Local News

  • Haynes runs for Oldtown seat on Grayson school board

    This year’s race to fill seats on the Grayson County School Board will include Diane Haynes on the ballot for the Oldtown District.

    Haynes, who is running unopposed as an independent candidate, has an extensive history teaching in the Grayson County school system. Her career in education began in 1975. At that time, her bachelor’s degree from Radford University allowed her to teach students from grades 4-8.

  • 'Bottom' residents say city project keeping property dry

    The Bottom, Galax’s flood-prone neighborhood next to Chestnut Creek, has almost seen the completion of its renewal.

    After the recent heavy rains, its residents and businesses are closer to knowing if the city’s work was successful.

    The Bottom Area Project was designed to keep flooding out of the low-lying Galax neighborhood, typically one of the worst places for water to clog up streets and damage homes. The total project is from Caldwell Street west to Chestnut Creek, and includes Meadow, Givens and Shaw streets, along with several side streets.

  • Tip leads police to fugitive in Carroll

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE – A man who has been a fugitive from justice since 2013 was located in Carroll County last week.

    According to a police report, Jose Cruz Ruiz, 29, was arrested by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office after officers received information that Ruiz might be found at a residence on Fries Road in the county.

    Authorities received the tip from a person in the community and Ruiz was taken into custody without incident.

  • Truckers' parade raises $7,100

    Locals cheered on the roadsides for the line of trucks traveling U.S. 58 this year for the ninth annual Truckers Parade Against Cancer on Sept. 19.

    According to event organizer Cindy Dixon, 60 trucks participated in the parade this year, raising $7,100 for the local Relay for Life events. Proceeds from these relays are given to the American Cancer Society.

    “It was a very successful day. There were so many people on the roadsides, holding signs and cheering,” Dixon said, noting that plans are already underway for next year’s parade.

  • Absentee voting available now in Virginia

    Absentee voting is underway for the upcoming General Election on Nov. 3.

    Qualified Virginia voters may vote absentee by mail or in-person. Registered voters must meet one of the 19 eligibility requirements listed on the Virginia Absentee Ballot Application to vote absentee. Visit elections.virginia.gov for a list of eligibility requirements.

    Requests for an absentee ballot by mail must be submitted to the voter’s local registration office by 5 p.m. on Oct. 27. Applications must be received by this deadline in order to receive a ballot in the mail.

  • Carroll voters to use new paper ballot system

    HILLSVILLE – Voters in Carroll County will be using a new system in the Nov. 3 general election – paper ballots.

    It all started in 2007 when the General Assembly banned local governments from buying touch-screen machines when it came time to replace existing electronic systems. They also wanted a system that would provide a paper trail.

    According to Carroll County General Registrar and Director of Elections Kim Cloud, the county started using the touch-screen machines in 2005.

  • Hebron Road wreck leaves one fatility

    Staff Report

    Police are still investigating a fatal single-vehicle crash on Hebron Road in Carroll County on Oct. 3.

    The crash occurred Saturday at 8:10 a.m., according to a report from Virginia State Police Senior Trooper S.E. Kinney.

    A 1998 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck, driven by Darby C. Hill, 45, of Austinville, was southbound on Virginia 635 when it ran off the right side of the road and struck a tree on the passenger side.

  • Austinville man charged in tractor theft

    Staff Reports

    An Austinville man has been arrested and charged with the theft of a tractor and farm equipment.

    According to a report released by Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner, deputies received a call on Sept. 25 about a tractor and other farm equipment stolen from a home in the Pleasant View community.

  • Woman in custody after Galax stabbing

    Staff Reports

    A Galax man was stabbed repeatedly on Tuesday at a residence on Middleton Street.

    According to a Galax Police Department report, officers and Galax-Grayson EMS were dispatched to a reported assault on Sept. 29.

    Officer Drew Burnett discovered a 45-year-old male suffering from multiple knife wounds. The victim was transported to Twin County Regional Hospital and later transferred to North Carolina Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, N.C., for treatment of his wounds, which were not considered life-threatening.

  • Four charged with grand larceny, another sought

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE – Four individuals were charged with grand larceny last week in Hillsville in two unrelated incidents.

    According to a report from the Hillsville Police Department, officers received reports on Sept. 21 of chainsaws stolen from Asplundh trucks parked at Bert’s Garage and at the Exxon station at Exit 14 off Interstate 77. Sgt. Alan Gravley responded to Bert’s Garage while Officer Ricky Hayes responded to the call from the Exxon station.