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Today's News

  • Man charged with defrauding coyote bounty program

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — A Galax man has been charged for allegedly collecting bounty money on coyotes killed outside Grayson County.

    According to Grayson General District Court records, James Edward Lawrence, 32, was charged by Game Warden Jason Harris with fraud (obtaining money by false pretense in excess of $200).

    For the past several months, the Grayson Board of Supervisors has been operating a bounty program for coyotes. According to county records, 238 coyotes have been turned in for the $40 bounty.

  • Caviness held for abduction, assault

    HILLSVILLE — A Hillsville man faces charges of abduction, domestic assault and brandishing a firearm after allegedly trapping his wife inside their house during a domestic dispute.

  • Clearing up the First Amendment

    There is often confusion about what the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution actually protects.

    Among other protections, it prohibits the government from making laws that infringe on freedom of speech or freedom of the press. The government can’t tell you what to say or not say, nor can it tell a newspaper what to publish.

    However, this does not apply to a private company or group, nor to an online forum or a reader comments section. It only applies if the government is doing the prohibiting.

  • Crash on Country Club leaves one fatality

    According to a press release issued by the Galax Police Department, at 1:20 p.m. on Saturday, April 4, Galax police were called to a motor vehicle crash on Country Club Lane, south of Woodland Avenue.

  • Historical society receives donations for Allen house

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Historical Society and supporters of the Sidna Allen House met at the historic Carroll County Courthouse on Wednesday to announce donations totaling $14,000 for a fund dedicated to the preservation of the landmark home.

    During the event, society members and donors discussed the status and future plans for the Sidna Allen home, located on U.S. 52 south of Hillsville.

  • Grayson gets unit for drug disposal

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — If you need to dispose of expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs or other medications, Grayson County officials encourage you to use a special collection bin installed last week in the main front lobby area of the sheriff’s office.

    The steel drop box is one of 1,000 being awarded to police departments around the country through a joint program of CVS/pharmacy and The Partnership at Drugfree.org.

  • VDOT adds cameras on dangerous I-77 section

    The Virginia Department of Transportation has added 15 new traffic cameras on Interstate 77 to its 511Virginia.org travel information system and will add nine more in coming months.

    The cameras’ views can be seen online at the 511Virginia.org website, which provides live information about road conditions and traffic congestion.

    The cameras’ locations on I-77 are between the North Carolina state line and mile marker 14 in Carroll County.

  • Stanley to seek re-election

    FRANKLIN COUNTY — Sen. William M. “Bill” Stanley Jr. (R-20th District), Virginia Senate majority whip, announced on March 27 that he is seeking reelection.

    Having filed more than twice the number of signatures required to qualify for the ballot under Virginia law, Stanley has already secured the Republican nomination. His name will appear on the ballot as the Republican nominee in the Nov. 3 general election.

    Stanley represents the City of Galax and portions of Carroll County.

  • Virginia fall turkey harvest drops off by 44 percent

    This is the third of three in a series reviewing 2014 big game hunting results.

     

    RICHMOND –– As with Virginia’s deer season, turkey harvests reflected a decline from the previous year as the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) released its harvest numbers for the fall/winter hunting season.

  • Tide makes most of two hits in 4-3 win over Cavs

    Carroll County made a gallant seventh inning rally last Monday but fell short by one run in a 4-3 nondistrict loss to the Galax Maroon Tide in Felts Park.