Today's News

  • Combs, Calfee to be married

    Mr. and Mrs. Sherman Combs Jr.  of Sugar Grove announced the engagement of their daughter, Sarah Renee, to William Quinton Calfee of Wytheville.

    Combs is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Grover “Joe” and Gaye Pugh of Troutdale and Sherman Gayle Combs Sr. and the late Ora May Combs of Sugar Grove.
    Calfee is the son of Charles B. Calfee and the grandson of William A. and the late Frances Calfee of Wytheville.
    Both are graduates of Wytheville Community College and reside in Wytheville.

  • Public record for 8/24/11 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. 
    For information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded May 24-June 8 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

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  • Quake shakes Twin Counties

    An earthquake centered in Virginia around 1:51 p.m. today was felt for about 20 seconds throughout the Twin Counties and up and down the East Coast.

    It was the strongest quake in Virginia in 114 years, according to the U.S Geological Survey, and the second-strongest in the state's history.

    The USGS is reporting a 5.8 magnitude quake felt from North Carolina to New York City and in some part of Canada. The earthquake's epicenter was near Louisa and Mineral, between Charlottesville and Richmond, about 3.7 miles below the surface.

  • VDOT to hold ribbon-cutting for Hillsville bypass

    HILLSVILLE — The Virginia Department of Transportation will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony Aug. 30 to commemorate the opening to traffic of the remaining 3.7 miles of the 5.2-mile U.S. 58 Hillsville bypass.
    The public ceremony is at 11 a.m. on the new bypass near its east interchange with U.S. 58 business. The event will be a ceremonial road opening — the new road is expected to be opened to traffic today, Wednesday, if weather and work schedule permit.

  • Fries Fiddlers' Convention announces winners

    FRIES — Winners of Fries Volunteer Fire Department’s 45th Annual Old-Time Fiddlers and Blue Grass Convention are listed below.
    Winners are listed in order of placement, with first place winner appearing first in each category.
    • Guitar — Tony King, Garry Dalton, Chad Harrison, Steve Kilby, Eric Hill.
    • Old-Time Fiddle — Erika Godrey, Jerry Correll, Justin Jackson, Kirk Sutphin,  Bill Birchfield.
    • Bluegrass Fiddle — Marlon Dean, Spencer Strickland, Nikki Wright, Jim Gaskins, Ron Cole.

  • Charges pending in I-77 motorcycle fatality

    LAMBSBURG — Charges are pending in the Aug. 17 van-vs.-motorcycle crash on Interstate 77 that left a 53-year-old Portsmouth man dead.
    Virginia State Police Trooper John Delp reported that victim Robert Terrell Hensely was northbound near I-77’s 1.8 mile marker in the center lane when the incident occurred. That’s when a 1998 Chrysler van, operated by Joe Cook of Woodlawn, changed lanes from the left to the center, the report said. That caused the motorcycle to strike an International tractor-trailer being operated by a Mario Garcia.

  • PBS visits Galax for show airing Friday

    An episode filmed at the Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention and featuring the Twin Counties will be shown Friday on Blue Ridge Public Television.

    The segment will be on the “This Week In Richmond” show that airs at 10 p.m.

  • Police bust largest indoor marijuana operation in Grayson history


  • Carroll County Fair is Aug. 24-28




    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Fair kicks off Wednesday with exhibits, music, contests and a corn maze at the Southwest Virginia Farmers Market.