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Today's News

  • Carroll, Grayson fall in quarterfinals

     Carroll County and Grayson County each saw its volleyball season come to a close with region quarterfinal losses Wednesday.

    In the Region 4A North quarterfinals in Palmyra, Carroll County and Fluvanna County were knotted at one set apiece but the Flying Flucos swept the final two sets, taking a 30-28, 18-25, 25-17, 25-19 win over the Cavaliers (17-13).

    Eustacia Smith had a big night at the net with 20 kills and also fired three aces, while Jessica Sheek contributed six kills.

  • On to state for Maroon Tide

    BRISTOL –– Eastside volleyball coach Brianne Casteele commented after the Region 1A West semifinals that the close losses are the ones that players remember the most. It’s a safe bet that Wednesday’s second semifinal match at Virginia High’s Bearcat Den will be among the longest-lasting of memories for the victors, too.

    Galax and Eastside traded blows for four games and 28 points before the Maroon Tide won the final two, earning the 25-15, 16-25, 25-16, 17-25, 16-14 victory and a spot in next week’s Group 1A final four in Richmond.

  • Suspect wanted for forgery

    HILLSVILLE — The Hillsville Police Department is looking for a suspect wanted for 11 counts of felony forgery and uttering.

    Police describe suspect Brandon David Viers as 5' 10" tall, 140 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes.

    He is believed to be in the Pulaski or Dublin area.

    Contact Investigator Alan Gravley with any information at (276) 728-2251.

  • Grant pays for new police vehicles

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office was recently awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for police vehicles.
    The $25,000 grant required a local match of $8,400, for a total of $33,400, according to Sheriff Richard Vaughan.

  • 'Tater hole' site of another crash

    HILLSVILLE — The infamous “Tater Hole” in the Laurel section of Carroll County on Interstate 77 had yet another wreck over the weekend, according to the Virginia State Police.
    The incident occurred Saturday at 2:50 a.m. and involved a 2006 Freightliner tractor-trailer heading north at the 22.4 mile marker, according to a report from Trooper Matt Cochran.
    The tractor-trailer overturned at the steep embankment after it apparently tried to take the sharp curve too fast and fell over against the guardrail.

  • Operation Christmas Child is underway

    With holiday supplies already covering the store shelves, Galax individuals, families, churches and groups are working to make Christmas a reality for needy kids around the world by filling shoeboxes with toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement.
    Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind, is ramping up as Galax residents prepare to collect more than 850 gift-filled shoeboxes during National Collection Week (Nov. 18-25), according to a news release.

  • He's one

    Levi Dasher Bowers turned one Sept. 30. He celebrated Sept. 29 with a Mickey Mouse party at his home with family and friends. He is the son of Travis and Heather Bowers of Galax.

    His grandparents are Janice and the late Clarence Bowers, Paula Diamond of Galax and Dallas Diamond of Barren Springs. Great-grandparents include Ada Lee and Elmer Williams, the late Paul Haga, Dorothy and Paul Diamond, Ruby and the late Raymond Bowers and the late Audrey and Oacus Sizemore.

  • Public record for 11/13/13 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.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded Aug. 7-29 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Readers' Hotline 11/13/13

    Meaner and meaner
    I am amazed by people. I was recently involved with an animal that was abused. Came home with its tail duct-taped and its mouth duct-taped with a cigarette in its mouth. I was told to call and report this to animal control. Animal abuse and neglect is nothing to be laughed at. It is a serious matter and we all need to take this seriously. Our pets are part of our families. This world needs a lot of prayers going on right now. People are getting meaner and meaner and this old world is not going to be around very much longer.

  • Blight epidemic spreading

    Over the past two years, a fungus that infects and deteriorates boxwood plants has rapidly spread to different localities in the state of Virginia.
    Although previous attempts to eradicate the boxwood blight from spreading to other plants have failed, experts are still attempting to curb the epidemic and are encouraging members of the community to help.
    On Nov. 7, the state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services [VDACS], along with the Virginia Cooperative Extension, held a meeting at the Virginia Department of Forestry office in Galax.