Today's News

  • State warns of property scam

    The Virginia Department of the Treasury’s Unclaimed Property Program is warning consumers of a new scam targeting potential owners of unclaimed property.
    According to the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators, a fraudulent e-mail is circulating in parts of the country, claiming to be from a non-existent NAUPA regional auditor, Alexis James.
    The message promises a large sum of money is waiting to be claimed from a deceased relative and can be claimed in exchange for detailed personal information.

  • National Night Out events planned for Aug. 6

    Galax and Independence will both hold National Night Out Against Crime events on Aug. 6.
    National Night Out, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, is a community-police awareness event that takes place in areas all over the United States. It is always held the first Tuesday of August.
    The events are organized by local police departments, non-profit organizations and volunteer departments. The goal is to increase awareness of police programs in the community, including drug prevention, neighborhood watches, and other crime prevention efforts.

  • Public record for 7/31/13 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, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded May 17-June 3 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Fire damages two West Galax businesses

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department responded to a fire call early Wednesday, when a blaze ignited in Fire Technologies in West Galax. The fire reportedly burned up through the second floor, causing damage inside the West Galax Diner on the upper floor, as well.

    The fire department was notified of the emergency at 4 a.m., after a Diner employee arrived for her shift and found smoke at the scene.

  • Readers' Hotline 7/31/13

    Dog threats
    [People in Fox Run] turn their dogs out after they see the dog warden go by in the mornings. I almost got attacked by two. One looked like a half-bulldog — white with spots — and a small white Scotty dog. I guess because I was with my cat and working my flower garden. Good thing I had a hoe or I probably would have been bitten and attacked. Something is going to have to be done about those dogs or they are going to come up missing.

    Equal justice

  • Anders, 20 others, indicted by grand jury

    INDEPENDENCE — A Grayson County grand jury issued indictments for 21 people last Friday on charges ranging from larceny theft of a banjo to possession of methamphetamine and other drugs.
    Some of the most notable charges were for Randy Lee Anders, who allegedly made threats to law enforcement and was shot multiple times by Grayson County deputies in an incident that occurred April 29.

  • Irwin to seek Wilson District seat in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — Kate Irwin of Mouth of Wilson will run as the Democratic candidate for the Wilson District seat on the Grayson County Board of Supervisors in the Nov. 5 general election.
    Irwin is up against independent candidate Arnold Peters and Republican  Glen “Eddie” Rosenbaum. The seat is vacant after Mike Maynard passed away on June 28.

  • Changes make difference for town police

    HILLSVILLE — With many of his desired changes carried out at the Hillsville Police Department, the chief wants to bring the bike patrol out of storage.
    In his six months on duty, Chief Greg Bolen has made progress on his departmental restructuring plan, with enhanced community patrols, a Facebook page for better communications, more training for officers and more attention to inventory and maintenance.
    It’s all a part of continuing to improve the department for the benefit of citizens.

  • Relay for Life raises $58,000

    HILLSVILLE — More than 300 people gathered at Carroll County High School on Friday and Saturday for Galax and Carroll County’s Relay for Life to benefit the American Cancer Society.
    Teams walked in support of loved ones afflicted with cancer, in memory of lost loved ones and in celebration of victories over the disease.
    According to the Relay for Life webpage, this event included 332 participants, and 36 teams, who raised a total of $58,154.17 for cancer research and patient programs.

  • More charges filed against suspect who ran from police

    HILLSVILLE — A follow-up investigation of a man who allegedly fled on foot from police after a routine traffic stop on U.S. 58 has led to four new charges being filed, including one felony.
    Ronald Lee Davis, 49, of Woodlawn fled across the four-lane on July 22 , risking bodily injury from traffic, after town Investigator Alan Gravley pulled over the 1999 Mitsubishi Mirage for improper registration.