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Today's News

  • Confederate monuments will remain standing

    In the wake of the Charlottesville clash between white supremacists and anti-fascists in August, the removal, forcible or civic, of Confederate statues from many cities around the South has continued to make the news.

    There are two Confederate monuments honoring Civil War veterans in the Twin Counties, in Hillsville and Independence. Both feature generic soldiers of the era, not specific generals or historical figures.

  • New initiative will offer used items for free

    INDEPENDENCE ― Grayson LandCare has signed a one-year lease for the former Briarpatch Metalworks building on N. Independence Avenue, where the organization will soon offer a new community resource: the Free Market.

    Kathy Cole, Grayson LandCare president, announced the new project during the Grayson Board of Supervisors’ August meeting.

  • Davises to celebrate 50th anniversary Sept 3

    The children of James and Jeanie Davis request the attendance of family and friends on Sept. 3 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Independence First United Methodist Church to honor and celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.

    They were married on Sept. 1, 1967. The couple requests no gifts. Information: 233-9796.

  • Public record for 8/30/17 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 additional information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in March in the Carroll County General District Court, Hillsville. Sentences may be suspended:

  • Readers Hotline 8/30/17

    Be decisive
    I am calling in response to the person that said the Elk Creek District needed a superhero to run for school board. We don’t need a superhero. We just need somebody with common sense that knows how to run something. Mr. Weatherman, our school board member now, is so under the thumb of all these committees such as concerned citizens and everything… We need someone who can make a decision for the kids and for the betterment of the school.

    Generosity in Galax

  • Machete attack charge reduced to misdemeanor

    Staff Report

    Santos Hernandez, 22, charged with felony aggravated assault in a July incident involving a machete, appeared in Galax General District Court on the morning of Aug. 21.

    Hernandez was there to answer to charges of misdemeanor public intoxication and swearing, two counts of misdemeanor obtaining documents to make false statements (false ID) and misdemeanor attempted malicious wounding. The attempted malicious wounding was a felony, but was later reduced to the misdemeanor charge.

  • Old Crow Medicine Show a musical remedy for the soul

    By the time Old Crow Medicine Show takes the stage of the Blue Ridge Music Center on this Sunday evening, the crowd has already been treated to a couple hours of tunes, from the soulful acoustic blues of Amythyst Kiah to the country-folk-pop fusion of Mipso.

    But when the Crows finally perch behind their instruments and lead vocalist Ketch Secor launches into “Tell It To Me,” the crowd of more than 2,700 on the amphitheater’s hillside is electrified.

    These guys are rock stars, no matter what kind of music they play.

  • VDOT warns of heavy flea market traffic

    HILLSVILLE — Travelers heading to the annual Hillsville Flea Market and Gun Show during Labor Day weekend should be prepared for considerable traffic delays.

    The town’s popular annual event will be held Sept. 1-4. People not attending the show are encouraged to avoid the area altogether.

  • Cavaliers win 3-0 to go 3-0

    STUART –– Carroll County volleyball coach Cindy Edwards wasn’t expecting a 3-0 start to her team’s season, but she wasn’t not expecting it, either.

    “I thought we were capable,” Edwards said after the Cavaliers swept Patrick County 25-19, 25-15, 25-17 in a nondistrict match Monday.

    The brutal rigors of having played in one of the strongest volleyball districts in the state, coupled with a lot of plain old elbow grease, have boosted Carroll County out of the starting blocks.

  • Tractor-trailer, two vehicles crash in Galax

    Staff Reports

    A wreck on East Stuart Drive near Taylorwood Drive in Galax at 10 p.m. on Saturday left two people with minor injuries, caused power outages and left traffic at least partly blocked by an overturned tractor-trailer through 1 p.m. on Sunday, according to a report issued by the Galax Police Department.