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Today's News

  • Carroll County sweeps Falcons

    HILLSVILLE –– With the boys’ basketball teams from Abingdon and Carroll County meeting with combined records of 18-2 Wednesday night, it was a solid bet that at least one of the games in the boys’-girls’ doubleheader would be a competitive one.

    Thank goodness for the girls’ game.

    The Lady Cavaliers were able to hold off a strong Abingdon challenge while the Carroll County boys annihilated the preseason favorite Falcons as the Cavaliers swept the Southwest District openers for both schools.

  • 15 vehicles involved in series of I-77 crashes

    Local rescue squads, fire departments and police aided Cana Volunteer Rescue Squad after a series of accidents on Interstate 77 last Saturday.
    According to a report from the Virginia State Police, a total of 15 vehicles, two of them tractor trailers, were involved in seven separate accidents, said a representative of Cana Volunteer Rescue Squad.
    “From what we could determine, the cause was a tractor trailer that lost control, ran off the roadway and overturned,” said First Sgt. Mike Musser of the Virginia State Police.

  • Trailer fire under investigation

    By SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

    Carroll County authorities are investigating a trailer fire that occurred on Pecan Drive, off of Malibu Drive, early Tuesday morning.
    The fire appeared to have originated on the front porch of an abandoned trailer, according to Investigator Donnie Spangler.

  • Family of 9 loses home to fire

    By SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

    The Galax Fire Department responded to a house fire on Cricket Lane in the Oldtown Community of Grayson County on the afternoon of Dec. 30.
    The home, rented by the immediate and extended family of Andres and Christy Mendoza, was completely destroyed by the fire, according to Galax Fire Chief David Hankley.
    The home was occupied by seven adults, a three-year-old child and a two-week-old infant.

  • New year, new plans for New River Trail

    With visitation to the New River Trail State Park topping the 1 million mark again last year, 2013 could be the year when the 57-mile-long linear facility becomes the most-used park in Virginia.
    That’s not a New Year’s resolution on the part of park manager Sam Sweeney — it’s more of a long-term goal.
    While that milestone might not happen in 2013, the park has a lot of work planned for the next 12 months to prepare for even more public use.

  • Carroll man arrested after deputy smells pot

    HILLSVILLE — A 40-year-old Carroll County man faces drug charges after a deputy smelled the odor of marijuana smoke coming from a Comanche Lane home last Wednesday, according to Sheriff J.B. Gardner.
    Sgt. Bobby Lyons had responded to the home at 94 Comanche Lane to serve a felony arrest warrant on the owner, the sheriff explained in a press release.

  • Halls to celebrate 50th anniversary

    Ted and Geraldine (Dean) Hall of Upperco, Md., will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Christmas Day.
    Not only was Dean born on Christmas Day, but married on Christmas Day.

    Ted, born and raised in Galax, is a 1958 graduate of Galax High School.
    The Halls will renew their vows in a ceremony at Living Hope Baptist Church, Reisterstown, Md.

  • Public record for 01/02/13 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 information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in September in the Galax General District Court Office, Galax. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Training offered for job seekers

    By SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

    Valley On-The-Job Training, a program offered by the New River/Mount Rogers Workforce Investment Board, will help find jobs for people who are capable of working in manufacturing or healthcare, but may lack a skill or two they could learn quickly.
    The program seeks to offer more employment opportunity, while protecting the financial security of potential employers.

  • Tragedy raises issue of guns in schools

    RICHMOND — Gov. Bob McDonnell has issued an executive order to establish a task force to review school and campus safety conditions in response to the Dec. 14 school shooting in Newtown, Conn.
    The governor also has come under some fire for saying he would be open to a discussion about allowing school employees to be armed.
    Meanwhile, Republicans in the state legislature and a Democratic candidate for governor are both calling for more school resource officers, and one U.S. Senator from Virginia is pushing for more gun control laws.