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Today's News

  • Rivals in Senate race divided on how to fix economy

    Just as in the presidential campaign, how to shore up a shaky economy and put the nation’s fiscal house in order occupies center stage in Virginia’s hard-fought U.S. Senate race.
    Republican George Allen and Democrat Tim Kaine have put forth sharply divergent plans for fixing America’s economic woes.
    And perhaps just as relevant for voters who will choose between them on Nov. 6, both candidates have records — Kaine as governor, Allen as governor and senator — that yield clues about how they would approach fiscal issues.

  • Carroll home lost to fire

    HILLSVILLE — Talissa Huff could only save herself and her three dogs after her house caught fire Tuesday afternoon.
    Her rental home at 2620 Birch Tree Road went up in flames at about 4:48 p.m., when she tried to stoke a fire she had going in a stove in the basement.
    “I lost everything,” she said, while volunteer firefighters from the Hillsville and Galax fire departments continued to pour water on the house.
    Huff even tried to go back inside and save her children’s baby pictures.

  • Grayson takes MED championships

    HILLSVILLE –– Grayson County earned a title sweep while all six area cross country teams advanced to region competition during Mountain Empire and Southwest District cross country championships last week.

    In the MED meet at the Southwestern Virginia Training Center, Grayson County held off Galax by eight points to win the boys’ championship while the Blue Devils nipped Galax by three points to take home the girls’ crown.

  • Cavaliers back atop SWD

    WYTHEVILLE –– It has long been the hope of Cindy Edwards to see Southwest District volleyball reach the competitive level of the River Ridge District. It’s an aspiration strong enough to warrant cooperation between SWD coaches to strive toward that end.

    Whether the River Ridge is ever caught up to remains to be seen, but it sure has made the SWD a lot more interesting.

  • Jones, Nelson wed

    Tiffany Janise Jones and Kriston Drew Nelson were united in marriage May 19 at Powder Mill Pond in Elk Creek in an afternoon Hawaiian-themed ceremony with family and friends.
    The Rev. Bobby Lorton of Radford officiated the double-ring ceremony.
    The bride is the daughter of Jimmy and Michele Jones of Independence. She is the granddaughter of Virginia Ruth Sutherland of Fries and the late Claiborne Sutherland and the late Henry and Janie Jones.

  • Public record for 10/31/12 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 information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded July 17-27 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Hillsville man killed in Wythe County crash

    WYTHEVILLE — A 56-year-old Hillsville man was pronounced dead at the scene of a Tuesday accident involving a tractor-trailer on Interstate 77 in Wythe County.

    A Virginia State Police report identified the victim as John Schrader.

    Schrader, driving a 2012 Chevy Sonic, had been driving south on I-77 at the 44 mile marker at about 6:49 p.m.

  • Newcomer, freshman fighting for 9th District seat

    The race to represent the sprawling 9th Congressional District pits a freshman incumbent who’s made a brief career of speaking out in opposition to federal regulations on coal against a challenger who favors a “bottom-up” economy built on consumption of locally produced goods.
    First-time candidate Democrat Anthony Flaccavento of Abingdon is challenging Republican Morgan Griffith of Salem for the seat.

  • Training center residents learn skills for future

    HILLSVILLE — Even as Virginia’s philosophy of caring for individuals with intellectual disabilities changes, the Southwestern Virginia Training Center will launch a new community outreach effort at 514 W. Stuart Drive.
    Since the training center opened, Parke Quesenberry has seen the trend move away from facility-based care to more community-based services.

  • Company helps wounded veterans, first responders

    Vaughan-Bassett in Galax is donating furniture to an organization that builds houses for wounded military veterans, firefighters and first responders.