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Today's News

  • Truck plows through side of store

     

  • College panic out of context

    WYTHEVILLE — Police were called to Wytheville Community College Tuesday after a student received an alert about a gunman on campus.
    However, the student failed to read further in the message to see that the alert was from a news station in Maryland referencing a community college there — not WCC.
    The student contacted someone, who posted a message on Facebook alerting students of a possible gunman on WCC's campus, and the story mushroomed from there, according to a statement from the college on Wednesday.

  • Sweet granted mental evaluation

    INDEPENDENCE — A judge has ruled that Fred Lee Sweet of Galax, convicted of two counts of aggravated sexual battery of a child, is entitled to a mental evaluation.
    Sweet was convicted during his trial in June 2010. A jury of eight women and four men deliberated about three hours before finding Sweet, 68, guilty of both charges.
    The offenses involved a girl who was five years old at the time.
    The jury recommended a sentence of five years in prison and a $20,000 fine on one charge and seven years in prison and a $30,000 fine on the second charge.

  • Group wants to unplug law that allows excessive rate hikes

    Changes to state regulation in 2007 of electric utilities led to jolting price increases, but state officials want to plug fairness for customers back into the oversight process.
    Del. Ward Armstrong (D-Henry County), who represents part of Carroll County, led the charge of the Virginia Electric Utility Regulatory Work Group to study what went wrong after utilities sent rates surging.

  • Rodgers, Devils edge Cavs

     HILLSVILLE –– It was basketball’s version of a dive play on fourth-and-goal at the 1.

    Grayson County’s Mikey Rodgers took an inbounds pass at midcourt with 3.8 seconds left and barged through the Carroll County defense, rolling in a layup at the buzzer to lift the Blue Devils to a 70-68 win in a nondistrict boys’ game Wednesday night.

  • Sore heels to fast wheels

     BANNER ELK, N.C. –– Coming up lame may have been the best thing that ever happened to Jordan Gillespie.

    A runner and multi-sport athlete in high school, Gillespie was in his junior year of running cross country at Lees-McRae College when bursitis attacked both his heels in the fall of 2009, forcing him to the sidelines well into the spring. In April of last year, the former Grayson County Blue Devil approached the cycling coach at LMC about joining the team as a walk-on.

  • Change in the air for new year

     Good news-bad news time.

    The good news is that the top of the line composite bat you’ve been coveting for the upcoming baseball season can probably be found at a fraction of its original cost.

    The bad news is that using it anywhere but in the batting cage can result in a two-game suspension.

    The Virginia High School League has thrown the state’s baseball teams a curveball by banning almost all composite bats for the upcoming season in an effort to curb a trend toward more and more potent – and dangerous – bats.

  • Sheriffs oppose governor's budget proposal

    The Virginia Sheriffs’ Association is opposing the governor's budget proposal, which calls for sheriffs and staff to pay 5 percent on their retirement, provided that the locality grants a 3 percent salary increase.  

  • 'Safe Route' grant could improve safety, health

    The City of Galax and Galax City Public Schools are seeking a Safe Routes to School grant, administered through the Virginia Department of Transportation, that would improve walking and biking safety for students, said Galax Superintendent Bill Sturgill during Tuesday's school board meeting.
    The grant may provide funding to plan and develop improvements and create infrastructure.

  • Judge approves AmerLink sales center settlement

    WILSON, N.C. — A federal bankruptcy court judge last week approved the settlement on the AmerLink sales center, transferring it to the trustee for marketing.
    Carroll representatives and the bankruptcy trustee working on behalf of AmerLink creditors ironed out a deal to end the 99-year lease between the county and the company.
    Instead, the trustee will take possession of the log home models and try to find a new tenant with a compatible use for the farmers' market that will bring around 10 jobs and revenue to the county.