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Today's News

  • Owens pleads guilty to murder

    HILLSVILLE — In the midst of grand jury indictments on Monday, 31-year-old Jesse James Owens of Woodlawn surprised the court with a guilty plea to four charges, including first-degree murder.

    The case preceding Owens’ plea began Feb. 8, 2013, when he admittedly used a firearm to shoot and kill his girlfriend, Delphie Willey.

    Owens was accused of shooting Willey in the head, according to police reports. Previous testimonies had indicated that he’d committed the act after becoming jealous of Willey dancing with another man.

  • Public record for 6/18/14 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 February in the Grayson County General District Court Office, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Police searching for hit-and-run suspect

    HILLSVILLE — The Hillsville Police Department is investigating a hit-and-run accident that happened on Main Street last Friday.
    The department was called to the scene at 10 p.m. on June 13, after a witness saw a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee operated by an unknown suspect crash into a Chevrolet Tahoe that was parked in front of a residence on South Main Street.
    “The suspect hit the vehicle so hard, that he basically knocked [the Tahoe] onto the sidewalk,” said Police Chief Greg Bolen.

  • GOOOOOL!

    RADFORD –– Galax finally attained the ultimate goal. It took a perfect goal to make it happen.

    A fixture in the state tournament over the last decade, the Maroon Tide won its first Group 1A state championship in boys’ soccer Saturday when a surgical strike by Mario Carranza in the 57th minute boosted Galax to a 2-1 win over Radford at Cupp Stadium.

  • Readers' Hotline 6/16/14

    Salute to graduates
    I would like to comment on how well-organized Galax High School’s graduation was. I love graduation outside. The well-maintained football field was the ideal place for my nephew’s graduation. Galax City Schools did a great job organizing and planning this event. I hope all future graduations will be outside. Congratulations, class of 2014.
     
    Hit and run

  • Hospital develops strategy to make region healthier

    A community health needs assessment of the Twin Counties and Galax has found nine core problems that need to be addressed in the area.

    The problems including obesity, diabetes, chronic diseases (heart disease, pulmonary, high blood pressure, cancer), economic issues, substance abuse and mental health issues, lifestyle behavior and education, access and aging, family/responsibility and teen pregnancy, and smoking/tobacco use.

    The findings were discussed June 5 during the quarterly Community Advisory Group meeting at Twin County Regional Hospital.

  • Carroll water project questions resurface

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Public Service Authority (PSA) held a public comment period during its June 9 meeting, to give citizens an opportunity to share thoughts and concerns about the possible expenditure of project contingency funds for the Fancy Gap Water and Coon Ridge Water Projects.

    Two citizens who have questioned the PSA’s handling of water projects spoke, again voicing concerns about public notifications of meetings and a perceived lack of government transparency.

  • Mayor to enter plea in impersonation case

    BRISTOL — Hillsville Mayor Greg Crowder’s appeal of his conviction for impersonating a law enforcement officer was continued last week, and now has been rescheduled as a plea hearing, according to Bristol Circuit Court records.

    This is the appeal’s second continuance, according to the records.

    The hearing is scheduled for June 20 at Bristol Circuit Court. There is no indication about what plea Crowder intends to enter.

  • Police say felon tried to sell gun on Facebook

    A posting in a local yard sale page led to the arrest of Kevin Leonardo Mittman, 33, of Galax on June 10.

    Galax Police Department Sgt. Shawny Jones received information that Mittman had posted an ad on a Facebook yard sale page, offering a firearm for sale. As a convicted felon, Mittman is prohibited from owning a gun.

    Police made arrangements to meet with Mittman to complete the transaction for the gun. Mittman was taken into custody and a firearm seized.

  • Galax car show a vehicle for fun

    “Memories on Main” car show in downtown Galax proved quite a draw for vintage, antique and custom car enthusiasts this year. Along with the cars, entertainment was provided by local group Loose Strings, along with food, book and license plate vendors.

    On hand to greet showgoers was Michigan’s Scott “Scooter” Strenzel, a car magazine journalist and author of the “Scooter’s Garage” column, who was there to give out a special award and write articles about the event and various articles on display.