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Today's News

  • 'Andrew's Law' faces hurdles in the House

    HILLSVILLE — A proposal meant to protect state “Samaritan” workers, named in memory of fallen Trooper Andrew Fox, has been approved unanimously by the Senate, but family members worry that the bill will not get a fair hearing in the House of Delegates.
    Trooper Andrew David Fox died Oct. 5, 2012, of injuries sustained when he was struck by Angelica Valencia’s car while directing traffic at the Virginia State Fair near Richmond.

  • End is near for Sunday hunting ban

    LRICHMOND — For sportsmen, at long last, times are changing in Virginia.
    The Virginia Senate has approved legislation to repeal a long-standing state ban on some forms of Sunday hunting, a development that all but guarantees the days are numbered for the decades-old prohibition.
    Russell County Democratic Sen. Phillip Puckett’s SB154 was approved on a 29-10 vote. It would allow Sunday hunting on private property with the consent of landowners.

  • Carroll County names new football coach

    HILLSVILLE –– Eddie Sloss has been named the new head football coach at Carroll County High School, following his approval by the school board in its monthly meeting Tuesday night.
    Sloss, a Blacksburg native, was the defensive coordinator at Christiansburg High School this past season after a nine-year stint as an assistant at Blacksburg High and one year at Auburn.

  • Readers' Hotline 2/12/14

    Firefighters pulled over
    Is it true that the Galax Police Department has given speeding tickets to two Galax firemen while they were answering calls? If it is, what on earth is going on in the city? First, they change the speed limit to get more money and now this. I hope the council gets involved.

  • Congregation breaks ground for new church

    HILLSVILLE — Dozens of members of Hillsville Pentecostal Holiness joined Pastor Jeff Pickett on his birthday Sunday to break ground on the first phase of the church’s new facility.
    The congregation gathered Feb. 9 on the large, cleared lot near Virginia Street for the ceremony celebrating the 500-seat sanctuary, which will also have Sunday school rooms and a parking lot.
    Along with Pickett and the congregation members, former pastor Ron Fredricks and Bishop Preston Mathena participated in the blessing for the church.

  • Auxiliary gym could solve many issues at CCHS

    HILLSVILLE — Adding an auxiliary gym along and other improvements to Carroll County High School would solve a variety of space, accessibility and security issues there, Schools Superintendent Strader Blankenship told the county supervisors Monday.
    Blankenship attended the regular February supervisors’ meeting at the request of Pine Creek Representative Bob Martin, in connection with a $3.4 million capital improvement plan request involving the high school and an auxiliary gym.

  • Suspects charged with Carroll burglaries

    HILLSVILLE — Two Carroll County residents have been charged with committing a string of residential burglaries in the Wards Gap section, according to Sheriff J.B. Gardner.

  • Fight for Kroger continues

    It might be difficult to push a shopping cart through Galax’s Kroger parking lot next Tuesday without accidentally bumping into one of the store’s supporters.
    On Feb. 18, beginning at 12:30 p.m., the blacktop could be filled with community members who are sad, angry, frustrated and determined to keep the business open.

  • Felony case involves deputy's shooting

    INDEPENDENCE — A Grayson County woman pleaded guilty Feb. 7 in Grayson County Circuit Court to a charge that resulted from the shooting of a Grayson County deputy sheriff in June 2012.
    Crystal Sue Gooslin-Wheatley, 48, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of ammunition after having been convicted of a felony.

  • Hillsville town manager resigns

    HILLSVILLE — Travis Jackson has announced that he will step down as Hillsville’s town manager at the end of this month, after just more than a year on the job.
    Jackson submitted his resignation last week, after he was presented with an opportunity to lead a foundation that he has been a part of for several years.