Local News

  • More voters participating in Republican primary

    HILLSVILLE – As of 10 a.m. on Super Tuesday, votes in the Republican presidential primary far outweighed the Democratic votes in Carroll County.

    According to Kim Cloud, director of elections and general registrar in Carroll County, 1,217 voters had cast a ballot in the Republican primary. By contrast, only 277 voters had chosen to vote in the Democratic primary.

    Updates will be provided throughout the day by the polling locations.

    Polls close at 7 p.m.

  • Virginia Primary Results 2016

    Unofficial results of March 1 dual primary, from Virginia State Board of Elections:



    • Ben Carson — 8% (340)

    • Ted Cruz — 18% (815)

    • John Kasich — 4% (169)

    • Marco Rubio — 16% (731)

    • Donald Trump — 54% (2,412)


    • Hillary Clinton — 57% (600)

    • Bernie Sanders — 42% (445)

  • Two charged with felonies last week

    According to a report issued by the Galax Police Department, there were two felony arrests last week.

    Terry Jean Brenis, 36, of Galax, was arrested on Feb. 26 at 9 a.m. by Officer Silverio Gonzales, on charges that included felony possession of Schedule I-II controlled substances, felony possession of firearms while in possession of drugs, misdemeanor assault and battery of a family member and misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance.

  • One driver injured, another charged with DUI in crash

    A two-vehicle accident on U.S. 58 on Sunday at 5:14 p.m. left one driver with minor injuries and a DUI charge for the other, according to a report issued by the Galax Police Department.

    A 1999 GMC Sonoma, driven by Thomas A. Tucker, 71, of Galax, was traveling north on Waugh Drive and crossed 58, running into the right front driver’s side fender of a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu driven by Stacey Hope Frazier, 42, of Fries, which was traveling west on 58.

  • Truck ends up in creek

    A two-vehicle accident left a pickup truck fitted with a snowplow stuck on a creek embankment on Cliffview Road around 10 a.m. on Feb. 29. Involved were a blue pickup truck and a dark green SUV.

    At the scene, where a man was led away in handcuffs by Galax police, Sgt. Jacob Vaughan said he was in charge of the investigation, but there were no injuries.

    No other information was available at press time on Monday.

  • Cana water hearing draws big crowd

    CANA – The Carroll County Public Service Authority’s community meeting on Feb. 24, to gauge interest in expanding the existing water system in the Cana area, received a large turnout from citizens and community leaders.

    At the meeting held at St. Paul School cafeteria, Dr. Tom Littrell, chairman of the authority; William Payne, vice chairman; and authority member Doug Winesett were joined by several members of the PSA staff and the Carroll County Board of Supervisors.

  • Merdian, Adams seek new terms on school board

    Both Galax School Board Vice Chairman Dr. Jim Adams and Board Member F. Stewart Merdian, whose terms are expiring on June 30, say they’ll seek reappointment.

    Two seats are open on the board, and city council is set to make the appointments March 28. Those interested have until March 4 to submit letters of interest.

    Members are appointed for three-year terms.

  • Primary election to be held March 1

    Staff Reports

    Virginia voters can participate in a dual primary on Tuesday, as Virginians choose a nominee from both parties to seek the presidency in November.

    Any registered voter can take part in either the Democratic or Republican primary, but must choose one. You can’t vote in both.

    Upon reaching the polls March 1, voters will be asked if they wish to vote in the Democratic or Republican primaries. They are then free to vote in the primary of their choice and will be presented with a ballot for that party.

  • Sheriffs push for more equitable pay

    INDEPENDENCE — One of the most prominent issues being discussed in the General Assembly this year is the governor’s proposed biennial budget, which includes a pay raise for sheriffs’ departments that doesn’t match up with the raise for state police in the Virginia Senate’s budget.

  • Voters sum up candidates in a word

    Landmark News Service

    Christopher Newport University’s Wason Center for Public Policy asked more than 700 registered Virginia voters to say “the first word that pops into your head” about each presidential candidate.

    These “word clouds” were created using Wordle software, according to a news release. The more often a word was used in voters’ responses, the more prominently it appears in the word cloud.