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Today's News

  • Localities prepare for state cuts

    Before an audience of officials representing Galax, Carroll and Grayson at the Crossroads Institute, state senators William Wampler and Roscoe Reynolds and Del. Bill Carrico delivered the local and state economic forecast during last Tuesday’s legislative dinner.

    Legislators were asked to provide feedback and input on the state budget for the next fiscal year.

    Discussing the future economy, Reynolds admits that he is extremely worried and cautious, noting that 10 million jobs are at stake at automobile plants and the low gas prices are due to the extreme downturn.

  • Rouse sings state's praises

    INDEPENDENCE — North Carolina has one, as do most states in America — but not Virginia.

    A Grayson County woman hopes to change that with her composition.

    For nearly 60 years, Virginia's state song was “Carry Me Back to Ol' Virginny.”

    Today, the song's title of official state song has been taken away and a contest to find a new song has been suspended.

  • Carroll boys to get gritty

     

  • Cavs have plenty of options

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County girls’ basketball coach Marc Motley has a problem.

  • Watts, Anders honored

    Watts’ career off to hot start

    RALEIGH, N.C. –– The college basketball career of Jessi Watts is all of five games old. The former Carroll County standout is already making her mark.

    Watts, a freshman at Salem College, was named to the all-tournament team following the Jackie Ammons Memorial Tournament at Peace College.

    A freshman guard, Watts averaged 15 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5 assists per game in the two-game tournament, shooting 15-for-19 from the floor, including five 3-pointers.

  • Warrant describes kennel conditions

    HILLSVILLE — An informant who apprised Virginia State Police investigators about the kennels on a Coulson Church Road property described as "deplorable" the living conditions under which dogs were being kept.

    Virginia State Police served a search warrant Thursday at 4207 Coulson Church Road at property owned by David Winesett, who once served as Carroll County's animal control officer.

    The warrant was part of an investigation into a report from a citizen about how the kennels had been kept. Investigators seized 63 dogs from the property.

  • Bank robbery suspect arrested in Arkansas

    GASSVILLE, Ark. — A search of more than seven months has ended after a man accused of robbing the Grayson National Bank branch in Whitetop, Va., was arrested in Arkansas last week.

    Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan said Richard Joseph Bauer, 70, of Junction City, Ore., was arrested last Tuesday while attempting to rob the First National Bank in Gassville.

    Vaughan said authorities told him Bauer was still in the bank when officers arrived, and he was arrested without incident by Gassville police.

  • Shakespeare in the Studio

    Instructor Linda Donnell teaches “Shakespeare for Children” at the Conservatory of Dance & Theatre in downtown Galax. For an hour each week for a month, children ages 8 to 12 learn the many aspects of Shakespearean theatre. In the interactive class, they learned dances of the Elizabethan Era, about sonnets, received voice training and played theatre games.

    A dancer and actor, Donnell has trained in Shakespeare, acting, voice, movement and mime under British Professor Emeritus James Dodding, along with her many other achievements and education.

  • Airport commission asked to step down

    INDEPENDENCE — After months of discussing what to do about the proposed change at the Twin County Regional Airport Commission, Independence Town Council has passed a resolution.

    Now, they wait and see if it has any teeth.

    Back in July, Interim Airport Manager Tim Brown approached council asking for support to change the commission’s membership from seven localities — Carroll and Grayson counties, the City of Galax and the towns of Hillsville, Fries and Independence — to what the commission determined to be the “big three.”

  • Horse, mule shot in Dugspur

    HILLSVILLE — A 41-year-old Laurel Fork man has been charged with shooting a horse and a mule Nov. 18, according to Carroll authorities.

    Steven Spangler was charged Monday with two counts of maliciously shooting animals belonging to Tommy Brown of Dugspur, according to Sheriff Warren Manning. The animals were a horse and a mule. The charges are Class 5 felonies.

    Carroll Sheriff's Office Investigators Fred Bobbitt and Venton Smith and Animal Control Officer Terry Woods handled the investigation, the sheriff said.