Local News

  • Firefighters burn to learn

    “What we don’t want to do is have the tank to explode,” said Capt. Mike Ayers of the Galax Volunteer Fire Department on Sunday, as local firefighters hit a flame-spewing liquid propane tank with water to cool it down.

    “Shrapnel from the tank could go two to three blocks away,” he said. “That’s what we are here training to be able to stop.”

  • Last-minute primary voting tips

    Landmark News Service

    Finally. After months of listening to presidential candidates and their supporters, today Virginia voters get to have their say. Here are some last-minute tips for Virginia’s presidential primary.

    Plenty of time to vote: Polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. Don’t worry about a long line if you get there just before 7. If you’re in line at 7, the law says you must be allowed a ballot.

  • 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.