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Today's News

  • Taylor directs traffic, sends students in positive direction

    Officer Vickie Taylor received an accolade just in time for Crossing Guard Appreciation Day; she was given one of Virginia’s Most Outstanding Crossing Guard Awards for 2016, one of six such officers to receive the award out of 71 nominations.

    “I love you, but I’ll correct you,” is a motto of sorts for Taylor, a 15-year veteran of the Galax City Police Department and a school resource officer for 13 years.

  • Murder case sent to grand jury

    Copyright 2017, The Wytheville Enterprise

    Reprinted with permission

    SMYTH COUNTY ― A Smyth County judge heard evidence in January against a Wythe County man, charged in the August 2016 hit-and-run slaying of his ex-girlfriend and the malicious wounding of her companion.

    The hit-and-run incident left 35-year-old Heather Michelle Clontz dead and 28-year-old Samuel David Lawson injured.

  • He's two

    Parker Enoch Gregory celebrated his second birthday Jan. 1 with friends and family at his home.

    He is the son of Jimmie and Whitney Gregory of Elk Creek and the grandson of Eddie and Brenda Ward of Independence and Frances and the late John Pierce of Brush Creek.

  • Public record for 2/8/17 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 August in the Grayson County General District Court Office, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Police: double distraction for DUI driver

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – Driving under the influence, attending to a child in a car and talking on a cell phone are all distractions that can cause an accident.

    According to state police, a Wytheville man was doing all three when he flipped his vehicle and closed Interstate 77 for almost an hour last Thursday night near exit 14 in Carroll County.

    State Trooper J.D. Delp said the accident occurred about 9 p.m. on Feb. 2 between mile markers 13 and 14.

  • Population data reveals shifts in Twin Counties

    By SHANNON WATKINS and SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff

    Galax and Carroll County both lost residents in the past six years, while Grayson County is growing, according to recent population data released by the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia.

    Virginia continues to grow at a faster rate than the U.S., increasing by 5.1 percent since 2010 to a total of 8.4 million people. The nation grew by 4.7 percent during that same period.

  • Best in show: Carroll fair earns blue ribbon

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Agricultural Fair took home a blue ribbon of its own in January when it was named the best small fair in the state by the Virginia Association of Fairs.

    The award was given at the association’s conference at the Homestead in Hot Springs.

    “We were very thrilled about it,” said Teresa Sharp, the county’s web developer/farmers’ market operations technician.

  • Parks charged with robbery at local motel

    Staff Reports

    A Galax man is charged with robbery after an incident at a local motel.

    Noah Dequay Parks, 20, of Galax, was arrested on Jan. 27 by Officer Mark Burnett. He was wanted on a felony warrant for a robbery that occurred on Nov. 5, 2016.

  • Readers Hotline 2/6/17

    Two-edged
    I’d like to comment about the women’s march on Washington. In my opinion, a march is alright if it is a peaceful march. But, these women are marching on the first day Donald Trump is in office. You have heard of a two-edged sword. It’s darned if you do, darned if you don’t. I don’t think he could do it, but if Donald Trump could walk on water, they would have something to say about it.

    Hogging spaces

  • More file to run in Carroll elections

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County residents are continuing to announce their candidacy for the Nov. 7 board of supervisors and school board elections.

    Three Republicans have completed their paperwork and filed with the Carroll County Registrar’s Office. The candidates ― Ronnie Collins, Greg Spencer and Phillip R. McCraw ― are seeking the Fancy Gap District board of supervisor’s seat. The current Fancy Gap representative, Phil McCraw, is not seeking re-election because of health reasons.