Local News

  • Galax police investigating double homicide

    Galax police on Friday evening had identified a “person of interest” in the deaths of Alyssa Ann Kenny, 28, and her 21-month-old daughter, Anastasia Leighann Alley, and spent the day interviewing witnesses and searching for clues

    Family members and friends were still reeling from the news on Friday, sharing remembrances of Alyssa and Anastasia with the newspaper, posting photos on social media and finding ways to cope with the loss.

  • Galax still assessing properties

    Galax’s four-year property tax reassessment is still going on, though it is past the initial stages.

    “The assessment by [assessors] Wampler-Eanes Appraisal Group was finished around the end of December, first of January,” said Galax Commissioner of Revenue David Hankley. “Then they met with maybe 25 or 30 citizens concerned over their assessment.”

    Hankley said last year that, on average, taxes on residential property went down about 3 to 5 percent, and went up 2 to 3 percent on commercial property.

  • One year later, family reflects on fatal fire

    A little over year ago, Trent and Amanda Delp lost three of their four children – Dominic, 7; Ryleigh, 4; and Randy, 9 months – to a fire at their home on Glendale Road.

    Despite multiple divisions of local first responders arriving within minutes, and several acts of personal heroism that resulted in injury, the disaster changed the family’s life permanently.

  • Truck fire spreads into brush in Woodlawn

    WOODLAWN – A landscaping truck caught fire and the blaze spread to the brush on an adjacent embankment Tuesday afternoon on U.S. 58 near Harmon’s in Woodlawn.

    Around 12:54 p.m., the Hillsville Volunteer Fire Department responded to a vehicle fire at 4969 Carrollton Pike (U.S. 58). The vehicle, a Ramey’s Lawn Care truck, had caught on fire on the shoulder of the eastbound lane. According to Hillsville Fire Chief Donnie Spangler, witnesses said the fire originated in the engine compartment.

  • Candidate lists set for town council elections

    Staff Reports

    The presidential election is getting all the press, but races closer to home will be on the ballot May 3.

    Voters will choose local leaders who make decisions that affect their daily lives in ways much more intimate than the person in the White House, from filling potholes and raising food taxes to bringing in new jobs and setting trash pickup fees.

    The closing date for candidates to register for this year’s council race was March 1.

    Terms on town councils begin July 1.

  • New signs for Carter Pines

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Industrial Development Authority has approved the installation of signage at the Carter Pines Community Park. The signs will mark the honor wall, labyrinth, walking trail entrances and the picnic shelter.

    “We received quotes based on the IDA’s direction last month and had some work done in the field with Mr. [Benny] Robinson, Mava Vass and Ricky Dowdy,” Interim County Administrator Nikki Cannon explained at the authority’s March 1 meeting.

  • Overdose call leads to arrests

    A call reporting a drug overdose last week resulted in the arrest of two suspects, but no one in apparent danger.

    According to a report issued by Chief Rick Clark of the Galax Police Department, Geraldine Mae Geddes, 43, of Galax, was arrested Feb. 29 29 at 10:03 a.m. by Sgt. S.J. Jones and charged with one count of felony possession of Schedule I/II controlled substance, misdemeanor possession of Schedule I/II controlled substance, misdemeanor possession of controlled substance paraphernalia and misdemeanor obstruction of justice.

  • Barn burns in Baywood

    A small fire in a barn on Old Baywood Road at around 9:30 p.m. on Feb. 23 left little damage, according to Galax Volunteer Fire Captain Mike Ayers.

    “They had an electrical short that charred a rafter,” said Ayers. “They caught it, cut the power off to it, and we cut the wire out for them.”

  • Driver charged in snowplow crash

    A single-vehicle accident on Cliffview Road the morning of Feb. 29 left no injuries, but ended with a truck fitted with a snowplow nose-down in a creek.

    According to a report issued by the Galax Police Department, at 9:40 a.m. that day, a 1977 Chevrolet Custom 10 Deluxe pickup truck driven by Dalton Lee Niece, 21, of Fries, was traveling south on Cliffview Road when it went through a curve and ran off the left side of the road, over an embankment and into the creek.

    There were no injuries, but the truck sustained about $2,500 in damages.

  • Man hospitalized after pit bull attack

    HILLSVILLE – A man attacked by two pit bulls in Hillsville on Feb. 28 was hospitalized due to his injuries and the two dogs have been taken into custody.

    According to Interim County Administrator Nikki Cannon, Carroll County Animal Control received a call regarding a man who had been bitten on Hanging Tree Road off Poplar Camp Road in Hillsville. The man was the landlord of the property and had come to see the tenant.