Local News

  • Local senators support bill banning sanctuary cities

    Capital News Service

    RICHMOND — A bill to ban sanctuary cities in Virginia advanced to the Senate floor Feb. 27 on a 7-6 committee vote that split along party lines.

  • Burglary suspect caught on trail camera

    HILLSVILLE – Several felony warrants have resulted in indictments by Carroll County Circuit Court regarding a series of repetitive burglary offenses.

    The first of these incidences occurred back on Nov. 9, when a local business was broken into and an array of items were taken.

    Hillsville Police Department (HPD) has been investigating the situation, and after a second reported burglary at the same address on Jan.14, law enforcement decided to set up surveillance at the location to gain additional information.

  • Senator: too much risk in expanding Medicaid

    RICHMOND — The question of whether to expand Medicaid in Virginia has been a point of contention in this year’s General Assembly session, and state legislators are having a hard time reaching a compromise.

  • Galax has three spots to fill on school board

    The Galax City School Board will have three seats up for grabs this year, not two, as Board Member F. Stewart Merdian is moving for work and will leave his position open.

    Galax City Council appoints school board members after receiving letters of interest from candidates. The seats held by board members Ray Kohl and Helen Kyle are up for appointment this year, with their current terms expiring June 30.

    Kohl is seeking reappointment, but Kyle is not; other candidates have expressed interest in serving, as well.

  • Fries fire investigated

    Staff Report

    FRIES — A structure fire is under investigation by the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, after Fries Volunteer Fire and Rescue responded to a home on Feb. 23.

    According to Fries Fire Chief Chad Stanley, the fire department was dispatched to 228 Green Valley Road, the home of Melissa Crigger, at approximately 4:03 a.m.

    On arrival, the crew “found heavy smoke showing from the structure, with fire on the basement steps,” said Stanley.

    Damage to the structure was estimated at $500, Stanley said.

  • APCo: wind could cause power outages

    Appalachian Power has issued a warning as it monitors a weather event with prolonged high winds. The winds could lead to power outages Thursday night through Friday morning in parts of the company’s Virginia and West Virginia service areas.


  • Police investigate false report at CCHS

    HILLSVILLE — A false alarm sparked investigation shortly before 8 a.m. Wednesday, when 911 dispatch received an emergency call reporting a shooting at Carroll County High School (CCHS).

    Carroll County Sheriff’s Department deputies quickly reacted to the call, stationing personnel for preventative measures.

    After a cell phone trace, they were able to locate the caller for questioning.

  • Grayson opens sealed indictments


    INDEPENDENCE – Indictments against eight suspects have been unsealed in Grayson County.

    The suspects were indicted by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury that met in Independence on Jan. 26 and the charges sealed until arrests were made.

    Chad William Bourne, 27, who listed his address as River North Correctional Center in Independence, was indicted for a prisoner tampering within the correctional unit.

    Other indictments included:

  • Carroll takes action to collect taxes

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Board of Supervisors made progress with developing the budget for upcoming 2018-2019 fiscal year, by adopting a “hybrid” of two spending proposals presented Monday night and moving ahead with collecting more than $5 million in back taxes.

  • Li'l Country Store closing after four decades

    The owner of the Li’l Country Store on Pipers Gap Road has announced it will be closing down.

    The store has been locally owned and operated as a convenience stop in the community for 44 years as of March 1, according to owner Nancy Parks.

    The store is well known for its wide variety of inventory, ranging from groceries to tools and appliances. Alongside convenience items, the store also has a deli that serves sandwiches, beverages and other foods.