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Today's News

  • Blue Devils hammer Pioneers for third place

    MAX MEADOWS -- It doesn’t count in the Mountain Empire District standings, but Grayson County will head into its district schedule with a boost of confidence after demolishing Fort Chiswell by 40 points on the Pioneers’ home floor Wednesday in the third-place game of the BB&T Christmas Tournament. Bubba Bowen scored off the opening tip just three seconds into the game, and the Blue Devils ran out to a 24-14 lead after the first quarter.

  • New U.S. Attorney to represent SWVA

    Crime is like most problems, new U.S. Attorney Tim Heaphy figures: It's more efficient to head it off than to pick up the pieces afterward.

    Stitch in time, limited federal dollars being put to their best use, that sort of thing.

    The question facing the former University of Virginia law professor is how to translate such widely accepted sentiments into the day-to-day workings of his office, where deterrence is more often described in terms of imposing harsh punishment on wrongdoers in order to scare off any who might copy their misdeeds.

  • TCRH going tobacco -free

    Twin County Regional  Healthcare and affiliates announced more than a year ago plans to join neighboring hospitals and health systems to become tobacco-free campuses on January 1, 2010.

    Just two days before the ban, the countdown continues.  

  • Estimates don't add up for GC projects

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County and its public school system are on opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to expectations for total cost of Phase I of the school system's long-range facilities update — but in the end, the bill will have to be paid.

    On the heels of budget adjustments to all constitutional officers in Grayson, supervisors held a special called meeting last week to express total cost expectations for Phase I of the school system's long-range facilities improvement plan.

  • Fire damages home

    HILLSVILLE — A family pet was lost in a house fire on Christmas Day in Hillsville, according to David Young of the Hillsville Volunteer Fire Department.

    The HVFD was called out to 200 Virginia Street the afternoon of Dec. 25 after Michael Howlett passed the home and called 911 to report that smoke was coming out of it.

    When Hillsville police arrived on the scene, they let the fire department know that the house was on fire and that the family was out — but there were three pets still in the home.

    Young said a female dog, Kali, lost her life.

  • Backpack Buddies

    The number of Galax students participating in Backpack Buddies rose from 65 in September to 135 this month, and the number keeps growing, said Alison Bolen, an organizer of the program.

    Bolen and friends Jacquie Roberts and Stepahannie Dees came together to start up the program to help feed every hungry child in the community. Roberts, Dees and Bolen, along with a slew of volunteers fill backpacks with kid-friendly snacks and meals each Friday at Galax Presbyterian Church, where Bolen is a member, to send home with children in need.

  • Public record for 1/6/10 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, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in May in the Galax General District Court Office, Galax. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Letters to the Editor for 12/14/09

    Country road is not NASCAR track

    I live in a small community with tranquil woods, hills dotted with cattle and pretty little farms and houses.

    However, the country two-lane road that cuts through our sleepy village connects U.S. 58 with Interstate 77. This is a shortcut or bypass of the 58/I-77 intersection, and is the subject of my complaint.

    What used to be a rural winding country lane has turned into a veritable Autobahn with no posted speed, no traffic signals, no stop signs.

  • Severe winter storm claims one

    With winter officially still on the horizon, frozen roads in Carroll County claimed a second victim from a vehicle crash in one week.

    Virginia State Police are saying that Barbara Larue Allen of Willis died in a one-vehicle accident while driving during the severe storm Friday at about 3:45 p.m. That system dropped more than a foot of snow on the Twin Counties Friday and Saturday.

    The report says that Allen was operating a 2000 Chevy Blazer on Virginia 664, just south of Virginia 662, when she lost control on the snow covered road.

  • Swine flu vaccine available for all

    Any Virginian who wants a vaccine for the swine flu is now free to seek one.

    Previously, the state had asked that only those in high-priority groups step forward for the vaccine that wards against the H1N1 virus, or swine flu. Now that more doses are available, state health commissioner Karen Remley said on Monday that she is opening the door to others.

    "We are wide open for any Virginian," Remley said during a media briefing.