Local News

  • Murder case sent to grand jury

    Copyright 2017, The Wytheville Enterprise

    Reprinted with permission

    SMYTH COUNTY ― A Smyth County judge heard evidence in January against a Wythe County man, charged in the August 2016 hit-and-run slaying of his ex-girlfriend and the malicious wounding of her companion.

    The hit-and-run incident left 35-year-old Heather Michelle Clontz dead and 28-year-old Samuel David Lawson injured.

  • Police: double distraction for DUI driver


    HILLSVILLE – Driving under the influence, attending to a child in a car and talking on a cell phone are all distractions that can cause an accident.

    According to state police, a Wytheville man was doing all three when he flipped his vehicle and closed Interstate 77 for almost an hour last Thursday night near exit 14 in Carroll County.

    State Trooper J.D. Delp said the accident occurred about 9 p.m. on Feb. 2 between mile markers 13 and 14.

  • Parks charged with robbery at local motel

    Staff Reports

    A Galax man is charged with robbery after an incident at a local motel.

    Noah Dequay Parks, 20, of Galax, was arrested on Jan. 27 by Officer Mark Burnett. He was wanted on a felony warrant for a robbery that occurred on Nov. 5, 2016.

  • Population data reveals shifts in Twin Counties


    Galax and Carroll County both lost residents in the past six years, while Grayson County is growing, according to recent population data released by the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia.

    Virginia continues to grow at a faster rate than the U.S., increasing by 5.1 percent since 2010 to a total of 8.4 million people. The nation grew by 4.7 percent during that same period.

  • More file to run in Carroll elections


    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County residents are continuing to announce their candidacy for the Nov. 7 board of supervisors and school board elections.

    Three Republicans have completed their paperwork and filed with the Carroll County Registrar’s Office. The candidates ― Ronnie Collins, Greg Spencer and Phillip R. McCraw ― are seeking the Fancy Gap District board of supervisor’s seat. The current Fancy Gap representative, Phil McCraw, is not seeking re-election because of health reasons.

  • Farmers fear program loss will be gain for coyotes, vultures

    Some Virginia farmers and the state’s largest agricultural organization fear state budget cuts will kill a program that’s helped farmers stem and prevent livestock losses to coyotes and black vultures.

    Virginia Farm Bureau is supporting budget amendments introduced by Sen. Frank M. Ruff Jr. (R-Clarksville), with the support of Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Galax) and Del. Charles Poindexter (R-Franklin County). Both amendments would restore funding to prevent loss of the program.

  • Two charged with burglary in Carroll

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two people in Laurel Fork for burglaries that occurred on Dry Twig Road and Keno Road.

    According to a news release from Sheriff J.B. Gardner, police received a complaint Jan. 25 that people that had broken into his vacant rental home and were still inside.

    Gardner said the two people had left the scene before deputies arrived and were on foot in the area.

  • Suspect caught after two-state chase

    Staff Report

    A Hillsville man faces multiple charges after the investigation of a stolen vehicle led to a high-speed pursuit through Grayson County and across the North Carolina state line last week.

  • Teachers left out of pay raise proposal

    Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND — State employees may just get Christmas in July in the form of a 3 percent raise.

    Republican budget leaders from both chambers of the General Assembly announced the pay increase, plus a 17 percent higher starting salary for Virginia State Police troopers and a way to address salary compression for sheriff’s deputies.

  • Driver injured when car hits school bus

    A two-vehicle crash at 9:15 a.m. Monday on Trapper Drive in Galax involving a school bus left no children harmed, but the driver of the second vehicle with minor injuries, according to the Virginia State Trooper P.K. Cheek.

    A Carroll County school bus, driven by Franklin, Mason, 57, of Woodlawn, was stopping to pick up a student when it was struck from the rear by a 2007 Buick Rainier driven by Dora Isom, 29, of Woodlawn.