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Today's News

  • Dutton appeals murder conviction

    HILLSVILLE — A man convicted of surprising his estranged wife and killing her Jan. 3, 2007, in her Ivanhoe home has filed an appeal.

    Robert Allen Dutton, 57, was convicted in Carroll County Circuit Court of first-degree murder, use of a firearm and statutory burglary in the death of his wife of nearly eight years, Sandra Kay Dutton, 41, from gunshot wounds to the head and back.

    Carroll deputies found her body on her bed, her keys in the lock on the open outside door, and her pocketbook and packages on the floor just inside an otherwise tidy house.

  • Teen recovering from accident

    FRIES — A 17-year-old who was critically injured in a single-vehicle accident nearly a month ago was expected to return home Monday.

    Phillip Mathew Norman, of Fries, was airlifted to Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tenn. Sept. 15 after his vehicle collided with a tree.

    Nearly a month later, Norman is scheduled to come home, according to his sister, Crystal.

  • Localities backing micro-loan program

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County became the final piece of the puzzle for a regional grant application to bring a micro-lending business to the Twin Counties.

    The board of supervisors approved the application during its regular meeting Oct. 9 — joining the City of Galax and Carroll County.

    The process began in July when Brian Phipps of People Inc. of Abingdon approached the boards about the business that provides a micro-lending program for emerging businesses in the Twin Counties.

  • 85 new businesses created

    The Crossroads Small Business Development Center has led to the creation of 85 new businesses that represent the potential of 391 jobs.

    The center, along with the Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority and the Southwest Regional Enterprise Center which assists with small business development, hosted the recent “Celebration of Entrepreneurial Business Achievements” dinner and ribbon-cutting to recognize small business owners.

  • Memorial project finally deploys

    After battling a lawsuit for the past few years regarding the placement of a veterans' monument, the City of Galax can now proceed with plans to help a group of local veterans and volunteers erect the Twin County Veterans Memorial at the Galax Public Library.

    With the suit ending in the city's favor, Galax is moving forward with securing the services of a consulting engineer for technical design and cost estimates for the memorial designed by Todd Price, an artist from Elk Creek.

  • County budgets overspent

    INDEPENDENCE — With one quarter of the 2008-09 fiscal year officially complete, several departments in Grayson are already being red-flagged.

    Grayson County Administrator Bill Ring gave an update on the budget to the board of supervisors at its regular meeting last Thursday night.

    “Times are difficult,” said Ring. “Money is short.”

    Of course, the summer and fall months tend to be the slower because tax revenues have not begun to come in.

  • Furniture company goes eco-friendly

    Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Co., now the largest manufacturer of wooden adult furniture in the nation, has set goals to drastically reduce solid waste, electricity consumption and finishing waste, allowing the company to become certified in Enhancing Furniture's Environmental Culture (EFEC).

    The environmental management program was launched by the American Home Furnishings Alliance in 1999. It is a set of management tools and principles that a company can use to integrate environmental concerns into daily business practices.

  • State title worth the worry

    BRISTOL –– Taking a nine-stroke lead into the second day of the Group A state golf championships Tuesday at Clear Creek Golf Course, Galax would have liked nothing better than a repeat of its first day’s performance. That’s what it got – nothing better. But it was more than enough.

  • Galax holds on for state title

    BRISTOL –– Galax won its fourth state golf championship and its second in the last five years, grinding through a tough course and a tough field Tuesday to win the team title by 12 strokes over Giles at Clear Creek Golf Club.

    The Maroon Tide adds the team championship to the Group AA crown it won in 1974 and the Group A titles claimed in 1988 and 2004.

  • Marion stops 2-pointer to top Cavs 15-13

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County was denied on a two-point conversion with 1:09 to play as Marion escaped with a 15-13 Southwest District win Friday at Tommy Thompson Field.

    Trailing 15-7, the Cavaliers (3-4 overall, 1-2 district) took over on their own 15 following a Zack Surratt interception and drove the length of the field, capping the drive with Dillon Caviness’ 28-yard TD reception from Blake Bowman. Fullback Cody Mabe was stopped at the 1-yard-line on the PAT as Marion held on.