Local News

  • 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.

  • Overdose call leads to arrests

    A call reporting a drug overdose last week resulted in the arrest of two suspects, but no one in apparent danger.

    According to a report issued by Chief Rick Clark of the Galax Police Department, Geraldine Mae Geddes, 43, of Galax, was arrested Feb. 29 29 at 10:03 a.m. by Sgt. S.J. Jones and charged with one count of felony possession of Schedule I/II controlled substance, misdemeanor possession of Schedule I/II controlled substance, misdemeanor possession of controlled substance paraphernalia and misdemeanor obstruction of justice.

  • Barn burns in Baywood

    A small fire in a barn on Old Baywood Road at around 9:30 p.m. on Feb. 23 left little damage, according to Galax Volunteer Fire Captain Mike Ayers.

    “They had an electrical short that charred a rafter,” said Ayers. “They caught it, cut the power off to it, and we cut the wire out for them.”

  • Driver charged in snowplow crash

    A single-vehicle accident on Cliffview Road the morning of Feb. 29 left no injuries, but ended with a truck fitted with a snowplow nose-down in a creek.

    According to a report issued by the Galax Police Department, at 9:40 a.m. that day, a 1977 Chevrolet Custom 10 Deluxe pickup truck driven by Dalton Lee Niece, 21, of Fries, was traveling south on Cliffview Road when it went through a curve and ran off the left side of the road, over an embankment and into the creek.

    There were no injuries, but the truck sustained about $2,500 in damages.

  • Man hospitalized after pit bull attack

    HILLSVILLE – A man attacked by two pit bulls in Hillsville on Feb. 28 was hospitalized due to his injuries and the two dogs have been taken into custody.

    According to Interim County Administrator Nikki Cannon, Carroll County Animal Control received a call regarding a man who had been bitten on Hanging Tree Road off Poplar Camp Road in Hillsville. The man was the landlord of the property and had come to see the tenant.

  • Buyer closes on Fries property purchase

    FRIES — The Town of Fries has a new partner in economic development, with the announcement that the Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority has closed a deal with a buyer to sell the old mill site, adjacent properties and several downtown properties for development.

    Mayor Richard Farmer made the announcement during the March 1 town council meeting, saying the town had closed a deal with local developer Gus Hill.

    At a meeting last year, town officials listed the purchase price as $186,000 for the properties, which total more than 40 acres.

  • Carroll school board reschedules meetings

    HILLSVILLE – Due to two cancelled meetings in February, the Carroll County School Board has announced it will hold two additional meetings in March.

    On March 14, the board will hold a meeting beginning at 6 p.m. in the 3rd floor conference room of the Carroll County Governmental Complex. The purpose of this meeting will be to present the 2016-2017 school operational, food service, textbook and debt services budgets to the board members.

  • CCHS students searched after weapon report

    HILLSVILLE – Students went through metal detectors and buses were searched on Friday morning after Carroll County Public Schools received a tip about weapons on a bus at the high school.

    No weapons were found.

    In a news release, school officials said that the high school received an anonymous tip on March 4 around 9:05 a.m. on the Anonymous Drug and Bullying Reporting site, which said that a student on one of the buses had firearms in their possession. The report did not share the student’s name or the bus number.

  • City holds hearings on courtroom fee, budget amendment

    Galax City Council held two public hearings at its Feb. 8 meeting: one for an ordinance for the collection of an electronic summons system fee and the other for an amendment to the fiscal year 2016 budget.

    The ordinance was brought up at the last council meeting by Galax Police Chief Rick Clark. The police department’s current electronic record management system is set to expire in four years, after which updates and support will not be available, as the company that developed the system is not longer in business and the company that purchased it will phase it out.