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Today's News

  • Readers' Hotline 9/26/12

    Open to criticism
    Romney is criticizing the people that were defending and dying for our country in the embassy. Criticizing the last words coming from them that were killed. I think that is disgraceful. Our country had embassies attacked under George W. Bush. Let’s think things over.

  • Volunteer force could aid police

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll Sheriff J.B. Gardner could form a reserve force of volunteer law enforcement officers to help out, pending proper insurance coverage.
    Gardner sought permission from the Carroll Board of Supervisors for a volunteer law enforcement initiative at their Sept. 10 meeting.
    The supervisors gave the effort their go-ahead with no additional comments. The approval is contingent on the availability of insurance.
    This would benefit both Carroll County and certain individuals that have their law enforcement certifications, Gardner said.

  • Deputy shooting suspects' case goes to grand jury

    By LARRY CHAMBERS
    Staff

    INDEPENDENCE  — Charges against a Grayson County husband and wife charged in connection with the shooting of a Grayson County deputy sheriff were bound over for grand jury action following their preliminary hearings in Grayson County General District Court on Sept. 17.
    Deputy Doug Waller was wounded June 26 after he and Deputy Kevin Watson answered a domestic violence call at 3016 Skyline Highway, about six miles south of Galax on Virginia 89.

  • Humane Society offers tips on animal advocacy

    HILLSVILLE — An effort to criminalize using dogs to chase foxes kept in pens is one bill that animal advocates can lobby for with their state legislators, said the Virginia state director for the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).
    Laura Donahue recently visited Hillsville with Casey Pheiffer, senior director of wildlife policy, to talk about ways that those concerned about the rights of companion animals and wildlife could make a difference by participating in political processes.

  • Tethering can be deadly for dogs

    Neglect cases cause concern for animal control officer, especially dogs tied up and ignored and pets left in hot vehicles.

    By SHAINA STOCKTON

    Staff

    Animal Control Officer Veronica Bryant opened the door to one of the kennels, revealing a mixed-breed male dog that had been rescued earlier that day.

  • Hundreds attend Christian Family Fun Day

    By SHAINA STOCKTON

    Staff

    HILLSVILLE — People from all over the region gathered at the Hillsville VFW on Saturday to celebrate the first-ever Christian Family Fun Day.
    The event, sponsored by dozens of churches in the Twin Counties and beyond, kicked off with a parade at 10:30 a.m., followed by free food, games and entertainment from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.
    People smiled from their decorated vehicles while others followed on foot and distributed pamphlets for their respective churches along the parade route.

  • Geico to sponsor Virginia rest stops

    RICHMOND — A national insurance company mascot will beckon to visitors at the rest area on Interstate 77 in Lambsburg and other such facilities around the state, due to increasing corporate sponsorship opportunities under Gov. Bob McDonnell.
    After then-Gov. Tim Kaine closed some of the state rest areas in a round of cuts during his last budget, McDonnell reversed that decision as one of his first acts when he won the state office.

  • Missing man found

    UPDATE — Joseph Ray Jones has been found as of Wednesday, and the authorities have called off the alert.

  • Police will take back old meds

     

  • Galax, Grayson win Tide Invite

    HILLSVILLE –– Galax won a very tight three-team battle for the boys’ championship while Grayson County and Galax finished 1-2 in the girls’ team standings at the Maroon Tide Invitational cross country meet Wednesday at the Southwest Virginia Training Center.

    More than 400 runners in three age levels turned out for the event, which saw the Maroon Tide boys claim the team win on its home course for the first time since 2001.