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Today's News

  • Readers Hotline 10/13/14

    Be aware
    In response to the caller who does not believe the serious respiratory virus affecting so many children is being spread by illegal immigrants, just realize that many of the children crossing the border are ill. That has been reported on national news networks. It’s too much of a coincidence that just when these children are being shipped all over the United States, this virus breaks out all over. You can’t hide your head in the sand. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.

  • Parking lot shooting case continued

    The case of Austin Kenneth Rupert Wagg was granted a continuance by Galax Circuit Court Judge J.D. Bolt on Monday, the initial date of his hearing.

    Wagg was arrested by Galax police on Aug. 20 for allegedly firing a weapon at another vehicle in the Galax Food City parking lot near Pizza Hut. He was charged with discharging a firearm in the city, destruction of property, carrying a concealed weapon, attempted first degree murder (two counts), use of a firearm in the commission of a felony (two counts) and discharge of a firearm into an occupied vehicle.

  • Couples wed after marriage law change

    Landmark News Service and Staff Reports

    On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear appeals of same-sex marriage court rulings in Virginia and four other states, opening the way for the long-prohibited unions in the Old Dominion.

    The news led to a flurry of activity for local circuit court clerks, and the first same-sex marriage in the Twin Counties took place in Hillsville on Tuesday.

  • Making cheese a mix of art, science

    Anthony Bourdain, in his seminal memoir “Kitchen Confidential,” describes people who work with meat as capable of obscene, irreverent jokes, while people who work with fish, he says, have no sense of humor at all.

  • Friends of Hillsville tackle projects

    HILLSVILLE — Friends of Hillsville, a new non-profit organization, is seeking to bring together individuals, businesses and community organizations for the betterment of the town.

    In recent weeks, the group has reached out to the public for their ideas, and they have already received a flood of responses, according to Laura Beth Parnell and Retta Jackson during a group interview.

  • Carroll rec department names interim director

    HILLSVILLE — Libby Lineberry has been named the new acting director of the Carroll County Parks and Recreation Department, effective Oct. 1.

    Lineberry has served the citizens of Carroll County for 26 years in various positions. She began her career with Carroll County while working in the administrator’s office. She has also worked as assistant recreation director during her career with Carroll County. Until this recent promotion, she worked in the finance office.

  • Galax teen dies from injuries after being struck by car

    FRIES - Galax teen Trinity Williams died Wednesday night from injuries sustained when she was hit by a vehicle in Fries on Sept. 27.
    Family members confirmed that Williams, 14, died at Roanoke Carilion Memorial Hospital, where she was flown for treatment after the accident.
    "[Wednesday] at 10:10 p.m., Trinity passed away. She fought as hard as she could, but couldn't any longer," the family shared in an update to its online fundraiser page.

  • Reeves' murder trial date moved

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — For the third time, Chad Allen Reeves of Galax has a new trial date in Grayson County Circuit Court.

    Reeves, 31, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Brandon Billings 12 years ago.

    Reeves, who is being held in the New River Valley Regional Jail in Dublin without bond, was first scheduled for trial on June 23-27. After waiving his right to a speedy trial, a new date of Dec. 15-20 was set by Grayson County Circuit Court Judge Brett Geisler.

  • 28 vehicles involved in fog crashes

    FANCY GAP — Virginia State Police responded to a series of chain reaction motor vehicle crashes in the foggy northbound and southbound lanes of Interstate 77 at Fancy Gap Mountain in Carroll County on Friday.

    According to a news release, state troopers investigated 10 separate crashes involving 28 vehicles on Oct. 3. Police were called to the scene of the first crash shortly after 4 p.m.

  • Rex hosts senior talent show

    The Galax Parks and Recreation Senior Talent Show was held last Thursday night at The Rex Theater and featured a multitude of performers.

    Many of the acts had a gospel theme. Mable Bryson was up first with a serene but heartfelt “Amazing Grace;” Carol Huffman performed two original songs, “Blue Ridge Mountain Music” and “Angels Were Watching Over Me;” Bobbie Taylor offered a charming “Bless the Beasts and Children;” and Nancy Wolfe, near the show’s end, sang a sweet rendition of “You Light Up My Life.”