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  • Readers Hotline 12/10/18

    Hurting the country
    It really doesn’t matter if you’re Republican or Democrat, if the one in office is wrong and doing wrong, they’re wrong. At least when Nixon was wrong, the Republicans didn’t take up for him. I don’t understand why people are upholding stuff that’s not right and it’s hurting the country. That’s why I’m an independent. I believe in voting for the person that’s capable of doing the job.

    No diversity

  • Hunt is on for gift-stealing ‘Grinch’

    WOODLAWN — Virginia State Police is continuing its investigation into the theft of Christmas presents from a Carroll County church.

    The crime didn’t stop local children in need from getting their gifts, though.

    Investigators say they know more about how a thief gained entry to an office where the gifts for local children were stored, and have ruled out one means of entry.

    Blue Ridge Fellowship Church, off Glendale Road in the Woodlawn community, found that its Angel Tree gifts were stolen overnight on Dec. 5-6.

  • Very Merry Chris-Mutts

    Thanks to Hillsville resident Tracey Hodge, critters at the Galax-Carroll-Grayson Animal Shelter are having a Merry Christmas.

    When Hodge took a stray mama cat and its kittens to the shelter, she missed it so much she ended up going back and adopting it. The mother, now known as Cricket, was old and Hodge was afraid it would end up not being taken by someone.

    However, she felt bad for all the cats and dogs in there who wouldn’t have a loving home to enjoy the holidays in. This month is seeing a high volume of animals at the shelter.

  • Scammers use fake tracking numbers to trick online shoppers

    The Better Business Bureau warns that when you are shopping online this holiday season, make sure to buy only from trustworthy websites.

    Scammers are using phony tracking numbers to fool shoppers into thinking their package is on the way, according to recent BBB Scam Tracker reports.

  • Trees honor lost loved ones

    HILLSVILLE – The community has come together during this holiday season for the first-ever “Lawn of Hope,” a Relay for Life fundraiser with a touch of Christmas spirit.

    On Dec. 1, the blue house at 1815 North Main Street in downtown Hillsville added holiday décor to its lawn for a good cause. Twenty trees were set up on the grounds for members of the community to “adopt” and decorate, with all proceeds going to the America Cancer Society.

  • Anderson remembered for 40 years as firefighter

    Neil Anderson is being remembered as an active member of the first responder community in the City of Galax and Grayson County, with more than three decades as a volunteer firefighter.

    Anderson, 62, of Galax, passed away on Dec. 3, after an illness.

    Some of his fellow firefighters took a moment this week to remember and honor him.

  • Handcuff thief back in cuffs

    The search for an escapee from police custody has come to and end, following reports from the Carroll County Sheriff’s office regarding the arrest of a wanted man from Fries.

    Police also recovered the handcuffs Marcus Alan Hicks was wearing when he escaped. He is charged with larceny for taking them when he bolted from the back seat of a police car.

    Hicks was located and arrested Dec. 5 by members of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and the Galax Police Department. Hicks was found at a residence at Northway Apartments at approximately 4:30 a.m.

  • Pastor charged with molesting W.Va. girl

    Staff Report

    ELK CREEK — A 76-year-old pastor from Grayson County has been charged in West Virginia with molesting a girl while visiting that area.

    Daniel Houston Shafer of Elk Creek was held without bond in the New River Valley Regional Jail after Virginia State Police served a warrant from West Virginia on Nov. 29, charging him with first-degree sexual abuse. Shafer was reportedly arrested after a funeral he was officiating in Wytheville.

  • Angel Tree gifts stolen from church

    WOODLAWN — Police are looking for a Grinch who stole Angel Tree gifts for more than 40 children from Blue Ridge Fellowship Church in Carroll County.

    Angie Flippin of the church reports that someone entered office units where the gifts for local children were being stored, either Wednesday night or early Thursday morning. The theft was discovered on Thursday.

    Virginia State Police are investigating.

    Flippin said church members are scrambling to re-buy gifts for the children. The Christmas presents were to be given out on Saturday.

  • Something To Do from 12-7-2018


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

    • Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch (PG)

    • Ralph Breaks the Internet (PG)

    • Creed II (PG-13)

    Creekside Cinema, (336) 783-0001, 605 Bluemont Road, Mount Airy, N.C.

    No listings available at press time

    Marquee Cinema, (276) 228-9875, 187 Dominion Street, Wytheville, Va. 24382

    No listings available at press time