Local News

  • GNB, Bank of Floyd to merge

    Staff Report

    The parent companies of Grayson National Bank and Bank of Floyd will combine.

    Cardinal Bankshares Corp., parent company of Bank of Floyd, and Grayson Bankshares, Inc., parent company of Grayson National Bank, announced the agreement Sunday.

    The two community banks have more than 200 years of combined history.

    A news release said the two recognize a unique opportunity to joining together to serve the community.

  • Sheetz still on track in Galax

    Despite another round of delays, Sheetz is still coming to Galax, according to City Manager Keith Barker.
    The initial delay this summer, said Barker, was due to corporate overhaul of its sign and awning designs.
    “When I talked to Sam Smith, who handles the site planning and permits [for Sheetz],” said Barker, “he said because of the redesign, they had to go back through their engineering department.”

  • Two charged with robbery by force

    Staff Reports

    Two people have been charged with robbery in connection with an offense that occurred on Sept. 26 in Galax.

    According to a Galax Police Department report, Christopher Lee Beasley, 37, of Hillsville, and John Robert Simpson, 25, of Galax, allegedly robbed a Carroll County man, by force, of property valued at more than $200.

    Both individuals were sent to the New River Valley Regional Jail, where they are being held without bond. A third suspect has yet to be arrested, police said.

  • VFW's mission is more community involvement

    HILLSVILLE – Grover King VFW Post 1115 wants to be more involved in the community, according to Post Manager Mike Lara.

    Lara, who is president of the VFW’s Young Guns committee, was at last week’s Hillsville Town Council meeting to speak of the “new wave of energy” coming through the post. Lara talked about the work the Young Guns are trying to do in the community and how they want to work with the community to bring more events to the VFW grounds.

  • Hillsville will light up to support veterans this week

    HILLSVILLE – Halloween is over and everyone is itching to get out those Christmas decorations. If you’ve got green lights stashed away, there’s a reason to bring them out this week in honor of veterans.

    Mike Lara, president of the VFW Young Guns committee of Grover King 1115 Post in Hillsville, saw a commercial for Walmart’s social media campaign “Greenlight A Vet” and instantly knew it was something that he and the post needed to get involved in.

  • Goad wins Carroll court clerk race

    HILLSVILLE — In Carroll County’s most contested race, Democratic candidate Gerald Goad prevailed in the five-way contest for clerk of court by 287 votes over runner-up B.P. “Phil” Hawks.

    The five candidates sought to fill the vacancy left by Carolyn Honeycutt, the longtime clerk who did not seek re-election this year.

  • Grayson officials re-elected

    INDEPENDENCE — After several months of heated debates and passionate campaigning, Grayson County citizens have chosen who they want to lead their local government beginning in 2016.

    When it came to county officials, voters stuck with the candidates they knew. In three contested races, voters chose incumbents to serve another term.

    Circuit Court Clerk Susan Herrington, a Republican, retained her seat in a race against Democratic challenger Bobby Williams. Herrington received 3,080 votes (75 percent) to Williams’ 1,046 votes (25 percent).

  • New faces join supervisors, school boards


    Boards of supervisors and school boards in Carroll and Grayson counties will have fresh faces starting in January, as seven new members will be sworn in.

    Some newcomers were uncontested in races where incumbents weren’t seeking re-election, while others bested sitting board members.

    One upset was on the Carroll County Board of Supervisors, where incumbent Republican David V. Hutchins lost his Sulphur Springs District seat to independent candidate Rex L. Hill.

  • Gardner wins second term as Carroll sheriff

    HILLSVILLE — J.B. Gardner, the Republican incumbent sheriff of Carroll County, held on to his office Tuesday night in a three-way race.

    For the first time in recent years, the Carroll County sheriff’s race was not only contested, but had multiple candidates. Gardner was up against independent candidates Shannon D. Goad and C.L. “Chris” Toney in his run for second term as sheriff.

  • Davis will remain on Galax City Council

    The results are in and the Galax City Council will continue to see William L. “Bill” Davis holding a seat at meetings; Davis took on challenger Ches Helmick and won by a solid margin.

    Davis, who was elected for the first time to the seat he was appointed to last year, received 75 percent of the vote, to Helmick’s 25 percent. Davis was appointed to fill an unexpired term on the board.