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Today's News

  • The Fiddle & The Plow

    WOODLAWN — If the informality and open discussion encouraged at Woodlawn's new Friday evening musical offerings seem reminiscent of listening to a couple of friends kicking around stories while jamming in the living room, then organizers Willard Gayheart and Scott Freeman will have struck the right chord.

  • Man faces federal firearm charge

    ABINGDON — A 41-year-old Galax man faces a federal charge of possession of a firearm, arising from a traffic stop and sobriety check last August.

    Galax Police Department Officer Jody Poole stopped a 1978 Ford pickup on Meadow Street, leading to the charge against Joe Jackson Gambill, according to federal court documents.

    During the traffic stop, Poole noticed a strong odor of alcohol on Gambill, the complaint states.

    While the officer conducted a records check, he observed an SUV pull up to the scene. Gambill's wife got out and approached the Ford pickup.

  • Agreement a bright spot amid wastewater fued

    HILLSVILLE — At one point in the ongoing utility disagreements between Carroll County and Hillsville, county officials decided they would rather switch providers.

    As the lawsuit between the two localities goes to trial in circuit court, construction workers have made the final connections between the new Woodlawn sewer system and the Galax treatment plant.

    That will allow the Carroll County Public Service Authority to send its sewage to Galax for treatment, instead of to Hillsville.

  • Music center now open

    The Blue Ridge Music Center will open on Saturday, and live music at the amphitheater will begin on May 28.

    The center on the Blue Ridge Parkway celebrates Virginia’s mountain music heritage with exhibits, concerts, presentations and daily musical performances.

    The summer concert series for 2010 will include a special weekend of performances celebrating the parkway's 75th anniversary in September.

  • McDonnell nixes police prayer policy

    To the delight of some faith groups and the dismay of other activists, a Virginia State Police directive that instructed chaplains to deliver nonsectarian public prayers when representing the law enforcement agency was rescinded at the behest of Gov. Bob McDonnell.

    That reversal on Wednesday enables troopers who serve as chaplains — a volunteer aspect of their job — to deliver faith-specific prayers at government-sanctioned public events.

  • Cana man charged with robbing 'Thelma Lou'

    MOUNT AIRY, N.C. — Fans of The Andy Griffith Show will see the irony right off: "Thelma Lou" became the victim of robbery April 25 in the city that inspired the bucolic television town of Mayberry.

    Mount Airy police have charged a 45-year-old Cana man, identified as Shirley Walter Guynn, in the case.

    The victim in the case was Betty Lou Lynn of Mount Airy, according to the police report.

  • Galax man dies in motorcycle accident Friday

     An 18-year-old Galax man died at the scene of a Friday motorcycle accident on Virginia 722, according to a Virginia State Police report.

    The two-vehicle accident involved Houston Kyle Caldwell, who was driving a 2002 Yamaha motorcycle at about 8:24 p.m., less than a half mile from Virginia 791, when he attempted to pass another vehicle on a double solid yellow line, according to the report.

    While passing the other vehicle heading east, Caldwell met a 1996 Ford Taurus going west, the report states.

  • Walmart shooter dies, victim improves

    UPDATED 5/6/10

    Rita Carico, 57, of Galax, was in good condition Monday at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, after being shot in the face and chest while working in the dairy section at Walmart on Saturday night, according to a spokesperson at the hospital.

    A.G. Anderson, who police say shot the Walmart employee and then turned the gun on himself, died as a result of a gunshot wound to the head, said Galax Police Chief Rick Clark.

    Clark said the department received the 911 call at 9:54 on Saturday evening, saying there was an active shooter at Walmart.

  • Emergency volunteers' needs must be addressed

    HILLSVILLE — Included among the missions and goals of Carroll's Emergency Services Board, one member wants to see more of the volunteers' problems solved.

    Members of the advisory board spent considerable time at their April 22 called meeting poring over a mission statement requested by the county supervisors, but Markel Cochran believed the proposal did not address concerns he's heard from volunteers.

    "This is good," Cochran reacted after hearing the proposed goals and objectives. "You've put a lot of work into it, and it's a waste of time."

  • Galax candidates participate in forum

    A “Get to Know Your City Council” candidate forum held last Wednesday at the Crossroads Institute allowed attendees to become more informed on the issues facing the city and prepared voters for Tuesday's election.

    City council candidates spoke about their backgrounds, and answered questions that were submitted ahead of time.

    Among the candidates are incumbents C.M. Mitchell, Willie Greene, John Garner and Derrick Davis and newcomer and downtown business owner Margaret “Margo” Crouse.

    Election day is Tuesday.

    The Candidates