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Today's News

  • APCo rates could fall, then rise

    Appalachian Power Co. is seeking what would amount to a 1.5 percent increase in its electricity rates to cover higher generation and environmental costs.
    In two filings Friday with the State Corporation Commission, the utility proposed updating rate adjustment clauses that cover certain costs, such as generation and environmental expenses, for a specific time period.
    If approved, the rate increase would take effect early next year.

  • Firearms convictions add to McMillian's sentence

    HILLSVILLE — A Cana man who already had been sentenced to five years in prison tripled that period of incarceration after pleading guilty to additional charges March 21.
    On his third appearance in Carroll County Circuit Court before substitute Judge Robert Turk, Glen Donald McMillian pleaded guilty to three charges on that day.

  • Trial by Fire

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    The room was dark and full of smoke, so seeing was next to impossible.
    The injured firefighter lay helpless underneath the rubble that had fallen from the ceiling during a search of the room.
    All the firefighter could do was scream to the rest of the crew for help. They arrived quickly, and pushed away the fallen debris.
    “Are you alright?” asked one of the firefighter's brothers as the rest gathered around, preparing to carry them out if necessary.

  • Carroll teen wins Ironman Nationals

    ZION CROSSROADS ––    Cherokee Widner of Sylvatus was crowned the 2013 national champion at the Ironman Nationals lifting competition, held at the Best Western Crossroads on March 17.

    The event was sanctioned by the 100% RAW Powerlifting Federation, and the competition took place without any aids other than a weight belt and wrist straps.

  • VHSL adjusts state tournament set-up

    The VHSL has moved its boys’ and girls’ state basketball semifinals out of VCU’s Siegel Center as part of a restructured format beginning with the 2014-15 season.

    The new format – adopted after a poll of the VHSL Executive Committee – calls for the six boys’ and six girls’ championship games to be played at VCU over a three-day period from March 13-15 with four games played on each day.

    Each day’s games will be divided into two-game sessions at VCU.

  • Grayson walks over Cougars

    STUART –– Take away a few shaky moments on defense Grayson County would have chalked up Wednesday’s 9-2 nondistrict win over Patrick County as a stellar effort.

    As it was, the win was still nothing to sneeze at.

    The Blue Devils got a strong effort from starting pitcher Dylan Isom, showed a good eye at the plate and took advantage of its offensive opportunities to notch the seven-run victory over what is traditionally one of the area’s better Group AA programs.

  • Galax girls rally for first win

    Lauren Osborne’s one-out single in the bottom of the eighth drove in Taylor Ashworth with the winning run as Galax edged Chilhowie 6-5 in a nondistrict softball game Thursday at Mountain View Park.

    Galax broke into the win column with its first victory after an 0-3 start.

  • Hillsville shelters Easter crash victims

    HILLSVILLE — About 23 people caught in the massive Easter Sunday wreck on Interstate 77 used the Grover King VFW Post 1115 as a way station on their journey to get their lives back on track.
    Many travelers on the interstate near Fancy Gap had their Easter plans disrupted after the dense fog set in.
    While these adults and children, along with three dogs, were caught up in the crashes, they were also bystanders for much of the day.

  • Multiple fatalities reported in massive I-77 crash

    Fog in Fancy Gap set the stage for the sprawling Easter Sunday wrecks on Interstate 77 that killed three people, injured 30 and involved 96 vehicles, Virginia State Police First Sgt. Mike Musser said. The victims were all from out of state.
    In all, a cadre of state troopers from the Twin Counties and Wythe and Pulaski counties worked 18 accidents that snared 96 vehicles in the incident that began at approximately 1:15 p.m. on March 31.

  • Hillsville plans first Gospel Day event

    HILLSVILLE — Voices will be raised in praise at the first-ever Gospel Day June 1 in Jail House Square in Hillsville, a musical event meant to appeal to locals and visitors alike.
    David Young, Pipers Gap Ward representative on Hillsville Town Council, long wanted to stage a gospel music celebration to go along with the slate of beach bands that play the summer Downtown Celebrations.