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Today's News

  • Church for sale, any denominations accepted

    HILLSVILLE — There will be no revival for Fellowship Wesleyan Church. Instead, the facility will be sold after the pastor moves to New York.
    After Alan Page came to Hillsville in 2009, he tried to get the word out that the church was still pursuing its mission.
    Many didn’t even know the church continued to hold services. Despite erecting a new cross in front of church on Virginia Street, visible from U.S. 58, people still thought it had been shuttered.

  • Bunny Haven rescues rabbits

    Bunnies aren't always the best choice for an Easter present. A Galax rescue group offers a second chance for rabbits who have been abandoned, abused or neglected.

  • Readers' Hotline 3/25/13

    Tisn’t the season
    I would just like to remind the Town of Independence that Christmas is over. They still are flying the Christmas decorations up on Main Street. We are almost ready for Easter now. I know this happened again last year but please. The flags are really pretty and they really added to the town. But Christmas is now over so they need the spring flags up. Hopefully they will get that done.

    Perverts

  • Fries woman avoids scam, warns others

    FRIES — When Joan Hammond received a call saying she had won $1.5 million in a Las Vegas lottery, at first she was thrilled.
    Then, when the caller gave her some suspicious directions to claim the prize, reality set in.
    Hammond began investigating the “prize” and discovered she was the victim of a scam.
    She and the Better Business Bureau are working to inform the public about the scam, which also uses the BBB’s name without permission.
    Hammond shared her story so that “hopefully no one falls into their trap.”

  • Police chief back at work after threat charge

    INDEPENDENCE — Independence Police Chief James Wagoner has been returned to active duty after a brief administrative suspension that followed charges of communicating a threat to an investigator with the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department.
    Wagoner was suspended after Virginia State Police served him with a warrant on March 18, charging the chief with “use of profane, threatening or indecent language over public airways or by other methods.” The charge is a class 1 misdemeanor.

  • Squad gives funds away to non-profits

    HILLSVILLE ― Hillsville Rescue Squad, which has been dying a slow death for years, will linger no more after disbursing its funds on March 20.

    Many witnesses gathered in the offices of the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce to witness the agency's last act.

    As a kind of last will and testament, long-time members of the defunct rescue squad handed out $3,000 checks to benefit non-profit groups based in the Twin Counties.

  • A squad's proud legacy

    For several months, it appeared that Hillsville Rescue Squad's legacy would be one of controversy and ill will, after town officials began questioning the need for its continued existence since it had essentially disbanded.
    There were accusations and finger-pointing about funds, personnel issues, inappropriate use of vehicles, the sale of a squad building and equipment. All that negativity threatened to overshadow the good that the volunteer organization had done over the years.

  • Galax rally comes up short

    If the first week of the baseball season has demonstrated anything, it is that a young Galax squad won’t quit when behind. It has also demonstrated that overcoming an eight-run deficit is a little too much to expect.

    But not by much.

    Galax spotted Pulaski an 8-0 lead in the top of the first inning but battled back and eventually got the potential go-ahead run to the batter’s box, only to come up short in a 10-8 nondistrict loss Friday at Felts Park.

  • Strategic arm limitations

    With the coming of the new baseball season, there are some new regulations — and some will likely have an impact on most teams at some point this spring.

    Pitching arms, always highly valued and occasionally endangered in high school baseball, will be safer as a result of a recently announced Virginia High School League rules change.

  • Devils pull away from Chilhowie, Cavs drop Floyd Co.

    CHILHOWIE –– Grayson County scored six runs in the fifth inning to break open a close ballgame and defeated defending Division 2 state runner-up Chilhowie 10-6 in a nondistrict game Friday.

    The Blue Devils (1-0) took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first but saw the Warriors (1-1) draw even in the third. After scoring a single run in the fourth, Grayson put together its six-run rally in the fifth, highlighted by Dylan Isom’s two-run double.