Local News

  • Who's on the ballot Tuesday?

    Polls open Tuesday in municipal elections across the Twin Counties.

    Five candidates will vie to fill four slots on Galax City Council, and the race in Hillsville is between Frieda Jessup and Billy Walls Sr. for the Sulphur Springs Ward on town council.

    There are just enough candidates to fill spots on Independence and Fries town councils.

  • Bond set for drug suspect

    HILLSVILLE — Prosecutors objected to granting bond for a man suspected of leaving the scene of an April 15 drug sting and leading police on a 15-minute chase, but a Carroll Circuit Court judge granted a $200,000 bond Thursday.

    That doubled bond for Donald Scott Vaughan, 52, of Galax, from what had been set in general district court.

  • Grayson approves $20.9M school budget

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson supervisors will provide $1 million more than the local amount required to receive the maximum in state funding for education — but the school system won’t have an extra penny to spend.

    Supervisors met last Wednesday night to continue discussion on the requested $20.7 million from the school board.



    GALAX (Five candidates ran for four council seats)

    • Margaret L. "Margo" Crouse — 293 (20.4%)

    • Derrick Scott Davis — 193 (13.4%)

    • John U. Garner Jr. — 295 (20.5%)

    • Willie T. Greene Sr. — 326 (22.7%)

  • You are sentenced to ... where?

    INDEPENDENCE – Want to take part in naming Grayson County’s state prison?

    The Grayson County Board of Supervisors has been asked by the Virginia Department of Corrections for input in naming the state correctional facility being constructed just outside of Independence, and wants the public’s ideas.

    County Administrator Jonathan Sweet told the board Tuesday that as construction draws to a close, corrections officials need to begin buying purchasing signs, stationery and such for the facility.

  • Upgrade keeps airwaves clear

    HILLSVILLE — Radio system improvements will provide clear channels of communications for law enforcement in the region, and that will help keep officers safe, say Carroll County officials.

    A Homeland Security grant of almost $1.6 million provided funding to boost microwave radio signals so deputies and police could better communicate with each other during daily operations in Carroll, Grayson and Pulaski counties and Galax.

  • Drugs taken from Laurel Fork clinic

    UPDATED — A handgun went off during the struggle between an alleged robber and a pharmacy employee Friday afternoon in Carroll County but no one was injured. The suspect escaped after stealing an unspecified amount of controlled drugs.

    The Carroll County Sheriff's Department reported late Friday that a man wielding a handgun robbed the Tri-Area Pharmacy on U.S. 58 about 4:23 p.m. that afternoon in the Laurel Fork community.

  • Suspect avoids drug sting, takes off

    HILLSVILLE — A suspect in an investigation fled the scene of a drug buy set up near Hillsville Thursday, leading officers from five law enforcement agencies on a chase through the Twin Counties, authorities say.

    Donald Scott Vaughan, 52, of Galax faces multiple charges as a result.

    The investigation — and the chase — led to charges of felony eluding police, two counts of distribution of a schedule II drug, reckless driving and using a police scanner to evade law enforcement, according to information from Carroll Sheriff Warren Manning.

  • Emergency contract awarded for bridge

    The Federal Highway Administration will allow the Virginia Department of Transportation to proceed with an emergency contract to replace Carico Bridge.

    VDOT spokeswoman Michelle Earl said that the highway administration granted approval to move forward with the emergency contract.

    A project showing for potential contractors was held at the VDOT Bristol District Office. Ten contractors were invited to attend based on prequalification and experience in similar projects, Earl said.

  • Galax tourism director gears up for summer

    New Galax Tourism Director Ray Kohl says his initial focus is to get the city’s new welcome center up and running at least by the Leaf & Strong Festival of June 11-12, and to market the area and oversee festivals.

    Even though the welcome center was complete last month, former tourism director Chuck Riedhammer resigned March 3 to accept a position with the Southwest Virignia Cultural Heritage Commission. He was to relocate his office from the Galax Municipal Building to the visitor center so he could manage it.