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Today's News

  • Fla. murder suspect indicted in Carroll

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — A man charged with murder in Florida, who confessed after a police stop in Hillsville this summer, was indicted for local charges on Sept. 17.

    A Carroll County Circuit Court grand jury indicted Matthew Allen Barber, 49, of Orange City, Fla., for possession of a firearm after being convicted of a violent felony, destruction of property, hit and run and eluding a law enforcement officer.

  • Ministers see to inmates’ spiritual needs at River North

    INDEPENDENCE — Donors and volunteers for the River North Ministry Council, a group dedicated to the teaching and support of faith for offenders at the River North Correctional Center in Independence, were recently honored at a special ceremony held at Flat Rock United Methodist Church.

    Held Sept. 13 at the Independence church, the event recognized those who have helped fund chaplain services for the state prison’s inmates. The event included a light supper, a speaker and certificates of appreciation for those who have helped the cause.

  • Sinkholes under repair in Galax

    Two sinkholes in Galax are under repair as excavation equipment is located on site for both.

    The holes opened up after the Sept. 8 flash floods from severe rainfall.

    The first, at the Wash Bucket Auto Care Center on East Stuart Drive next to McDonald’s, is in the process of getting repaired and filled in, though the owner, Robert Boone, declined to comment at this time.

    The sinkhole originally opened up unexpectedly under a truck, but a Galax police officer on the scene reported no injuries had occurred at the time.

  • Convoy for a cure

    Rhonda Delp, a breast cancer survivor who is currently battling pancreatic and liver cancer, was one of many survivors honored during the Truckers Parade Against Cancer this year, held Sept. 15 on U.S. 58 between Hillsville and Independence

    She was with the Grayson County Public Works department the day before the parade, decorating a truck in her honor for the event. Delp’s husband is a public works employee , and the department wanted to show their support for her battle this year, the group explained.

  • Jury recommends 40 years for Keepers

    CHRISTIANSBURG — A jury on Friday recommended that Natalie Keepers serve 40 years in prison for her role in planning the death of a Blacksburg teen, whose body was found near Galax in 2016.

    Keepers, 21, of Maryland, was convicted of being an accessory to first-degree murder before the fact, following a four-day trial in Montgomery County Circuit Court.

    On Friday, the jury deliberated about her sentencing recommendation after hearing testimony from both the defense and prosecution and — for the first time — Keepers herself.

  • Father, son from Lowgap charged with murder

    Staff Report

    LOWGAP, N.C. — A father and son face murder charges after a woman’s body was found in Surry County last week.

    Jimmie Calvin Anderson, 71, and Jimmie Andrew Anderson, 30, both of 160 Timber Lane in Lowgap were charged with first-degree murder on Saturday, according to Surry Sheriff Jimmy Combs.

    The victim has been identified as Jennifer Carol Sandberg Bright, 59, of 110 Lonely Hearts Trail, Mount Airy, N.C., and formerly of Galax, Va.

  • Apple Butter Time at Mountain Plains

    HILLSVILLE – A local church that has kept seasonal traditions alive for nearly 70 years will be holding its annual fall festival on Saturday.

    The tradition of apple butter making started at Mountain Plains United Methodist Church back in the 1950s. The tradition has thrived, and the church members and people from the community still use the same recipes and procedures that were developed almost seven decades ago to cook apples over an open flame.

  • Blevins rebuilds after flooding

    In the days following a sudden burst of heavy rain throughout the Twin Counties, a downtown business in Galax has been hard at work restoring their building from extensive flood damage.

    Blevins Building Supply, located on 302 S Main Street in downtown Galax, suffered a major loss due to flooding at their business as a result of the storm on Sept. 8, but management assures customers that they are still up and running. Cleanup is still ongoing; but customers can still access the business from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

  • Galax business competition takes off

    Staff Report

    Entries are open for the Jump! Galax Business Competition, which was announced last month.

    The competition, funded by $43,000 in grant money from the governor, is to help draw more businesses to the downtown area.

    Applications are available at GalaxVa.com or at BRCEDA.org. They may also be obtained from Jessica Milby at (276) 238-8130 or jmilby@GalaxVa.com. Regardless of where they are obtained, applications must be returned to Milby by Sept. 26.

  • Grayson Highlands Fall Festival celebrates 42 years

    Staff Report

    MOUTH OF WILSON — Grayson Highlands State Park’s 42nd annual Fall Festival will be held Sept. 29-30, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    There is a $10 per day parking fee. The event is sponsored by the Rugby Volunteer Rescue Squad, Fire Department, and ladies auxiliary.

    Live bluegrass and old-time music will be featured on Saturday. Music starts at 10 a.m. and will continue throughout the day.

    This year’s lineup includes:

    • 10 a.m. - Recorded music

    • 11 a.m. - To be announced