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Today's News

  • Diner to feed anyone in need Christmas Day

    The West Galax Diner will be open Christmas Day to serve a very special clientele, says owner Tina Dowling.

    “We just started [planning] this last Sunday, because a girl who helps out on Sundays came in,” says Dowling. “She was looking for somewhere to volunteer [for Christmas] and couldn’t find anybody having a Christmas dinner. So I said, ‘We’ll do it.’”

  • Police sex bribe case has Carroll connection

    SALEM — The case against a Salem police detective and federal drug agent charged with trading lenient sentences for sex has a surprising connection to Carroll County.

    Kevin Christopher Moore, 42, of Roanoke County, has pleaded guilty to soliciting and receiving sexual favors from a cooperating defendant in exchange for a recommendation of a more lenient sentence.

    Media reports about the story indicate that Moore first arranged to have sex with a federal defendant at a motel in Hillsville, before choosing instead to hold their rendezvous in Fancy Gap.

  • Ole St. Nick is town's top pick

    HILLSVILLE — ‘Twas the eighth of December, in the Hillsville Town Hall, when the town council gathered to speak unto all.

    Beginning at 7, their usual time, council spoke to the public of each town-owned dime.

  • Grayson employees praised for United Way donations

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — The United Way’s fundraising efforts in Grayson County are going well, according to Chris Brown, the organization’s Twin County area resource development manager.

    “Our campaign goal this year is $100,000 and as of today [Dec. 11], we’re at about 66 percent, so we are right on schedule to make our campaign goal by end of year,” Brown told the Grayson County Board of Supervisors during his presentation at last week’s regular meeting.

  • Readers Hotline 12/17/14

    Honest people
    Special thanks to the gentleman who saw my billfold fall from my moving vehicle and retrieved it. They stopped me at the next red light and returned it. Thank God for honest people. God bless you.

    Ticket paid off

  • Council will meet to talk about filling vacancy

    Galax City Council will use its Dec. 22 meeting to discuss the appointment of a council member to fill former council member Bill Webb’s unexpired term until the special election.

    The election is pending approval. If legal permission is not granted for the election in November 2015, as council has requested, it must be held in May.

    Webb resigned last month due to health reasons, but his term does not expire until June 30, 2016. Council must appoint someone to fill that term until the regular election in May 2016.

  • Branch Highways hits halfway mark on U.S. 58 project

    HILLSVILLE — Branch Highways has completed approximately half of the U.S. 58 widening project in Carroll, Floyd and Patrick counties.

    “We have finished our third season of construction activity and have made significant progress on the Laurel Fork project,” said Pete Copes, Branch’s general superintendent. “The team met all its construction goals for the year, and we look forward to resuming work in the spring.”

  • Grayson could top state in job creation

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County is likely number one in Virginia in per capita job creation in 2014.

    County Administrator Jonathon Sweet reported on the possibility at the Grayson Board of Supervisors’ Dec. 11 meeting.

    “We’re waiting until the end of the year when the numbers are all tallied to see where Grayson County stacks up in the commonwealth with respect to job creation and overall economic development performance,” Sweet said.

  • Christmas project turns tragedy into triumph

    Three years ago, Katy Dunn suffered the unthinkable when she lost her infant son in a tragic accident. But since then, she and her family have worked together to turn their grief into something beautiful for other families.

    This year, the family’s annual toy and clothing drive, CJ’s Christmas Project, has resulted in more than 1,100 donations from their community. Dunn says that this year’s collection will be distributed to several charities, including the Carroll Christmas Fund.

  • Governor to push new gun restrictions

    RICHMOND — Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Monday introduced a package of proposed gun restrictions, including a renewal of the state’s one-a-month limit on handgun purchases and a requirement that private vendors at gun shows — like the annual Labor Day weekend show in Hillsville — perform background checks.

    McAuliffe also proposed making firearms unavailable to people convicted of domestic violence-related crimes and revoking concealed handgun permits for parents who are behind on child-support payments.