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Today's News

  • Grayson cuffs G-Men

     INDEPENDENCE –– With Graham set to move into the Mountain Empire District next fall, a trip by the G-Men to Grayson County was a good opportunity for the MED to see what it had to look forward to.

    Graham got a pretty good idea of what it might expect, as well.

    Grayson County battled through a late Graham surge and answered with one of its own to knock off the G-Men 77-66 in a nondistrict boys’ game Wednesday.

    It was the season opener for both schools.

  • Officers rescue woman from flood waters

    Two Galax police officers helped to rescue a stranded motorist on Tuesday in rising waters on Creekview Drive, during heavy rains that dumped several inches of water on the area.
    Galax Police Department responded to a call of a woman stranded in her automobile on Creekview Drive at 6:26 a.m.
    Upon their arrival, responding officers observed a vehicle trapped by rising water. Officers Chris Hines and Andrew Burnett entered the flood waters up to their waist in 30-degree temperatures and rescued Lisa Frost of Galax from her vehicle.

  • Duties upheld on imported Chinese furniture

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — A decision by the U.S. International Trade Commission to maintain duties on Chinese furniture imports will help combat China’s unfair trade practices, Virginia’s U.S. Sen. James Webb said this week.
    In testimony submitted to the commission review hearing in October, Webb warned that “dumping” practices are putting Virginia manufacturers on “a knife’s edge” and that failure to counter them could lead to “the point where the furniture industry in Virginia is only history.”

  • Hunter says shooting was no accident

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The victim of a Thanksgiving Day shooting in Gambetta says a man with a rifle targeted him intentionally.
    Larry Lundy, speaking on the phone while recovering at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, told The Gazette he had set up his blind along the power lines to watch for deer passing through the open right of way on Nov. 25.
    Lundy wore blaze orange and his blind was open at the time.
    He watched a pickup go over a hill in the area and out of sight. Later Lundy saw a man walking over the hill.

  • Robber takes presents, leaves cell phone

    An alleged burglar made a bad call by leaving behind a key piece of evidence, according to the Carroll County Sheriff's Department.
    Chase Kiran Altice, 34, of Vinton, has been charged in connection with a daytime break-in at a residence in the Laurel section of the county on Nov. 23.
    Police discovered that a cell phone found inside the home belonged to the accused.
    Carroll Sheriff Warren Manning said Altice's vehicle was spotted in the area at the time of the crime, as well.

  • Two injured in crash on Virginia 89

     

    Two people were injured Wednesday night in a head-on crash on Route 89, about five miles south of Galax.

    A Roberts Evergreens truck and a car were involved in the crash.

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department was called to the scene to extricate a woman from her vehicle.

    Two people were flown to Wake Forest University Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., for treatment of undetermined injuries.

    No other details were available.

  • Park dedicated to educator's memory

    LAMBSBURG — When children in Lambsburg needed a ninth player to have a softball game, educator Frank Hawks would take the field, acquaintances remembered.

    Sometimes, when students had to play inside during inclement weather, Hawks would put mats out in the cafeteria at Mount Bethel school, remove his shoes and do tumbling with the students. Speaker Joey Haynes remembered that being his and others' introduction to gymnastics.

  • Authorities investigate hunter's shooting

    A Thanksgiving day hunting mishap left a Carroll County man with an injured hand and leg.
    Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries officers on Monday continued investigating the Nov. 25, incident that happened on Gambetta Road, says Lt. Rex Hill.
    Authorities say that Larry Lundy, 59, who lives on Gambetta, was sitting in a camouflaged "chair blind" in a field near Woods Path Road about 8:45 a.m.
    Lundy was wearing blaze orange at the time, but that didn't show up outside of the blind.

  • Head-on collision injures 5

    HILLSVILLE — A 36-year-old man who had reportedly taken a large amount of pills Sunday evening allegedly caused a vehicle accident on U.S. 52 that injured five.
    The Carroll County Sheriff's Office received a report from a Hillsville woman who said she had been choked and pushed by Tim Dunford at about 7 p.m., according to information from authorities.
    The caller also reported that Dunford had taken a large amount of Klonopin pills and left the scene in a green truck, according to information from the sheriff's office.

  • Teaching with technology

     

    HILLSVILLE — Despite the name, there's no jeopardy in playing the graphing game in Brittany Blair's math class.
    In fact, students and teachers at Carroll County High School both feel inclined that the game helps chart better knowledge of math.