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Today's News

  • Campaign HQ fight, macing goes to court

    Two individuals accused of assaulting and pepper-spraying five people at the Republican campaign headquarters in Galax shortly before the 2008 presidential election were convicted of lesser charges of disorderly conduct in Galax General District Court on Monday.

    Daniel Cason Meinecke, 29, of Galax — charged with one count of misdemeanor assault of Galax Republican Party Chairman Michael Stevens — was convicted of the reduced charge of disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor. Meinecke will serve 100 hours of community service and 60 days of jail, suspended.

  • Public record for 2/18/09 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. 

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded in October and November in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

    Rhudy R. Lineberry and Barbara S. Lineberry to Lawrence E. King and Phyllis G. King. 8.486 acres in the Sulphur Springs District. $25,033.70.

  • Vaughan-Bassett to expand in Galax

    It was the kind of announcement that hasn't been heard in Galax — nor in the furniture industry nationwide — in a long time.

    On Friday, Vaughan-Bassett Furniture announced that it will invest $2.15 million to expand its manufacturing facility in Galax, creating 100 new jobs over the next three years, saving 500 existing positions and upgrading and purchasing equipment.

  • Letters to the Editor for 2/16/09

    Put an end to partisan politics

    It appears that Ted Reavis from Carroll County has unleashed yet another baseless partisan attack against Rep. Rick Boucher.

    Reavis simply does not get the public mood that it’s time to put partisan politics aside and work in a bipartisan fashion with Democrats and Republicans cooperating together in order to solve our nation’s serious economic problems.

    This time, Reavis has attacked Boucher for something that the congressman has absolutely no control over.

  • Letters to the Editor for 2/23/09

    Say no to Medicaid funding cut

    More than 62 percent of residents of Virginia’s nursing homes are sponsored by Medicaid.

    Most Medicaid recipients in nursing homes were productive citizens, teachers, policemen, farmers, etc., who simply have outlived their savings.

    In caring for them last year, Virginia’s long-term care facilities lost $78 million. Now Gov. Kaine recommends that the General Assembly reduce funding for Medicaid by another $40 million.

  • Towe waives hearing in manslaughter case

    HILLSVILLE — A 41-year-old Cana man, accused of manslaughter and driving while drunk in the death of a 26-year-old Middlesex, N.C. woman, waived his right to a preliminary hearing last Tuesday.

    Stephen Edwin Towe of Cana appeared in Carroll General District Court briefly on Feb. 17 with his attorney, Dawn Davis Cox, on the charges stemming from a wreck on Woodlawn Road near U.S. 58 that killed 26-year-old Jessica Ruth Bowyer.

  • County deciding Elk Creek's fate

    INDEPENDENCE — The future use of the closed Elk Creek school building is still up for debate, but citizens of that Grayson County community are excited about the possibilities.

    Kevin Spurlin, member of the School Facilities Committee — formed to help determine what to do with old buildings after schools are closed — updated the board of supervisors Feb. 12 on where things stood in Elk Creek.

    A public forum was held on Jan. 26 and 58 people attended.

    Spurlin said several things were currently known about the building, including:

  • Tire recycling idea gets rolling

    HILLSVILLE — A garage owner in Hillsville wants to expand his business ventures from rotating tires to recycling them into new products.

    The machine central to Ben Bryant's new endeavor is parked by his garage at Finishline Automotive, but if everything goes as planned he'll be moving it to a valley near Buckwoods Road within a couple months to shred tires.

    Perhaps you've seen the trailer with the mechanical equipment on it while driving by the garage on U.S. 58 in town — it looks like a big circular metal tumbler.

  • Stimulus spending ideas flood state site

    Anyone can make a suggestion for Virginia's use of federal stimulus funds thanks to stimulus.virginia.gov, and projects relating to the Twin Counties — totaling tens of millions of dollars — have been posted there since the Web site's launch.

    Gov. Tim Kaine opened the discussion about what to do with federal stimulus package money to everyone with a computer and an Internet connection. A web-based submission form on the site makes it easy.

  • Murder investigation leads to Grayson

    MARTINSVILLE — Authorities in Martinsville have officially closed a 34-year homicide and robbery investigation, after their search for suspects and evidence led them to Galax, Hillsville and Baywood.

    The "cold case" was reopened two years ago, according to a press release from the Martinsville Police Department. Four suspects were identified, but police say no charges were filed because all are deceased.