Local News

  • Mother and daughter remembered at vigil

    Felts Park is known as the place where most festivals happen in Galax.

    On Saturday evening, though there were ribbons and balloons, a much more somber event took place: the candlelight vigil for homicide victims Alyssa Ann Kenny 28, and her 21-month-old daughter, Anastasia Leighann Alley.

    At the 90-minute vigil, a crowd gathered to write messages on posterboards full of snapshots, pin ribbons to their shirts, mingle and talk. Hugs, smiles, tears and stories made the rounds.

  • Six in race for three seats on city council

    The May 3 election for Galax City Council will see one seat, held now by Dr. Bob Lazo, coming open as he steps down due to moving out of town, and two more seats, held by Sharon Plichta and William “Bill” Davis, coming open as their terms end on June 30.

    Both the incumbents are seeking re-election, and four qualified hopefuls are running, as well.

  • Democrat seeks nomination for 9th District seat

    D. Clay Pugh of Sugar Grove is a candidate for the Democratic nomination for the 9th Congressional District seat in 2016.

    A nominee will be chosen in Wytheville on May 21 for the seat held by three-term Republican incumbent Morgan Griffith.

  • Hillsville police raise money for body cameras

    HILLSVILLE – The Hillsville Police Department has registered with BodyCameraDonations.com in order to help raise money from the public for body cameras to outfit 17 officers.

    According to a news release from BodyCameraDonations.com, the donations would go towards buying Wolfcom Vision police body cameras, all-in-one units that combine a video camera, digital camera and a voice recorder.

    The units can store more than 18 hours of video, take more than 28,000 digital photos and record more than 180 hours of audio.

  • Galax police investigating double homicide

    Galax police on Friday evening had identified a “person of interest” in the deaths of Alyssa Ann Kenny, 28, and her 21-month-old daughter, Anastasia Leighann Alley, and spent the day interviewing witnesses and searching for clues

    Family members and friends were still reeling from the news on Friday, sharing remembrances of Alyssa and Anastasia with the newspaper, posting photos on social media and finding ways to cope with the loss.

  • Galax still assessing properties

    Galax’s four-year property tax reassessment is still going on, though it is past the initial stages.

    “The assessment by [assessors] Wampler-Eanes Appraisal Group was finished around the end of December, first of January,” said Galax Commissioner of Revenue David Hankley. “Then they met with maybe 25 or 30 citizens concerned over their assessment.”

    Hankley said last year that, on average, taxes on residential property went down about 3 to 5 percent, and went up 2 to 3 percent on commercial property.

  • One year later, family reflects on fatal fire

    A little over year ago, Trent and Amanda Delp lost three of their four children – Dominic, 7; Ryleigh, 4; and Randy, 9 months – to a fire at their home on Glendale Road.

    Despite multiple divisions of local first responders arriving within minutes, and several acts of personal heroism that resulted in injury, the disaster changed the family’s life permanently.

  • Truck fire spreads into brush in Woodlawn

    WOODLAWN – A landscaping truck caught fire and the blaze spread to the brush on an adjacent embankment Tuesday afternoon on U.S. 58 near Harmon’s in Woodlawn.

    Around 12:54 p.m., the Hillsville Volunteer Fire Department responded to a vehicle fire at 4969 Carrollton Pike (U.S. 58). The vehicle, a Ramey’s Lawn Care truck, had caught on fire on the shoulder of the eastbound lane. According to Hillsville Fire Chief Donnie Spangler, witnesses said the fire originated in the engine compartment.

  • Candidate lists set for town council elections

    Staff Reports

    The presidential election is getting all the press, but races closer to home will be on the ballot May 3.

    Voters will choose local leaders who make decisions that affect their daily lives in ways much more intimate than the person in the White House, from filling potholes and raising food taxes to bringing in new jobs and setting trash pickup fees.

    The closing date for candidates to register for this year’s council race was March 1.

    Terms on town councils begin July 1.

  • New signs for Carter Pines

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Industrial Development Authority has approved the installation of signage at the Carter Pines Community Park. The signs will mark the honor wall, labyrinth, walking trail entrances and the picnic shelter.

    “We received quotes based on the IDA’s direction last month and had some work done in the field with Mr. [Benny] Robinson, Mava Vass and Ricky Dowdy,” Interim County Administrator Nikki Cannon explained at the authority’s March 1 meeting.