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Today's News

  • Linville waives hearing in rape case

    Tropical Tanning Salon owner Jimmy Ray Linville, 51, who is charged with rape of a child less than 13 years of age, waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Galax Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court last Friday.
    Linville was arrested March 28 at his business, located at 209 Oldtown St. in Galax, after the Galax Police Department conducted an investigation.

  • Council working to keep training center open

    HILLSVILLE — Thousands of signatures opposing the closure of the Southwestern Virginia Training Center are on their way to Richmond, collected by the Parent Advocacy and Advisory Council (PAAC) throughout the Twin Counties.
    Charlotte Barkley placed the petitions with 5,367 signatures into the hands of Israel O’Quinn, General Assembly delegate representing the 5th District, to take back and share with other state officials.

  • A night of tearful departures in Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE — Amid the continuing turmoil of a changing of the guard in Hillsville government, there were some heartfelt moments as four town leaders served at their final council meeting on Monday night.
    Mayor Bill Tate and Council Member Orba Alderman were defeated in May’s election and their terms end June 30, after 14 years in office.

  • War of words continues in Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE — Mayor-elect Greg Crowder continued to be a “polarizing agent,” in the words of one speaker, as evidenced by comments from citizens at Hillsville Town Council on Monday.
    At council’s June 11 meeting, supporters and opponents of Crowder — and, to a lesser extent, council member-elect David Young — exchanged often volatile words and accusations. Other speakers either backed or condemned Town Manager Larry South and Police Chief Steve Williams.

  • Public record for 6/20/12 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 March in the Galax General District Court Office, Galax. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Public record for 6/27/12 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 April in the Carroll County General District Court Office, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Inspectors can go back to work

    HILLSVILLE — Nehemiah Engineering has the permission of Rural Development to go back to work inspecting the Fancy Gap water and sewer construction projects.
    The Carroll Public Service Authority discussed the issue at a special meeting Monday in which they also approved the budget for fiscal year 2013.
    Rural Development found that Nehemiah had a conflict due to Joshua Hendrick being employed by the firm while also serving as an elected Carroll supervisor, representing the Laurel Fork District.

  • Carroll to name new school chief Wednesday

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County Public Schools will name a new superintendent at a meeting tonight, Wednesday, at 6 p.m.

  • John Vaughan, business and civic leader, passes away

    UPDATED 6/28/12: Furniture executive, former Galax mayor and community leader John B. Vaughan passed away on Monday at age 81.
    Born into the Vaughan Furniture dynasty, John Vaughan served 45 years with the Galax-based company and was involved in all facets of the business.
    Vaughan dedicated his business life to the company his father, Taylor G. Vaughan, founded in 1923, and committed his private life to serving his community, family and church.

  • Train your taste buds at BBQ judging school

    You can go from a casual barbecue fan to a professional judge after taking a one-day course during the Smoke On The Mountain state cook-off in July.
    The Twin County Regional Chamber of Commerce’s eighth annual state championship barbeque contest will feature the judging school on July 19. The contest runs July 20-21 in downtown Galax.