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Today's News

  • Jones, Nelson wed

    Tiffany Janise Jones and Kriston Drew Nelson were united in marriage May 19 at Powder Mill Pond in Elk Creek in an afternoon Hawaiian-themed ceremony with family and friends.
    The Rev. Bobby Lorton of Radford officiated the double-ring ceremony.
    The bride is the daughter of Jimmy and Michele Jones of Independence. She is the granddaughter of Virginia Ruth Sutherland of Fries and the late Claiborne Sutherland and the late Henry and Janie Jones.

  • Public record for 10/31/12 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record. The listings are complete. The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing.  
    For information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded July 17-27 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Hillsville man killed in Wythe County crash

    WYTHEVILLE — A 56-year-old Hillsville man was pronounced dead at the scene of a Tuesday accident involving a tractor-trailer on Interstate 77 in Wythe County.

    A Virginia State Police report identified the victim as John Schrader.

    Schrader, driving a 2012 Chevy Sonic, had been driving south on I-77 at the 44 mile marker at about 6:49 p.m.

  • Newcomer, freshman fighting for 9th District seat

    The race to represent the sprawling 9th Congressional District pits a freshman incumbent who’s made a brief career of speaking out in opposition to federal regulations on coal against a challenger who favors a “bottom-up” economy built on consumption of locally produced goods.
    First-time candidate Democrat Anthony Flaccavento of Abingdon is challenging Republican Morgan Griffith of Salem for the seat.

  • Training center residents learn skills for future

    HILLSVILLE — Even as Virginia’s philosophy of caring for individuals with intellectual disabilities changes, the Southwestern Virginia Training Center will launch a new community outreach effort at 514 W. Stuart Drive.
    Since the training center opened, Parke Quesenberry has seen the trend move away from facility-based care to more community-based services.

  • Company helps wounded veterans, first responders

    Vaughan-Bassett in Galax is donating furniture to an organization that builds houses for wounded military veterans, firefighters and first responders.

  • Parkway issues travel advisory

    Blue Ridge Parkway officials are asking motorists to avoid traveling the parkway at least through Wednesday, especially on sections in Virginia affected by Hurricane Sandy.

    Parkway officials are concerned that a large number of trees may come down as a result of further winds.

  • Vaughn waives right to preliminary hearing

    HILLSVILLE — A Woodlawn man who was picked up on a misdemeanor charge in August but managed to escape from police will now face a grand jury for a felony.
    Toby Lee Vaughn, 23, had an outstanding misdemeanor charge for destroying cemetery property when Deputy Barry Lineberry conducted a vehicle stop on Sharp Road in the Laurel community.
    Lineberry handcuffed Vaughn, but he got loose and ran.

  • Suspicious fire destroys business

    The old Stevens Creek school building was destroyed by a fire that was reported shortly before midnight on Oct. 28.

    The Fries and Galax volunteer fire departments battled the blaze, located on Pine Ridge Lane off Stevens Creek Road, for several hours before it was brought under control.

    Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan said arson investigators with the Virginia State Police were due on the scene Monday to begin their investigation. He termed the fire “suspicious.”

  • Ice cream recalled due to allergen

    A recall has been issued for Kay’s Classic vanilla bean ice cream sold by Food City and Super Dollar stores in Virginia.
    Manufacturer Schoep’s Ice Cream Company of Madison, Wis., alerted customers that because of a packaging error, the ice cream contains an undeclared allergen.
    The recall was initiated upon discovery that certain containers of Kay’s vanilla bean ice cream contained Kay’s Butter Pecan Ice Cream.