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Today's News

  • Fire damages Hillsville home

    HILLSVILLE — The Hillsville Volunteer Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 387 Baker Mines Road last week, when a flue fire led to flames getting trapped between the walls of the structure.

    According to Hillsville Fire Chief Donnie Spangler, firefighters were called to the home, owned by Richard Allison, on Jan. 7 at approximately 11:58 a.m. Upon arrival, they found the structure involved.

  • Man sought for indecent exposure at Walmart

    The Galax Police Department is looking for a man wanted for indecent exposure in Walmart.

    According to police, between 1-1:30 p.m. on Jan. 12, an unidentified male entered the Walmart store in Galax and exposed himself to customers.

    The suspect is a white male, wearing glasses, approximately 40-45 years of age, approximately 6 feet tall, with brown hair, balding. He is believed to operate a white Nissan Frontier pickup.

    If you have information as to the identity of this individual, contact the Galax Police Department at (276) 236-8101.

  • Galax police officer hit by car while chasing suspect

    UPDATED 1/16/15:

    Galax Police Officer Jacob Vaughan was struck by a vehicle while in foot pursuit of a suspect last Thursday night, according to Police Chief Rick Clark.

    Vaughan was transporting Terrance Lorenzo Stevenson, 28, of Galax from the Washington County Jail, where he had been arrested earlier in the day on a breaking and entering charge that was alleged to have occurred in Galax, said Galax Police Capt. James Cox.

  • Man arrested for kidnapping at gunpoint

    LAMBSBURG — A man has been arrested on numerous charges, including kidnapping, after allegedly holding his girlfriend at gunpoint in Lambsburg.

    According to a news release from Sheriff J.B. Gardner, the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office received a call on Jan. 13, just after 9 p.m., from a woman stating her sister was being held at gunpoint at a McDonald’s just off Interstate 77’s Exit 1 in Lambsburg.

  • Readers Hotline 1/14/15

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    I am calling about the outside lights at the hospital. I have gone there several times in recent months and could hardly see how to walk to the emergency room doors. We did ask security and they said they were working on them. Someone needs to check on this.
    Editor’s note: When contacted, Twin County Regional Hospital’s facilities director said: “The outdoor lighting requires specialized equipment. This routine maintenance is scheduled to replace the extinguished lights.”

  • Mobile meth lab seized after traffic stop

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — Two suspects have been arrested and a mobile meth lab seized by the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department.

    Sheriff Richard Vaughan said his office recently received a tip from an off-duty police officer about a vehicle driving recklessly on U.S. 58 west of Independence.

  • Carroll, Hillsville seeking fugitives

    HILLSVILLE — Local authorities are seeking help from the public to locate people who have outstanding warrants for various crimes.

    On Monday, the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office released a mugshot of Nathaniel Steven Edwards, 19, who is wanted for violation of probation for breaking and entering and grand larceny charges.

    Hillsville Police Dept. put together a video on its Facebook page featuring an updated list of the town and county’s most wanted individuals, including:

  • Annabelle's Curse blessed with help, fans

    Annabelle’s Curse sounds like a dark family secret, or maybe a play regarding the same. In fact, it’s the name of a band based out of Bristol, started in 2010.

    What kind of music comes from having such a spooky name? According to guitarist and occasional pianist Zack Edwards, a Galax native: “Annabelle’s Curse isn’t tied to any one particular genre. We all have different influences and very different backgrounds.”

    (The band’s Facebook page uses the descriptor “alt-folk.”)

  • Turns one

    Jayden Anthony celebrated her first birthday with family and friends at the home of her great-grandparents, Jerry and Bobbie Fridley.

    She is the daughter of Breanna Guthrie. Her grandparents are Amy and Steve Moretze.

  • Grayson supervisors select Sexton as chairman

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors has picked David Mack Sexton as its new chairman for 2015.

    The selection of Sexton, which was by a unanimous vote, came at a special Jan. 5 called organizational meeting at the Matthews State Forest Meeting Center. Sexton succeeds John Brewer, who served one term in the post.

    The board annually selects its chairman near the start of the year.

    Brenda Sutherland was picked for the second consecutive year to serve as vice chairman. She was also selected by a 5-0 vote.