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Today's News

  • Escapee charged with stealing handcuffs

    Local law enforcement agencies are on the lookout for a fugitive from justice who escaped custody earlier this week and accumulated additional charges.

    One of those new charges is petit larceny — for stealing the handcuffs he was wearing when he escaped.

    The Carroll County and Grayson County sheriffs’ offices issued a public advisory on Nov. 29 for Marcus Alan Hicks, a white male, age 33. He was originally scheduled to appear in Grayson County General District Court earlier this year after being charged with driving under a revoked license.

  • Man charged with child porn possession

    HILLSVILLE – Recent investigations conducted by local and state law enforcement agencies have resulted in the arrest of a Hillsville man on charges of possessing child pornography.

    Reports from the Hillsville Police Department confirm that Daniel Christian Jones, 33, of 51 Sycamore Lane in Hillsville, was arrested Nov. 14 after conclusive results were returned from evidence that was seized from his home near the end of October.

  • Local cider recalled due to health risk

    Staff Report

    CANA – A market in Cana has issued a recall on recent batches of apple cider due to health risks.

    A news release on Wednesday, issued by Elaine Lidholm, director of communications for the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, states that Mountain Man Market is recalling its half-gallon containers of cider after reporting a potential contamination with shiga-toxin, producing Escherichia coli (E-coli).

  • LifePoint merger expands network

    Staff Report

    LifePoint Health and RCCH HealthCare Partners have completed their merger and will now begin operating as one united company under the LifePoint Health name, according to a news release issued by Twin County Regional Hospital.

    Corporate spokespersons for LifePoint would not comment further, but indicated they did not expect healthcare service in the Twin Counties to change significantly. A partnership between Duke and LifePoint operates TCRH in Galax.

  • Driver airlifted after single-vehicle crash

    Staff Report

    A driver was airlifted to Wake Forest Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, N.C., with serious injuries after wrecking his vehicle on Glendale Road on Nov. 16, according to the Virginia State Police.

    A 1999 Chevrolet C2500 pickup truck driven by Donald Franklin Snow Jr., 23, of Galax, was traveling on Cliffview Road towards Fries at 10:10 p.m. when it ran off the road to the right, went up an embankment, struck a tree and overturned.

  • Local cider recalled due to health risk

    Staff Report

    CANA – A market in Cana has issued a recall on recent batches of apple cider due to health risks.

    A news release on Wednesday, issued by Elaine Lidholm, director of communications for the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, states that Mountain Man Market is recalling its half-gallon containers of cider after reporting a potential contamination with shiga-toxin, producing Escherichia coli (E-coli).

  • Readers Hotline 11/28/18

    Price gouging?
    If the Gazette editor, when he publishes things at the end of the thing, we would like for him to do a little investigation because the gas prices are being gouged in Carroll County. I have been buying gas over at Wytheville and in Wythe County and in Fort Chiswell at $2.19 a gallon for the last two weeks. In Danville, I just got back from Danville and in Danville and all down in there is $2.17 and $2.19. How come we’re still 20 and 25 cents above what our surrounding counties has theirs priced at?

  • Holiday Happenings 2018

    Staff Reports

    Early December will be full of festive family fun in the Twin Counties, with Christmas-themed activities ranging from caroling and parades to a holiday ballet and musical performances.

    The holiday season kicks off this Saturday, with events in Hillsville, Independence and Fries; and continues next weekend with more fun in Galax.

    To plan your festivities, here’s a schedule of what’s happening in the area:

    Hillsville

  • Keepers sentenced to 40 years

    CHRISTIANSBURG — Natalie Keepers was sentenced to 40 years in prison on Tuesday afternoon for being an accessory in the murder of Nicole Lovell in 2016.

    The sentence was handed down by Judge Robert Turk in the Montgomery County Circuit Court in a session that only lasted about 20 minutes.

    The sentence also included five years for the concealment of a body, to be suspended after completion of the 40-year term, with 10 years’ probation.

  • Missing N.C. man found in Galax after crash

    Staff Report

    A missing North Carolina man was reunited with his family on Monday thanks to the Galax Police Department.

    The man was 130 miles from home when he was involved in a crash in the city.

    Officer Darrin Alley was on the scene of a minor motor vehicle accident in the median at Reserve Boulevard (U.S. 58) and Fries Road in Galax around 3 a.m. on Nov. 26, according to a police report. After obtaining the driver’s information, Alley discovered there was an Silver Alert issued for the driver, from Mathews, N.C.