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Today's News

  • Immigration in focus for rural America

    Brian Depew is with the Center for Rural Affairs, a private, non-profit organization established in 1973 to strengthen small businesses, family farms and ranches, and rural communities through action-oriented programs addressing social, economic and environmental issues.

    A raid in north central Nebraska put a spotlight on immigration in rural America.
    It targeted alleged labor exploitation by a local employment agency. It swept up more than 100 community members and employees of local businesses.

  • Warriors oust Galax

    SALTVILLE –– Scheduled over the course of two days for three different fields in two counties on two different playing surfaces, there remained one constant after the Class 1 state semifinals – nobody’s been able to lay a glove on Chilhowie.

  • Seniors headline all-Twin County volleyball team

    Three players from Carroll County, two from Galax and one from Grayson County, including three players who reached significant milestones this year, make up the 2018 all-Twin County volleyball team, chosen by the three area schools’ coaches and released last week.

    First team picks from Carroll County are Adrienne Harris, Taylor Spangler and Chasity Tompkins, Galax selections are Ashlyn Brady and Kendall Sturgill, and Grayson County is represented by Breanna Brewer. All are seniors but Sturgill, a junior.

  • Galax opens with a bang

    It was opening night in Galax, and the Maroon Tide raised the curtain by dropping the hammer.

    Kicking off its 2018-19 campaign, Galax limited Eastern Montgomery to four points through the first three and a half periods Monday and walloped the Mustangs 63-8 in a nondistrict game at Galax High School.

  • Three named first-teamers

    Galax and Carroll County combined to place three volleyball players on their respective all-district first teams, two were voted first-team all-region and a total of 12 players received postseason honors as voted on by district and region coaches.

    The Maroon Tide’s Ashlyn Brady was tabbed a first-team all-Mountain Empire and first-team all-Region 1C performer. The senior outside hitter concluded her final season with 216 kills and 365 digs, adding 171 service points including 63 aces.

  • Fourth-round picks

    File this one somewhere on the list entitled Least-Shocking Developments of 2018.

  • 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.