Today's News

  • To be one

    Eli Edward Harrison celebrates his first birthday Feb. 24 with his mother, Ami Botello and father Claude Harrison.

    Also with his sister, Aaliyan Locklear; nana, Dana Gail Harrison; uncles, Steven and Wesley; aunts, Jennifer Reeves, Megan Crystal Gravely and Taylor McBride.

  • Turns two

    Dakota celebrated his second birthday Jan. 25 with family and friends.

    His parents are Eddie and Kristin Walls. His grandparents are Lynn Fender, Scarlett Fender and Linda Walls.

  • Brannock, Davis to marry

    Mr. and Mrs. Walter Davis of Galax, Vanada Sue Brannock of Hillsville and Timmy Brannock of Cana announce the engagement of their children, Douglas Wayne Davis and Angel Lynn Brannock.

    Davis works at American Mirror and Brannock is a full-time student at Wytheville Community College.
    A June 2012 wedding is planned.

  • Public record for 2/22/12 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 Dec. 14-Jan. 3 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Galax lands more grants

    The City of Galax has received more than $3 million in grants since grants administrator Brenda Marrah came on board a few months ago.
    Recently, the city was awarded an $11,000 grant for a Community Emergency Response Team. Marrah announced this grant allocation — the second for the program — at Galax City Council’s Feb. 13 meeting.
    A few months ago, the city was awarded $6,000 to start the CERT program.

  • Library bids allow more work than expected

    HILLSVILLE  — Favorable bids for renovations at Carroll Public Library will pay for more work than county officials had hoped for, Assistant Administrator Nikki Shank explained at the supervisors’ meeting Feb. 13.
    Carroll County had landed a $200,000 grant from Rural Development’s Community  Facilities Program that, along with a $66,700 match, will pay for significant improvements to the library that was built in 1982.

  • Chief: drugs drive city's rising crime rate

    Drugs continue to be the motivating factor in the increase of property and violent crimes in the city, Galax Police Chief Rick Clark told Galax City Council on Feb. 13.
    During 2011, the Galax Police Department recorded 1,375 crimes, compared to 1,242 in 2010 — a 10.7 percent increase.
    “Many are using burglary to feed their drug habit,” said Clark.
    The police department recorded 18,951 calls for service last year — an 18.7 percent increase from 15,965 in 2010.

  • Legislators push to open prison


  • Readers' Hotline 2/22/12

    Paying at the pump
    Thank you Mr. Obama and the rest of you Democrats for keeping gas at an all-time “low price.” Oh, goody.
    Editor’s note: The free market determines the cost of gasoline as a commodity. It is not set by the government, although policies may have some indirect bearing.

    Healthy promotion

  • Where do bills stand at General Assembly's halfway point?

    RICHMOND ― The conventional wisdom about Richmond politics has been turned on its ear this year, as many controversial bills that once were consigned to the legislative dustbin have found new strength thanks to the Republican control of both houses.

    Here’s a look at the landscape as it stands now, just past the deadline for each house to complete action on its respective bills.

    Legislation that has been approved now moves to the other chamber for consideration.

    Still to come: wrangling over the state budget.