Local News

  • Health officials: influenza 'widespread' in Va.

    Far Southwest Virginia health districts have announced that this season's influenza activity has reached the “widespread” stage and has been rising locally.

    “Widespread” means there has been laboratory-confirmed influenza in at least half the state.
    This flu season is getting off to a slower start than in some years, which means that it may last longer into the spring.

  • College panic out of context

    WYTHEVILLE — Police were called to Wytheville Community College Tuesday after a student received an alert about a gunman on campus.
    However, the student failed to read further in the message to see that the alert was from a news station in Maryland referencing a community college there — not WCC.
    The student contacted someone, who posted a message on Facebook alerting students of a possible gunman on WCC's campus, and the story mushroomed from there, according to a statement from the college on Wednesday.

  • County's loss is Galax's gain

    The City of Galax has hired grant administrator Brenda Marrah, after Carroll County eliminated her position in November 2010.
    Marrah brought in a total of $11 million in grants and loans in 2009 for Carroll County, but the county moved the position under the umbrella of the Blue Ridge Economic Development Authority for regional grant writing services to save money and share the cost with the authority.

    Galax City Manager Keith Barker said the city has talked about hiring a grant administrator for the past couple of years.

  • Candidates file early, file often for primary

    HILLSVILLE — Two contested races in the Carroll County Republican Primary emerged immediately after filing began Monday.

    Seven candidates for the Republican nominations to elected positions in Carroll showed up at the treasurer's office at noon or shortly afterwards to sign up for the party primary in May.
    Three Carroll County Sheriff's Office personnel were among the first to arrive to file their papers to seek the party's nomination for sheriff through the preferential primary.

  • Commission approves annexation plan

    RICHMOND — Allowing Hillsville to annex a busy commercial area west of Interstate 77 is in the best interests of everybody involved, the members of the Commission on Local Government decided in a meeting Monday.

    The state commission issued a 31-page report that recommend sending the voluntary settlement between Hillsville and Carroll County to the courts for final approval.

  • Veterans clinic in Hillsville to close

    Updated 6:07 p.m.

    SALEM — The Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center at Salem announced Friday that the outpatient clinic in Hillsville will soon be consolidated with a new facility in Wytheville.

    Construction at the Wytheville Community Based Outpatient Clinic continues and remains on schedule for a spring opening, VA officials said in a news release. The new clinic will have 9,500 square feet of space and will have the capacity to serve more than 5,000 veterans.

  • Evans to challenge Reynolds in rematch

    FIELDALE — Jeff Evans, a former Carroll County supervisor, will again challenge Sen. Roscoe Reynolds (D-Henry County) for the 20th District seat in the Virginia General Assembly.
    Evans formally announced his intention to seek the Republican party nomination Thursday in Bassett.

    (Reynolds has said he will seek re-election.)
    Evans' motivation for seeking the office is unchanged from his earlier candidacy, he told The Gazette in a phone interview.

  • Drug conspiracy defendant found dead before sentencing

    FRIES — A 53-year-old Galax man, who pleaded guilty to illegal drug charges in U.S. District Court and who faced a potential 10-year stint in federal prison, was found dead Tuesday.
    Police say Donald Scott Vaughan's death was self-inflicted.

    Vaughan faced charges in both state and federal courts after police set up a multi-agency drug bust at Interstate 77 Exit 14 last April.
    Carroll deputies arrested Vaughan after the suspect left the scene at high speeds through areas of Woodlawn and the Laurel sections of the county to the Galax area.

  • Littrell to lead Carroll supervisors

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll supervisors made their 2010 vice chair the 2011 chairman and shifted the start of their regular meetings to one hour earlier at their organizational meeting Monday.
    The supervisors met briefly first thing and unanimously promoted Tom Littrell to the chairman's position.
    Having turned the meeting over to the county administrator, outgoing Chairman Wes Hurst made Littrell's nomination.

  • Prosecutor will seek re-election

    HILLSVILLE — As the filing date for the Carroll County Republican Primary nears, the commonwealth's attorney has announced his intention to run for re-election.
    Greg Goad has served as commonwealth's attorney of Carroll County for nearly 20 years.

    Filing for the May 21 preferential primary begins Jan. 10 at noon.
    Registration will continue until Jan. 24 at noon.
    "I'll be seeking my sixth four-year term," Goad said.