Local News

  • Candidate finds no process for filing grievance


    Phillip Berrier, who lost the Fancy Gap District race for Carroll County Board of Supervisors by one vote in the November 2017 election, has reached out the State Board of Elections about his concerns about two provisional votes.

    Berrier told The Gazette that he intended to file a grievance with the board about the recount process, but discovered that no such process to handle grievances existed.

  • 'Farmer John' supports Carroll's plan to sell wine


    HILLSVILLE – After listening to opposition in December, the Carroll Board of Supervisors this month heard from a farmer who supports the county’s plan to sell beer and wine at the Blue Ridge Plateau Visitor Center, which is located inside the retail portion of the Southwest Virginia Farmers’ Market.

    The board held a public hearing at its Dec. 11 meeting about the proposal. Two people, Debby Brady and Mandi McCraw, spoke against it.

  • Courthouse locked down after threat

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Courthouse went on lockdown Thursday after the Clerk of Circuit Court’s office received a suspicious letter with a note at around 11 a.m., according to Deputy County Administrator Mitchell Smith and Virginia State Police Lt. D.L. Reedy.

    The trial of Greyling Davis, for the homicide of Karen Cates, was taking place in the circuit court at the time, but Smith said, “I’d be surprised it if it had anything to do with the trial.”

  • Dangerous winds overturn tractor-trailers


    FANCY GAP – Dangerous driving conditions resulted in an accident on Fancy Gap Mountain during the early morning hours of Jan. 18, in which three tractor-trailers were overturned due to extremely high winds; blocking both northbound lanes of Interstate 77.

    The Virginia State Police and Cana Rescue Squad first responded to the scene at 7:44 a.m. Thursday, followed shortly after by Carroll County EMS.

    The accidents occurred near the 2 milemarker on I-77, at the Virginia-North Carolina border.

  • Owners offer $1,000 reward for missing dog

    Staff Report

    LAUREL FORK — The family of a missing therapy dog is offering a $1,000 for her safe return or information leading to her location, no questions asked.

    Stella, a 2-year-old brindle boxer, went missing from her Laurel Fork home in Carroll County on Jan. 8. She is in training to become a therapy dog, and assists owner Emily Goad’s nephew with his ADHD.

  • DNA, prints link victim to suspects

    Staff Report

    CHRISTIANSBURG — Fingerprint and DNA evidence is revealing more links between a murder victim and two suspects in her death.

    Nicole Lovell, 13, of Blacksburg was killed in January 2016 and her body was found a few days later near Galax.

    Evidence filed with the Montgomery County Circuit Court shows Lovell’s blood on tools, cleaning supplies, boots and other evidence. The fingerprints of the two suspects also appear on several items, according to court documents.

  • Mount Airy agrees to sell more water to Carroll


    HILLSVILLE – After months of negotiation, Mount Airy, N.C., has agreed to sell more water to Carroll at a reduced rate, serving the southern section of the county.

    The Carroll County Public Service Authority (PSA) discussed the new 10-year deal at its Jan. 8 meeting.

    PSA Executive Director Jessica Montgomery said the PSA staff had been negotiating with the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners since July 2016 to purchase more water for the Cana/Meadowbrook Road area.

  • Living in the danger zone


    WOODLAWN — Bill and Ruth Baldwin have lived on U.S. 58 in the Midway Heights area for the past four years.

    They love their home and the community, but the increasing number of traffic accidents occurring around their home is causing them a lot of concern.

  • Medicaid, gun laws among Northam's priorities

    Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND — Even before Ralph Northam was sworn in Saturday as Virginia’s governor, he was contemplating what he wants to leave behind in four years.

    “My legacy would be to make sure that all Virginians have access to good health care and that all of our children have access to a world-class education. If I can do those two things, I’ll be content with my four years,” Northam said.

  • Carroll wants to rename U.S. 52 to honor veterans


    HILLSVILLE — A stretch of highway U.S. 52 in Carroll County may soon be named to honor veterans.

    The Carroll County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Jan. 8 to name the portion of U.S. 52 that runs from the North Carolina border in Cana to the south and to the Wythe County line to the north “Veterans Memorial Highway.”