Jan. 26.

    He has run unopposed in the previous elections held in 2007 and 2011. He was appointed to fill an unexpired term in 2006.

  • Rural mail will suffer with more plant closures

    John Edgecombe Jr. is president of the National Newspaper Association and publisher of The Nebraska Signal in Geneva, Neb.

    A friend of mine from South Dakota noted that the U.S. Postal Service delivered a lump of coal to many small towns last Christmas when it proceeded to eliminate overnight mail in most of the nation in 2015.

    That was a good description. USPS will slow delivery by one day for first class and periodicals mail. Many members of Congress have asked it to hold off. But USPS is plowing ahead.

  • Board splits on coyote bounty expansion

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County Board of Supervisors decided to double the size of the county’s coyote killing program and will add an additional $5,000 to the $5,000 it earlier earmarked for rewards.

  • Three charged in separate incidents

    Three Galax men are in police custody on three separate incidents in the city.

    According to a news release from the Galax Police Department, Maurice Antwan Harris, 42, of Galax was arrested on Jan. 13.

    Harris was wanted by Galax police for three counts of distribution of marijuana after being indicted by a Carroll County grand jury in December 2014.

    Evidence recovered from Harris at the time of his arrest resulted in his arrest for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, the news release said.

  • Fire damages Hillsville home

    HILLSVILLE — The Hillsville Volunteer Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 387 Baker Mines Road last week, when a flue fire led to flames getting trapped between the walls of the structure.

    According to Hillsville Fire Chief Donnie Spangler, firefighters were called to the home, owned by Richard Allison, on Jan. 7 at approximately 11:58 a.m. Upon arrival, they found the structure involved.

  • Man sought for indecent exposure at Walmart

    The Galax Police Department is looking for a man wanted for indecent exposure in Walmart.

    According to police, between 1-1:30 p.m. on Jan. 12, an unidentified male entered the Walmart store in Galax and exposed himself to customers.

    The suspect is a white male, wearing glasses, approximately 40-45 years of age, approximately 6 feet tall, with brown hair, balding. He is believed to operate a white Nissan Frontier pickup.

    If you have information as to the identity of this individual, contact the Galax Police Department at (276) 236-8101.

  • Galax police officer hit by car while chasing suspect

    UPDATED 1/16/15:

    Galax Police Officer Jacob Vaughan was struck by a vehicle while in foot pursuit of a suspect last Thursday night, according to Police Chief Rick Clark.

    Vaughan was transporting Terrance Lorenzo Stevenson, 28, of Galax from the Washington County Jail, where he had been arrested earlier in the day on a breaking and entering charge that was alleged to have occurred in Galax, said Galax Police Capt. James Cox.

  • Man arrested for kidnapping at gunpoint

    LAMBSBURG — A man has been arrested on numerous charges, including kidnapping, after allegedly holding his girlfriend at gunpoint in Lambsburg.

    According to a news release from Sheriff J.B. Gardner, the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office received a call on Jan. 13, just after 9 p.m., from a woman stating her sister was being held at gunpoint at a McDonald’s just off Interstate 77’s Exit 1 in Lambsburg.

  • Readers Hotline 1/14/15

    Dim
    I am calling about the outside lights at the hospital. I have gone there several times in recent months and could hardly see how to walk to the emergency room doors. We did ask security and they said they were working on them. Someone needs to check on this.
    Editor’s note: When contacted, Twin County Regional Hospital’s facilities director said: “The outdoor lighting requires specialized equipment. This routine maintenance is scheduled to replace the extinguished lights.”