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Today's News

  • United Way needs our help

    GUEST EDITORIAL

    Twin County United Way needs the community's help.
    Since 1957, through the community's generosity, TCUW has provided millions of dollars to dozens of Twin County non‑profit organizations.
    Now we, like many we serve, have fallen on hard times. Without a substantial increase in donations, our long‑term existence is doubtful.
    Last year, TCUW fell more than 50 percent short of its $215,000 campaign goal. We had to cut by 25 percent contributions to the 26 agencies we serve, dipping into reserves to do so.

  • 'Great Race' making stop in Galax

    The Great Race, America’s premiere national old car rally, is coming to Galax on June 12, and is expected to bring up to 100 antique automobiles to the Old Cranks car museum downtown for a lunch stop.

    The event starts in Chattanooga, Tenn., and finishes in Bennington, Vt. It is free to the public and will be just part of the day’s activities.
    Additional details will follow in the coming months and could include a local car show. The City of Galax Visitor’s Center and Tom Littrell at Old Cranks are helping with the plans.

  • Armstrong: end state's dependence on foreign oil

    RICHMOND — Virginia should eliminate use of foreign oil in state government-owned vehicles, says House Bill 2113.
    In another sign the search for alternative fuels continues to gain momentum, Del. Ward Armstrong (D-Henry County) introduced two bills with different paths to wean both the state's fleet and private trucks off imported oil.
    The second bill, numbered 2109, would direct the state to provide a tax credit of up to $3,500 for trucks to be converted to using natural gas as fuel.

  • Eyes on the road

     

  • Deer dropping onto highway

    HILLSVILLE — Deer jumping over the side of the Howlett Street bridge, possibly fleeing from traffic, have been plummeting to their death right onto the U.S. 58 bypass below, according to Hillsville Police Chief Steve Williams.
    The 60-foot fall is fatal to the deer, and Williams also worries what could happen to the people in vehicles that happen to be below Howlett Street.
    "I believe this makes a total of eight deer that have jumped to their death from that bridge," he said in his written report to Hillsville Town Council last Monday.

  • Woman charged with vehicle break-ins

    A Galax woman has been arrested and charged with breaking and entering of several vehicles in the Fairview community.
    Sheriff Richard Vaughan said Samantha Cox, 22, of Wisteria Lane, was arrested Jan. 11 after the sheriff's department received several reports of damaged vehicles after the alleged attempted theft of vehicles in the Fairview area.
    Fairview Baptist Church reported $1,000 damage to two Dodge vans after ignition switches were damaged.

  • Red Cross: blood supply running low

    Three blood collection drives are planned in the Twin Counties during February, as the American Red Cross experiences mounting effects of severe winter weather that caused the lowest January blood supply in a decade.
    Severe weather throughout much of the eastern half of the U.S. has caused cancellation of more than 14,000 blood and platelet donations through the American Red Cross, including more than 600 in the Appalachian region.

  • School system to sell three tracts

    HILLSVILLE — Educators have the go-ahead from the Carroll supervisors to sell surplus land and put the proceeds toward school construction.
    The Carroll School Board last September voted to accept sealed bids on property amounting to a little less than four acres behind the former Hillsville Elementary School on Oak Street.

  • House panel puts brakes on highway safety bills

    RICHMOND — It appears Virginia drivers are unlikely to face new restrictions this year on their behavior behind the wheel.
    A batch of highway safety bills — dealing with seat belts, cell phones, open alcohol containers, texting, and smoking with children present — were rejected Thursday by a House subcommittee, meaning they are unlikely to advance in this year's General Assembly.

  • Cavalier boys, girls drill Marion

     HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County jumped all over Marion in the first half and cruised to an easy 94-52 win in a Southwest District boys' game Tuesday night.

    Carroll County maintained its No. 2 spot in the SWD standings by bolting to a 30-25 lead after eight minutes. The Cavaliers didn't let up in the second and went into the half with a 57-30 lead.

    Wes Smoot led four Cavaliers in double figures with 16 points while Mac Martin scored 15 to go with 11 rebounds. Smoot and Martin teamed for 14 of the Cavaliers' 30 first-quarter points.