Local News

  • Carroll buys farmers' market

    HILLSVILLE — Following its economic success, the Southwest Virginia Farmers’ Market is now under the ownership of Carroll County.

    According to a deed that was discussed and approved by the Carroll County Board of Supervisors at the June 8 meeting, the county agreed to purchase the property from the state at a cost of $222,000.

  • Haga seeks re-election as Grayson treasurer

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County Treasurer Kelly Haga has announced his plan to run for re-election.

    Haga was first elected in 2013 and completed the second half of a term vacated by retired treasurer Fields Young Jr., who served as treasurer in Grayson County for 34 years.

    During his time in office, Haga said his goal has been to modernize operations and streamline office procedures by integrating the offices of county administrator, finance director, commissioner of revenue and treasurer.

  • Democrats pick Goad to run for court clerk

    HILLSVILLE — On June 1, Gerald Goad received the Democratic nomination for the Carroll County Clerk of the Circuit Court seat for the general election to be held on Nov. 3.

    “I am truly honored and blessed to receive your nomination to be the next Clerk of the Circuit Court for Carroll County,” Goad said after a unanimous vote was cast during the party’s caucus held in the Carroll County General District Courtroom.

  • United Way has new director, fresh focus

    While Chris Brown, former United Way Resource Developer, is off to a new job and a new location, Ashley Bartee will be stepping in to fill his shoes.

    “Chris was recruited to be the head over the Washington County Virginia Drug Court. That was his expertise, his field, his passion,” says Travis Staton, CEO of United Way of Southwestern Virginia, during a visit to the Galax office. “We hated to see him go, but it was strictly just a thing that he loved to do.”

  • Galax changes polling place for South Precinct

    Voters in Galax’s South Precinct will report to a new polling place in November.

    Last month, Galax Voter Registrar Stacey Reavis spoke to Galax City Council about moving the South Precinct’s voting site from the high school to the rec center.

    Reavis informed council on May 26 that, due to changes in the school calendar, Galax High School would be in use on election day. She and the Galax Electoral Board met with Parks & Recreation Director Dave Nelson regarding the rec center’s use for polling instead. This change would be permanent.

  • Reeves found not guilty of murder

    Read Day 1 of the trial HERE

    INDEPENDENCE — After deliberating for more than four hours on Wednesday, a jury found Chad Allen Reeves not guilty in the October 2002 killing of Brandon Billings, a high school student found shot to death in his truck near the New River.

    The jury received the case around 3:40 p.m. and returned with a verdict around 8 p.m.

  • Stormwater work should fix flooding in Galax

    City Manager Keith Barker recently took Galax City Council members on a tour of the renovations and improvements being done in the low-lying and flood-prone Bottom Area around Givens Street.

    Building Official Terry Atwell, who is acting as the rehab specialist for the project, came along to explain some of the finer points of the Bottom Area renovations.

    The tour lasted about 30 minutes and covered a few blocks of the area.

  • City bids farewell to longtime employees

    Galax City Council honored two retiring longtime employees at its May 11 meeting and recognized the city’s water treatment plant, which won an award.

    Evelyn Bottomley, a utility clerk, and Nancy Hutchens, an accounts clerk, were each honored with a plaque and a watch. Bottomley served 21 years and three months; Hutchens served 15 years and nine months.

    Both are retiring from the director of finance’s office.

  • Carroll supervisors adopt 2016 budget

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Board of Supervisors adopted the fiscal year 2016 county budget on May 27.

    Members of the board met for a quick meeting where they, at the motion of Supervisor Joshua Hendrick, unanimously approved the county’s general operating expenditures of $41.9 million for the general fund, and $15,000 for the law library fund.

  • After a century, bald eagles soar again


    Submitted by Scott Jackson-Ricketts, Blue Ridge Discovery Center

    You’re out weeding your garden, perhaps hiking the New River Trail, or just driving along a country road when suddenly you spy a raptor overhead, stretched out like a board, a nine-and-a-half-pound bird with a wingspan of 80 inches, its white head and tail sealing the identification, a graceful marriage of bird and sky.

    Take another look if you can, and savor the moment.