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Today's News

  • Witness' memories questioned in murder case

    HILLSVILLE — A witness’ testimony in the murder trial against Matthew Steven Jones was heard on Monday as part of an evidence suppression hearing at Carroll County Circuit Court.

    Jones is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his girlfriend, Desia Rae George, 33, of Fries, who was reported missing on April 16, 2013. Jones was reportedly the last person to see her before she disappeared. She was found dead beside a road in Grayson County about a month later.

  • Smoke on the Mountain 2014 Winners

    The Twin County Regional Chamber of Commerce held the 10th Annual Smoke on the Mountain BBQ Championship on July 18-19, which also serves as Virginia’s official barbecue contest.

    The Galax competition is a qualifying event for three national contests — Memphis In May, Kansas City Barbecue Society and the World Food Championship.

    Here are this year’s winners:

    KANSAS CITY BBQ SOCIETY

  • Two charged with stealing electronics

    A Wytheville couple was arrested and charged with the theft of electronic equipment at the Galax Walmart on July 16.

    Thanks to numerous tips received after the Galax Police Department shared security camera photos on its Facebook page, Jessica Lynn Sexton, 21, and Joseph Smith IV, 23, were charged with grand larceny and petit larceny by Galax Senior Police Officer John Reavis.

    A police report said tips identifying the suspects were received within the first 30 minutes of the post.

  • Grayson investigates break-ins

    ELK CREEK – Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan is seeking information concerning a rash of break-ins that have occurred in the Elk Creek community in recent weeks.

    Vaughan said Monday in a news release that investigators have determined that the unknown suspect or suspects have gained entry into unoccupied homes through unlocked doors and windows. The occupants were gone only for a short period of time when items were removed from their residences.

    There have also been several thefts of unsecured ATV’s reported in the area.

  • Readers' Hotline 7/21/14

    Out of control
    The U.S. government is out of control and the fault lies on both of the main parties. The U.S. is being sold down the river. Unless we throw out an anchor, we are going over the falls. Big government is not an answer. It is the big problem. The economy of the U.S. is strangled with regulations and unsure taxes and now insurance problems. All the problems come from what were originally good ideas but the results of overzealous leaders have resulted in death of the U.S.

    No free rides

  • FedEx indicted for illegal drug deliveries

    SAN FRANCISCO, Cal. — A federal grand jury in San Francisco indicted FedEx Corporation, FedEx Express Inc. and FedEx Corporate Services Inc. on July 17 with conspiracies to traffic in controlled substances and misbranded prescription drugs for its role in distributing controlled substances and prescription drugs for illegal Internet pharmacies.

    The charges allege that FedEx has known for the past decade that it was delivering illegal drugs to dealers and addicts, and had been warned in 2004 that it was violating state and federal law.

  • New mayor has plans for Fries

    FRIES — At the beginning of the month, members of Fries Town Council selected Richard Farmer as the town’s new mayor.

    Effective Sept. 1, Farmer will fill the spot formerly occupied by Gary Sumner.

    A native to the area, Farmer grew up in the town and spent most of his free time at the Fries Recreation Center, or as he called it, the YMCA. “It was my home… I grew up there,” he said.

    After graduating from Fries High School in 1965, Farmer moved away from the area, where he fulfilled a number of life goals.

  • Governor asked to slow training center closures

    Members of congress from Virginia are asking Gov. Terry McAuliffe to consider slowing the closing of several training centers for the developmentally disabled, including a facility in Carroll County.

    One of those signing the bipartisan letter is Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-9th District), who represents Carroll and Grayson counties and the City of Galax.

  • After 69 years, veteran receives WWII medals

    FRIES — This year, during Independence Day celebrations in Grayson County, a World War II veteran and former prisoner of war from Fries received the medals he’d earned nearly 70 years ago.

    The towns of Independence and Fries each held celebrations to commend and honor Coy Shaffner on July 4. Shaffner was invited to ride in both the Independence and Fries parades, and ceremonies were scheduled to follow both parades, in which Shaffner was honored with his medals and ribbon board.

  • Crash results in DUI charge

    HILLSVILLE — An Alabama woman was charged with a driving under the influence after crashing her car over an embankment in Hillsville on July 20.

    The incident occurred at approximately 7 p.m. last Sunday on U.S. 52, approximately one-tenth of a mile north of Hanging Tree Road, according to a report filed by Virginia State Police Senior Troper K.D. Blackburn, who investigated the accident.