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Today's News

  • Flag bill doesn't fly in Va. Senate

    Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND — As it has for more than 150 years, the Civil War divided friends again on Jan. 20, this time in a legislative hearing.

    After a discussion about whether the Sons of Confederate Veterans should be allowed to have a Confederate battle flag on license plates, the state Senate Transportation Committee voted 6-3 to reject the idea.

    SB45, sponsored by 40th District Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson County), would have removed the prohibition of a flag logo on the organization’s special-interest plates.

  • Maroon Tide goes 5-0 at Richlands duals

    RICHLANDS –– Galax claimed five team wins and had two wrestlers finish with 5-0 marks in a six-team dual meet held Jan. 16 at Richlands.

    The Maroon Tide posted wins over Central-Wise (54-15), Honaker (66-6), Richlands (41-30), Patrick Henry-Glade Spring (41-27) and Tazewell (50-24).

  • Galax swims for the cure

    BUCHANAN –– Galax participated in the Swim for the Cure swim meet at James River on Jan. 11, with the Maroon Tide boys finishing first among four teams, the Galax girls placing third and the team placing second in the combined team scores.

    Galax’s boys racked up 97 points to outdistance host James River’s 76. Parry McCluer was third with 34 and Glenvar placed fourth with 17.

    Glenvar edged James River 92-91 in the girls’ standings and Galax placed third with 64.

  • Readers' Hotline 1/27/16

    Closely held
    The Carroll County supervisors need to appoint people other than themselves and their friends to the industrial development authority, public service authority and all the other committees. State law has finally caught up with what they have been doing for years.

    Behind the cost

  • Morgan to be sentenced on fraud charges

    ABINGDON – Robert Donald Morgan III of Hillsville is scheduled for sentencing in federal court in February after pleading guilty to two charges in a bank fraud case.

    Morgan, 43, was arrested in April 2015 after a U.S. Secret Service investigation led to allegations that Morgan stole money from his employer, Andrews Farming Inc. He was the local company’s accountant and bookkeeper.

  • Police make 5 felony arrests

    Staff Report

    Felony arrests reported by the Galax Police Department for January 10-24 included:

    • Ronald Vance Slater, 24, of Galax, arrested on Jan. 12 by Officer A.S. Bobbitt for felony probation violation;

    • Olyvia Christine Fraker, 22, of Raleigh, N.C., arrested on Jan. 13 by officer T.B. Jefferson for possession of controlled substance paraphernalia (misdemeanor) and two counts of felony possession of a schedule I or II controlled substance;

  • Community rallies for 'Mighty Max'

    You might already have seen the T-shirts around town, along with business marquee signs with messages of support.

    You’ve probably seen the logo on Facebook: a cartoon boy’s face, colored green, with a shaggy dark haircut and a tough, determined smile, bearing the hashtag #MightyMax.

    Now meet the kid behind the commotion.

    Max Brown, 4, of Galax, has been mostly healthy in his young life. He’s fond of staying over at his paternal grandmother’s home on Saturday nights with his cousins to play with them, as any kid would.

  • He's four

    Jared Austin Spencer celebrated his fourth birthday get-together with a Monster Jam Grave Digger theme with family on his birthday, Dec. 29. His parents are Brittany Tucker and William (Billy) Spencer.

  • She's seven

    Isabella “Izzie” Jo Marshall turned age 7 on Jan. 6. Her birthday was celebrated with a bug bowling party with friends and family. She is the daughter of Joseph and Chrissy Marshall. She is the big sister to Cassie and Briley Marshall.

    Her grandparents are Randy and Kim Bell and Dennis and Opie Marshall. Her great-grandparents are M.C. and Irene Bell, the late Verna Liddle, O’Neal and O’Needa Terry, and the late Virgil and Patty Marshall.

  • Public record for 1/27/16 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 June 1-19 in the office of Gerald Goad, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville: