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Today's News

  • Family holding benefit for 8-month-old burn victim

    A Grayson County infant is being treated for third-degree burns, and his family is looking for help paying bills and covering expenses as they stay by his side at a hospital in Ohio.
    Jayden McCraw, eight months old, has burns that cover his body from his chest to his knees, according to his aunt, Elena Smith of Galax.

  • Prison in deep freeze

    INDEPENDENCE — As John Garman walks the hallways and cellblocks of Virginia's newest prison, he is met at every turn by eerie silence.
    Prisons are noisy places, and by now this sprawling, 1,024-bed complex should be a cacophony of buzzing electronic gates, metal clanking on metal, and hundreds of voices raised above the din.

  • AmerLink, Carroll closer to settlement

    WILSON, N.C. — Negotiations between Carroll County and AmerLink's bankruptcy trustee are wrapping up with the parties sending the final piece of the settlement to the court for approval.
    Just before Christmas, attorneys filed a motion in federal court to approve the settlement between Pro-Form Construction, AmerLink and Carroll for the 32 acres of land that acted as an incentive in the economic development deal for the log homes company to create 200 jobs.

  • Broccoli could be cash crop

    HILLSVILLE — Already fertile ground for about 150 acres of broccoli, local farmers will participate in an effort to grow a heat tolerant variety that will supply the vegetable to the East Coast.

    Virginia Cooperative Extension Agent Wythe Morris will work with a team of researchers headed by Cornell University to ramp up production here, instead of transporting about 90 percent of broccoli that ends up in stores across the country.

  • Gambill sentenced on firearms charge

    ABINGDON — A 42-year-old Galax man will serve more than six years in federal prison on a gun charge.
    Joe Jackson Gambill was indicted by a federal grand jury in April 2010 for possession of a firearm as a convicted felon.
    The charge arose from a traffic stop and sobriety check in August 2009.
    Gambill was found guilty by a jury in U.S. District Court in Abingdon in August 2010, and he was sentenced Dec. 28, 2010, to serve 78 months in prison at a facility in Beckley, W.Va.

  • Christmas wreck leads police to stolen property

    If you break into a church — on Christmas, of all days — expect things to not go your way.
    That appears to be the case for two people arrested Dec. 25 in Grayson County, after their car wrecked in the snow while leaving the church and police discovered stolen property inside.

    According to Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan, deputies responded to an automobile accident on Snow Hill Road in Fairview, but when they arrived, the driver and a passenger had fled on foot.

  • I-77 safety an ongoing effort

    SALEM — The foggy and windy stretch of Interstate 77 in Carroll County requires vigilance — not only from speeding drivers, but from the state and local officials that oversee its safety.
    Virginia Department of Transportation officials have taken a long, hard look at the accident-prone highway and put into place numerous safety improvements over the years, starting with a weather station in the mid-1990s.

    As severe and sometimes fatal pileups continue to occur during poor weather conditions on Interstate 77, VDOT is not standing still.

  • 2010 EDITORIAL AWARDS

    As we look back on 2010, two long-standing disasters remain poised on the threshold of being resolved.
    Jobs — at least some — appear to be returning to the Twin Counties, and Carroll County appears to be getting along with Hillsville.
    It boggles the mind.
    As everything is now hunky dory between Hillsville and Carroll County, a state commission is expected to approve the town boundary adjustment and water and sewer billing settlement.

  • He's two

    Braeden Ford Whitaker celebrated his second birthday Aug. 19, 2010, with family and friends with a Thomas the Tank Engine party at Felts Park.

    He is the son of Billy and Jessica Whitaker of Galax. His maternal grandparents are Henry and Joyce Ford of Galax and paternal grandparents are Charles and Kim Irwin of Sparta, N.C.

  • Turns 94

    Rita Bunn of Fancy Gap had her 94th birthday on Dec. 9.
    She celebrated at a meal at Flossies in Galax with her son, Joe Bunn; daughter, Joyce Bunn, and daughter-in-law, Ruth Bunn. Later she was serenaded in her living room by bluegrass band Jenny Leigh and the Boys (Jennifer Bunn, Harold Vass, Aaron Vass, and John Edmonds).