Local News

  • Grayson builds up vocational program

    INDEPENDENCE — A few new initiatives have sparked in the Grayson County Career and Technical Education (CATE) Center’s building trades program, and with them ride the hopes of seeing an uptick in the program’s interest in upcoming years.

    In response to lower enrollment numbers in the building trades program last year, two new efforts were recently put into place. Overall, the class underwent a major transition last semester as staff considered the option of putting together larger commissionable building projects for Grayson County citizens.

  • Galax man faces drug, firearm charges

    Staff Report

    A Galax man has been arrested and charged with multiple violations by Sgt. Chris Hines.

    Bradley Lee Phillips, 39, of Galax, was observed operating a vehicle obstructing a street, according to a report from Police Chief Rick Clark.

    When Hines approached, Phillips exited the vehicle and became physically agitated, the report said. Phillips was found to be in possession of a firearm, methamphetamine and marijuana.

  • BBB warns of tax scams

    Staff Report

    Scammers are taking advantage of tax season to fool people into downloading malware, according to the Better Business Bureau.

    “You receive an email from someone you don’t know personally, but it looks like an official company message,” the BBB said in a recent news release. The email may have a subject line similar to this: “Document Received (Scanned_1040_W2.pdf).”

  • Arson dismissed, Rose guilty of other charges

    INDEPENDENCE — David Christopher Rose, charged in connection with the 2017 apartment fire at the former Ogle’s Deli in Independence, was found guilty of grand larceny, statutory burglary (in the nighttime) and violation of a protective order in Grayson County Circuit Court on Feb. 9; while other charges, including arson, were dismissed by the judge.

  • Carroll to go after unpaid tax revenue

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Board of Supervisors will advertise a list of delinquent taxpayers and utilize DMV stops to collect an estimated $5 million in unpaid taxes and fees.

    The board continued its ongoing discussion of methods to generate revenue at a budget workshop meeting on Monday evening. Collecting delinquent taxes would help Carroll cover rising costs that were brought up in a budget report at the Feb. 12 meeting.

  • Business owners convicted of tax evasion

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — A local couple faces a prison term and restitution after being convicted of tax evasion and conspiracy charges in federal court.

    In January, a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia convicted Jeffrey and Karen Dalton of Hillsville of tax evasion and conspiring to structure currency transactions, according a news release from the U.S. Justice Department.

  • Bipartisan deal would raise felony threshold to $500

    RICHMOND – State leaders have reached a bipartisan compromise to raise the felony larceny threshold and pass legislation to ensure that crime victims are paid restitution.

    The General Assembly will pass and the governor will support and sign a package of bills, which includes legislation introduced by Del. Les Adams (R-Pittsylvania) and Sen. David Suetterlein (R-Roanoke) to raise the felony larceny threshold from $200 to $500. Suetterlein’s district includes part of Carroll County.

  • Firefighters battle blaze at Hills Trucking

    WOODLAWN – Fast action by Hill’s Coal and Trucking personnel last week prevented potential danger and serious structure damage after several employees noticed a tractor-trailer parked near the building had caught fire.

    Galax Volunteer Fire Department and Galax-Grayson EMS responded to the scene at around 9:05 p.m. on Feb. 6, to extinguish the fire.

  • Barter Theatre honors young playwrights

    HILLSVILLE — Four Carroll County High School (CCHS) students reached the semi-final round of competition for the Young Playwrights Festival, hosted by the Barter Theatre in Abingdon.

    The school reports that approximately 125 students wrote individually or in teams for the contest, which just this year received more than 300 entries from schools across the Barter Theatre service area of Virginia and Tennessee. Two plays submitted from CCHS withstood the competition and earned honors to advance to the semi-final round.

  • Virginia likely to expand medical marijuana

    Capital News Service

    RICHMOND – Virginia inched closer to greatly expanding medical marijuana use last week after legislation passed the Senate with unanimous support – three days after its companion bill was likewise approved by the House of Delegates.

    SB 726, which passed 38-0 on Feb. 5, would let doctors issue certifications for patients to use cannabis oil to treat the symptoms of diagnosed conditions or diseases. The House version of the bill – HB 1251 – passed 98-0 on Feb. 2.