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  • Delp infant still in critical condition, says sheriff's office

    According to a press release from the Carroll County Sheriff's Office, the office has confirmed with Delp family members that 9 month old Gabriel Delp is still in crtitical condition at Brenner's Hospital in Winston Salem.

    Seven year old Dominic Delp and 4 year old Ryleigh Delp passed away in the house fire on Glendale Road Thursday, March 5, and have been transported to the Office of the Medical Examiner in Roanoke.

    The children's mother was able to get Gabrielle Delp, 5, out of the house, before being driven back by smoke and flames.

  • Carroll, Mount Airy pooled resources for water project

    LAMBSBURG — As officials from Carroll County and Mount Airy, N.C., met Tuesday near the thin state line that meets the two localities, a light drizzle set the tone for the morning’s celebration.

    “Water is a good thing, it’s why we’re here today,” said Carroll Public Service Authority (PSA) Chairman Sam Dickson, as he welcomed both guests and the rain to the Interstate 77 Exit 1 water celebration at Love’s Travel Stop in Lambsburg.

  • Forged check suspects charged

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — Two suspects have been arrested and the search is continuing for a third in connection with fake and forged checks being passed in Independence.

    Police Chief James Wagoner said the checks were passed during February.

    Wagoner said he worked with the police departments in Galax, Pulaski and Roanoke as part of the investigation.

  • House fire claims three young lives

    UPDATED 3/6/15:

    The Carroll County Sheriff's Office confirmed with the Delp family Friday afternoon that 9-month-old Randy Delp died at Brenner's Children's Hospital in Winston-Salem, N.C.

    ORIGINAL STORY 3/5/16:

    Authorities have confirmed the deaths of two children and injuries to a third child as the result of a house fire on Glendale Road Thursday morning.

  • Children reported trapped in house fire

    Multiple fire departments battled a deadly structure fire on Glendale Road across from Wolfe Glade Grocery on Thursday morning.

    A report from the Galax Fire Department at 8:42 a.m. on March 5 stated that children were trapped inside the structure.

    “To my knowledge, there were four children in the residence and one adult, and the adult and one child were standing outside,” when the fire department arrived, said Galax Assistant Fire Chief Mark Burnett.

  • Police vehicles damaged in violent chase

    WOODLAWN — The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Woodlawn man Tuesday on multiple charges, following the violent pursuit of a driver who attempted to hit several vehicles while fleeing from law enforcement.

    Eric Michael Fulton, 38, of Laurel Mount Lane in Woodlawn, was charged with felony eluding law enforcement, two counts of assault on a police officer, two misdemeanor counts of destruction of property for damaging two police cars, resisting arrest, reckless driving and operating a vehicle with expired registration and expired inspection.

  • Four injured in head-on crash near Subway in Galax

    A two-vehicle accident tied up traffic and required four people to be transported for treatment of injuries on Tuesday at 5:42 p.m., according to Galax Police Capt. James Cox.

    The accident occurred when a blue 1992 Ford Escort, operated by Brian Keith Smith, 51, of Galax, was traveling east on East Stuart Drive/U.S. 58 at the Caldwell Street intersection. Police said he attempted to turn left onto Glendale and struck a tan 2000 Ford Expedition, operated by Steven Ray Dalton, 49, of Hillsville.

  • Mitchell no longer seeking appointment

    HILLSVILLE ― Billy Mitchell has withdrawn his application to serve on the Carroll County Planning Commission, after his nomination last month resulted in controversy among members of the community and other county officials.

    Mitchell, a former Carroll administrator, served time in federal prison after he was convicted in 1998 of embezzling more than $400,000 from the county and the Industrial Development Authority (IDA). The federal indictment against Mitchell included seven counts of embezzlement and 25 counts of money laundering.

  • Sheriff to run for 3rd term

    By DON RICHESON and LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — Thirteen Grayson County elected positions are up for grabs this year, but so far there is no stampede of official candidates.

    The only candidate to file paperwork to run so far is Sheriff Richard Vaughan, who is seeking another four-year term.

    Vaughan said he will run as an independent candidate and has secured the required 125 signatures from registered voters.

  • Two charged after traffic stop turns up drugs

    Two men face drug charges after traffic stops that occurred on Feb. 28 and March 1 in Galax.

    On Saturday, Jeffery D. Ray, 44, of Galax, was stopped by Sgt. Shawny Jones for an equipment violation. “It was determined that Ray’s privilege to drive had been suspended and that it was the second time he had been stopped that day for the same violation,” according to a report from the Galax Police Department.

    While Ray’s vehicle was being inventoried prior to towing, a quantity of marijuana and suspected methamphetamine was discovered.