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Today's News

  • Super Bowl brings shirt order to Classic Creations

    Hillsville Town Council Member David Young took these photos of the staff at Classic Creations as they worked hard at producing thousands of NFL Super Bowl shirts for the Feb. 1 event.

    “I couldn’t be more proud,” said Young of the business that he and Mayor Greg Crowder helped bring to the town a little more than a year ago.

    Classic Creations received its first NFL T-shirt order last year with the Seattle Seahawks’ Super Bowl win.

  • Senate committee puts hold on gun bills

    RICHMOND — The Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday declined to advance the only Democratic gun control bill to make it through a committee.

    SB943, sponsored by Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington) would prohibit people convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence or assault on a family member from owning a firearm for at least a year.

  • Fire on Kenbrook leaves no one harmed

    A fire on Kenbrook Drive in Galax left some personal property damage Tuesday night, but nobody injured, according to Galax Assistant Fire Chief Mark Burnett.

    According to Burnett, firefighters were sent out at 7:43 p.m. When they arrived, they found approximately 10 people in the yard, only one of whom spoke English. “They were hysterical,” said Burnett, “The smoke was coming out from under the eaves. They said they were in town, and they came back and found the fire. The daddy went in and used bathtub water to put the fire out.”

  • Bill would require sex offenders to give notice before coming to schools

    RICHMOND — The House of Delegates passed a bill Tuesday requiring a public hearing before a sex offender can obtain permission to be on school grounds.

    The bill is sponsored by Del. Jeff Campbell (R-Smyth), whose 6th District includes part of Carroll County.

  • Family seeks justice for dog's shooting

    FANCY GAP — The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and a Fancy Gap family are searching for information to locate an unknown suspect that came onto the family’s property and killed their dog by shooting her in the chest.

    According to Sheriff J.B. Gardner and investigating officer Josh Carlan, this isn’t the first time they have been called to investigate an animal death in that area. “This happened to another dog earlier in the summer, roughly in the same spot,” Gardner said on Wednesday.

  • Pedestrian hit by tractor trailer on interstate dies from injuries

    State police responded to a tractor trailer accident on I-77 North Wednesday night that resulted in one fatality, when a pedestrian reportedly walked into the right travel lane, where he was hit by a tractor trailer.

    According to a report from Special Agent Russell Edwards on Thursday, police were called to the 19.8 mile marker of the interstate at approximately 8:18 p.m., on reports of a tractor trailer striking a pedestrian in the right travel lane of the interstate.

  • Police in Va. could be required to wear cameras

    RICHMOND — Just as one state legislator pulled back his bill to require that police wear body cameras, a second lawmaker said he doesn’t want to wait and will introduce his own legislation.

    Del. Joe Lindsey (D-Norfolk) told a House subcommittee on Jan. 29 that they should table his body camera bill because a study group is planning to review the issue. Others suggested it would be too expensive.

  • Town: communication breakdown with internet provider

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — Communities that offer fast Internet speeds gain advantage over those that do not. Businesses are considered more likely to move to and remain in such places, because it makes it easier to send and receive today’s larger computer files.

  • Fries Rec Center undergoing changes

    FRIES — Members of a new Fries Recreation Center Board were slated to begin their terms in January, but before that could happen, the former members disbanded the board and dissolved the 501c3 non-profit organization that ran the center.

    The facility is a center in more than name — housing town offices, recreational activities, sports programs, meeting areas, a swimming pool and a library, it’s the hub of daily life for many in Fries.

  • Readers Hotline 2/4/15

    Wasted effort
    Thank you, Grayson supervisors, for wasting my money on [bounties for] coyotes. I will do everything in my power the next election to make sure you are not reelected for voting to kill the coyotes.
    Editor’s note: So you’ll be informed come election time: the increase in the coyote bounty fund, like the bounty itself, was decided by a 3-2 vote. Supervisors Glen Rosenbaum, David Sexton and John Brewer voted for it, and Supervisors Kenneth Belton and Brenda Sutherland voted against it.