Local News

  • 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.

  • Incumbents keep seats, Suetterlein wins 3-way race

    Staff Report

    In addition to local races, voters also had a choice of state representatives on Tuesday.

    Sen. William M. “Bill” Stanley Jr., a Republican, won re-election over Democratic challenger Kim Adkins, 58-42 percent. Stanley represents the Virginia Senate 20th District, which includes Galax and part of Carroll County.

  • Carroll Christmas Fund kicks off campaign

    Staff Reports

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll Christmas Fund (CCF) is getting prepared for another holiday season of donations to help make Christmas a little brighter for those less fortunate.

    The CCF began in 1997 delivering food boxes to 64 families in Carroll County and has grown each year since. Now, the fund provides food boxes, toys, coats, Bibles and other donations to almost 600 families and serves over 540 children.

  • Pair arrested for drugs at Carroll football game

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE – Two men were arrested on charges of public intoxication at an area football game, which later led to drug charges.

    According to a report by Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner, two men were arrested for public intoxication at the Carroll County vs. Pulaski County football game on Oct. 23.

    Upon arrest, deputies discovered that Brandon Tyler Whitaker, 22, of Dublin and Garrison Michael Thomas, 21, of Pulaski were in possession of marijuana and other drug paraphernalia the report said.

  • Three charged in sexual assault of juvenile

    Staff Report

    Three men were arrested on Oct. 23 and charged in connection with the sexual assault of a juvenile.

    According to a Galax Police Department report, Detective J.B. Greer charged the men for alleged violations that occurred Oct. 10. The three co-defendants are Anthony Curtis Caudell, 30; David Scott Gearheart, 31; and Brian Omar Braxton, 29.

  • Tractor-trailer overturns on Delhart Road

    A one-vehicle accident Monday at 2 p.m. in the 2200 block of Delhart Road in Baywood left no injuries, but substantial damage, according to Virginia State Trooper C.W. Keesling.


    Results of the Nov. 3, 2015, general election in Carroll and Grayson Counties and the City of Galax. Information provided by the Virginia State Board of Elections.


    Senate 19th District

    (part of Carroll County)

       • Michael L. Hamlar (D) — 16,132 — 31%

       • David R. Suetterlein (R) — 33,174 — 64%

       • Steven L. Nelson (I) — 2,280 — 4%

  • Who's on the ballot?

    Staff Report

    Voters will go to the polls on Tuesday to choose representatives for their city, counties and state, as well as constitutional officers like sheriff and court clerk.

    Polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

    Which state candidates appear on your ballot will depend on which Virginia Senate or House of Delegates district you live in.

    Voters in Galax, depending on which side of the city they live, will be able to vote for constitutional officers (sheriff, clerk of court) in either Carroll or Grayson counties.