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Today's News

  • Police seize drugs, guns and cash

    FRIES — A Fries couple is being held without bond after a search of their home turned up drugs.
    On Nov. 24, members of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office and the Twin County Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at the residence of David Andrew Dalton, 37, and Amy Moore Dalton, 36, of Carnation Lane.  Investigators seized $1,013 in cash, two grams of methamphetamine, marijuana, drug paraphernalia, a shotgun, a handgun, a Dodge truck and an ATV.  

  • Property sold to avoid conflict

    INDEPENDENCE — Two county administrators have sold off their interest in a rental property on Airport Road, citing a desire to avoid any conflicts of interest with the regional commerce park known as Wildwood.

  • Localities recycle 29.8% of waste

    A real newspaper — instead of the online version you're reading now — is one of the many items we toss in the trash every day that could be reused.
    If you take a newspaper to one of the numerous recycling drop-off sites in the Twin Counties, it will be shipped to a recycling plant, where it will be doused in warm water and chemicals to remove the ink.
    The resulting mush will then be bleached, squeezed, dried and pressed into a new form of newsprint that, one day, will wind up in another reader's hands.

  • Educators not giving up on funding

    HILLSVILLE — Competition has heated up for school construction bonds from the governor's office, but Carroll officials heard Nov. 22 that funding from Rural Development may still be an option.
    Several local officials met with Rural Development's Travis Jackson and bond attorney Caroline Perry to share ideas about funding $26.7 million in construction at the Carroll high and intermediate schools, after the schools failed to get stimulus funding from the federal government.

  • Every donation counts

    As it has for nearly three decades, the Galax Y's Men Club is once again undertaking a project that helps hundreds of local families have a brighter Christmas.
    Through the 28th Annual Community Christmas Chest fundraiser, the Y's Men are working hard to solicit funds from the community to pay for food boxes delivered to needy families at Christmas.
    It's truly a case of neighbors helping neighbors, as the majority of funds come from individuals. Businesses, churches, schools and civic organizations also chip in to help the Christmas Chest reach its goal.

  • Trees disappear from Christmas tree farm

    HILLSVILLE - Joy Ranch officials are praying for the thieves that stole an estimated $2,600 Christmas trees or more over the weekend - however Grinch-like those thieves may be.
    The first Bible verse that occurred to Joy Ranch employee Sandra Farris after hearing of the Sunday theft from the Dixon's tree farm outside of Galax was Psalm 10:15: "Break the arm of the wicked and evil man; call him to account for his wickedness that would not be found out."
    She had a second thought after that.

  • Tide falls short, 41-28

     ELLISTON –– Having racked up some 475 points on its side of the scoreboard this season, Eastern Montgomery has put up plenty of look-good numbers in winning its first 11 games by an average of nearly 30 points per night.

    Friday night against Galax, big numbers were a necessity.

    Finding itself trailing at the half for just the second time this year, the Mustangs took control by erupting for 27 unanswered second-half points, claiming the school’s first region title with a 41-28 win over the Maroon Tide.

  • John Vaughan receives AHFA award

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — John Bassett Vaughan — former chairman, CEO and president of Galax-based Vaughan Furniture Company — received the American Home Furnishings Alliance's prestigious Distinguished Service Award during the group's 2010 annual meeting at the Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Nov. 12.

    Vaughan, who also served as chairman and CEO of Webb Furniture Enterprises in Galax, was lauded as a "civic-minded industrialist." 

  • VDOT plowing ahead with changes

    State highway officials plan to improve interstate snow removal in Southwest Virginia this winter by changing contractors and increasing incident supervision, aided by GPS tracking devices that pinpoint the location of plows.

    Earlier this year, the Virginia Department of Transportation fired its previous interstate maintenance contractor, Infrastructure Corporation of America, for what VDOT called snow-related lapses along Interstate 81 and several other major roads.

  • Is plan too much or not enough?

    HILLSVILLE — Some speakers thought the final draft of Carroll's comprehensive plan smacked of totalitarian controls, while others recommended the county officials assert more control over growth and development.

    A few even recommended that it's time to think about adding zoning to the mix.

    Phil McCraw, owner of Virginia 500 Fruit Market in Cana, compared Carroll's proposed comprehensive plan to the United Nation's Agenda 21 environmental initiative that began in 1992.