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Today's News

  • Local schools receive state report cards

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff

    This year’s accreditation scores for schools in the Twin County area are reflecting a statewide trend, as the new and more difficult state tests pose new challenges and set higher goals for school systems to reach.

  • Grayson will handle George murder case

    Law enforcement officials could charge by indictment a suspect in the death of a 33-year-old Fries woman. If so, the charge would be placed and prosecuted in Grayson County.
    Investigators in both Carroll and Grayson counties have been looking into the disappearance and subsequent death by homicide of Desia Rae George. A cause of death has not be released.

  • High school aims higher

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff

    With accreditation standards becoming more difficult to achieve, Galax High School has become proactive in bringing staff, administrators and teachers together to create a team that is focused on learning and success.

  • Break-in investigation leads to drug charges

    HILLSVILLE — A 54-year-old Hillsville man called town police to investigate a break-in at his home, but now faces several charges himself after officers found illegal drugs and alcohol during their time at the residence.
    Police responded to the home of Michael Andrew Reece on Sept. 16 on the initial report, according to Chief Greg Bolen.

  • Regional tourism project gets $34K marketing grant

    A regional partnership has received $34,000 from the state to aid in tourism marketing.
    Gov. Bob McDonnell recently announced that “Niche Markets & Networking- Blue Ridge Plateau” has received a grant from the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC).
    The governor this year increased funding for the program aimed at increasing economic development through tourism.

  • Two seriously injured in motorcycle crash

    The Galax Police Department and the Virginia Sate Police accident reconstruction team on Monday were still investigating an automobile accident that occurred on Reserve Boulevard/U.S. 58 in Galax on Sunday.
    Officers confirmed in a news release that the accident caused life-threatening injuries to a motorcycle driver and his passenger.

  • Halseys celebrate 50th anniversary

    Tommy and Hazel Halsey celebrated their 50th anniversary July 25, 2013.
    They were married July 25, 1963, at the home of Camet “Bus” and Carolene Halsey in Volney by the Rev. Willard Reedy. The couple have been longtime members of Volney Baptist Church.
    They have one son, Jonathan Clay Halsey and wife, Megan, of Galax, and granddaughters Hannah Grace and Katie Clay.

  • She's three

    Makayla Grace Hancock celebrated her third birthday March 28 with a Minnie Mouse party at Trinity Baptist Church fellowship hall. She is the daughter of Kevin “Bubba” and Pam Hancock of Hillsville.

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

  • County needs more home-grown jobs

    From the outside looking in, it seems careful and considerate planning went into the economic development effort that led to the announcement of Virginia Produce Co. expanding to four times its current size.
    Job creation efforts in Carroll County have many times in the past followed a simple money model.

  • Big boom in restroom not a bomb

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff

    Fear of a possible bomb threat at Vaughan Bassett Furniture Plant #2 was defused by police on Tuesday, after officers were notified of an explosion in a restroom inside the factory.
    According to Galax Police Captain James Cox, officers were dispatched to the scene at approximately 7:57 a.m. When they arrived, the officers observed damage inside of a restroom that appeared to have been caused by some kind of explosion.
    Damage was structural and no one at the plant was hurt by the explosion, Cox confirmed.