Local News

  • Galax social services director departing

    By D.T. CLARK, Staff

    Even though she’s retiring next month, Susan Clark, director of the Department of Social Services for the City of Galax, isn’t slowing down.

    Her office currently serves more than 4,000 cases, providing all kinds of services to the people of the city.

  • N.C. suspects charged with Galax larcenies

    Staff Report

    Officers investigated two larcenies committed by North Carolinians in Galax, one in conjunction with a burglary, according to a report released by the Galax Police Department.

    Justin Lee Davis, 30, of Mount Airy, N.C., was arrested in connection with an offense that was reported on Dec. 6, 2017.

  • Dugspur man arrested after chase in stolen car

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — A Dugspur man is in custody after a brief chase in a stolen car.

    On Dec. 23, 2017, at 2:11 p.m., the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the Patrick Sheriff’s Office to be on the lookout for a stolen green Ford Thunderbird that had been taken from their county.

    According to a report from the sheriff’s office, Lt. Bobby Lyons, Sgt. David Walls and Cpl. Rocky Dalton responded to the Dugspur section of Carroll County to watch for the car.

  • Carroll PSA continues water purchase talks with Mount Airy


    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll Public Service Authority (PSA) is continuing its work to buy water from Mount Airy, N.C., to serve the southern end of the county.

    The PSA has received a draft amendment to the existing water purchase agreement from Mount Airy, N.C., and the draft is being reviewed by the PSA staff.

  • Four facing charges in Cana burglary

    Staff Report

    CANA — A call about a suspicious vehicle at a Cana home resulted in drug charges against four people from Mount Airy, N.C.

    Carroll County Sheriff J. B. Gardner reported that deputies received a call on Dec. 26 at 2:48 p.m. that there was a suspicious vehicle located at a residence on Mulberry Lane. The caller asked deputies to see if they could locate anyone at the home.

    Deputy Jarrett Combs, Deputy Josh Bowers and Sgt. Cody Edwards arrived at the residence and located four people inside — none of whom lived there.

  • Berrier could file grievance over voter ID decision

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — An unsuccessful candidate for the Fancy Gap District seat on the Carroll County School Board says he is considering filing a grievance with the state board of elections over a ballot that was counted even though the voter only had a copy of their ID.

    Phillip Berrier of Cana petitioned for a recount after the Nov. 7 election results showed incumbent Joey Haynes winning by a three-vote margin in what was initially a four-way race. After a recount on Dec. 27, Haynes retained the seat by a single vote.

  • GVFD saves home while delivering food boxes

    Not only do the Christmas Community Food Fund boxes help fight hunger in Twin Counties homes, they sometimes save houses, as well.

    According to Galax Fire Chief David Hankley, the delivery of one food box resulted in a “Christmas miracle.”

    Originally not home, Hankley noted, the occupant returned once she remembered Dec. 24 was delivery day for the boxes. Delivery volunteers had knocked on the door and started to leave when she got back.

  • Burglary plea hearing date reset

    INDEPENDENCE — A scheduled hearing in a case against Wyndom Taylor Thornton of Galax was continued earlier this month in Grayson County Circuit Court, at the request of Thornton’s attorney.

    Thornton was scheduled for a plea and sentencing hearing for charges related to a burglary in Independence earlier this year. Jonathon Venzie, who is representing Thornton, requested a new court date to give him more time to prepare.

  • Suspect violates protective order while in jail

    HILLSVILLE — Suspects under arrest are allowed one phone call while in custody, usually to contact a family member or maybe a lawyer.

    According to police, a Giles County man charged with assault and attempted abduction this week incurred another charge by using his call to contact his girlfriend, thereby violating a protective order.

  • Haynes wins Fancy Gap seat by 1 vote

    HILLSVILLE — Incumbent Joey Haynes hung onto the Fancy Gap seat on the Carroll County School Board by one vote in a recount on Wednesday.

    The final official tally was 500 to 499, according to results given by Carroll County Clerk of Circuit Court Gerald Goad.

    Phillip Berrier had petitioned for a recount after the Nov. 7 election results showed Haynes winning by a three-vote margin in what was initially a four-way race, including candidates Patricia Sebens and Gina Hall.