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Today's News

  • Mayor will keep seat, despite state charge

    HILLSVILLE — A misdemeanor charge of impersonating a law enforcement officer would not lead to the mayor of Hillsville losing his elected position, even if it led to a conviction, according to state law.
    Hillsville Mayor Gregory Nelson Crowder faces the charge after a Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control investigation into an as yet unspecified set of circumstances that arose on March 14 in Bristol.
    The only statement made in the matter is from Crowder’s Bristol-based attorney, Bob Ward.

  • Programs for elderly facing cuts

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff

    The District Three Governmental Cooperative Board of Commissioners adopted a leaner budget for next year, resulting in a lack of funding for programs geared towards the region’s aging population.
    This will be the third year in a row that these programs will see a cut, according to a press release.
    In contrast, funding for the public transit program budget has grown by $68,000, which is about 3.5 percent.

  • Galax episode of 'The Shed' airs Monday

    Locals who have kept up with the new Food Network series “The Shed” will see familiar surroundings on Monday night, as the next episode will chronicle the barbecue team’s visit to Galax in July for the 2013 Smoke on the Mountain competition.

  • Town makes flea market safety plans

    HILLSVILLE — Police and emergency officials have plans in place to help safeguard the hundreds of thousands people expected to attend the Labor Day Gun Show and Flea Market this weekend.
    These efforts spearheaded by the Hillsville Police Department and Carroll County rescue squads have been designed to decrease response times and address the flea market’s greatest health risks, such as injuries through overheating, overexertion and falling.

  • He's eight

    Ryder Cole Rose celebrated his eighth birthday July 3. His parents are Tina and Eric Rose of Fries. He has three sisters, Cheyenne, Trinity and Samantha Rose of Fries.

    His great-grandparents are Robert Dowling and the late Ressie Dowling of Fries, the late Mollie and Hobert Hines of Fries and the late Allie and Arlene Osborne of Austinville. His grandparents are Jimmy and Edna Hines of Fries and the late Connie Dowling of Fries. He also has a special friend, Ruby Hill.

  • Lucky 13

    Thirteen has been a “lucky number” for Paul and Melda Hill of Galax.

    They were married Aug. 13, 2000, and will be observing 13 years together. Thirteen people attended their wedding and their honeymoon in Florida was for 13 days.

  • Aldermans celebrate wedding anniversary

    Donnie and Linda Alderman celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in June with a week-long vacation with their family.

    Their children are Rodney of Galax, Brian and wife Monica of Cleveland, Tenn., and Rhonda and husband Robert of Statesville, N.C. They have two grandchildren, Jared of Charlote, N.C., and Ella Kate of Cleveland.
    The Aldermans are thankful for God’s many blessings.

  • Bowers, Griggs to marry

    Will Griggs and Ashton Bowers will be married Oct. 18 in Highlands Ranch, Colo., at the Highlands Ranch Mansion.
    Griggs is the son of Laurie C. Griggs of Galax and Charles and Michele Griggs of Penhook. His grandparents are Ruthie R. Griggs and Bill and Bobbie Copeland, all of Hillsville.

    Bowers is the daughter of Rick and Robin Bowers of Highland Ranch, Colo., and the granddaughter of William Taylor of Wingate, N.C.

  • Public record for 8/28/13 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 April in the Galax General District Court Office, Galax. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Readers' Hotline 8/28/13

    It’s simple
    This is in response to all the comments about speed traps in Galax and surrounding areas. If you don’t speed, you don’t get a ticket. If you break the law, you should get a ticket. One law is just as important as any other law. Try slowing down and you won’t get a ticket and there is no trap at all.

    Costly change