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Today's News

  • State police field 801 calls during snowstorm

    RICHMOND - Since midnight Tuesday, Virginia State Police troopers and dispatchers statewide have fielded 801 calls for service statewide.

    During the period statewide, Virginia troopers responded to 238 traffic crashes and 191 disabled vehicles. The majority of the crashes involved damaged vehicles only. There have no reported traffic fatalities.

    Between midnight and 8 a.m. on Tuesday, the VSP Division IV office in Wytheville — which covers Galax, Carroll and Grayson — answered 78 total calls for service, including 15 crashes and 33 disabled vehicles.

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  • Staples, Frazier to marry

    Morris and Dreama Staples of Hillsville announced the engagement of their daughter, Elaina Staples, to Matthew Frazier.

    He is the son of Tony and Sherry Frazier of Galax.
    A June wedding is planned.

  • Nelson, Rippey exchange vows

    Ashley Nicole Nelson and William Matthew Rippey were united in marriage Sept. 13, 2014, at Cliffview Church of God in Galax.
    Pastor Ron Hill presented a welcome and prayer. The Rev. D.G. Fox, former pastor of the bride, officiated.

    The bride is the daughter of Harold and Judy Nelson of Galax and the granddaughter of Porter and Bonnie Noblett, Mary Nelson and the late Billy Nelson, all of Independence.

  • Quesinberry, Petke to marry

    Thomas and Jamee Quesinberry announced the engagement of their daughter, Ashleymarie Quesinberry of Hillsville, to Harold Petke of Massena, N.Y.

  • Public record for 2/25/15 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 Aug. 18-28 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville.
    Verlin Gallimore and Teresa Gallimore to Teresa Gallimore. A tract in the City of Galax. Gift.

  • S.C. man charged with car theft, break-in

    HILLSVILLE — A South Carolina man was arrested Feb. 21 after local authorities responded two related incidents, involving the theft of a vehicle from one residence and the breaking and entering of another home that same day.

    Police said the man allegedly stole a car the owner left running in his driveway, then broke into a house and was found in the bathroom dyeing his hair.

  • Grayson's finances get A+ in audit

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County’s annual audit revealed a continued upward trend of stability for a county once on the brink of a major financial crisis.

    The turnaround hasn’t been easy – and tax rates once the lowest in the state are now more on par with other localities – but through tight spending and adjusted tax rates, the county now has a healthy fund balance in place.

    Deanna Cox and Scott Wickham of Robinson, Farmer, Cox Associates provided the annual audit report to county supervisors during their regular meeting this month.

  • Visual journals a medium for art, reflection

    Journal Fodder Junkies came to Chestnut Creek School of the Arts last weekend, providing visual journal enthusiasts with lots of ideas and hands-on experience in two day-long workshops.

    “Journal Fodder Junkies is just myself and David [David R. Modler],” said Eric Scott, JFJ’s other co-founder. “Dave got me into visual journals, and we’ve been doing it for the last 17 years now.”

  • Fire leaves Hillsville man homeless

    HILLSVILLE — A fire in Hillsville left a resident homeless early Sunday morning.

    Galax Fire Department responded at 1:59 a.m. to assist the Hillsville Volunteer Fire Department at 1570 Old Galax Pike, a cinderblock house with additions built on.

    According to Hillsville Unit 1 Chief Donnie Spangler, a neighbor reported the fire. The resident took refuge in his car.

    “We don’t really know how it started,” said Spangler. “Everybody was out.”