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Today's News

  • Readers' Hotline 1/15/14

    Mass appeal
    When will the Catholic church in Woodlawn open? I have seen their sign up for years, but still no mass times. I was just wondering when it will open so I can quit driving to North Carolina.
    Editor’s note: According to its online listing,  St. Joseph’s Catholic Church at the corner of Joy Ranch Road and U.S. 58 in Woodlawn holds Mass the first Sunday of the month at 9 a.m. All other Sundays, mass is at 11:30 a.m. Mass in Spanish is at 2:30 p.m.

    Below zero

  • Fire damages Fairview business

    Several fire departments collaborated to fight a large structure fire off of Skyline Highway/U.S. 58 south of Galax on Saturday.

  • Woman charged with endangering 4-year-old

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County deputies have charged a 40-year-old Gladesboro woman with felony child endangerment after a Jan. 2 call to a Crooked Oak Road home, according to Sheriff J.B. Gardner.

  • Jones will return to Virginia for murder trial

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County authorities received word late last Friday that murder suspect Matthew Jones will be extradited to Virginia to stand trial for charges related to his girlfriend’s death last year.

  • Zoning repeal plan advances in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — Despite the counsel of the Grayson County Planning Commission and many citizens, Grayson County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 to continue the process of repealing the county’s zoning ordinance at its monthly meeting last Thursday night.
    In another motion, the board directed staff to investigate the possibility of seeking special legislation in the General Assembly to allow the county to place the issue of zoning to a referendum vote.

  • Billings' death a cold case no more

    INDEPENDENCE — After 11 years of investigating, law enforcement agencies have narrowed down the evidence enough to indict two suspects in connection with the 2002 death of Galax High School student Brandon Billings.

  • 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.