Local News

  • Confederate flag raises controversy

    HILLSVILLE — The ongoing debate over the Confederate flag has been a hot and divisive topic throughout the country for weeks now, and recent discussions could bring the argument before Carroll County government, as well.

    The recent disputes over the Confederate flag developed shortly after the tragic incident in Charleston, S.C., where a white gunman who espoused racist beliefs shot and killed nine black churchgoers.

    Despite this recent catalyst for taking down the flag, some say that the change was a long time coming.

  • Multiple injuries in U.S. 58 crash

    WOODLAWN — A two-vehicle collision injured four, with two removed by air transport, at 3:44 p.m. on July 9 at Faddis Hill on U.S. 58 in Woodlawn.

    According to Virginia State Trooper P.K. Cheek, a black 2003 Ford Expedition, driven by Dominique Reeves, 27, of Galax, pulled out of Glendale Road, making a left onto 58, and struck a red 1995 Dodge Dakota, driven by Thomas Sturdivant Jr., 37, of Woodlawn, traveling westbound on 58.

  • Van overturns at shopping center

    A two-vehicle accident resulted in one of them overturning on East Stuart Drive next to the upper entrance of the Galax Plaza Shopping Center parking lot on Tuesday, at around 4:30 p.m.

    A white 2010 Ford Transit Connect van driven by Robert Rosenbaum, 22, of Austinville, turned onto East Stuart Drive into the path of an oncoming tan 2003 Ford Taurus, driven by Ruth Turner, 88, of Woodlawn, who was heading west, said Galax Police Capt. James Cox.

    According to Cox, Rosenbaum thought Turner was making a left into the lot, but this was not the case.

  • Town names new events coordinator

    INDEPENDENCE — Dana Harrington has been named the Town of Independence’s new events coordinator.

    Harrington grew up in Comers Rock and attended Elk Creek Elementary and Independence High School. She has a dairy science degree from Virginia Tech.

    “This brings me full circle,” she said, upon noting that she now manages and lives on her family’s farm in Comers Rock.

    Harrington has managed livestock markets for 20 years. She owned a graphics company and has experience with photography, videography and freelance writing.

  • Man charged with shooting at neighbors

    PIPERS GAP — A Carroll County man was arrested July 5, following a domestic disturbance ending in gun play on Pipers Gap Road.

    According to a report from Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner, deputies received a disturbance call on Sunday at approximately 8:30 p.m., in reference to shots being fired at Peartree Court in the Pipers Gap section of Carroll County.

  • Teen found safe, sex offender apprehended

    SMYTH COUNTY — According to media reports, a 14-year-old Tennessee girl who had been missing and in the company of a convicted sex offender has been found by the U.S. Marshals Service.

    Hayleigh Wilson and Benjamin Shook were located in Smyth County on Tuesday morning. Earlier this week, police moved their search to Wythe County after sightings were reported there. They had previously abandoned their vehicle in Grayson County.

    Police said Wilson was unharmed, but doctors are examining her as a precaution.

  • Grayson Highlands celebrates 50 years

    MOUTH OF WILSON - Grayson Highlands State Park has become well known for its gorgeous scenic views, rigorous trails and unique outdoor programs over the past 50 years. And the best part is, this is just the beginning of what park officials and supporters of the landmark have in store for their visitors.

  • Plane crash still under investigation

    HILLSVILLE — A small plane crash at Twin County Airport last week is still under investigation and the cause is unknown.

    The Federal Aviation Administration and National Travel Safety Board were notified after the plane crashed while attempting to land. The plane came down 200-300 feet short of the runway at 5:07 p.m. on July 1, according to Virginia State Trooper J.D. Delp and a report released by the Virginia State Police.

    The two men on board the 1979 Piper Cherokee Warrior plane had only minor injuries.

  • Fatal tractor-trailer crash blocks I-77 in Carroll


    From Virginia State Police

    At 8:06 a.m. Friday (July 3), Virginia State Police Sr. Trooper D.A. Phipps was called to the scene of a fatal crash in the southbound lanes of Interstate 77. The crash occurred near the 22 mile marker in Carroll County.

  • New state laws took effect July 1

    New state laws took effect on July 1, covering everything from social media, campus sexual assault and medical marijuana to public breastfeeding, police drones and Virginia’s official song.

    The laws were passed by the 2015 session of the Virginia General Assembly. Some of the new laws include:


    General Assembly amended state code to increase safety provisions for traffic management vehicles, bicyclists, postal vehicles, and refuse-collection vehicles, among other initiatives.