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Today's News

  • Vaughan-Bassett plans to increase Galax production

    Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Company says the Galax plant will have to increase production and employees will go back to working on a full-time schedule, as the Elkin, N.C., factory closes down, resulting in 400 people losing their jobs.

    “We are now facing both Asian competition and a severe and possibly prolonged recession, producing the worst slump in the furniture business in at least 30 years,” said Wyatt Bassett, president and chief executive officer.

  • State can't hold seized dogs

    HILLSVILLE — Because state authorities failed to get a court date within the required time for a matter involving 63 dogs seized from a Carroll County man, possession of the dogs will return to the owner.

    A judge declined to go on with a civil hearing about the matter Tuesday because the state missed its deadline.

    It appears that David Winesett, from whom the dogs were seized during a Virginia State Police investigation into conditions at kennels at 4207 Coulson Church Road, will get his animals back as a result of the decision.

  • Terrorist attack cancels India trip

    INDEPENDENCE — Instead of touring India this week, Grayson County Schools’ Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Thomas can be found at her desk in Independence — far from the turmoil and violence that erupted in that country last week.

    Thomas was one of 13 Virginia superintendents who had planned to be in India right now. The superintendents were to join Virginia Secretary of Education Thomas Morris for the trip to learn about globalization.

  • Nine convicted in Grayson/N.C. drug conspiracy

    ABINGDON — The final two defendants in a nine-member methamphetamine conspiracy case were convicted by a federal jury in Abingdon on Dec. 4.

    Jessee Dane Cox, 33, and Robert Cox, 35, both of Crumpler, N.C., were two of nine defendants indicted in January for their participation in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in Grayson County and Ashe County, N.C.

    Jessee Cox was convicted of conspiracy to possess meth with the intent to distribute and of distributing 500 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing methamphetamine.

  • Town DMV staff rewarded for office's success

    INDEPENDENCE — Three town employees will receive a 25 percent bonus from extra profits made through the Department of Motor Vehicles office.

    Independence Town Council called a special meeting Nov. 21 to consider the proposal on what to do with money being made by the town's DMV Select office.

    After more than 90 minutes in closed session discussing the proposal, Vice Mayor Tom Maxwell motioned to accept the DMV funds as proposed. The motion was seconded by Council Member Jason Cassell and passed with a 3-0 vote.

  • WCC to offer new scholarships

    A new program funded by the Virginia Tobacco Commission will allow Wytheville Community College students — who don’t qualify for traditional financial aid, but still have financial needs — the opportunity to receive scholarships, announced Sen. Roscoe Reynolds (D-Henry County) at a press conference at the Crossroads Institute on Monday.

  • Burglary suspects indicted

    HILLSVILLE — A Carroll County grand jury on Monday indicted four men who were allegedly discovered breaking in to a Dugspur home Aug. 26 in daylight and then tried to elude police.

    The grand jury certified multiple counts against three brothers and another man in connection with the break-in.

    An indictment is a formal charge, not a finding of guilt.

    The incident happened at the home of David Branscome Jr., who returned home that day to discover the men.

  • Historic home gets help

    HILLSVILLE — After $250,000 worth of grant money had been spent fixing up the major systems in the Carter Home, the Carroll supervisors have pledged a remaining and necessary piece of work to get the historic building partially reopened.

    After two years of work that restored the chimney, roof, windows, gutters, electric system, plumbing and more, it was the state of one wooden floor that kept the house — which has its origins in the 1840s — from being reopened by the Hale-Wilkinson-Carter Home Foundation.

  • VHSL PLAYOFFS

    VHSL STATE

    FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS

    GROUP AAA DIVISION 6

    Semifinals

    Osbourn 47, Varina 28

    Oscar Smith 10, Oakton 7

    Championship Saturday

    Oscar Smith 54, Osbourn 24

    GROUP AAA DIVISION 5

    Semifinals

    Dinwiddie 42, Liberty-Bealeton 21

    Phoebus 38, Stone Bridge 8

    Championship Saturday

    Phoebus 37, Dinwiddie 13

  • Bobcats rally past Cavaliers

    HILLSVILLE –– Radford rallied from a 10-point deficit into a four-point lead in a little more than a quarter of play and ruined Carroll County’s season opener, taking a 64-55 nondistrict win in a girls’ game Friday night.

    The Cavaliers took advantage of Radford’s zone defense to build a 28-18 lead just before halftime, but the Bobcats (3-0) were anything but passive to start the second half, coming out in a full-court trap and pressing their way back into the game.