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Today's News

  • Budget calls for opening prison

     

  • Courthouse shootout memorial service to be held March 13

    HILLSVILLE — The Citizens’ Committee for the Centennial of the 1912 Courthouse Tragedy will sponsor a memorial service at 6 p.m. Tuesday, to be hosted by Grover King VFW Post 1115.
    The program opens with “The Church Sisters” — twins Sarah and Savannah Church and their band from Danville.
    They often appear as guest musicians in the region and will add vibrant voices and masterful music to the memorial service.
    The formal program at 7 p.m. will be led by E. Gary Marshall, chairman of the citizens’ committee.

  • Falling tree kills motorist

    HILLSVILLE — A tree fell onto a vehicle Monday near the intersection of Virginia 100 and Beaver Dam Road, killing the driver of the vehicle.
    Hillsville Police Department investigated the incident that resulted in the death of Adam Lee Ashton, 34, of Hillsville.
    At roughly 4 p.m., Ashton was driving a 1999 Ford Escort south bound on Virginia 100, when a large white pine broke off in the wind and fell into the road, according to Police Chief Steve Williams.
    Ashton and another vehicle following his saw the tree falling and tried to stop, but the Escort slid 75 to 100 feet.

  • Effort to save Sidna Allen home underway

    Just two weeks before the 100th anniversary of the 1912 courthouse shootout, the owners of the J. Sidna Allen home began the process to preserve the historic Fancy Gap residence.
    Sidna Allen, like much of his extended family, attended the conclusion of Floyd Allen's trial for obstruction of justice in the Carroll County Courthouse on March 14, 1912.
    A gun battle erupted between the family and court and county officials after Floyd Allen refused to serve his prison sentence.

  • Funding runs out for school staff hired under jobs bill

    Eight jobs that were created at Galax schools through the federal jobs bill, a stimulus package of $326,786, are expected to be eliminated after this school year.
    The stimulus package, which will expire in September, covered two years of funding for the recruitment of instructors and salary purposes only.
    In 2010, the funds were received, and three full-time substitutes, two teachers’ aides, one secretary, one custodian and one coordinator in central office were hired. Each received one-year contracts in the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 school years.

  • Training Center closing questioned

    HILLSVILLE — The decision to close the Southwestern Virginia Training Center and leave a sister facility in Chesapeake open should not be based on real estate matters alone, one local employee believes.
    The Carroll Board of Supervisors also objects to the closure of the facility that provides care for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, but supervisors hope the state might turn over the property to the county to benefit the local citizens, if the training center can’t be saved.

  • Vaughan-Bassett: Still Making It In America — PART 2

     

  • Galax moves on, by George

    SALEM –– Deion George picked a fine time to put together his most complete game of the season. Partly for that reason, Galax’s season is not yet completed.

    George had 19 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and four steals – all team highs – and two blocks to lead the Maroon Tide past Castlewood 53-44 Friday in the Group A Division 1 quarterfinals at the Salem Civic Center. Galax (25-2) advances to Thursday’s state semifinals at VCU where it will face the winner of the Luray-Charles City quarterfinal, played Saturday.

  • Three vie for Galax School Board seats

    Three people are vying for two seats on the Galax School Board this year.
    Board chairman Ray Kohl and member Helen Kyle, whose seats are set to expire June 30, are seeking reappointment, and community member Jerrold Bennett hopes to be selected.
    During a public hearing at Galax City Council on Feb. 27, Kyle, Kohl and Bennett each explained why they should serve on the school board. Each candidate also submitted a letter of interest to the city manager to be considered for selection.
    School board members are appointed by council.

  • Republican primary is Tuesday

    Virginia’s Republican presidential primary will be held Tuesday.
    Two candidates met the requirements to be on the ballot in Virginia for the primary: U.S. Representative Ron Paul and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.
    These will be the only two candidates appearing on the ballot.
    Virginia law specifically does not allow for write-in votes in primary elections and therefore no write-in votes will be counted.
    Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.