Local News

  • Interstate crash results in injuries, missing dog

    AUSTINVILLE — A couple from North Carolina suffered non-life-threatening injuries following a single vehicle accident on Interstate 77 in Austinville last Thursday.

    According to a report on scene from State Trooper S.M. Cochran, police were called to the 22 mile marker on I-77 North, after a truck and camper crashed on the interstate at approximately 12:05 p.m. on April 9.

    “The lady was driving the vehicle, and the trailer started swaying back and forth and she lost control,” Cochran said.

  • Gardner seeks 2nd term as sheriff

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner has confirmed that he will run for a second four-year term in the November general election.

    Gardner, a Republican, was first elected to serve as the county’s sheriff in 2012.

    Throughout his current term, Gardner says that the sheriff’s office staff has worked with one another and the community to create a number of beneficial programs and practices for the betterment of the county, and that he would like the opportunity to continue those efforts.

  • Herring talks security, law enforcment issues in Galax

    It’s a staple complaint that any government above a local level “doesn’t care about the little guy,” but this isn’t always true.

    Putting paid to the saying, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring came to the Galax City council chambers for a public safety roundtable involving the City of Galax and Carroll, Grayson, Patrick and Smyth Counties.

  • Deadline approaches for Cliffview water project sign-up

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Public Service Authority (PSA) will sign up customers for the new Cliffview public water project on April 14 at the Cliffview Church of God.

    Representatives of the PSA will be at the church from 3-8 p.m. for signup and to collect connection fees, according to a news release from the county.

    Anyone living in the Cliffview project area can save $500 if they sign up before the deadline of April 15.

  • Man dead after shooting self during police chase

    CANA — A police chase in Cana ended in one death on Wednesday morning, when a man reportedly fled authorities — first in a vehicle, then on foot — behind a residence before shooting himself.

    According to a news release from Corinne Geller, public relations director for the Virginia State Police, the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office initiated a pursuit of a vehicle that refused to stop for a deputy shortly before 9:45 a.m. on April 8.

  • Art school draws more to Galax

    Chestnut Creek School of the Arts is seeing more revenue and attracting more people to Galax, according to a yearly report given at Galax City Council’s March 23 meeting.

    CCSA Executive Director Chris Pollins-Shackelford told council that the school has continued to increase its revenue from sales, classes and donations since last year, which also followed their aim to increase exposure.

  • Fant seeking at-large seat on Grayson board

    INDEPENDENCE — Col. John S. Fant, U.S. Army (Ret), will seek Grayson County’s supervisor at-large position as an independent candidate in the upcoming November election.

    A graduate of Independence High School, Fant holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Furman University; a master’s of management from Troy State University; and a master’s of strategic studies from the Naval War College. He is also a graduate of the Army’s War College.

  • Galax new home of holiday light show

    Galax’s Felts Park will be the scene of Christmas splendor this year as High Country Lights, hosted in Glade Valley, N.C., for the last decade, will be on display from Thanksgiving night through Jan. 2, 2016.

    According to a press release from Galax City Manager Keith Barker’s office, the move is the result of “months of planning.”

  • Williams to announce court clerk campaign

    INDEPENDENCE — Robert “Bobby” Williams of Galax has filed to run for clerk of Grayson County Circuit Court and will officially announce his candidacy April 21. The announcement is set for 7 p.m. at the Baldwin Auditorium, located in the Historic 1908 Courthouse in Independence.

  • Three minor injuries in Meadow Creek crash

    A wreck Monday afternoon on Meadow Creek Road in Grayson County left only minor injuries to three victims, but severe vehicle damage, according to Virginia State Trooper J.E. Tilson.

    A 2006 Chevy Cobalt driven by Casas Zamir Echeagaray, 17, of Galax, collided with a 2002 Dodge Dakota, driven by Luke Daniel Weatherman, 31, also of Galax, said Tilson.