Local News

  • How can presidential candidates win in Va.?

    Landmark News Service

    With Virginia’s emergence as a presidential battleground, a report says the nominees won’t be able to rely solely on loyal Democrats or Republicans to win the state.

    They will need to build a coalition from seven distinct voter groups.

    “Whoever wins Virginia is not going to win even with all the ardent partisan warrior voters. They’ve got to go to the less-partisan middle,” said Quentin Kidd, director of Christopher Newport University’s Wason Center for Public Policy.

  • National Night Out to be held Aug. 4 in Galax, Independence

    Staff Reports

    Galax will hold its annual National Night Out event Tuesday evening on downtown streets from 6-9 p.m. The public is invited to attend the free event.

    National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make neighborhoods safer, better places to live. The celebration is to help the public meet and become familiar with the local police force.

  • Fewer contestants at fiddlers' convention this year

    Staff Reports

    Registration for the Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention is down by 90 contestants from 2014, a smaller drop than last year, when 141 fewer signed up for the event.

    Last year’s decrease was one of the largest drops in the past four years. This year’s total is 1,585.

    Registration numbers have been declining slowly but steadily after topping out at 2,004 contestants for the event’s 75 anniversary in 2010. The number of contestants dropped to 1,909 in 2011, then decreased to 1,675 by 2014.

  • Audit finds more problems in clerk's office

    HILLSVILLE — A state audit of the Carroll County Clerk of the Circuit Court’s office has discovered repeat findings of issues that could reportedly lead to lost revenues and assets, or compromise the clerk’s fiscal accountability.

    Last year, a two-year audit examining the months of Jan. 1, 2012 - Dec. 31, 2013, turned up more than a quarter of a million dollars in incorrectly classified, disbursed and miscoded funds.

  • Suspects charged with officer assault, escape attempt

    Staff Reports

    Galax police handled three recent cases involving the assault of an officer, an attempted escape from custody, illegal drugs and burglaries.

    On July 24, Arley Jason Simpkins, 29, of Galax, was arrested by Capt. James Cox on several charges, according to a police department report.

  • Fiddlers flocking to Galax for weeklong festival

    Staff Reports

    Galax’s population will soar in the coming week, as thousands of fiddlin’ fans descend on the city. Felts Park will open its gates at 7 a.m. Sunday for the 80th Annual Old Fiddlers’ Convention. The competition opens Monday night and lasts through Aug. 8.

    Most of the convention’s expected 1,300 campers will show up Sunday to set up camp.

  • Elk Creek man charged in crash that injured troopers

    Staff Reports

    An Elk Creek man was charged in connection with a crash that injured two Virginia state troopers Tuesday on Interstate 81 in Pulaski County.

    At approximately 5:30 a.m., a tractor-trailer traveling north on I-81 became disabled and had to stop along the left shoulder and travel lane at mile marker 96.

  • Galax/Carroll relay raises $71,000

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County High School’s football field once again served as a battleground for a community intent on eliminating the threat of cancer.

    A total of 135 registered participants gathered for this year’s Galax-Carroll Relay for Life event last Saturday, where they raised more than $71,000 for the American Cancer Society, to assist in the ongoing search for a cure.

  • Virginians split on Confederate flag ban

    Landmark News Service

    Virginians are split over whether the Confederate battle flag should no longer be allowed on specialty license plates, according to a poll released Monday.

    The telephone survey of voters by Quinnipiac University found that 46 percent wanted the flag removed from state tags and 45 percent did not. Nine percent were undecided or didn’t know.

  • I-77 safety signs to be installed this summer

    FANCY GAP — Motorists traveling Interstate 77 will notice new signs and weather detection stations being installed in Carroll County between mile markers 0 and 15 to inform them of changing traffic and weather conditions on Fancy Gap Mountain.

    A total of 76 signs of various types and three additional weather detection stations will be put in place this summer in support of the active traffic and safety management system.

    The signage includes regular static signs, electronic message boards and variable speed limit signs.