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Today's News

  • Moped driver injured in wreck

    A Galax woman was charged with reckless driving and defective equipment on Monday afternoon, following a vehicle accident involving personal injury to a moped driver.

  • 9/11 Poem: 'We Will Not Forget You'

    To those we loved and lost on Sept. 11, 2001  
    By Sharon Kaye Dalton, Hillsville

  • Readers' Hotline 9/11/13

    Drawing the brakes
    I was just calling about drawing the brakes in Galax and all the areas around. We have always had to draw our brakes and even on a horse wagon you have to draw brakes. I guess that’s the reason the garages and wreck trucks stay so full and rescue squads — people don’t know how to draw brakes. Just keep it under control the best you can.

    Let God judge

  • Former bus driver dies before DUI hearing

    HILLSVILLE — The 52-year-old Galax man who faced two misdemeanor charges after allegedly driving a school bus while intoxicated has died.
    Ricky Lee Phillips was charged with a first offense of driving a commercial motor vehicle while intoxicated and reckless driving after a traffic stop June 14.
    A citizen following the bus reported to the police that it was being driven erratically before the traffic stop.

  • Taylor's service to town remembered

    HILLSVILLE — Ivan Taylor, the former Hillsville mayor who died Saturday at the age of 81, believed that community participation served as a necessary part of good morale and progress for the town, colleagues say.

  • Supervisors seek funds for 2nd CCHS gym

    HILLSVILLE — Soon after an update on how work on the heating and cooling improvements at Carroll County High School has progressed, county supervisors unanimously approved the concept of seeking funds to add an auxiliary gym to the facility.
    The school that’s seen its population grow to about 1,200 students with the addition of the ninth grade still needs one more addition, Supervisor Bob Martin said during Monday’s county board meeting.

  • Grant will pay for school security upgrades

    INDEPENDENCE — Last week, Gov. Bob McDonnell awarded $6 million in School Security Equipment Grants to improve safety and security for students and teachers in 459 Virginia schools and regional education programs, including Grayson County
    The school division was awarded a $50,536 grant to be used at five schools.
    The grants will pay for security equipment, including video monitoring systems, metal detectors, electronic-access controls, visitor-identification systems and communications systems providing direct links between schools and law enforcement agencies.

  • Mayor hears support, opposition from citizens

    HILLSVILLE — Two citizens took the opportunity at Monday’s town council meeting to speak about the Hillsville mayor’s misdemeanor charge of impersonating a law enforcement officer.
    The citizens who spoke were evenly split in their opinions — one said it is too early to judge Mayor Greg Crowder after he was charged in Bristol by a Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control agent in August, while the other said Crowder should step down for the good of Hillsville.

  • Fender investigated 9/11 Pentagon attack

    Almost everyone remembers what they were doing when the planes hit the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.
    What Southwest Virginia native Doug Fender remembers about that day is how he spent the following weeks immersed in an investigation of the crime scenes, uncovering evidence that tied these tragedies to the terrorists who were responsible.
    Fender is a former special agent and senior special agent bomb technician with the FBI.

  • Halseys celebrate 50th anniversary

    Volney Baptist Church honored its pastor, the Rev. Doug Halsey and his wife Jean, with a surprise lunch in the church’s fellowship hall after morning services July 21.

    The fellowship hall was decorated for the occasion with flowers, candles and balloons. There was a four-tiered cake and family photos. About 80 people attended.
    The couple were presented with a scrapbook covering their 50 years together as well as the years they have been at the church.