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Today's News

  • All lanes reopen on I-77 bridge

    HILLSVILLE — The right lane of southbound Interstate 77 in Carroll County at mile marker 14 is now open, after Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews worked last week to repair the bridge over U.S. 58.

    The lane closed Feb. 1 after a structural failure caused traffic accidents. The left lane reopened the next day, but the right lane did not reopen until Feb. 5.

    Both southbound lanes were closed and traffic was diverted around the closure using the exit and entrance ramps of Exit 14.

  • Grayson boys upend Narrows

    NARROWS –– Grayson County picked up its second win in three games Tuesday night, controlling the middle two quarters to defeat Narrows 66-53 in a Mountain Empire District boys’ game.

    The Blue Devils outscored the Green Wave a combined 38-23 in the second and third periods to take a 51-37 lead into the fourth quarter.

    Bailey Hawkins hit three of Grayson’s six 3-pointers and scored a game-high 21 points, and Tyler Lundy provided 18 points.

    Chase Lawson scored 20 points to lead Narrows.

  • State Line wins tourney title

    GREENVILLE, S.C. –– The State Line Rush homeschool girls’ basketball team went 3-0 last week to claim the championship of the Bob Jones University Invitational, held on the BJU campus in Greenville.

    Facing Wood County Christian of Williamstown, W.Va. in the title game on Friday, freshman Audrey Clark came up huge with 27 points, including sinking 10-of-15 free throws, to lead the Rush to a 58-47 win.

  • Wrestlers prep for postseason

    INDEPENDENCE –– Galax went 2-0 and Grayson County split its two matches in a three-team wrestling match Wednesday at Grayson County as the high school season quickly approaches tournament time.

    The Blue Devils and Maroon Tide opened the evening, with Galax taking a 52-24 win. Grayson County claimed four of the six matches that were contested as Benji Pickney (103 pounds), Tanner Jackson (132), Ethan Jackson (138) and Will Lawrence (152) all recorded pins.

  • Maroon Tide sweeps Bears

    Galax’s girls’ basketball team had scored 20 and 22 points in its most recent two games, both of them losses. Tuesday, the Maroon Tide got that part of the problem straightened out before halftime.

    Galax jumped out to a 26-12 lead by intermission and cruised to a 43-27 win the first of two easy takes by Tide teams in a Mountain Empire District quad with Bland County.

    The Galax boys followed suit in the nightcap, similarly breaking away to a 31-12 halftime lead en route to their 48-27 cakewalk.

  • Duncan enters plea in shooting

    HILLSVILLE – Christopher Lee Duncan, who was slated for a jury trial later this month, has entered a guilty plea to a 2014 shooting and has been sentenced.

    Duncan, 39, of Cana, was arrested on Dec. 1, 2014, after the shooting of Marty Lee Hiatt. According to police reports, authorities responded to the intersection of Wards Gap and Old Dominion roads in Carroll County, where Hiatt had been shot in the abdomen while in a vehicle with his family. Hiatt’s wife, Liza Clair Hiatt, and one child were not injured. Hiatt identified Duncan as the shooter.

  • Police: murder suspect familiar with area

    Staff Reports

    A Virginia Tech freshman from Maryland charged with the abduction and first-degree murder of a Blacksburg teen, whose body was found near Galax, was familiar with the Twin County area, police say.

    According to information released on Tuesday, suspect David Eisenhauer has family in Galax and Grayson County who own land near the North Carolina border, which police said could explain his familiarity with the area where 13-year-old Nicole Lovell’s body was found on Jan. 30.

  • General Assembly considers hunting bills

    Landmark News Service

    The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries lists 23 bills that have been introduced to the 2016 General Assembly.

    They range from free fishing days to the sale of animal parts to incentives for hunter education.

    Arguably, the most important bill was introduced by Del. C. Matthew Fariss and deals with what some landowners in the state see as a growing problem – the release of hunting hounds onto property where the owners don’t want them.

  • Galax man charged in factory vandalism

    Corey Dean Hodges of Galax has been arrested and charged with acts of vandalization at Vaughan-Bassett Furniture that caused an estimated $100,000 in damage and shut the plant down for a day, according to Galax Police Chief Rick Clark.

    Clark said that Hodges, 27, was arrested Wednesday evening and charged with burglary with intent to commit a felony and felony destruction of property.

    There was no word at press time Wednesday night if there was anyone else involved in the incident, or what Hodges’ motive was in the alleged crime.

  • Vaughan-Bassett closes after tanks vandalized

    Vandalism on Tuesday night at Vaughan-Bassett Furniture in Galax led to a temporary closure, according to a statement released by company president Doug Bassett.

    Galax Police Capt. James Cox said that “several officers are following up on leads,” but declined to comment further.

    Cox estimated damages were around $100,000.