Local News

  • Carroll court clerk candidates face off at forum

    HILLSVILLE – Candidates for Carroll County court clerk in the Nov. 3 election discussed their platforms and addressed questions posed by the Twin County Regional Chamber of Commerce at a forum on Oct. 13 at Carroll County High School.

  • Driver charged after damaging yards in Galax

    Staff Report

    A Galax man faces numerous charges after damaging three yards and property in an alleged drunken driving incident, according to the Galax Police Department.

    Christopher Eric Wyatt, 38, of Galax, was arrested on multiple charges early on the morning of Oct. 11.

  • Church plans to use Fries Community Center for services

    FRIES – Fries Town Council has given its blessing to Blue Ridge Fellowship Church’s idea to host a Sunday morning venue at the Fries Community Center.

    Pastor Scott Flippin spoke to town council at its Oct. 6 meeting.

    The essential idea would be for the Woodlawn-based church to host live praise and worship and teaching services each Sunday morning at the community center. His sermon from the main Blue Ridge Fellowship location would be broadcast on a screen in the Fries theater.

  • Hill, Hutchins running for Sulphur Springs seat

    SULPHUR SPRINGS – Two candidates are running for the Sulphur Springs district seat on the Carroll County Board of Supervisors in the upcoming November elections. David Hutchins serves on the current board and is running for reelection against opponent Rex Hill.

    David Hutchins

  • N.C. woman faces firearm, drug charges

    Staff Report

    A North Carolina woman allegedly gave officers false information before a search of her vehicle turned up numerous drugs and weapons.

    Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner reported that on Oct. 9, deputies were conducting a traffic check on Fancy Gap Highway at the intersection of Chances Creek Road when they observed a vehicle approach the check, stop in the road and then pull off to the side.

  • Sheriff candidates debate spending at forum

    HILLSVILLE – The three candidates for Carroll County sheriff faced off on Oct. 13 at the open forum hosted by the Twin County Regional Chamber of Commerce, with the challengers raising questions about police presence and spending under the current administration.

    Republican incumbent J.B. Gardner is running against independent challengers Shannon Goad and Chris Toney in the Nov. 3 election.

  • Carroll deputy involved in crash

    Staff Report

    PIPERS GAP – A Carroll County Sheriff’s Department deputy was involved in a single-vehicle accident while responding to a call earlier this month.

    According to police reports, on Oct. 6 at 7:05 p.m., Deputy Brant Bottomley was responding to a breaking and entering in progress call on Pipers Gap Road. While traveling down Virginia 608 (Coal Creek Road) about one-tenth of a mile north of Virginia 815, Bottomley ran off the left side of the road in a curve, hit a patch of wet grass and slid into a power pole.

  • Fadden, Hawks vie for court clerk job

    Five candidates are in the running for Clerk of Court in Carroll County in this November’s general election. Among those candidates are Barbara Fadden, a 10-year veteran employee of the clerk’s office, and B.P. “Phil” Hawks, an occupational therapist who previously served two-and-a-half years as a deputy clerk.


  • Market, farmers to benefit from $80,000 USDA grant

    INDEPENDENCE — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded the Independence Farmers Market a $82,414 grant with the goal of increasing overall access to locally grown foods and, in turn, spurring production of produce in Independence and surrounding areas.

    The money is from the Farmers Market Promotion Program, funded through the Farm Bill Agricultural Act of 2014, according to a news release from Grayson LandCare.

  • Two injured in crash

    Staff Reports

    Multiple injuries occurred in a two-vehicle accident on Cliffview Road Sept. 19 around 4:45 p.m., according to Virginia State Trooper C.M. Delp.

    A maroon 2005 Ford Freestar SUV driven by Delana Hensley, 57, of Woodlawn, was traveling on Cliffview just south of Virginia 837 when the vehicle slowed to make a right turn. Her vehicle was struck in the rear by a blue 1993 Chevrolet S10 pickup driven by Joshua McLamb, 22, of Galax. Hensley ran off the right side of the road and into a private yard.