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Today's News

  • Couple accused of killing N.C. man

    By CHRISTOPHER BROOKE and LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    SPARTA, N.C. — An Alleghany County Sheriff's Office investigation into an Oct. 26 murder in Ennice has led to charges being placed against a Cana, Va., couple and a Surry County man.
    James Bradley Upchurch, 41, and wife Rebecca Jane Wright Upchurch, 39, of Cana and Wayne Thomas Lawson Jr., 39, of Surry County have been charged after the seven-week investigation that involved multiple law enforcement agencies from two states, according to a news release from Alleghany County authorities.

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  • Motion could result in AmerLink settlement

    WILSON, N.C. — Carroll County attorneys and AmerLink's bankruptcy trustee have jointly petitioned the federal court to allow the settlement involving the model home sales center to move ahead.
    Log home manufacturer AmerLink was supposed to create about 200 jobs in an economic development deal with Carroll County, but filed for bankruptcy in federal court instead.

  • A painful price point for drivers

    Never before have motorists paid $3 for a gallon of gasoline at Christmastime.
    Unless things change, that could soon happen across the nation, according to the American Automobile Association’s “Daily Fuel Gauge Report.”

  • LETTERS TO SANTA

    Fairview Elementary School

    First Grade

     

    Dear Santa Claus,

    I am Stephanie. I am brown and black. How are you today? I would like fingernails. I will like a book like Mrs. Jones. I want a magic book. I want a fushigi.

    Love,

    Stephanie Acuna

     

    Dear Santa,

    We are at school. How is Mrs. Clause doing? Is she cooking the cookies yet? Have I been good today? I want a cell phone, computer, fushigi, a t.v., a horse, and fingernails, and the book “Love, Santa”.

  • Cana couple charged with murder

    SPARTA, N.C. — An Alleghany County Sheriff's Office investigation into an Oct. 26 murder in Ennice has led to charges being placed against a Cana, Va., couple and a Surry County man.

  • Injured driver remains in hospital, charges pending

     

  • Burglar arrested when he tried to reclaim lost phone

    Not only did a burglar leave behind his cell phone when stealing wrapped Christmas presents from a home in Carroll County, he also showed up to reclaim his phone from police.
    Chase Kiran Altice, 34, of Vinton, is being held without bond in connection with the break-in.
    The burglar, the Carroll County Sheriff's Office said, dropped his cell phone in a bedroom in the house. Deputies called the Vinton man's family, saying his phone had been found in Carroll. Could he come by and pick it up?

  • Investigation rules out foul play in baby's death

    Autopsy results have been received by the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department for a month-old infant who died July 16.
    Chief Deputy Mike Hash said the cause of death was listed as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, also known as “crib death.”
    The autopsy was performed at the state Medical Examiner’s office in Roanoke.

  • Galax defies tourism's downward trend

    U.S. tourists visiting Virginia spent $17.7 billion in 2009, a 7.9 percent drop from the prior year, according to state figures released last week.
    But the Galax reversed that trend, with the city seeing a 10.4 percent increase in traveller spending last year.
    Tourists spent more than $13 million in Galax last year, according to the Virginia Tourism Corp. That spending includes gas, food, lodging, shopping, entertainment, public transportation and admission to local events and attractions.