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Today's News

  • Campground is fun for the whole family

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    FANCY GAP — In 2005, Mark and Cheryl Manning decided to make their life-long dream of owning their own campground a reality.
    Soon after, they found the perfect place to start: a campground on Fox Trail Loop in Fancy Gap, off of the Blue Ridge Parkway in Carroll County, that had been there since the 1950s.
    Along with help from the rest of their family, they set to work turning it into the campground they had always imagined.

  • Police chief charged with making threat

    UPDATED 3/22/13:  A Grayson County investigator has filed a warrant against Chief James Wagoner after verbal argument over the arrest of a juvenile. Wagoner has been returned to active duty after an administrative suspension.

  • Pedestrian hit on U.S. 58 in Galax

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    Galax police are investigating an accident involving a pedestrian that occurred on West Stuart Drive/U.S. 58 on Monday afternoon, according to Police Chief Rick Clark.
    Galax police and Galax-Grayson EMS responded to a report that a pedestrian had been struck by a vehicle approximately 250 feet west of the intersection of Stuart Drive and Armory Road.
    Terry Hammersley, 39, of Galax, was struck by a vehicle operated by Norma Anauo, who was traveling west on Stuart Drive, Clark said.

  • Hillsville to update town code sections

    HILLSVILLE  — Town code needed some wholesale updates, many due to changes to Virginia state law, Hillsville Town Manager Travis Jackson noticed early on after taking office Feb. 1.
    As Jackson consulted town ordinances as various issues have been raised, he found that several sections had not kept up with changes to state law.
    It’s not unusual for state code to be modified, and it’s the town officials’ responsibility to update Hillsville’s ordinances in order to stay in step with those.

  • Easter play shows 'The Way'

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    The Music Ministry of the First Baptist Church of Galax will present its annual Easter musical this weekend, beginning Friday night at 7 p.m. with repeat performances on Saturday and Sunday.
    “The Way” will tell about the life of Jesus Christ through drama, choir and orchestra performances.

  • HRS carries out its last act

    HILLSVILLE — Hillsville Rescue Squad, which has been dying a slow death for years, will linger no more after disbursing its funds Wednesday.
    Many witnesses gathered in the offices of the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce to witness the agency 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.

  • DOWNLOAD: Sports Page 6 for 3/20/13

    Readers of our print edition might have noticed something strange in today's (3/20/13) paper.

    A production error at our printing operation in Roanoke replaced our page 6 with a page 6 from the Collegiate Times, the Virginia Tech student newspaper.

    Our online edition was correct.

    Pick up Friday's paper to see the sports coverage you should have seen today, or go to the link below to download a PDF file of the page that should have been.

  • Carroll grand jury issues 149 indictments

    HILLSVILLE — A Carroll County grand jury on Monday issued a total of 149 indictments, three of them sealed.
    An indictment is a formal charge, not a conviction.
    Those named in the indictments include:
    • Alan Lloyd Alexander - possession of methamphetamine, a schedule II drug; possession of a firearm while in possession of a schedule II drug; possession of a firearm after being convicted of a felony
    • Ricky Gene Alexander - grand larceny (two counts) of property belonging to Richard Burnett and Joseph Miller

  • Prison to begin hiring for fall opening

    INDEPENDENCE — Those looking to break into prison are few, but the Virginia Department of Corrections (DOC) is offering just such an opportunity as it gears up to open the long-awaited state prison in Grayson County.
    River North Correctional Center is scheduled to open by October, after the Virginia General Assembly last month included nearly $18 million in the state budget to fund it. The medium-security facility was completed in 2010, but has sat dormant since then because there has been no money to operate it until now.

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