Today's News

  • Nelson sentenced for picking up teen on MySpace

    ROANOKE — He was 38. She was 15.

    Their relationship started in cyberspace but quickly turned physical.

    Dewey Edward Nelson, a Hillsville man who used the name "Jolly Rancha" on MySpace, was held up by federal prosecutors Thursday as a warning about the dangers of the online world.

    "Take this issue seriously," Tim Heaphy, U.S. attorney for the Western

    District of Virginia, urged parents in a press conference held immediately after a federal court hearing in which Nelson was sentenced to 13 years in prison.

  • Honey Money

    Grant money has been awarded to help offset recent losses to area beekeepers and help expand local hives.

    Bernie Bradley of Elk Creek, president of the Mountain Empire Beekeepers Association, said $125,000 in Virginia Tobacco Commission grant money has been awarded to assist Southwest Virginia Region beekeepers.

    Last year, the commission gave the association $24,000, but Bradley said that money was gone in 10 days.

  • In need of a good home

    It was with sadness that we learned last week that the "EAR"resistable animal rescue organization in Grayson County was about to close because of a lack of funding.

    In its brief life, the non-profit group provided a humane alternative to the animal shelter, saving the lives of dozens of animals that were neglected, abused, abandoned or from families that no longer had the means to care for them.

    The operation soon realized that it, too, was being abandoned by donors who, in this dog of an economy, were no longer able to help.

  • GHS to begin interview process

     Any Galax High School football fan hoping to see a wisp of white smoke wafting from the chimney at 223 Long Street any time soon should be patient.

  • Carroll comeback falls short

     HILLSVILLE -- Carroll County trailed Marion by as many as 17 points before reeling in the Scarlet Hurricane with a minute to go, but the comeback lost steam and the Cavaliers were handed a 72-67 defeat in a Southwest District game Thursday.

  • Tide rolls in MED wrestling

    MAX MEADOWS -- Galax crowned 11 individual champions and breezed to the team title Thursday at the Mountain Empire District wrestling tournament at Fort Chiswell High School. Junior Espinoza got the championship ball rolling for the Maroon Tide with a technical fall victory over Fort Chiswell’s Kyle Goad at 103 pounds.

  • Sports Shorts

    6-on-6 soccer tournament The 2010 JH Soccer Academy Six-A-Side tournament will be held March 6-7 at Carroll County High School. Divisions for Adult Open, 11U, 15U and 19U boys and girls. Entry fee is $120 before Feb. 19, $150 after. Teams guaranteed three 30-minute games. Maximum eight players per roster. For more information, e-mail harrismhh@comcast.net or visit www.jhsocceracademy.com.

  • 'Predator' to remain in custody

    HILLSVILLE — A 33-year-old Galax man has been named a "sexually violent predator" and must remain in the custody of the state for treatment, even after being released from prison — a first for the Carroll courts, officials say.

    John McLees of the state Attorney General's Office represented the commonwealth in seeking a civil commitment order against Author K. Smith, following criminal charges and penalties in Carroll Circuit Court.

  • City of Galax creating artists' residence

    A house on Oldtown Street behind Robert's Citgo, originally slated to be the Galax Visitors' Center, will instead become a part of the Chestnut Creek School of the Arts' downtown campus, if approved by Galax City Council.

    At their Jan. 25 meeting, council members heard from Galax City Manager Keith Barker about plans to turn over the 107 W. Oldtown St. building to CCSA to be used as a residence for out-of-town class instructors or artists whose classes span more than one day, along with meeting rooms, offices and storage, as requested by Theresa Lazo, chair of CCSA.

  • Animal Rescue closing

    ELK CREEK — Five years ago, an animal rescue was born in Grayson County, driven by the philosophy that every life is precious and that kindness to animals helps build a better world for everyone.

    Earlier this week, the rescue was forced to close after costs associated with running it became too much for the director.

    Sue Cantrell and Laurie Merry started "Ear"resistible Animal Rescue to address the issues of animal abuse and overpopulation in Grayson and surrounding communities.