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Today's News

  • Carroll gets over the hump

    HILLSVILLE –– Weekends are a great time for tidying things up around the place. Saturday, Carroll County finally got rid of that eyesore of a zero that had been cluttering up its district won-lost record.

    After several near-misses, the Cavaliers finally got over the hump against a River Ridge District foe, hustling past Christiansburg 53-46.

    The key word there was ‘hustle.’

  • Grayson, Maroon Tide split

    INDEPENDENCE –– The Galax boys’ basketball team officially has a winning streak going. The Grayson County girls definitely had a greedy streak going.

    Galax’s boys have won back-to-back games for the first time this season after holding off Grayson County 45-40 while the Blue Devil girls kept the first half all to themselves in their 40-20 win over the Tide in a Mountain Empire District quad Friday.

  • I-77 bridge closed at Exit 14 in Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE – Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews are working to repair the southbound lanes of the bridge at Exit 14 on Interstate 77 in Hillsville.

    As of Monday afternoon, both southbound lanes are closed and traffic is being diverted around the closure using the exit and entrance ramps of Exit 14, said a release from VDOT.

  • Readers' Hotline 2/1/16

    Familiar potholes
    I’d like to comment about the potholes we run into every day on the road. I was told — I don’t know if I am right or not — but I was told the lottery money goes to pave our roads. You can play a game like I do. Give the potholes names. I have some I have been dodging for three years. I have got to call them a name, I know them so well. I hope you address this problem.
    Editor’s note: Nope, 100 percent of lottery profits support Virginia public education for grades K-12.

  • APCo warns of scam

    Staff Report

    Customers of Appalachian Power in West Virginia, Virginia and Tennessee continue to be targets of scam artists.

    According to APCo, the latest scam instructs customers to make an immediate payment or have their service disconnected. Customers are ordered to purchase prepaid debit cards, such as a Vanilla or Green Dot, and call a toll-free number to provide the card information.

  • Grayson grand jury issues charges

    Staff Reports

    INDEPENDENCE — A Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury issued 24 indictments against 14 individuals last Thursday, on charges that included drug possession and distribution, child abuse, statutory burglary and the assault of a police officer.

    Arley Jason Simpkins received two charges, including the distribution of marijuana and assault of a law enforcement officer.

  • Marriage license denial bill advances

    Virginia Senate Bill 40, now dubbed the “Kim Davis Bill,” was passed on to the full Senate for consideration after being approved by an 8-6 vote in the Courts of Justice Committee.

    The bill in its current form would allow clerks of court in Virginia to refuse to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple on religious grounds. It’s nickname comes from a Kentucky court clerk who famously refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples because it went against her religious beliefs.

  • Harper murder trial now set for July

    INDEPENDENCE — A new trial date has been set for George Albert Harper III of Galax, who is charged with first-degree murder in the 2002 death of Brandon Billings.

    According to the Grayson County Circuit Court, Harper’s trial date has been set for the week of July 25.

    The trial date was originally set for the week of Feb. 8, but has been continued, according to the court system.

  • Carroll school board chooses leaders, moves meeting day

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County School Board has changed the day of its monthly meeting and elected its 2016 chair and vice-chair.

    Brian Spencer has been elected as chairman and Joey Haynes will serve as vice chairman.

    In the school board organizational meeting, held on Jan. 14, the board decided to change its meetings from Thursday evening to Tuesday evening. The board will meet on the second Tuesday of each month starting at 5:30 p.m. Citizen comments will be heard at 6 p.m.

  • Men wanted on grand larceny charges

    Staff Report

    Two men are wanted on pending grand larceny charges after allegedly taking digital cameras from Walmart in Galax.

    The Galax Police Department released photos and information on its Facebook page Friday.

    According to the report, the pair took several GoPro video cameras from the Galax store on Jan. 29 at approximately 6:30 a.m.

    Anyone with information as to the identity of the two suspects is asked to contact Galax police at (276) 236-8101. Officer Chris Hines is investigating.