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Today's News

  • Chromebooks donated to Oakland Elementary

    Students and teachers at Oakland Elementary School in Carroll County are the recipients of 12 new Google Chromebooks that have been donated in honor of two local residents.

    On Nov. 1, Shirley Harmon Steele and Patty Blankenheim presented the new laptops in honor of their late husbands. Carroll County School Board Chairman Brian Spencer and Oakland Principal Larry Williams accepted the computers on behalf of the students and teachers.

  • Galax man charged with drug possession

    Staff Reports

    Thomas Patrick Aldrich, 32, of Galax, was arrested Nov. 17 and charged with both felony and misdemeanor possession of controlled substances.

    Galax Police Chief Rick Clark said Officer Silverio Gonzales “responded to a call to Walmart for a suspected shoplifter. Aldrich was arrested and searched subsequent to his arrest, during which Silverio discovered a glass smoking device that contained suspected methamphetamine.”

    Aldrich was transported to New River Valley Regional Jail and held on a $2,000 bond.

  • Dust explosion causes fire at plant

    An industrial fire Nov. 16 at 7:15 p.m. at the Vaughan-Basssett chip core plant on Jackson Street left no injuries, according to Galax Fire Chief David Hankley.

    “This incident was most likely trigged by the malfunctioning of a motor on the bag house causing it to overheat,” said Hankley. “This produced a large explosion of the three-story steel cylinder bag house.”

  • Readers Hotline 11/21/16

    Thinking of others
    I would like to share with readers a wonderful thing that happened at First Christian Church in Galax on Nov. 10. A gentleman stopped by the church office and told the minister the Lord has spoken to him and he was to give the church a gift. He handed him 10 $100 bills. He did not want to divulge his name. Members want to thank him and let him know the funds were put in the food bank account to buy Christmas baskets for the needy in the community. May God bless him, also.

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  • One year later, Whitetop man still missing

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    WHITETOP – A Whitetop man has been missing for more than a year, and police still have no clues to his disappearance.

    John William Wingler Sr., 74, was last seen around 5 p.m. on Nov. 11, 2015, at his home at 46 Dolinger Road. He was reported missing to the sheriff’s department on Nov. 12.

  • Veteran Coy Shaffner honored for service

    FRIES ― U.S. Army veteran Coy Shaffner, 94, had to think for a moment on the exact year he joined the armed forces, but when he was asked how many days he spent as a prisoner of war, he recalled the number instantly: 203 days.

  • Amercans' top job: bring country together again

    The well-worn conventional wisdom in America right now goes something like this: We’ve never been this politically divided.

    Nihilists and pundits will tell us that we’re so set in our rightish or leftish ways that Congress’s dysfunction is a result of the people’s philosophical rigidity. It’s a neat way of blaming citizens for the faults of their leaders.

    It’s all nonsense, of course.

  • Cotton catches fire at Magnolia

    HILLSVILLE – Emergency crews responded to a fire at Magnolia in Hillsville on Friday morning. The fire resulted in minimal damage and did close a portion of the textile plant for some time.

    According to 1st Lt. Andy Utt with the Hillsville Volunteer Fire Department, crews were notified at 10:50 a.m. of a fire at 1 Advanced Technology Drive in Hillsville. Once on the scene, crews saw heavy smoke coming from a bay door on the side of the building.

  • Tide batters Burton

    Number 8 seeds need things like turnovers, home run balls and muffed punts to pull off massive upsets. Number 1 seeds need things that made them No. 1 seeds in the first place to avoid such stunners.

  • Cana brush fire results in fatality

    UPDATED 5:30 P.M.

    CANA – A woman is dead following a brush fire in Carroll County on Friday.

    According to Carroll Sheriff J.B. Gardner, there was a fire reported on Meadowbrook Road in Cana that resulted in the death of one person.

    Deputy Brant Bottomley with the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office identified the woman as 92-year-old Anna May Thomas.