Local News

  • Repass plea hearing postponed again

    HILLSVILLE — Eric Sean Repass might be in custody, but he’s still a wanted man.

    The Wytheville man’s presence is required in courtrooms throughout Southwest Virginia, which has made scheduling a plea hearing for his 25 Carroll County charges something of a challenge.

    The local crimes are related to a May police chase in Carroll. Among other things, Repass, 45, is charged with attempted capital murder of a police officer, for allegedly shooting at a Carroll deputy.

  • Free clinic seeks support for expansion

    The Free Clinic of the Twin Counties is seeking donations for new supplies and equipment to expand its dental and lab services.

    “It is because of the generous support of the community that we have been able to provide care to over 500 patients this year,” said clinic director Melissa Deal, who pointed out that the clinic in Galax relies solely on donations and does not receive any state or federal funding.

    “Without the support of our community, we would have to shut our doors,” she added.

  • I-77 truck escape ramp project to begin in January

    A rehabilitation project for the truck escape ramp on southbound Interstate 77 in Carroll County at mile marker 1.5 is expected to begin in January 2018.

    The project will include replacing the ramp’s stone, ditches and guardrail.

    A new arrestor bed — an area of specialized stone designed to stop a runaway vehicle — will be installed along the right side of the ramp. The left side of the ramp will be paved to allow better access for emergency response vehicles.

  • AmeriCorps tutors help Carroll kids with math, reading


    HILLSVILLE – AmeriCorps members have been working with Carroll County schools for 14 years, and the tutors are helping hundreds of students this year in reading and math.

    Tonya Gibson, manager of the AmeriCorps Reading for Life program, made a special presentation about AmeriCorps at the Carroll County School Board’s Dec. 12 meeting.

  • Children could lose health benefits

    RICHMOND – The Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services is notifying Virginia families with one or more family members enrolled in the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) that they could lose their coverage unless Congress reauthorizes the program soon.

    This would affect more than 400 children in the Twin Counties.

    If Congress does not reauthorize CHIP, Virginia will run out of funding for its program, called FAMIS (Family Access to Medical Insurance Security), on Jan. 31, 2018.

  • Carroll could sell delinquent taxpayers' property


    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Board of Supervisors has had enough of residents not paying their property taxes.

    At the Dec. 11 meeting, Supervisors Chairman Bob Martin said, “It’s just not fair for us to continue to allow these people not to pay. It’s not fair for those who pay their taxes on time.”

    Martin said some of the delinquent taxes date back 20 years.

  • Apartment arson trial delayed for mental exam

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — David Christopher Rose, a Wythe County suspect charged in connection with an apartment fire above the former Ogle’s Deli in Independence, had his trial put on hold until he can receive a mental examination.

    A trial in Grayson County Circuit Court had been set for November.

    According to court records, Rose’s trial has been rescheduled. The court will reconvene to hear the results of the examination on Feb. 8, 2018.

  • Firefighters save family's Christmas

    At a structure fire on Dec. 9, the Galax Volunteer Fire Department did not need to rescue any residents – but they did save as much of their Christmas as possible.

    Firefighters responded to a structure fire on Peaks Mountain Road in Galax at 3:56 p.m. and found fire coming through a wall on the back side of the house, with heavy smoke pushing through all of the eaves.

    Additional crew was summoned to help control the blaze. Firefighters noticed a Christmas tree with presents stacked all around. They split forces and moved the presents to safety outside.

  • Fire a reminder to use heaters safely

    A structure fire on Lawrence Street in Galax at 11:46 p.m. on Dec. 10 caused damage to a home, according to Galax Fire Capt. Mike Ayers.

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department responded and found heavy fire blowing out of the house’s back right bedroom windows, along with heavy black smoke.

    The lone occupant was determined to be out of the home. Once the fire was extinguished with two lines, firefighters dealt with the damage.

  • Final push planned to keep center open

    The Southwestern Virginia Training Center is slated to close in June 2018, but those who want to save the mental health facility have not given up hope.