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Today's News

  • Bill would change electoral voting in Va.

    After a few densely populated localities turned the whole state blue in the 2012 presidential election, a state senator has submitted a proposal to the General Assembly to revamp the way Virginia’s electoral college votes are awarded.
    Many of the rural areas of the state turned red as most voters there, including those in Southwest Virginia and the Twin County area, supported Republican Mitt Romney in his bid to become the next president of the United States.

  • It's official: musicians set new world record

    Hundreds of who gathered in Galax this summer to play the most mandolins at once will be included in the Guinness Book of World Records.

  • Toys for Tots helping 1,038 local children

    The coordinators of the local Toys For Tots campaign are working to raise money and collect toys to serve 1,038 needy children in Galax, Carroll and Grayson this year.
    Bob Hines and Kendy Sawyer said they anticipated serving 500 children, but the need was greater than expected.
    On Wednesday, they bought a carload of toys at Roses department store in Galax, enough for 174 children from ages 0-3.

  • Delegate to fight for training center

    RICHMOND — While Del. Annie B. Crockett-Stark (R-6th District) has heard that other legislators will file bills to protect the state’s training centers from closing, she plans draft her own legislation to help the Southwestern Virginia Training Center in Hillsville.
    Crockett-Stark represents Carroll County, where the facility for mentally and developmentally disabled residents is scheduled to close in 2018.

  • Readers' Hotline 12/5/12

    Won’t turn his back
    I called last week. You labeled it as Obama’s Coalition. I didn’t get to finish my message. I was making a comment about I heard people say that God will turn His back on this country because of the people we have leading this country. God will not turn his back on this country. He may take, and already has, our blessings away from us to where He had blessed us with so much. We as a country have turned our back on Him. He will never turn His back on us.

    47 percenter

  • He's one

    Jacob Hunter Hancock celebrated his first birthday July 25 with a Winnie the Pooh party at the lake with family and friends. He is the son of Kevin “Bubba” and Pam Hancock of Hillsville.

    His grandparents are Doug and Carol Hancock of Hillsville and Chuck and Pat Edwards of Woodlawn. His great-grandparents are Joseph Ayers of Hillsville, Edd Crotts of Woodlawn and Louis and Bonnie Edwards of Woodlawn.

  • Public record for 12/5/12 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.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in August in the Carroll County General District Court Office, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Drugs, guns cash seized in traffic stop

    WHITETOP — Grayson County deputies recently arrested Christopher Allen Riffey, 34, of Abingdon on several drug charges.

  • Carroll tree to decorate state capitol

    AUSTINVILLE — Virginia Department of Forestry workers harvested the Virginia Capitol’s Christmas tree off Coulson Church Road on Monday, which means it will be the second time this Colorado blue spruce will take a holiday turn.
    The tree’s donors let the foresters know this tree helped a family celebrate the holiday in a past Christmas.

  • Police arrest suspect in bank robbery

    A traffic stop in Galax resulted in the arrest of a man wanted for bank robbery in Puerto Rico.
    According to a Galax Police Department report, Officer Drew Burnett conducted a traffic stop at 12:48 p.m. on Nov. 30 on East Stuart Drive at Woodview Drive.
    During the stop, a passenger in that vehicle, Bruno Feliz Rivas, 31, of Allen Lane in Galax, was checked through the National Crime Information Center computer system.