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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Public record for 2/12/14 edition

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

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in November of 2013 in the Carroll County General District Court Office, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Hanks, Guynn, Lundy enjoy big scoring nights

    DUBLIN –– Paige Hanks enjoyed a career night for Galax but it wasn’t enough as Pulaski County pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 53-47  win in a nondistrict girls’ game Monday.

    Hanks poured in 26 points to go with six rebounds, four steals and two assists.

    The largest lead by either team was a five-point edge by Galax (7-9) in the third quarter before the two teams entered the fourth knotted at 37.

    The Maroon Tide was up 42-41 before Pulaski (5-13)  took control with a 12-2 run.

  • Grayson dominant in second half

    INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County created havoc with its ramped up defense. It created scoring opportunities with an attacking offense. The two together created a win for the Blue Devils.

    Cranking up the intensity in its man-to-man defense, Grayson County outscored Narrows 17-2 in the third quarter and cruised to a 59-33 win in a Mountain Empire District boys’ game Tuesday night.