Local News

  • Citizens oppose county selling beer, wine


    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County is considering sales of beer and wine at the Blue Ridge Plateau Visitor Center, but two citizens expressed their opposition to the plan at the Dec. 11 meeting of the board of supervisors.

    A public hearing was held to give people the opportunity to make comments about the county tourism department’s application to sell beer and wine for the purpose of featuring regionally produced products.

  • Water rates rising to pay for project

    Galax residents might need to expect a slightly higher water rate rise than initially expected, according to information brought forth at the Dec. 11 city council meeting.

    A public hearing regarding this proposed rate change is set for Jan. 8.

  • Suspects charged in third B&E

    INDEPENDENCE — Two suspects recently charged with breaking and entering at different locations in Grayson County have been linked to another break-in reported in the Town of Independence.

    According to a report from the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, William David Loggins, 30, of Piney Creek, N.C., and Taylor Nathaniel Tower, 31, of Fries, will face additional charges in connection with another incident.

  • Man charged with indecent exposure in parking lot

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — A Galax man has been charged with multiple sexual offenses, after allegedly exposing himself in front of four juveniles in the parking lot near Subway in Independence earlier this month.

    According to a report from the Independence Police Department and data obtained from New River Valley Regional Jail’s website, Justin Andrew Roten, 36, of Galax, has been charged with three counts of indecent exposure, and one count of taking indecent liberties with a minor.

  • 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.