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Today's News

  • Pastor retires after 32 years (WITH VIDEO)

    LAUREL FORK — A long-time pastor at Gladesboro Lutheran Church will establish a ministry in new pastures — specifically, to use his insights to make places of worship more welcoming to the visually impaired.

    Pastor Duane Steele, who is legally blind, has prepared for this his final sermon this Sunday after preaching from the piano and the pulpit there for 32 years.
    In that time, he's delivered more than 1,500 sermons.
    His last message is called "Mustard Seed Faith."

  • Carroll schools not funded

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Carroll officials who expected to get $26.7 million to expand two county schools from Rural Development got a shock Wednesday, when federal officials announced projects funded through the Community Facilities Program.

     

  • Memorial garden to be dedicated at TCRH

    After years of planning and months of planting, a memorial garden at Twin County Regional Hospital is ready to open.

  • New River Trail Outfitters relocates

    New River Trail Outfitters, formerly Ice House Bikes, has relocated from the former Wachovia building on North Main Street to 103 N. Main St. in downtown Galax.

  • Police finding small meth labs more often

    Southwest Virginia police are finding methamphetamine labs at the fastest pace in five years as makers of the illegal stimulant switch from complicated laboratories to soda bottle mixes of supermarket ingredients.

  • Board has no authority to consider Oracle appeal

    INDEPENDENCE — A Board of Zoning Appeals hearing involving The Oracle Institute was brief and confusing for about 20 citizens in attendance last week.
    Citizens filed into the Grayson County Courthouse boardroom, many of them holding handwritten or typed notes, thinking they would have an opportunity to speak. However, the Sept. 23 hearing focused on whether the Board of Zoning Appeals has jurisdiction to hear Oracle's appeal of the Board of Supervisors' June denial of the permit.
    According to Virginia law, it doesn't.

  • Public record for 9/29/10 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record. The listings are complete. The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing.  
    For information on this column or questions, 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in February in the Carroll County General District Court office, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:
    Ricky Brandon Hawks of Cana, guilty of public swearing/intoxication; pay $50 fine and $10 costs.

  • Turns one

    James “Morgan” Farmer, son of Joe Hoer III and Michelle Farmer of Galax, celebrated his first birthday Aug. 20. A Barnyard Buddies birthday celebration was enjoyed with family and friends.

  • Turner, Smith to be married

    Timothy Stephen Smith and Melissa Dawn McAdams Turner have announced their engagement.
    Smith is the son of Bill and Frances Smith of Independence.
    Turner is the daughter of Gilbert and Donna Suitt of Mouth of Wilson.

    An Oct. 16 wedding is planned at Bible Baptist Church in Galax.
    After a honeymoon trip to Savannah, Ga., the couple will reside in Woodlawn.

  • Halls celebrate 60th wedding anniversary

    Mr. and Mrs. Y.B. Hall Jr. celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Sept. 9, 2010.
    The couple were married Sept. 9, 1950, by the late Rev. Richard E. Hamblin.
    She is the former Eva Sue Edwards.

    In celebration of their diamond anniversary, they were honored with a supper at Shoney’s in Hillsville.
    They have a son and daughter-in-law, Rick and Debbie Hall, and a grandson, his wife and daughter — Brad, Aleighthia and Elleighana Hall.