Local News

  • Roark not guilty of arson in house fire


    INDEPENDENCE – A Grayson County man was found not guilty of arson during a bench trial held Feb. 2 in Grayson County Circuit Court.

    Michael Paul Roark, 45, of Rugby, was charged with arson and attempting to obtain money by false pretenses, following a fire that occurred at 1559 Shippeys Branch Road in Mouth of Wilson on Dec. 31, 2013.

    He was convicted of the felony obtaining money charge.

  • Homeowner in Cana finds body in driveway

    Staff Report

    CANA – The Carroll County Sheriff’s Department has concluded its investigation into the shooting death of a man whose body was found in a Cana driveway on Feb. 24.

    The sheriff’s office received a call from a homeowner last Friday morning, reporting that he had found a man’s body lying in his driveway at 400 Stage Coach Road, off Paul’s Creek Road in the Cana community.

    Stage Coach Road is a private drive and the area where the body was found is remote, with a one-lane driveway.

  • Vine Street fire's cause undetermined

    A Galax structure burned to the ground on Feb. 23 at 9:34 a.m. in what was described as a “barn fire, fully involved,” according to Galax Volunteer Fire Captain Mike Ayers.

    “Firefighters arrived to find a 20’ x 40’ single-story barn completely involved in fire,” said Ayers afterwards. He noted that the structure, in the middle of a field, had no people in it and the fire caused no injury.

    “The fire was quickly controlled,” noted Ayers. “However, the structure was a total loss.”

  • Candidates continue to file in Carroll


    HILLSVILLE – Five newcomers and one incumbent have met the requirements and filed for the Nov. 7 Board of Supervisors election in Carroll County.

    According to information from the Carroll County Registrar’s Office, three candidates have filed for the Fancy Gap District seat – Ronnie Collins, Greg Spencer, Phillip R. McCraw. The current supervisor, Phil McCraw, is not seeking re-election because of health reasons.

  • Galax man charged with forgery

    Staff Reports

    A Galax man faces felony forgery charges after he allegedly used fake bills at local businesses, and a juvenile will likely be charged, as well.

    Benjamin Sanchez, 20, was arrested on Feb. 10 by Galax Police Officer Darrin Alley and charged with two counts of felony forgery (employing as true bank notes or coins), one count of felony larceny (obtaining money equal to or more than $200 by false pretenses), misdemeanor larceny (obtaining money less than $200 by false pretenses) and misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

  • PSA to citizens: fluoride not a conspiracy

    HILLSVILLE – Two residents of the Cliffview community addressed the Carroll County Public Service Authority at its Feb. 14 meeting concerning the non-user fee for the public water system and putting fluoride in the water.

    One PSA member, a dentist, assured citizens that the additive, common in public water systems, is not a “conspiracy to poison the American people.”

    Judy Jones said she had an efficient and functioning well and did not sign up for the county water system, so she didn’t think it was fair to be charged a non-user fee.

  • Grayson court unseals more indictments


    INDEPENDENCE – Several more sealed indictments have been opened after being handed down by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury that met Jan. 27 in Independence, including charges against a Galax man accused of raping a child.

    Michael Dwayne Wroten, 35, was indicted on two counts for rape of a child less than 13 years old; sodomy with a child less than 13 years old; and object sexual penetration.

  • TCRH would benefit from bill to aid rural hospitals

    Staff Report

    Virginia’s senators this week introduced bipartisan legislation to ensure hospitals are fairly reimbursed for their services by the federal government and are able to remain open and functioning, especially in Virginia’s underserved and economically struggling regions.

    Twin County Regional Hospital in Galax is included on a list of hospitals that stand to benefit from the legislation.

  • Delegate gives update on training center amendment

    RICHMOND — The fate of a state budget amendment pertaining to the Southwestern Virginia Training Center in Carroll County is now in the hands of House and Senate budget conferees.

    The amendment introduced by Del. Jeff Campbell (R-6th District) would prohibit the discharge of residents at the mental health facility if they or their legally authorized representatives choose to remain there.

    The facility is slated to close next year, unless the state intervenes. It houses about 80 residents.

  • County asked to help preserve Allen House


    HILLSVILLE – Three members of the Carroll County Historical Society attended last Monday week’s Board of Supervisors meeting with two missions – to give a report on the renovation of the Sidna Allen Home at Fancy Gap and to ask for short-term funds to continue the renovation project.

    John Carpenter told the supervisors that the renovation was going well, but it will take a lot of time and money to finish the project and restore the home to its original condition.