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Today's News

  • Health officials: influenza 'widespread' in Va.

    Far Southwest Virginia health districts have announced that this season's influenza activity has reached the “widespread” stage and has been rising locally.

    “Widespread” means there has been laboratory-confirmed influenza in at least half the state.
    This flu season is getting off to a slower start than in some years, which means that it may last longer into the spring.

  • Stoneman charged with series of crimes

    Cheston Lee Stoneman, 29, of Hillsville has been arrested and charged with a series of crimes that occurred as a result of a pursuit on Jan. 7.
    According to a police report, Galax Officer Chris Hines observed Stoneman driving a vehicle in the city and knew that Stoneman's privilege to drive was suspended. When Hines attempted to stop Stoneman, he fled east on Glendale Road into Carroll County, where he abandoned the vehicle he was driving.
    Stoneman was tracked by a Carroll deputy and his canine, along with Galax officers Jody Poole and Terry Woods.

  • Truck plows through side of store

     

  • College panic out of context

    WYTHEVILLE — Police were called to Wytheville Community College Tuesday after a student received an alert about a gunman on campus.
    However, the student failed to read further in the message to see that the alert was from a news station in Maryland referencing a community college there — not WCC.
    The student contacted someone, who posted a message on Facebook alerting students of a possible gunman on WCC's campus, and the story mushroomed from there, according to a statement from the college on Wednesday.

  • Sweet granted mental evaluation

    INDEPENDENCE — A judge has ruled that Fred Lee Sweet of Galax, convicted of two counts of aggravated sexual battery of a child, is entitled to a mental evaluation.
    Sweet was convicted during his trial in June 2010. A jury of eight women and four men deliberated about three hours before finding Sweet, 68, guilty of both charges.
    The offenses involved a girl who was five years old at the time.
    The jury recommended a sentence of five years in prison and a $20,000 fine on one charge and seven years in prison and a $30,000 fine on the second charge.

  • Group wants to unplug law that allows excessive rate hikes

    Changes to state regulation in 2007 of electric utilities led to jolting price increases, but state officials want to plug fairness for customers back into the oversight process.
    Del. Ward Armstrong (D-Henry County), who represents part of Carroll County, led the charge of the Virginia Electric Utility Regulatory Work Group to study what went wrong after utilities sent rates surging.

  • Rodgers, Devils edge Cavs

     HILLSVILLE –– It was basketball’s version of a dive play on fourth-and-goal at the 1.

    Grayson County’s Mikey Rodgers took an inbounds pass at midcourt with 3.8 seconds left and barged through the Carroll County defense, rolling in a layup at the buzzer to lift the Blue Devils to a 70-68 win in a nondistrict boys’ game Wednesday night.

  • Sore heels to fast wheels

     BANNER ELK, N.C. –– Coming up lame may have been the best thing that ever happened to Jordan Gillespie.

    A runner and multi-sport athlete in high school, Gillespie was in his junior year of running cross country at Lees-McRae College when bursitis attacked both his heels in the fall of 2009, forcing him to the sidelines well into the spring. In April of last year, the former Grayson County Blue Devil approached the cycling coach at LMC about joining the team as a walk-on.

  • Change in the air for new year

     Good news-bad news time.

    The good news is that the top of the line composite bat you’ve been coveting for the upcoming baseball season can probably be found at a fraction of its original cost.

    The bad news is that using it anywhere but in the batting cage can result in a two-game suspension.

    The Virginia High School League has thrown the state’s baseball teams a curveball by banning almost all composite bats for the upcoming season in an effort to curb a trend toward more and more potent – and dangerous – bats.

  • Sheriffs oppose governor's budget proposal

    The Virginia Sheriffs’ Association is opposing the governor's budget proposal, which calls for sheriffs and staff to pay 5 percent on their retirement, provided that the locality grants a 3 percent salary increase.