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Today's News

  • Student from Galax makes medical breakthrough

    Julian Elmasry, 18, of Galax, pre-med scholar at the University of Virginia and son of local physician Dr. Medhat Elmasry, seems to have medical wisdom in his blood.

    Now, after a lot of hard work and several failed attempts, Elmasry has figured out how to use his wisdom to keep blood fresh longer, by developing a new kind of test tube, profiled briefly in “Popular Mechanics” and taking him all the way to the International Science Fair in Phoenix, Ariz.

  • Federal court delays tax fraud trial

    ABINGDON – Jones Keith Andrews, the owner of Andrews Farming Inc. and ANDCO Logistics in Hillsville, was scheduled to appear in court in April for federal tax fraud charges, but a continuance was granted changing the date of his trial.

    According to documents from the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Abingdon, Andrews’ counsel requested a motion of continuance on March 13. The motion was granted and Andrews’ trial is now scheduled for Aug. 7-11 in Abingdon.

  • Beasley indicted for attempted murder

    HILLSVILLE – A Wythe County man who was the subject of a three-day manhunt that spanned two counties in September 2016 was indicted on multiple charges Monday.

    The Carroll County Circuit Court Grand Jury met March 20 and returned 118 indictments against 67 individuals. Among those were seven indictments against Kevin Nelson Beasley, 26, of Austinville.

  • Turns 97

    Dan Carico celebrated his 97th birthday Feb. 19, 2017. He was born on Feb. 22. Attending were his children and spouses and his grandchildren.

    They are Lehman and Shelby Carico, Darius and Kathy Carico, Bill and Mary Carico and Stan and Virginia Cox.

  • Public record for 3/22/17 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 September in the Grayson County General District Court Office, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Griffith proposes guns without borders bill

    Staff Report

    Legislation to address a gap in U.S. law related to transport of firearms across state lines has been introduced by Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-Va.) and Sen. Orrin Hatch of (R-Utah).

    Under current regulations, law-abiding Americans unwittingly violate differing rules governing transportation of firearms across state lines, the two said in a news release.

    Griffith and Hatch’s bills would amend the Firearm Owners Protection Act of 1986 to clarify some key provisions.

  • Dixon steps down as Galax football coach

     

    RELATED: Taking it to the next level

    http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/taking-it-next-level

     

  • Readers Hotline 3/20/17

    Mind your own legs
    I’m calling about the “nix the leggings” comment. To whomever is calling in about the young girls wearing these leggings, that’s the style now days. This person must be really old-fashioned or real religious and doesn’t believe in anything. But I do know I like them myself and I think these young girls look good in them. They are beautiful. I think this lady is also jealous. You need to keep your nose out of this because it is none of your business.

    Squirming

  • Carroll school chief retiring

    HILLSVILLE – Dr. Strader Blankenship, Carroll County Public Schools superintendent, has announced his retirement effective July 1.

    The Carroll County School Board will begin an immediate search for his replacement.

    Blankenship announced his retirement during closed session of the March 14 meeting of the school board. His wife, Ruby, who serves as a special education assistant in the county, also is retiring.

  • Educators, sheriffs react to state budget

    The state budget passed by the Virginia General Assembly last month is getting mixed reviews from two groups that will receive pay raises, school systems and sheriffs’ departments.

    School superintendents and sheriffs in the Twin Counties said the increases aren’t enough to address bigger issues with pay for teachers and deputies.

    The state spending plan includes a 3 percent raise for all state employees; and the state’s share of a 2 percent raise for teachers, without any added costs for taxpayers.