Local News

  • Elk Creek collision sends two to hospital

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    ELK CREEK — A two-vehicle Grayson County crash sent two to the hospital on Jan. 28.

    The 12:30 p.m. Elk Creek Parkway (U.S. 21) wreck occurred when a 2014 Kia Soul driven by Ronald K. Garrett, 69, of Crockett, attempted to pass a 1977 Ford F-150 pickup driven by Wanda Galyean Wampler, 76, of Galax, according to a report by Virginia State Police Trooper D.A. Phipps.

  • HVFD receives grant to replace fire truck

    HILLSVILLE — The Hillsville Volunteer Fire Department received a $3,500 grant from Walmart to assist in the replacement of a fire truck lost to a crash and the implementation of a new honor guard.

    Galax Walmart manager Todd Taylor and Community Involvement Coordinator Pam Chamberlain presented the check to Fire Chief Donnie Spangler on Jan. 9.

  • Honeycutt retiring after 23 years as court clerk

    HILLSVILLE — Soon after she was elected, Circuit Court Clerk Carolyn Honeycutt worked numerous late hours during a murder trial involving the death of a two-year-old child.

    The trial took place outside the old courthouse in Hillsville, and was scheduled for a handful of days. However, the amount of evidence and deliberation kept Honeycutt at work late into the night.

    “Not sure if many people know this, but the last person to finish at the courthouse is usually the clerk,” said Honeycutt, who is retiring after more than two decades in office.

  • Chase results in dozens of charges

    The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office arrested two men after a traffic stop turned into a car chase through several yards and a field, resulting in numerous property damages.

    The incident took place on Thursday at approximately 8:48 p.m. According to a press release from Sheriff J.B. Gardner, Deputy Jake Worrell was conducting a traffic stop on U.S. 52 in Cana on Jan. 29 when he observed a 1990 Hyundai approach him.

  • Police investigate LJS break-in

    The Galax Long John Silver’s reported a break-in Friday morning.

    According to Galax Police Chief Rick Clark, a side window was shattered by the burglar or burglars sometime before 8 a.m. on Jan. 30, and an undisclosed amount of cash was stolen. The restaurant on East Stuart Drive was unoccupied at the time, he said.

    Clark said there was no footage of the incident and no suspects have been identified yet.

    Corporate representatives of Long John Silver’s declined to comment, as the theft is still being investigated.

  • Volunteers will help with insurance enrollment

    HILLSVILLE — Volunteers with Commonwealth Covered, a project sponsored through Enroll Virginia, will visit Carroll County this week to discuss enrollment options through the Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Marketplace.

    Feb. 15 is the deadline to enroll in a health insurance plan for 2015, and families who wait too long to sign up or choose to opt out of coverage will receive a tax penalty for the year.

  • Blue Ridge Parkway visitation increases


    The Blue Ridge Parkway is showing the first increase in visitation since 2011, and some local venues and parkway-adjacent merchants are seeing an uptick in businesses.

    The national park reported that it attracted more than 13.9 million visitors in 2014, an increase of about 1 million from 2013.

  • Bill advances to keep training center open

    RICHMOND — A bill seeking to keep two of Virginia’s training centers for the mentally handicapped open was referred to the House of Delegates’ Committee on Appropriations on Wednesday, following a hearing in Richmond where the bill was received by the Health Welfare and Institutions Subcommittee.

  • City to go after late utility bills

    Galax City Council is looking at new measures to collect overdue utility bills.

    At Monday’s council meeting, Director of Finance Judy Taylor-Gallimore requested that council approve measures to collect or dismiss overdue utility bills. Gallimore-Taylor recommended bills more than three years old be written off.

    Currently, the city has about $67,000 in arrears from what she estimated to be about 500 customers.

  • Poll: citizens question leaders' honesty

    Many registered voters in Virginia question the honesty of their elected leaders and want stricter controls on gifts to them, according to a poll this week.

    In the January survey conducted by Christopher Newport University’s Wason Center for Public Policy, voters also favored term limits for state legislators and an independent panel to draw lines for legislative districts.