Local News

  • Galax changes polling place for South Precinct

    Voters in Galax’s South Precinct will report to a new polling place in November.

    Last month, Galax Voter Registrar Stacey Reavis spoke to Galax City Council about moving the South Precinct’s voting site from the high school to the rec center.

    Reavis informed council on May 26 that, due to changes in the school calendar, Galax High School would be in use on election day. She and the Galax Electoral Board met with Parks & Recreation Director Dave Nelson regarding the rec center’s use for polling instead. This change would be permanent.

  • Reeves found not guilty of murder

    Read Day 1 of the trial HERE

    INDEPENDENCE — After deliberating for more than four hours on Wednesday, a jury found Chad Allen Reeves not guilty in the October 2002 killing of Brandon Billings, a high school student found shot to death in his truck near the New River.

    The jury received the case around 3:40 p.m. and returned with a verdict around 8 p.m.

  • Stormwater work should fix flooding in Galax

    City Manager Keith Barker recently took Galax City Council members on a tour of the renovations and improvements being done in the low-lying and flood-prone Bottom Area around Givens Street.

    Building Official Terry Atwell, who is acting as the rehab specialist for the project, came along to explain some of the finer points of the Bottom Area renovations.

    The tour lasted about 30 minutes and covered a few blocks of the area.

  • City bids farewell to longtime employees

    Galax City Council honored two retiring longtime employees at its May 11 meeting and recognized the city’s water treatment plant, which won an award.

    Evelyn Bottomley, a utility clerk, and Nancy Hutchens, an accounts clerk, were each honored with a plaque and a watch. Bottomley served 21 years and three months; Hutchens served 15 years and nine months.

    Both are retiring from the director of finance’s office.

  • Carroll supervisors adopt 2016 budget

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Board of Supervisors adopted the fiscal year 2016 county budget on May 27.

    Members of the board met for a quick meeting where they, at the motion of Supervisor Joshua Hendrick, unanimously approved the county’s general operating expenditures of $41.9 million for the general fund, and $15,000 for the law library fund.

  • After a century, bald eagles soar again


    Submitted by Scott Jackson-Ricketts, Blue Ridge Discovery Center

    You’re out weeding your garden, perhaps hiking the New River Trail, or just driving along a country road when suddenly you spy a raptor overhead, stretched out like a board, a nine-and-a-half-pound bird with a wingspan of 80 inches, its white head and tail sealing the identification, a graceful marriage of bird and sky.

    Take another look if you can, and savor the moment.

  • Sexton seeks another term, but new seat

    FRIES — David Sexton, current chairman and at-large member of the Grayson County Board of Supervisors, has announced his intention to seek re-election to the board, but this time he will be running for the Providence District seat.

    When he was elected in 2011, Sexton ran as a Republican. This time, he is an independent.

    Michael Hash has announced that he will seek the Republican nomination for the Providence District seat. John S. Fant is campaigning for the supervisor at-large position as an independent candidate.

  • Trail advocates to meet with forest service

    The Mount Rogers National Recreation Area Trail Advocacy Coalition will meet with U.S. Department of Forestry officials this weekend for a workshop, as the citizen group tries to keep access trails open that allow horseback riders to reach trails at Mount Rogers.

    The group has been lobbying local governments, state representatives and federal officials to prevent the realignment of the recreation area’s trail system.

  • Alderman enters race for Carroll court clerk

    HILLSVILLE — Capt. James A. Alderman Jr. of the Hillsville Police Department has thrown his hat in the ring for the Clerk of Circuit Court position in Carroll County in the November election.

    Running as an independent candidate, Alderman is known by most people in the community as “Junior” or “Bullet.” He and his wife, Fay, are residents in the Sylvatus, Liberty Hill section of Carroll County, to which Alderman has long-standing family ties.

  • Volunteers collect 1,325 bags of trash

    Motorists, bikers and hikers alike may have noticed by now that the roadsides in Carroll County are a lot cleaner than usual, thanks to a community effort.

    During the months of April and May, citizens were invited to participate in the county’s annual Roadside Litter Control Project. Individuals, churches, civic groups and other organizations volunteered to roll up their sleeves and bag up more than 1,000 bags of trash.