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Today's News

  • Carroll fugitive captured after chase

    Virgil L. Richardson, 44, wanted on an outstanding felony warrant, was apprehended Wednesday evening in Galax in a joint effort by the sheriffs’ offices of Grayson and Carroll counties and the Galax Police Department, according to Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner and Galax Police Capt. James Cox.

    Richardson had been spotted earlier in the evening near the Watson’s Auto lot on East Stuart Drive in Galax. When Galax officers responded to reports of a suspicious male, Richardson allegedly fled the scene into the Glendale Trailer Park.

  • Firefighters provide backup for proposal

    “Fairytale romance” and “at no additional cost to taxpayers” are not phrases one expects to ever hear combined, but a Galax Wells Fargo employee recently found out they can go together beautifully.

    Holly Isaacs was working in her office at the Main Street branch on Aug. 19 when Galax Fire Department Capt. Mike Ayers came in, dressed in full firefighter gear.

  • Hope House now has permanent home

    Galax Hope House overcame a very big hurdle within the last week: after about a year of negotiations, Galax Hope House Ministries Inc. has bought the Center Street building it is located in from the Church of the Good Shepherd.

    Hope House is the only overnight regional homeless shelter; faith-based, it relies solely on community funding and support.

  • Business challenge now taking applications

    INDEPENDENCE — Applications are now being accepted for the Mount Rogers Business Challenge, a new venture geared towards growing and supporting local businesses in Grayson County.

    The challenge is a competitive process that will award more than $20,000 in business investment grants for entrepreneurial ventures and existing businesses looking to expand with additional job creation in Grayson County, with a focus on the Mount Rogers district.

  • GVFD responds to minor fire at Webb plant

    Staff Reports

    The Galax Fire Department responded to a possible wood dust fire in the ductwork at the Webb Particle Board factory in downtown Galax on Monday at 7:40 p.m.

    The call went out when employees noticed a fire along part of the outer portion of pipes located outside the factory, according to Assistant Fire Chief Mark Burnett. At least one sprinkler head went off, said Fire Chief David Hankley.

  • Sunday at the Fair

    HILLSVILLE — The final day of the Carroll County Fair featured wrestling, carnival rides, caramel corn, equestrian events and ice cream made on the spot with super-cooled nitrogen.

    Throughout the week, the fair at the Southwest Virginia Farmers’ Market held contests for everything from fruits and vegetables to photos and quilts, and the winners were on display for all to see.

    The market’s festivities aren’t over — in October, it will host the Carroll Pumpkin Festival, with more family fun and food.

  • Hillsville will be hopping during flea market

    HILLSVILLE — Travelers heading to the annual Hillsville Flea Market and Gun Show during Labor Day weekend should be prepared for considerable traffic delays, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).

    The town’s popular event will be held Sept. 4-7. People not attending the flea market and gun show are encouraged to avoid the area altogether.

  • 3-day event will benefit Allen House

    CANA – The Carroll County Historical Society and Levering Orchard are joining forces to host a benefit event over the Labor Day weekend for restoration of the J. Sidna Allen House.

    The benefit will take place over three nights — Sept. 4, 5 and 6 — at the Cherry Orchard Theater on the grounds of Levering Orchard. The event will feature old-time and bluegrass bands and music themed around the 1912 Courthouse Tragedy.

  • Crash involved underage driver

    Staff Reports

    HILLSVILLE – State police say the driver in an Aug. 30 wreck that injured three people was only 14 years old.

    All those injured were minors.

    Hillsville Fire Department, Carroll County Fire & Rescue, the Carroll Sheriff’s Department and Virginia State Police responded to a single-vehicle crash Sunday on U.S. 221. The incident happened between Hillsville and Dugspur, just north of Poplar Hill Road.

  • Shipping study could help with Wildwood marketing

    Determining the cost of shipping freight from Wildwood Commerce Park could help in marketing the regional industrial site.

    Ken McFadyen, executive director of the Blue Ridge Economic Development Authority (BRCEDA), which oversees Wildwood, recently spent a day in Cleveland meeting with three site selection firms, he told authority members at their Aug. 24 meeting.