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Today's News

  • Grayson citizens deserve more

    GUEST EDITORIAL

    Hard times call for tough and difficult decisions. Unfortunately, Grayson County officials seem unwilling or unable to act in a prudent and sensible manner.
    Despite citizens turning out at every public hearing and meeting to express concern over governmental choices, tax increases and property assessments, the public outcries have repeatedly fallen on deaf ears.
    A citizens’ meeting in November was attended by more than 300 people, as the grassroots opposition continues to swell against decisions and practices.

  • $120M in road funds on the way

    RICHMOND — Of the nearly 900 road projects listed in the governor's $4 billion transportation plan, a dozen of them are proposed for the Twin Counties, including improving portions of U.S. 58 in Carroll County.

    With work still underway to complete the five-mile stretch on the south side of Hillsville, Gov. Bob McDonnell's program promises significant investments for three U.S. 58 projects in Carroll County.
    According to information from Gov. Bob McDonnell's office, these include:

  • Barrels explode, starting fire at Vaughan-Bassett

     

  • Health officials: influenza 'widespread' in Va.

    Far Southwest Virginia health districts have announced that this season's influenza activity has reached the “widespread” stage and has been rising locally.

    “Widespread” means there has been laboratory-confirmed influenza in at least half the state.
    This flu season is getting off to a slower start than in some years, which means that it may last longer into the spring.

  • Stoneman charged with series of crimes

    Cheston Lee Stoneman, 29, of Hillsville has been arrested and charged with a series of crimes that occurred as a result of a pursuit on Jan. 7.
    According to a police report, Galax Officer Chris Hines observed Stoneman driving a vehicle in the city and knew that Stoneman's privilege to drive was suspended. When Hines attempted to stop Stoneman, he fled east on Glendale Road into Carroll County, where he abandoned the vehicle he was driving.
    Stoneman was tracked by a Carroll deputy and his canine, along with Galax officers Jody Poole and Terry Woods.

  • 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.