Today's News

  • Man pleads pleads guilty to sexual battery of teen

    HILLSVILLE — A former Carroll County emergency services worker pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual battery involving a child age 15 or older, according to information from Carroll County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.

    Jason Lee Burnette, 31, was charged in November 2013 with one count of carnal knowledge and three counts of sexual intercourse with a minor, after the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department received a complaint from the family of a child age 13 to 15 years old.

  • TCRH board gives $5M to foundation

    The Twin County Community Foundation received a $5 million endowment in August, the first transfer of funds from the proceeds of the joint venture transaction between Twin County Regional Hospital and Duke LifePoint Healthcare that took place on April 1, 2012.

  • Galax school earn full accreditation

    Galax City Schools are fully accredited this year (2013-2014), according to the Virginia State Department of Education.

    In order to achieve accreditation, each school must achieve a passing rate of at least 75 percent in English Standards of Learning (SOL) tests and 70 percent in math, science, history and social science SOLs.

    High schools, additionally, must hit an 85 percent mark on the Graduation and Completion Index, meaning that 85 percent of the students must graduate, get a GED or achieve a certification of completion.

  • Cavaliers power past Buffaloes

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County controlled the line of scrimmage on offense. The Cavaliers did the same on defense. Other than the momentary evacuation of a five-yard circle of turf in the right flat early in the first quarter, the Cavaliers controlled the night. It just took a while for it to show up on the scoreboard.

  • Closing arguments presented in McDonnell corruption case

    RICHMOND — A federal jury was to begin deliberating Tuesday on the fate of former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, who could face decades in prison if convicted on public corruption charges.

    For almost eight hours last Friday, the jury of seven men and five women heard passionate closing arguments from prosecutors and defense attorneys in a trial that has captivated the state capital for five weeks.

    It is a historic spectacle: Never before has a Virginia governor gone on trial for conduct in office.

  • Feed truck crashes after being run off road

    Virginia State Police troopers assisted at a wreck on Kenmore Road in Carroll County on Aug. 27, when a vehicle was run off the road and overturned.

    Trooper Shane Kinney responded to a call to Kenmore, just off of Joy Ranch Road, to reports of a Southern States feed truck turned over in a ditch.

    The driver of the truck was Gary Dean Burks of Bedford. According to the police report, Burks was traveling on Kenmore when he was run off the road by an unidentified vehicle.

  • Vendors bring family traditions, fresh items to farmers' market

    Fans of Italian sweets, organic veggies, real farm eggs, local honey and fresh meat have more reasons to rejoice: new vendors for these items are coming to the Galax Farmer’s Market.

    Michelle Dunford (née Dagostino) of Baywood is bringing plain and chocolate chip biscotti and anisette cookies, all made in traditional Italian style, on Fridays and Saturdays, as Little Luke’s Pastries.

    “Luke was my grandfather’s first name,” she explained, saying that her dad was known as “Little Luke.”

  • Church, business launching soup kitchen

    HILLSVILLE — A local business is partnering with Hillsville Pentecostal Holiness Church (PHC) to bring a soup kitchen to the town beginning in September.

    Elnor Martin and April Cope of Watt’s the Idea, a new business on Main Street in Hillsville, met with Pastor Jeff Pickett of Hillsville PHC in recent weeks to discuss the need for a soup kitchen in the Hillsville area.

  • Hope House could be without home

    A homeless shelter without a home?

    It sounds like the punchline to a bad joke. By late in the coming winter, though, it’s going to be a reality for the Galax Hope House.

    Hope House operates in a building owned by the Church of the Good Shepherd, which has been leasing it to the shelter at a rate of $1 a year for some time.

  • Carroll schools accredited by state

    HILLSVILLE — Preliminary reports have Carroll County school administrators feeling positive about the improvements they have made in their curriculum over the past year.

    According to preliminary state and federal accountability reports, all nine schools within the Carroll County Public School (CCPS) system were found to be accredited.

    Additionally, five out of the nine met federal accountability standards, with four missing the bar only by one or two objectives out of the required 36.