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Today's News

  • County seizes printing company's assets

    HILLSVILLE – After two years of working with a local screen-printing business that was unable to meet the terms of a state grant it received, Carroll County has seized the company’s assets as collateral.

    After a Carroll County Industrial Development Authority review, Classic Creations was found to be unable to fulfill the obligations resulting from a performance agreement that was issued along with a Virginia Tobacco Commission grant that the IDA secured for the company in November 2015.

  • Veterans honored in Galax

    Members from all branches of the military came together to celebrate Veterans Day in a half-hour ceremony at the Blue Ridge Veterans Memorial in Galax on Sunday.

    Speakers included Steven Combs, who serves as deputy commissioner from the Virginia Department of Veterans Services, and Ken Wiseman, a commander in the VFW. Prayers were offered by the Rev. Ed Paisley and Tommy Nichols, chaplain of VFW Post 7726, with U.S.

  • Passenger jumps from tractor-trailer after brakes fail

    FANCY GAP – Tuesday morning, the Virginia State Police responded to an accident on Interstate 77 involving two Freightliner tractor-trailers, during which the passenger of one vehicle exited while it was still in motion, just seconds before the crash.

  • Quilts of Valor honors veterans

    INDEPENDENCE — The Quilts of Valor Foundation presented handmade quilts to several local veterans, during a special ceremony at the Historic 1908 Courthouse auditorium in Independence on Saturday, Nov. 10.
    In honor of Veterans Day, which was Sunday, Nov. 11, the quilts, which were hand-made by members of the foundation, were given as a symbol of support, comforting and healing, “to honor the veterans who have been touched by war,” said Carolyn Patton of the foundation.

  • Local potters are wizards with clay

    Staff Report

    Jessie Benson brings her unique beeswax and oil paintings to City Gallery in downtown Galax in her new show, “Love Takes Flight.”

    An open house and reception will he held Thursday from 5-8 p.m. for Benson, and to showcase the work of other artists: Ann Childress, Emily Whitworth, Peach Bottom Pottery and HeartMoss Pottery.

  • Quilts of Valor

    INDEPENDENCE — The Quilts of Valor Foundation presented handmade quilts to several local veterans, during a special ceremony at the Historic 1908 Courthouse auditorium in Independence on Saturday, Nov. 10.
    In honor of Veterans Day, which was Sunday, Nov. 11, the quilts, which were hand-made by members of the foundation, were given as a symbol of support, comforting and healing, “to honor the veterans who have been touched by war,” said Carolyn Patton of the foundation.

  • Man charged with stealing from vending machines

    A series of vandalized vending machines led to the arrest of a Grayson County man by Galax police officers, according to Chief DeWitt Cooper.
    On Oct. 29, Officer A. Newman responded to a call of a damaged vending machine.
    Upon arrival, he noticed there were two machines broken. Newman, Senior Police Officer Darrin Alley, and Sgt. Trevor Jefferson proceeded to check other damaged vending machines in the city, and located three more.

  • IDC helps Dalton find place in world

    Submitted by Mount Rogers IDC

    Marty Dalton looks forward to a lot more than his paycheck during his four-hour shift at Lowe’s in Galax each Monday through Friday.
    “My favorite part is getting out for four hours every day,” he said. “I enjoy the work too.”
    Dalton utilizes a wheelchair since a 2013 car accident. For the last 14 months, Dalton has been employed in the plumbing section at Lowe’s. He knows plumbing and he knows how to work, Dalton was just looking for an opportunity.

  • Griffith, Kaine retain seats in Congress

    Staff Reports

    While Virginia continues its transformation into a progressive “blue state” with a series of recent Democratic victories in statewide races, the majority of local voters staunchly held on to conservative “red state” values on Tuesday.

    Democrats took back control of the U.S. House of Representatives in the Nov. 6 election, but most voters in the Twin Counties still favored Republican candidates.

  • Final defendant sentenced in 'Rolling Thunder' case

    ABINGDON – Lelana Long, 37, of Meadows of Dan, was sentenced last week to 10 years and one month in prison, bringing to an end Operation Rolling Thunder, a drug investigation that charged a total of 24 people in Virginia and North Carolina for their part in a methamphetamine distribution network.

    Long was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Abingdon on a charge of methamphetamine trafficking, according to U.S. Attorney Thomas T. Cullen.