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Today's News

  • Cavs 17-0 after 30-point third

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County basketball fans know it’s coming, or at least they think they do. More times than not, they’re right.

    In winning its 17th game without a loss – the best start in school history – Carroll County once again did what it has already done so many times this year. One minute the Cavaliers will be in a battle. Two or four or eight minutes later, they’re sitting atop a 20-point lead.

  • Fancy Gap class sends Sandy Hook students a wish for peace

    HILLSVILLE — Fancy Gap students want 1,000 paper cranes to carry a message of peace to the children at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn.
    Fourth and fifth graders in Anita Semones’ class continue reading “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes,” a story about a girl who survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima to die later of leukemia from exposure to radiation.
    Sadako knew the Japanese adage that if you make a thousand origami paper cranes, you get a wish, the teacher explained. But Sadako died after finishing only 644.

  • Canine Classroom

    By SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

  • Virginia Senate districts redrawn

    Landmark News Service and Staff Reports

    Carroll and Grayson counties and Galax would be taken from three Virginia Senate districts and combined with other localities into one Senate district, as part of a redistricting plan proposed this week.
    The proposal would place Carroll, Grayson and Galax within the 40th Senatorial District effective with the 2015 election. The 40th in its present format is represented by Sen. Bill Carrico (R- Grayson).

  • Transportation plan includes I-77/I-81 overlap fix

    RICHMOND  — A chunk of Gov. Bob McDonnell’s transportation funding under the “Virginia’s Road to the Future” plan could go towards improving the overlap of interstates 77 and 81 in Wythe County.
    Instead of finding free flowing traffic at the point where 77 and 81 meet, motorists can run into significant backups.
    Under this plan, McDonnell would provide the Virginia Department of Transportation with $1.28 billion in new funding for 158 highway projects.

  • Vaughn pleads guilty to escape charge

    By SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

    HILLSVILLE — Toby Vaughn, 24, of Woodlawn pleaded guilty to escaping police custody in Carroll County Circuit Court on Wednesday afternoon.
    Carroll County Deputy Barry Lineberry took Vaughn into custody after pulling him over on Aug. 29, 2012. Vaughn had an outstanding misdemeanor charge of destroying cemetery property, according to police reports.
    Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael Jones told Judge Brett Geisler that Lineberry had put Vaughn in handcuffs at the time of his escape.

  • The Dream Lives On — with video

    By SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

    Years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. shared his dream of racial equality with the world. Society since that time has changed drastically, making King’s dream a reality.
    Decades after his death, many still find the strength in his words to pursue their own dreams, no matter how difficult they may seem.

  • Salem men charged with GHS vandalism

    Matthew Robert Mays, 19, and Seth Alexander Criner, 19, both of Salem, were arrested by Galax police on Jan. 20 and charged with vandalism that caused approximately $3,000 worth of damage to buildings and vehicles at the Galax High School, according to Police Chief Rick Clark.
    A school employee discovered evidence of vandalism at the school the day prior to the arrests and reported it to the Galax Police Department.
    The following day, police officers Terry Woods and Trevor Jefferson arrested Mays and Criner.

  • Medicare scammers targeting Virginians

    RICHMOND — Virginians are warned to protect their personal identity information following a spate of bogus calls to Medicare beneficiaries across the commonwealth in which callers threaten to terminate coverage or cut off Social Security checks if recipients refuse to provide requested information.

  • Readers' Hotline 1/23/13

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