Local News

  • Car fire under investigation

    Virginia State Police are investigating a vehicle fire on Elkhorn Road at 5:54 a.m. on Sunday, which damaged a car but caused no injuries, according to the Galax Volunteer Fire Chief David Hankley.

    A passerby saw the car once it was blazing and alerted authorities. Hankley said that the car appeared to have a flat tire, and had driven on the rim for some distance.

    The make and model were not available, and there was no owner or occupant at the scene.

    Firefighters arrived on scene and extinguished the fire. The car was a total loss.

  • Two arrested for drug charges after traffic stop

    Staff Reports

    Two Galax men were arrested on Aug. 27, after a traffic stop by Sgt. Shawny Jones and Officer Jeremiah Foutch.

    Trey Mckinnley Smith, 21, and Joshua Tyrone Coletrain, 18, were arrested, according to a report from the Galax Police Department.

    Jones conducted the stop after he recognized Coletrain driving a vehicle and had knowledge that Coletrain’s privilege to drive in Virginia was revoked.

    Suspected narcotics were discovered during the stop, the report said.

  • Lead testing completed ahead of schedule

    Beginning July 1, schools in Virginia were required by a new state law to test their drinking water for lead.

    Galax schools have already completed the required testing and fixed the problems found, said Superintendent Bill Sturgill.

    He reported on lead testing at the Galax School Board’s August meeting.

  • Fries Theatre getting new projector

    FRIES — Projects to improve the Fries Community Center and the adjoining Fries Theatre are continuing to move forward, as noted by a volunteer with several ongoing projects who gave town council an update at the Aug. 1 meeting.

    Gene Adkins, who has volunteered countless man-hours to renovation projects throughout the community center building, shared during the meeting that a new, motorized projector will be installed within the next few weeks.

  • Galax approves $7.5M budget amendment

    Galax City Council approved a $7.5 million amendment to the fiscal year 2017 budget, but not unanimously.

    Once again, the Galax High School football field replacement project was a point of discussion.

    Council held a public hearing for the budget amendment on Aug. 14; no citizens spoke.

  • Local business collecting items for hurricane relief

    FRIES — Hines Tire and Auto Repair has partnered with Lineberry’s Garage and Towing and God’s Pit Crew, to collect items for victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas.

    A collection site is now open for donations at Hines Tire, located at 2519 Scenic Road in Fries. The dropoff site will be available through Sept. 8.

  • Town could help church with sewer problems

    INDEPENDENCE — The Town of Independence is considering an expansion of the its sewer system to allow service for Independence First Baptist Church, the church parsonage and an additional residence owned by the church on Hillcrest Avenue.

    The congregation of First Baptist joined their pastor, Mike Montgomery as he addressed Independence Town Council about this issue at the Aug. 8 meeting. The pastor said their concerns stem from a sewer failure at the parsonage in February; and noted that all of the church structures had been built prior to 1970.

  • Commissioner to appear in court for felony charges

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County’s commissioner of the revenue is scheduled to appear in court in October to answer three felony charges of computer invasion of privacy.

    Commissioner Frances Zimmerman, 56, of Hillsville, was charged by the Virginia State Police in August. She turned herself in to the state police and is free on bond.

  • Hillsville flea market turns 50

    HILLSVILLE — The Labor Day Flea Market & Gun Show celebrates its 50th anniversary of bringing the vintage, the new, the tasteful and the flamboyant to tourists and locals alike this year.

    “This is the biggest one we’ve had on the last few years,” said Grover King VFW Post #115 Quartermaster Gary Adams. “We’ve rented 1,500 spaces in the compound, just inside the gates,” and that’s just within the original event’s space at the VFW; the market as a whole stretches much, much further around town.

  • Multi-county chase topped 100 mph

    Staff Report

    A Hillsville man led several law enforcement agencies on a multi-county chase that resulted in his arrest on Aug. 13, according to Carroll County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Jarrett Combs.

    Combs said that at 4:25 a.m. on that day, he was pulling off of Farmers Market Road onto U.S. 58 eastbound when he observed Ronald Justin Moser, 33, of Hillsville, on a motorcycle, traveling east in 58’s westbound lane.