Local News

  • Galax police reach out to at-risk youth

    Galax Police Chief Rick Clark says he is still haunted by a young man who fell through the cracks of society, despite efforts to help him turn his life around.
    A kid full of potential, he unfortunately got involved with drugs and ended up in prison.
    Troubled youth like this are the people that the Galax Police Department and other Galax agencies hope to help over the next two years with a $250,000 grant to create mentoring and apprenticeship programs.

  • Laurel Fork accepting donations

    LAUREL FORK — Storm relief supplies for tornado-ravaged Kentucky and Indiana will leave from the Laurel Fork Fire Department March 26.

    Violent storms recently killed dozens in the Midwest, concentrated in the Bluegrass and the Hoosier states, and members of the Laurel Fork community have decided that they want to help, said organizer Butch Coleman.

  • Crowder, Tate run for Hillsville mayor


    HILLSVILLE — Businessman Greg Crowder will challenge incumbent Bill Tate for the office of mayor in May’s upcoming municipal elections in Hillsville.
    Other upcoming races for council seats include newcomer Phyllis Lackey challenging incumbent Ed Terry in the Pine Creek ward, as well as newcomer David Young vying with incumbent Orba Alderman in the Pipers Gap Ward.

  • Court escapee in custody


  • Grayson to explore Sunday alcohol sales


    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors will attempt to change an ordinance that has been in effect since Sept. 16, 1940.
    Oldtown District Supervisor Kenneth Belton told the board at its March 8 meeting that he had been contacted by several business owners in the county about the sale of beer and wine on Sunday.

  • Land transfer would help department get new fire truck


  • Galax man is Virginia Lottery winner


  • Man burned in brush fire


  • Budget planning starts with $600,000 deficit

    HILLSVILLE — Starting off work on fiscal year 2013, budget committee members learned Monday that Carroll officials predict a $600,000 deficit to begin with.
    County officials expect that number to change when more concrete numbers come in from the state and when they receive the school funds request.
    “Of course it’s early in the budget cycle, and also we don’t have any idea what the state’s doing,” said County Administrator Gary Larrowe.

  • Capital improvement plan subject to change

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County has a capital improvement plan that schedules the heating and air system replacement at the high school for 2014, but county officials stressed the plan might not unfold as written.
    At their regular county board meeting Feb. 13, supervisors stressed that the plan is subject to change, in a discussion that proceeded the approval of the capital improvement plans that dealt with the Public Service Authority, general county and school system for five years into the future.