Local News

  • State police investigating Carroll Fire & Rescue

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County Fire and Rescue is under a state police investigation involving missing or mishandled drugs, according to the sheriff’s department.

    According to Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner, his department was contacted by Interim County Administrator Nikki Cannon to request an investigation involving Carroll County Fire and Rescue.

  • Court unseals indictments in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Circuit Court has unsealed additional indictments from the June 20 meeting of the grand jury.

    All the indictments were for drug-related charges:

    • Danielle Lee Martin, of Hillsville, has been charged with possession of a Schedule II drug (methamphetamine)

    • Nicole Leann Alderman, of Cana, has been charged with possession of a Schedule II drug (methamphetamine)

  • Galax/Carroll Relay for Life raises $66,288

    HILLSVILLE – Survivors, caregivers, donors and supporters all came out on July 22 to help raise money for cancer research at the Galax/Carroll County Relay for Life held at Carroll County High School. According to organizers for the event, the final total amount raised was $66,288.

    Teams from the region donated their time and money throughout the year to help the cause. Events like the annual Trucker’s Parade and the Second Chance Prom were held as fundraisers leading up the yearly main event.

  • Prayers for healing, unity at Galax vigil

    Ten local pastors and a police chief spoke at the Galax Hearts United prayer vigil, held Sunday evening at the Galax Police Department’s courtyard and attended by about 250 people.

    It began in a punishing blaze of sun and heat but cool shade and fresh breezes moved over the assembly as the evening continued; and ended with a song – “Amazing Grace” – that required no hymnal to be sung.

  • Family stranded on island in river

    FRIES – A family from Independence was rescued from an island last Friday after they became stranded when water levels were dropped for construction at Byllesby Dam.

    The family had been camping on the island since last Wednesday and the water levels were dropped overnight on Thursday.

  • Special election set for Grayson School Board vacancy


    INDEPENDENCE – A special election has been set for Nov. 8 to fill the unexpired term of T.T. Carico on the Grayson County School Board.

    Carico was injured in an ATV accident on July 3 and died of his injuries on July 6.

    The Grayson County School Board — through its counsel, Independence attorney Roger Brooks — petitioned the court July 22 for the special election.

  • N.C. man drowns in New River

    FRIES – A North Carolina man drowned in the New River near Fries on Saturday during a family floating trip.

    According to a news release from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, dispatch received a call at 6:20 p.m. of a possible drowning on the New River on July 23. The incident occurred just above the low water bridge in Fries.

  • Sign shines light on Fries history

    FRIES ― After the sun set and the rain cleared on the evening of July 2, a large crowd of Fries residents and supporters gathered together outside of the Fries Community Center (known also by Fries natives as the “Y” or the “Rec Center”), to celebrate the lighting of the newly-refurbished Fries Theatre sign.

  • Grayson grand jury indicts 11


    INDEPENDENCE – A Galax man was indicted on two counts of rape last Friday by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury.

    Jovanni Martinez Garcia, 28, was indicted on the two charges that involved a female less than 13 years old. One count allegedly occurred on or about April 4, and the other on or about April 7, 2016.

    The grand jury indicted a total of 11 people on 18 charges, in addition to several sealed indictments that will be opened later after warrants are served.

  • Tax revenue shortfall means no state money for raises

    Due to the state’s overestimation of this fiscal year’s budget, the school system’s dreams of expanding positions and giving raises out of state funds will be put on hold this time, according to Galax City Schools Superintendent Bill Sturgill.

    Instead, the Galax School Board will have to rework its budget to pay for the raises with local funds.