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Today's News

  • Analysis: Much ado about nothing

    Don’t begrudge Tom Hale for looking.

    Pulaski County turned to one of its former players, Todd Jones of Essex High School, to fill its vacant head football coaching position. Nobody knows how close Carroll County came to losing its coach, Tom Hale, who interviewed for the position, but fortunately, the search for the Cavaliers' next coach ended before it began.

  • Consignment store items to be returned

    Nearly 150 frustrated vendors are waiting to get their money and merchandise that was up for sale at Alice's Fine Consign, located at 117 E. Grayson St. in downtown Galax, after the owners of the business closed up shop without notice.
    Now, it's up to the owner of the building, Devan Freeman, to sort through the mess that was left behind by merchants and their step-daughter and her friend that took over management of the store in May.
    Alice's has been located in downtown Galax for a year.

  • Dowell pleads guilty to drug charges

    ROANOKE — A Fancy Gap man pleaded guilty to a charge of distribution of methamphetamine in U.S. District Court in Roanoke Monday.
    A federal grand jury indicted Cory Johnathan Dowell last May of possessing more than 50 grams of a mixture containing meth, a schedule II narcotic, according to court papers.
    Dowell appeared in the federal court to answer the charge, stemming from an arrest last August, and entered a guilty plea.

  • Police probe baby's death

    The Grayson County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the death of a 1-month, 18-day-old baby who died last Friday.
    Sheriff Richard Vaughan said 911 dispatchers received a call at 10:57 a.m. about a baby that was unresponsive.
    Two members of the sheriff’s department, Deputy Rhonda Halsey and Investigator Todd Perkins, arrived at the mobile home at 4834 Old Bridle Creek Road a short time later. A family member was performing CPR and Halsey took over.

  • The Sweet Science of BBQ

    "It's not rocket science. It's not saving lives. It's just barbecue," says Lonnie Smith of Bubba Grills, explaining why he has devoted his life to smoking pork and chasing trophies. "It's about food. It's about family."
    Smith shouldn't sell himself short. While the Haddock, Ga., team — this year's grand champion of the 6th Annual Smoke On The Mountain state barbecue cook-off in Galax, held this past weekend — looks at cooking as fun, there's some sweet science involved.

  • Public record for 7/21/10 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record. The listings are complete. The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing.  
    For information on this column or questions, 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in September 2009 in the Carroll County General District Court Office, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

  • New cameras can recognize, analyze license plates

    INDEPENDENCE —  The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office is using a recently acquired new technology that allows officers to automatically read license plates and compare them to wanted vehicle databases.
    The ALPR (Automatic License Plate Recognition) was paid for with a state Homeland Security grant.

  • Change in the air

    Nitrogen-inflated tires, the big buzz for the past couple of years in the automotive world, could save consumers at least $100 a year on fuel and tires, said Jeff Campbell, owner of Twin County Tire & Auto, located on North Main and Webster streets in Galax.

  • AmerLink files counterclaims against Carroll

     WILSON, N.C. — Representatives of AmerLink are countersuing Carroll County, alleging more than a million dollars in damages caused by interference by the locality in the failed economic development deal.

  • Couple sentenced in ID theft case

    ROANOKE — An Elk Creek couple who admitted to stealing the identity of an elderly man for whom they provided in-home care were sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke Monday.
    Robbie Kevin Poole, 50, and his wife, Kathryn Rebecca Poole, 58, each pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft.