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Today's News

  • Fluoride debate continues

    Due to new developments, the Virginia-Carolina Water Authority directed its engineer to look at ways to provide fluoridated water to Independence and Grayson County and unfluoridated to Sparta and Alleghany County in North Carolina.
    Authority chairman Bryan Edwards, who is also Sparta’s town manager, said Sparta Town Council had voted not to purchase fluoridated water from the authority.
    The Alleghany County Board of Commissioners also voted last month not to buy fluoridated water.

  • Wildwood could get $3.8 million

    HILLSVILLE —  Work at Wildwood may gain momentum with a request for a grant before the Virginia Tobacco Commission receiving support in two preliminary reviews.
    Ken McFadyen of the Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority appeared before the county board at its regular December meeting, giving updates on economic development efforts. He noted that a sizable grant now for site development has the backing both of the tobacco commission staff and the Special Projects Commission.

  • Christmas at the Chesterfield Hotel

    When local Brandon Farmer was approached to write an original Christmas play for his church, he wanted to create something that would show the realities of the season.
    “Christmas at The Chesterfield Hotel,” which is to be performed at Galax Pentecostal Holiness Church on Saturday and Sunday at 6 p.m., is not a typical church play, but it brings to light some messages from the Bible, said Farmer.

  • Trojans claim Galax tourney

    Galax had two runner-up finishes and Grayson County produced one champion Saturday at the Galax Mountain Madness wrestling tournament at Galax High School.

    Alleghany, N.C. advanced five to the championship finals and won three weight classes to win the overall championship in the 13-team event, racking up 169.5 total points. Pulaski County was second overall with 163, followed in the top five by Shady Springs, W.Va. (159.5), Butler, N.C. (158) and Galax (133).

  • Weather coats roads, closes offices

    Sgt. S.E. Lowe of the Virginia State Police shared this information on the condition of the roads in Southwest Virginia:

  • Guardian to add 40 jobs

    Guardian Industries will invest $2.1 million to expand operations at its Consolidated Glass & Mirror facility in the Galax, which will create 40 new jobs through its new solar energy product line, announced Gov. Bob McDonnell on Wednesday.
    The Galax plant currently provides 234 jobs. Equipment is expected to be installed by spring, and new workers will be in place by next August.
    Greg Adkins, human resource manager for the plant, said the Galax facility competed with plants in Iowa and California to bring in the new product line.

  • Thompson to serve 16 years for meth conspiracy

    ROANOKE — A Hillsville man will serve 16 years in federal prison for his part in a drug conspiracy.
    Bobby Dwayne Thompson heard his sentence in federal district court in Roanoke on Dec. 9.

  • Carroll grand jury issues indictments

    HILLSVILLE — One new charge has been placed against 21-year-old David Levelle Richardson of Galax, who is accused in the first-degree murder of a 27-year-old Hillsville man May 18.
    Richardson already faced charges of first-degree murder of Bryon Jordan Wilson, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm as a convicted felon and discharging a firearm in an occupied dwelling.

  • Hammer pleads guilty to another murder

    Convicted killer Frederick P. Hammer was in Ashe County Superior Court on Dec. 7, where he pleaded guilty to the shooting death of his nephew, Jimmy Blevins.
    Hammer, who is already serving seven life sentences without parole for the 2008 shooting deaths of three men in Grayson County, was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the Blevins murder.

  • Grayson to state: Prison needs to open