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Today's News

  • Creek project kept Galax above water

    An August 1940 flood swept in improvements to Chestnut Creek in Galax that continue to keep residential and industrial areas, and even portions of downtown, dry today.
    It took until the 1950s for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to “straighten the creek,” but an inspection in 2011 shows that the project still works to minimize flooding in the city.
    Engineer Randy Campbell from Huntington, W.Va., in 2011 inspected the project that the corps built to see how it was holding up.

  • Bomb threat determined to be hoax

    INDEPENDENCE ― A bomb threat at Grayson County High School on Feb. 12 turned out to be a hoax.

    Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan said he received a call around noon that day from Grayson school administrator Steve Cornett in reference to a bomb threat found written on a bathroom wall at GCHS.

  • Suspect charged with malicious wounding

    HILLSVILLE — A man has been charged with malicious wounding after a fist fight broke out at Larrowe Apartments on Farmers Market Road late Wednesday afternoon, according to Sheriff J.B. Gardner.
    Carroll County Sheriff Department deputies responded to the scene after a report came in at about 4 p.m. that a man was bloody and unresponsive on the floor of one of the apartments.
    Deputy Barry Lineberry charged Harley D. Phillips with malicious wounding, the sheriff  said.

  • Wildwood prospect still pending

    Twin County economic developers may know definitive answers by May or June about whether a major business prospect will locate at Wildwood Commerce Park.
    The Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority (BRCEDA) last year asked the Virginia Tobacco Commission for financial assistance in getting the park off Interstate 77 in Carroll County ready for a business potentially interested in the site.

  • Search turns up blood trail, other evidence in homicide case

    HILLSVILLE — A suspect in a Feb. 8 shooting death might have moved the body, but search warrants show that Carroll County law enforcement found a lot of evidence left behind during their investigation of the crime scene.
    Jesse James Owens, 30, of Woodlawn stands accused of first-degree murder and related charges in the death of 45-year-old Delphie Jane Willey.

  • Suspect arrested, stolen items recovered

    INDEPENDENCE — An Independence man is charged in connection with a break-in and theft of several items from a Troutdale home.
    Grayson County Sheriff’s Department reports that, on Jan. 25, Brandon McClure of 1967 Honey Grove Road in Troutdale reported a residential break-in. McClure reported that several firearms, ammunition, collector knives and an underwater digital camera were stolen.

  • Urban archery program on target for Galax

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    To curb the growing problem of deer overpopulation in Galax, city council approved an urban archery program on Feb. 12.
    The proposal was brought to council by City Manager Keith Barker. He explained that the program, offered through the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, would allow bow hunting in the city. “This is a practice that has never been allowed in this area before,” he said.

  • Humane Society wants city to create position to get animals adopted

    By SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

    Twin County Humane Society wants to hire a liaison between the volunteer group and the city to help advertise animals in the shelter seeking a forever home to the community.
    Lauren Self recently presented Galax City Council with a letter written on behalf of the local Humane Society, petitioning for the position.

  • House approves concealed handgun secrecy

    UPDATED 2/14/13:

  • Wedding planner takes on tough tasks

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    It all starts with one question and one answer:
    “Will you marry me?”
    “Yes.”
    Many brides agree that this is one of the easiest decisions they will ever make. However, this decision is quickly followed by several other questions that aren’t as easy to answer.
    Where the wedding will take place?
    Who will provide the food?
    What flowers should be bought?