Today's News

  • Man charged with assaulting teen

    HILLSVILLE – An investigation concerning a possible incident of sexual abuse in the Town of Hillsville led to the arrest of a town resident on Feb. 7.

    Investigator Stephen Brady of the Hillsville Police Department was contacted on Jan 6, just over a month before the arrest with information containing details of the offense, according to a police report.

    During a preliminary investigation, Brady determined that the case involved a 17-year-old juvenile with mental disabilities, with the primary suspect a family member’s boyfriend.

  • Local churches unite for Easter play

    UPDATE: The March 24 performance has been cancelled due to snow. A decision about the March 25 performance will be made Sunday.

    Rehearsal for “Believe,” the Easter musical hosted by First Baptist Church of Galax, is rolling right along: Pontius Pilate (aka Pastor Sam Bartlett) is onstage wearing a stately toga with sneakers, the disciples are hanging out and chatting in the pews and tech crew members are running around talking into headsets and adjusting equipment.

  • Hillsville could raise water rates

    HILLSVILLE – The Town of Hillsville plans to raise water and sewer rates by 20 percent by 2019, in an effort to make the utilities self-sufficient and shore up the town’s finances.

    Hillsville Town Council discussed budgeting options at a March 19 meeting on the proposed operating budget for fiscal year 2018-2019.

    Main concerns include the continued depletion of the town’s general fund, and a financial report indicated direct causation to be an internal loss of revenue from the town’s enterprise fund for water and wastewater services.

  • Lawson retiring as CATE Center principal

    INDEPENDENCE —Nearly three years after returning to the school system to serve as principal of the Career and Technical Education (CATE) Center at Grayson County High School, Angie Lawson has announced that she’s ready to give her earlier plans for retirement another try.

    Lawson, who was appointed as CATE principal in November 2015, will step down on July 1. In a recent interview, Lawson said she has been honored to work with the school system, but she is ready to retire due to personal reasons.

  • Pair charged with neglect, malicious wounding

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE – Two local residents have been charged by Hillsville Police Department (HPD) after officers concluded an investigation last week regarding harm to a juvenile.

  • United Way honors Sutherland, local industries

    Staff Report

    ABINGDON – During its annual awards on March 15, United Way recognized Brenda Sutherland of Grayson County as its 2017 “Woman of Distinction,” and presented honors to Mohawk Industries, Vanguard Furniture and Food City.

  • Carroll discusses land use

    HILLSVILLE – Land ordinances, road building policies and potential zoning plans were up for discussion at the Carroll County Planning Commission’s March 15 meeting.

    Commission members discussed the idea of agricultural preservation and examined circumstances set forth under the comprehensive plan; as well as guidelines defined under the county’s subdivision ordinance.

  • Galax police make two drug arrests

    Two drug arrests were made last week in Galax, according to Police Chief Rick Clark.

    Dakota Shayne Edwards, 21, of Cana, was arrested on March 16 after a traffic stop. Sgt. Chris Hines, who was participating in a DMV grant-funded directed patrol, stopped Edwards for a traffic violation.

    During the course of the traffic stop, Edwards fled on foot from the traffic stop but was quickly apprehended by Hines, the police report said.

  • Hit-and-run death nets 30-year sentence

    Copyright 2018, Wytheville Enterprise

    Reprinted with permission

    MARION — Convicted in the 2016 hit-and-run killing of 35-year-old Heather Michelle Clontz, a Wythe County man for the first time gave his version of the events that led up to the incident that ended her life.

    Until his sentencing hearing, the now-35-year-old John Randolph Lewis had remained silent during court proceedings. Ahead of his sentencing, Lewis, whose eyes were red and face blotchy, broke that silence.

  • Intersession classes range from karate to rocket science

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County High School’s intercession classes went out with a blast the week of March 5 as students enjoyed activities ranging from field trips to live music and rocket experiments.

    CCHS Intercession Coordinators Jay Holderfield, Debbie Robinson and Britt Mundy took the interests of all students into mind when coming up with a plan designed to help students think outside the box and to engage them in events that would spark intellectual interest and promote creativity.