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Today's News

  • Car crashes through front of UPS Store

    On Wednesday at 2:25 p.m., a driver crashed into the front of the UPS Store on East Stuart Drive in Galax when she mistakenly pressed the accelerator instead of the brakes, according to an accident report issued by the Galax Police Department.

    A 2006 Nissan Sentra driven by Teresa M. Combs, 65, of Galax, was pulling into a parking space in front of the UPS Store when she hit the gas pedal and drove through the plate glass storefront, ending with her car partly inside the building.

  • Grayson court commended by state

    INDEPENDENCE — The office of the Grayson County Circuit Court Clerk was recently commended following an audit of activity between April 1, 2017 through March 31.

    According to an official letter from the Auditor of Public Accounts, no issues involving internal control or the office’s operations were found during the audit.

  • Man arrested in Hillsville a suspect in Florida homicide

    Staff Reports

    HILLSVILLE — A vehicle pursuit in Hillsville on July 8 lead to the discovery of a homicide in Florida.

    Police in Florida say it appears Matthew A. Barber, 49, of Orange City, Fla., “wanted to get caught,” based on his actions.

    Lt. Jason Sampsell of the Orange City Police Department told the Daytona Beach News-Journal that Barber “practically confessed, saying ‘I murdered someone in Florida, here is the address.’”

  • Landmark Group strikes deal with Carroll IDA to refurbish Woodlawn School

    Staff Report

    WOODLAWN — A real estate firm has entered into an agreement with the Carroll County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) to refurbish and repurpose the former Woodlawn School for apartments.

    The county and state officials announced the nearly $10 million project this week.

    The county closed the school in 2013, but it has operated as a community center since then.

  • Readers Hotline 7/11/18

    Doesn’t work
    Please stop writing return to sender on junk mail. It does not go back to the sender.

    Unhappy meal
    Seventy years old is closer to me than 60 years old and in all my years, I have never seen a more uninviting, cold, hard, uglier McDonald’s restaurant than the newly remodeled one at I-77. We heard they are going to redo the one in Galax the same way. We are really disappointed. Whoever designed that restaurant is just so disappointing.

    Congrats!

  • Public Record from 7-11-2018

    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 additional information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded in February in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Something To Do from 7-6-2018

    Movies

    Twin County Cinema III, Galax, (276) 236-7469, www.southeastcinemas.com.

    • Ant-Man and the Wasp (PG-13)

    • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (PG-13)

    • Incredibles 2 (PG)

    Music

  • Public Record from 7-4-2018

    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 additional information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in April in the Carroll County General District Court Office, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Mayor selection raises questions

    Willie Greene refused to accept a nomination for reappointment as Galax’s vice mayor at Monday night’s Galax City Council meeting, after he was earlier nominated to serve as mayor.

    Questions arose over voting procedure, and Mayor C.M. Mitchell — who was reappointed — said later he had intended to support Greene if he was nominated as mayor.

    Council members choose the city’s mayor and vice mayor from among themselves.

    Greene has been on council since 1994, and vice mayor since 2000.

  • Board again confronted over utility non-user fee

    HILLSVILLE – Citizens continued to demand answers from the Carroll County Board of Supervisors over collection of utility non-user fees during the July 9 meeting.

    Following up on concerns stated during the previous meeting, citizen Ray Melton opened the discussion with comments about digging a water well when county water was previously unavailable, noting that the county has now begun running water lines on the street where he lives.