Local News

  • A year after death, deputy still inspires

    A year ago, on March 9, Carroll County Sheriff’s Deputy Curtis Bartlett died in the line of duty when his cruiser hit a tractor-trailer while responding to a call for help from his fellow officers, who were engaged in a pursuit.

    Curtis, a veteran, law enforcement and school resource officer, personal trainer and internet fitness celebrity, was beloved by the community. His funeral at Galax First Baptist Church — where his father, Sam Bartlett, is pastor — drew expressions of grief, sympathy and support for his family, friends and coworkers.

  • 2017 a dangerous year for local police

    The March 2017 crash that killed Carroll County Deputy Curtis Bartlett was part of a dangerous trend for Twin County law enforcement in 2017.

    In case after case, suspects would flee the scene or refuse to stop, causing officers to chase them down at high speeds. In some cases, the suspects rammed police vehicles, shot at officers or got into physical altercations.

    “Sadly, it just keeps getting more dangerous every year,” said Carroll Sheriff J.B. Gardner. “It would be a tremendous blessing if we never had to chase anyone ever again.”

  • Ballots set for May elections

    Staff Reports

    The deadline for candidates to file for this year’s town council races has passed, and the ballots are set for the May election.

    March 6 was the deadline for candidates to turn in their paperwork to local voter registrars, and each locality has at least one challenger going up against incumbents seeking re-election.

    Incumbents C.M. Mitchell (who serves as mayor), Willie Greene (who serves as vice mayor) and John Garner are seeking re-election in Galax, joined on the ballot by newcomers Travis Haynes and Sharon Ritchie.

  • What are the 5 germiest places during flu season?

    Flu season is in full swing, and health officials say the best way to fight it is to get vaccinated.

    It takes two weeks for the shot to become effective, so in the meantime, the best protection is good hygiene.

    Frequently touched surfaces at work or school should be cleaned and disinfected especially if someone is ill. Flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when someone with flu coughs, sneezes or talks. They can infect you from six feet away.

  • Bill could lower some prescription drug costs

    Capital News Service

    RICHMOND – A bill aimed at helping customers pay the lowest price possible on prescription drugs is headed to Gov. Ralph Northam for his signature.

    Identical bills have been passed by the House and Senate.

  • Rally honors victims, calls for gun law reform

    HILLSVILLE – A group of concerned citizens gathered together Sunday to let their freedom of speech ring across Hillsville, while they marched along Main Street and U.S. 58 advocating for the reform of current firearm laws.

    The Rev. Kevin Campbell of Hillsville Presbyterian Church and the Rev. Amanda Moore of Hillsville Christian Church led the gathering.

  • Grayson to connect falls with rec park

    INDEPENDENCE ― Land recently purchased by Grayson County will connect the waterfall property on Powerhouse Road, a popular stop for tourists and locals in Independence, to the Grayson County Recreational Park.

    According to a recent announcement, the county bought around 11 acres of land in Independence, which previously separated the falls from the recreational park, from a private landowner for $160,000.

  • Fire consumes home in Fries

    FRIES — A Fries resident escaped a fire at her home on Sunday, which firefighters say resulted in extensive damage to one bedroom, and heat and smoke damage throughout the rest of the structure.

    According to a Fries Volunteer Fire Department report, the crew was dispatched March 4 at 3:33 a.m. to Broom Lane in Fries.

    The crew was joined on scene by members of the Galax Volunteer Fire Department, and together they were able to extinguish the blaze.

  • Galax man charged with meth possession

    Staff Report

    A Galax man was arrested and charged on Feb. 26 for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, according to a report from the Galax Police Department.

    Officer Dakota Martin was advised by a citizen that two occupants of a vehicle in a parking lot were acting in a strange manner. Martin, along with Officer Terry Woods, responded and found a vehicle operated by Jerry Wayne Evans, 34.

    After a short investigation, Martin arrested Evans. He was also charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

  • Five sentenced for drug conspiracy

    Staff Report

    ABINGDON — Five local people were sentenced to prison last week, resulting from a federal investigation into a local methamphetamine distribution network.

    The charges resulted from a joint federal, state and local investigation called Operation Rolling Thunder.

    They were sentenced in the Western District of Virginia Federal Court in Abingdon, on charges of conspiracy to distribute meth. All pleaded guilty last year to the drug charges.