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Today's News

  • Chilhowie no problem for Galax

    Galax pounded the ball on the ground for 345 yards Friday night en route to a 45-19 opening round win over Chilhowie in the Western Section Division I playoffs at home.

    The Maroon Tide (7-4) averaged 8.6 yards per carry despite playing without their top running back Donte Peoples, who suffered a season ending injury the week before.

    Younger brother Steven Peoples carried the load during the first quarter, scoring four of Galax’s first five touchdowns.

  • Grayson grounds Hawks

    INDEPENDENCE –– A new champion will be crowned in Group A Division 2 this year. It may or may not be Grayson County, but the Blue Devils made sure there would be no repeat by Gretna.

    Eighth-seeded Grayson took a commanding 31-7 halftime lead and fought off second half rally by the No. 9 Hawks, holding on for a 44-31 win in the Western Section Division 2 playoffs Friday at Bill Strong Field.

  • Woman charged in death of trooper

    A woman has been charged in the death of a Virginia State Trooper with ties to the Twin Counties.
    State police last Wednesday charged a Hanover County woman in the October death of Trooper Andrew D. Fox.
    Angelica C. Valencia, 27, of Doswell, is charged with one count of reckless driving.
    Police say Valencia was driving the 1992 Jeep Cherokee that struck and killed Fox on the night of Oct. 5, while he was directing traffic outside the Virginia State Fair.

  • Fries men face drug charges after traffic stop

    Two Fries men are charged in connection with a Nov. 2 traffic stop in Galax that led to drug-related charges.
    Police said that drugs were found after Officer Trevor Jefferson pulled over a vehicle operated by Ronnie Aaron Piner.
    Piner was originally pulled over for a traffic violation, police said, and further observation led Jefferson to investigate further.
    A search of Piner turned up drug paraphernalia, according to a police report. (Piner was not included in a previous newspaper report about the traffic stop.)

  • Readers' Hotline 11/12/12

    Editor’s Note: Some partisan calls from both sides about candidates in the election were received between deadlines for the Readers Hotline that appeared last week and this week. They have been omitted because, after the election, they are no longer relevant.

    Time to leave

  • Officers make child porn bust in Galax

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff

  • Hillsville chooses new chief

    HILLSVILLE — The new police chief, hired on a split vote late Tuesday, has patrolled the streets of Hillsville before.
    At the end of a special meeting on personnel, Hillsville Town Council members chose Greg Bolen as the person to fill the vacancy left by former chief Steve Williams' resignation.
    Bolen is a former Hillsville Police Department officer who now teaches criminal justice at Carroll County High School.

  • Vittles for Voters: Church meal an election day tradition

    WOODLAWN — Voting can work up an appetite for the many people who come to the precinct at Woodlawn School, members of the United Methodist Church just across the road have long understood.
    For around 15 years, serving a spaghetti lunch at the Woodlawn church has been an Election Day tradition for food, fellowship and fundraising.

  • Former Carroll sheriff Dick Carrico dies

    WOODLAWN — Former Carroll Sheriff Richard “Dick” Carrico, 71, died at his home in Woodlawn on Tuesday.
    Carrico served as a trooper with the Virginia State Police and as the Carroll sheriff for two terms for a total of 28 years in law enforcement, according to those who worked with him at the sheriff’s office.
    Carrico left his coworkers with lots of memories of their time together.

  • Missing man's family organizes search

    FRIES — Family members of Samuel Joseph Sheehi are continuing to ask for community assistance in finding the missing Fries man.
    The family is working with Twin County law enforcement to find Sheehi, who has been missing for four weeks.
    Family members say 32-year-old Sheehi was last seen Oct. 10.