Local News

  • 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.

  • Jett honored for service to Hillsville Fire Department

    HILLSVILLE – Erroll Rhea Jett, a firefighter with the Hillsville Volunteer Fire Department, was one of the first recipients to be awarded in a new category in the Governor’s Fire Safety Awards.

    “I have known him all my life and personally know Mr. Jett to exemplify the qualities of a fire prevention-oriented fire fighter,” said Assistant Fire Chief Mike Musser. “His dedication to the community and children is a true asset to our department and the community.”

  • Bill would change graduation requirements

    Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND — The House of Delegates on Feb. 22 passed, by a 99-1 vote, a bill that would alter high school graduation requirements in Virginia.

    State Sen. John Miller’s bill, SB336, would require the state Board of Education to work with school and community leaders to establish a “Profile of a Virginia Graduate.”

  • Trump, Clinton win Virginia primaries

    Landmark News Service and Staff Reports

    Tapping into the public’s anger with a dysfunctional Washington, New York businessman Donald Trump won Virginia’s Republican presidential primary Tuesday — and swept Galax, Carroll and Grayson — with little or no help from the state’s GOP establishment.

  • Fugitive arrested in Cana

    CANA – A North Carolina man has been charged with two felonies and a misdemeanor after allegedly threatening residents of a home in Cana with a hammer.

    According to a report from Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner, Sgt. Justin Haga and Dep. Trevor Carico responded to a call on Horizon Drive in the Cana area at 4:20 a.m. on Tuesday. The call was in reference to an individual who “was out of control and threatening the residents at the home with a hammer,” Gardner said.

  • School budget would restore teachers

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County School Board is working on a promising draft of the school budget for fiscal year 2016-17, which would add back teachers in positions previously cut and includes money for projects like new bleachers at the high school.

    The board met Feb. 22 for a budget draft presentation, and discussed this year’s strategy for compiling the numbers and the main goals for funding.

  • Whitetop man still missing after 3 months


    WHITETOP – A big question being asked in western Grayson County is: what happened to John Wingler Sr.?

    Wingler, 74, was last seen on Nov. 11, 2015, at his home at 46 Dolinger Road in Whitetop. He is considered endangered due to medical conditions.

    Numerous searches by Grayson County and surrounding counties’ sheriffs’ departments have turned up nothing. A helicopter was also used in an aerial search of the Whitetop area but found no trace of Wingler.