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Today's News

  • Man dies in farm tractor accident

    By SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

    The Galax Fire Department and the Pipers Gap Rescue Squad responded to a call Thursday evening when a tractor reportedly flipped over and killed Robert L. “Buster” Coomes of Galax.
    Coomes was found dead at the scene, said Fire Chief David Hankley.
    According to an incident report, Coomes was operating an enclosed cab tractor with a front end loader when the accident occurred.
    “Mr. Coomes was ejected from the tractor, but he was not pinned,” said Hankley.

  • Readers' Hotline 1/7/13

    Caution for Fries
    You say government spends too much. Yet, when a few in Fries want a birding trail, you have your hand out for $185,000. Now, that is a little too much for a path down the riverbank. I have nothing against the fire department, but instead of a birding trail, maybe Fries needs some caution lights so when the firemen are doing 60 mph down Main Street with only a small light on their dash, people could be warned.

    Pick and choose

  • Readers' Hotline 1/7/13

    Caution for Fries
    You say government spends too much. Yet, when a few in Fries want a birding trail, you have your hand out for $185,000. Now, that is a little too much for a path down the riverbank. I have nothing against the fire department, but instead of a birding trail, maybe Fries needs some caution lights so when the firemen are doing 60 mph down Main Street with only a small light on their dash, people could be warned.

    Pick and choose

  • Cavaliers rally past Bobcats for title

    MAX MEADOWS –– Carroll County had played deliberately for long enough, and picked just the right time to floor it. By the time Radford recovered, the Bobcats had gone from being in a tie ballgame to being in a double-digit hole.

    The sudden emergence of a full-court press helped Carroll County open the fourth quarter on a 10-0 run Saturday and the Cavaliers hit their free throws down the stretch to take down Radford 68-58 in the championship game of the First Bank of Virginia Classic at Fort Chiswell High School.

  • Carroll County sweeps Falcons

    HILLSVILLE –– With the boys’ basketball teams from Abingdon and Carroll County meeting with combined records of 18-2 Wednesday night, it was a solid bet that at least one of the games in the boys’-girls’ doubleheader would be a competitive one.

    Thank goodness for the girls’ game.

    The Lady Cavaliers were able to hold off a strong Abingdon challenge while the Carroll County boys annihilated the preseason favorite Falcons as the Cavaliers swept the Southwest District openers for both schools.

  • 15 vehicles involved in series of I-77 crashes

    Local rescue squads, fire departments and police aided Cana Volunteer Rescue Squad after a series of accidents on Interstate 77 last Saturday.
    According to a report from the Virginia State Police, a total of 15 vehicles, two of them tractor trailers, were involved in seven separate accidents, said a representative of Cana Volunteer Rescue Squad.
    “From what we could determine, the cause was a tractor trailer that lost control, ran off the roadway and overturned,” said First Sgt. Mike Musser of the Virginia State Police.

  • Trailer fire under investigation

    By SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

    Carroll County authorities are investigating a trailer fire that occurred on Pecan Drive, off of Malibu Drive, early Tuesday morning.
    The fire appeared to have originated on the front porch of an abandoned trailer, according to Investigator Donnie Spangler.

  • Family of 9 loses home to fire

    By SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

    The Galax Fire Department responded to a house fire on Cricket Lane in the Oldtown Community of Grayson County on the afternoon of Dec. 30.
    The home, rented by the immediate and extended family of Andres and Christy Mendoza, was completely destroyed by the fire, according to Galax Fire Chief David Hankley.
    The home was occupied by seven adults, a three-year-old child and a two-week-old infant.

  • New year, new plans for New River Trail

    With visitation to the New River Trail State Park topping the 1 million mark again last year, 2013 could be the year when the 57-mile-long linear facility becomes the most-used park in Virginia.
    That’s not a New Year’s resolution on the part of park manager Sam Sweeney — it’s more of a long-term goal.
    While that milestone might not happen in 2013, the park has a lot of work planned for the next 12 months to prepare for even more public use.

  • Carroll man arrested after deputy smells pot

    HILLSVILLE — A 40-year-old Carroll County man faces drug charges after a deputy smelled the odor of marijuana smoke coming from a Comanche Lane home last Wednesday, according to Sheriff J.B. Gardner.
    Sgt. Bobby Lyons had responded to the home at 94 Comanche Lane to serve a felony arrest warrant on the owner, the sheriff explained in a press release.