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Today's News

  • Pot-like products get state's attention

    It goes by many names: K2, Cloud 9, Spice, Magic Gold, Buzz, Smoke, Skunk.
    The melange of herbs sprayed with a synthetic marijuana substitute is blooming in popularity, and making users sick and being outlawed as it does.
    The stuff, still legal in Virginia, is the latest in the cycle of designer drugs to hit the market, only to be banned as the law catches up to them.

  • State launches energy conservation web site

    The state has launched a web site and educational campaign called Virginia Energy Sense to help consumers understand more about their energy use and encourage them to conserve.
    The effort is part of a goal established by the General Assembly to cut the state’s electricity consumption by 10 percent from 2006 levels in the next 22 years. State agencies have estimated that such a reduction would postpone the need to build four to five new power plants and could save consumers between $200 million and $700 million, according to the web site, www.virginiaenergysense.org.

  • Man killed in U.S. 52 crash

    HILLSVILLE — A 74-year-old Greensboro, N.C., man died as a result of a single-vehicle crash on U.S. 52 Wednesday, according to a Virginia State Police report.
    Melvin Wayne Black died after being taken to the hospital.
    The accident occurred at about 11:30 a.m. when a 1998 Toyota 4Runner, heading south on 52, crossed the center line, ran off the side of the road and struck a tree, according to the report by Trooper R.B. Phipps.
    The victim had a severe head trauma, even though he was belted in and the airbag deployed during the accident.

  • New stage will be ready for fiddlers' convention

    The Felts Park permanent stage, being constructed by Branson Construction of Chilhowie, was slated to reach substantial completion on July 25, meaning that it will be ready in time for the 75th anniversary of the Galax Old Fiddlers' Convention the second week in August.

  • Former Grayson deputy indicted for sexual battery, rape

    INDEPENDENCE — A former Grayson County deputy sheriff was indicted on 14 sex-related charges last Friday by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury.
    Shane Alan Widner, 33, was a sergeant when he was fired Jan. 13 by the sheriff’s department. He has been held in the New River Valley Regional Jail in Dublin since his arrest.
    Widner was indicted on two counts of rape, four counts of aggravated sexual battery, four counts of animate object sexual penetration, three counts of indecent liberties and one count of attempted inanimate object sexual penetration.

  • Motorcycle chases ends with drug arrest

    HILLSVILLE — A 32-year-old Austinville man faces illegal drug and traffic charges after he tried to elude a Carroll deputy during a traffic stop last Thursday, according to Sheriff Warren Manning.
    The chase occurred as Sgt. Bobby Lyons was patrolling the area near U.S. 52 and Pleasant View Road. The deputy saw a motorcycle being operated in a reckless manner, according to a press release from the sheriff's office.
    Lyons tried to stop the motorcycle for reckless driving, but it sped off, heading south on U.S. 52.

  • Love's Travel Stop brings 100 jobs

    LAMBSBURG — The opening of the Love's Travel Stop at Interstate 77 Exit is in the rearview mirror, but Carroll officials see more development ahead.
    Officials from Carroll County, Hillsville and the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce joined Raymont Gordon, Love's general manager for the Lambsburg location, on Monday morning not only to celebrate the opening of the truck stop, but also the interstate interchange just north of Virginia's border with North Carolina.

  • Harrison's Gun & Ammo expands

    Harrison's Gun & Ammo, at 971 E. Stuart Drive in Galax, has expanded its merchandise to become the largest full-service gun shop in six counties, said owner Tony Harrison.
    When Harrison's Gun & Ammo opened in October 2009, it started with 196 guns. Now it offers 540 new and used guns, has expanded its archery selection and offers an array of accessories. Anything that is not available can be ordered and shipped to the store overnight.

  • Carroll youth changed by cancer — for the better

    HILLSVILLE — Lucas Webb smelled croutons.
    He might have been half-asleep, his hair and eyebrows gone, his body weakened by chemotherapy, but his nose still worked. And the smell of food — the mere concept of food — made him sick.

  • Cause of baby's death still unknown

    The investigation of an infant who died July 16 is continuing by the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department.
    Sheriff Richard Vaughan said an autopsy was performed on 1-month-old Caidance Adare Skoski at the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Roanoke but no report had been received.
    “It will probably take several weeks to get all the test results back so we can determine the cause of death,” Vaughan said.
    He also said they were awaiting the results of toxicology and other tests. The baby had no signs of trauma.