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Today's News

  • Parents still want answers in son's homicide

    INDEPENDENCE — Indictments in an 11-year-old unsolved murder case has the possibility of bringing closure to Brandon Billings’ family, but mother Sherry Billings knows that nothing will ever bring back what she lost.
    Sherry delivered a tearful statement at a press conference on Monday afternoon, sharing her feelings and thoughts on the case and its recent developments.

  • The Brandon Billings Case: Year by Year

    Few crimes have captivated the Twin County community more than the unsolved killing of Kyle Brandon Billings in 2002.
    The teen’s death sparked 11 years of rumors and conspiracy theories among those speculating about the case and more than a decade of false leads and dead ends as police strove to solve it.
    The case remains unsolved, but on Jan. 10, authorities in Grayson County announced they had the first solid, actionable evidence yet.

  • Carroll County bombs Cougars with 11 treys

     HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County was deadly from long range Friday night and remained undefeated in River Ridge District play with a 65-34 girls’ basketball win over Pulaski County.

    The Cavaliers (9-2 overall, 4-0 district) tied a school record by hitting 11 shots from behind the 3-point line, including a combined seven treys by Keely Lundy and Rylee Haynes.

    Lundy led three scorers in double figures with 16 points for Carroll County. Haynes chipped in with 13 points and Mattie Kennedy scored 11.

  • Galax sweeps Twin County tri

    Galax went 2-0 and Grayson County earned a split against the Maroon Tide and Carroll County in a Twin County tri match Thursday at Galax High School.

    Carroll County built a 27-18 lead over Grayson County in the first match of the evening but the Blue Devils picked up four forfeit wins in the upper weight classes to take a 42-27 team win.

    Jarret Thomas (106) and Brennan Vaught (112) both won by pin to get the Cavaliers off to a good start before a forfeit and a pin by Jacob Hale squared the team score at 12-12 for the Blue Devils.

  • Tide jumps on Devils for 23-point victory

    Galax jumped out to a 10-point lead after seven minutes and never let Grayson County inside of double figures the rest of the night, taking a 57-34 win in a Mountain Empire District game Friday night.

    The Maroon Tide improved to 7-3 overall on the year with the win, 2-1 in district play, dropping the Blue Devils to 1-9, 0-1.

  • Grayson good enough in win

    There is no column in a basketball scorebook for style points, no judges’ marks for grace and artistry. Winning ugly counts as much as winning pretty when Grayson County and Galax get together, and either team will take a homely win over an attractive loss to the other any day.

    The Blue Devils stayed undefeated in Mountain Empire District play with a did-what-it-needed 36-27 win Friday over the Maroon Tide.

  • Readers' Hotline 1/13/14

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  • Electric bills could rise by $4 per month in May

    Appalachian Power Company is seeking a rate increase in connection with two requests to make improvements to transmission lines and infrastructure.
    One of the requests could mean a monthly increase of about $4 for an average residential customer’s bill, beginning in May.
    The other proposal would allow the power company to make improvements to 36 miles of transmission line between its Cloverdale substation in Botetourt County and a point in Rockbridge County where it connects with a line owned by Dominion Virginia Power.

  • How healthy is area's healthcare?

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff

    The Community Advisory Groups of Carroll, Grayson and Galax held a joint meeting at Twin County Regional Hospital on Jan. 9 to discuss topics for a community health needs assessment.
    This assessment is Twin County Regional Healthcare’s newest project, which has been taken on in an effort to pinpoint health concerns in the community. Over the next three years, the hospital will partner with research group Stratasan to collect data and form a plan.

  • Murder charges placed in 11-year-old crime

    INDEPENDENCE — Charges have been placed in the 11-year-old unsolved murder case of Brandon Billings, a Galax High School student and football player found shot to death in his truck in 2002.
    According to Grayson Commonwealth’s Attorney Doug Vaught, a special grand jury convened by the Grayson County Circuit Court returned indictments charging that Chad Allen Reeves, 33, and George Albert Harper III, 40, did “with malice aforethought, kill and murder” Kyle Brandon Billings at some time between Oct. 5 and 6, 2002.