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Today's News

  • Former newspaper carrier pleads guilty

    A former newspaper carrier has pleaded guilty to tampering with a coin-operated newspaper vending machine in Galax.
    Terry Wayne Hale, 49, of Mount Airy, N.C., pleaded guilty June 10 to the tampering charge in Galax Combined Courts.
    Hale was sentenced by a judge to 12 months in jail, which was suspended, according to court records. He was placed on probation for one year.
    The vending machine was owned by the Winston-Salem Journal.

  • Family of four loses home to fire

    CANA ― A Cana family of four lost everything in a house fire Saturday evening off Meadowbrook Road.
    The call for the Cana Fire Department came in about 6:30 p.m. on June 22, saying that two occupants of the home at 46 Vass Lane could still be inside, according to Chief Richard Sowers. A neighbor saw the flames and reported the fire to the authorities.

  • Four injured in Carroll crash

    HILLSVILLE — Four people in a 1977 Jeep that wrecked in the Fowlers Ferry section of Carroll County Sunday morning were listed as injured in the single-vehicle crash, according to a Virginia State Police report.
    The incident occurred when the Jeep, driven Cody Moss, 18, of Elk Creek, was traveling too fast on the gravel road near the intersection of Virginia routes 635 and 739, according to the report by Trooper C.H. Campbell.
    The vehicle went off the road to the right. Trying to correct, the driver sent the Jeep back across the road to the left.

  • Carroll courtroom security tightened

    UPDATED JUNE 27 with comments from a public letter issued by the circuit court judge.

  • Driver charged for DUI in school bus

    HILLSVILLE — A former Carroll County Public Schools substitute driver for summer faces two class 1 misdemeanor charges after allegedly operating a bus while drunk.
    Ricky Lee Phillips, 51, will no longer be a bus driver for Carroll schools after the June 14 incident, when Hillsville Police Department Patrolman Billy Anauo charged him with a first-offense driving of a commercial motor vehicle while intoxicated and reckless driving, according to Carroll court records.

  • Swimmers trying for record-breaking splash

    Dozens of swimmers participated in an attempt at breaking the record for the world’s largest swim lesson on June 18 at the Galax Recreation Center’s indoor pool.
    Beginning at 11 a.m., aquatics coordinator Trace Lumpkin led a class of 32 into the water for their lesson at the same time as other participating instructors in more than 700 locations around the world.
    The current Guinness World Record is held by Team WLSL (USA), which tallied 19,322 participants in 235 locations throughout the world on June 14, 2011.

  • Readers' Hotline 6/24/13

    Government lies
    I don’t know about the rest of you, but I take offense that the government is listening in on phone calls. This is an invasion of privacy. If the setup had been as the government said, then, they would have gotten the Boston bombers before they could hurt people. Our government lies. It’s a good thing their name is not Pinocchio, because we would have to pay for U-Hauls to haul them around in.

  • With winds calmed, a bright future for solar?

    It’s a breath of fresh air knowing that the future does not hold nine more months of discussion on a proposed tall structures ordinance by the Carroll County supervisors.
    That proposal filled the atmosphere with hot air for a long while after it became public knowledge that a wind energy farm was being considered for Stoots Mountain, near the Wythe-Carroll line.
    County officials developed the tall structures ordinance in answer to that alternative energy study.

  • Pursuit comes to 'shocking' conclusion

    HILLSVILLE — A man who allegedly ran from police after a domestic dispute ended up getting tasered by police in a Hickory Hills Shopping Center store on June 18, according to Hillsville Police Department Captain James Alderman.
    Hillsville police officers received a call reporting a domestic on Howlett Street at Westview Terrace Apartments, Alderman said.
    Sgt. Jason Hawks responded. When he arrived on the scene, a suspect named James Berlin Linville, 35, fled on foot towards the shopping center.

  • Money stolen from Peking Palace

    HILLSVILLE — Town police have asked for help from the public in solving a theft from Peking Palace on June 18.
    Hillsville Police Department Investigator Alan Gravley continues to look into the incident at the restaurant at 2664 Old Galax Pike, according to Captain James Alderman.
    “Apparently, the owner or the manager was distracted by individual or individuals and a bank deposit bag with an undisclosed amount of money and a wallet was taken,” Alderman reported. “The wallet was recovered over in Wytheville,” on Peppers Ferry Road.