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Today's News

  • Amercans' top job: bring country together again

    The well-worn conventional wisdom in America right now goes something like this: We’ve never been this politically divided.

    Nihilists and pundits will tell us that we’re so set in our rightish or leftish ways that Congress’s dysfunction is a result of the people’s philosophical rigidity. It’s a neat way of blaming citizens for the faults of their leaders.

    It’s all nonsense, of course.

  • Cotton catches fire at Magnolia

    HILLSVILLE – Emergency crews responded to a fire at Magnolia in Hillsville on Friday morning. The fire resulted in minimal damage and did close a portion of the textile plant for some time.

    According to 1st Lt. Andy Utt with the Hillsville Volunteer Fire Department, crews were notified at 10:50 a.m. of a fire at 1 Advanced Technology Drive in Hillsville. Once on the scene, crews saw heavy smoke coming from a bay door on the side of the building.

  • Tide batters Burton

    Number 8 seeds need things like turnovers, home run balls and muffed punts to pull off massive upsets. Number 1 seeds need things that made them No. 1 seeds in the first place to avoid such stunners.

  • Cana brush fire results in fatality

    UPDATED 5:30 P.M.

    CANA – A woman is dead following a brush fire in Carroll County on Friday.

    According to Carroll Sheriff J.B. Gardner, there was a fire reported on Meadowbrook Road in Cana that resulted in the death of one person.

    Deputy Brant Bottomley with the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office identified the woman as 92-year-old Anna May Thomas.

  • Gravestone missing for nearly 100 years returned

    INDEPENDENCE — A gravestone will be returned to its rightful home in a Troutdale cemetery, thanks to the work of a good Samaritan and several other helpful resources and supporters of genealogy.

    But: how did a grave marker from the 1870s, from a cemetery in Grayson County — missing since the 1920s — end up in a field in Carroll County in 2016?

  • Charges include drug possession, grand larceny

    Staff Reports

    According to a report issued by the Galax Police Department, arrests last week included drug possession, felony shoplifting and grand larceny.

    Hank Levi Choate, 21, of Galax, was arrested on Nov. 12 by Officer Darrin Alley and charged with two counts of felony possession of Schedule I or II drugs; felony possession of a half an ounce to five pounds of marijuana with intent to sell, give or distribute; and misdemeanor DUI (first offense).

  • Center cultivates agricultural education

    INDEPENDENCE — The outdoor picnic area of Grayson County’s new hub for agricultural development was filled with local government officials, representatives of local agencies and citizens for a lively celebration on Nov. 15.

    The event was held in honor of the county’s recent announcement that the first phase of the Grayson Agricultural and Technical Education (GATE) Center has been completed.

  • Edwards in custody after police standoff

    Staff Reports

    Eric Donald Edwards, 39, of the Laurel community in Carroll County, was captured, arrested and taken into custody without injury to himself or others after a standoff that lasted about an hour on Thursday afternoon.

    Edwards was in a private home at the intersection of Fries Road and Trading Post Road, across from Cliffview Church of God around 2:30 p.m., according to Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner. He was with two residents who were his friends, but did not know about the authorities' search for him.

  • XC teams finish strong at state

    THE PLAINS –– Runners from Galax, Grayson County and Carroll County were among the 1,240 athletes to converge on the Great Meadows state course near Manassas as the Virginia High School League contested its 12 cross country state championships Friday and Saturday.

    Galax had advanced both its boys’ and girls’ teams out of Region 1A West and managed mid-pack finishes for both squads at the state meet, including some top-25 individual performances.

  • Lawrence signs with VMI

    INDEPENDENCE –– A great number of kids who take up wrestling in the ninth grade couldn’t grapple their way out of a district tournament by the time they are juniors. Will Lawrence wrestled his way into a Division I scholarship.