Today's News

  • Wildlife experts: culling results in more coyotes

    Copyright 2015, The Roanoke Times. Used with permission.

    BLACKSBURG — The more coyotes you kill, the more you have.

    This biological quirk sets these relatively new Virginia residents apart from most other animals in the commonwealth’s forests, fields and even cities, according to Virginia Tech wildlife professor Marcella Kelly.

  • Police: group that beat rape suspect had KKK ties

    HILLSVILLE — The Hillsville Police Department and the Virginia State Police continue to investigate a series of related crimes, involving the sexual assault of a minor and a mob assault of a suspect from people with possible ties to the Ku Klux Klan.

    According to a report from Hillsville Police Investigator Sgt. Alan Gravley, four suspects visited Red Carpet Inn in Hillsville on the evening of Jan. 2; where they allegedly assaulted Hru Amon-Ra, a man who had recently moved to the area from New York City, but was originally from Yemen.

  • Pharmacist pleads guilty to illegally obtaining drugs

    HILLSVILLE — James Lionel Surratt Jr. pleaded guilty to two counts of obtaining drugs by false pretenses in Carroll County Circuit Court on Tuesday.

    According to Carroll Commonwealth’s Attorney Nathan Lyons, Surratt had obtained various mixtures of hydrocodone while working with two different pharmacies — Walmart Pharmacy in Galax and Nuckolls Drug Company in Hillsville.

  • Carroll budget proposal near $42M

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County citizens could be looking at a brand new series of tax rates this year, as county officials consider several tax changes to provide a balanced budget.

    Nikki Cannon, the county’s assistant administrator, presented the budget proposal at the Carroll County Board of Supervisors’ Monday meeting. Recommendations for this year’s budget included a reduction in the county’s real estate tax rate, an increase in the machinery and tools and personal property tax rates and the elimination of the farm machinery tax.

  • Motorcycle driver airlifted after crash

    HILLSVILLE — An Indian Valley man was airlifted following a motorcycle accident in front of the Wendy’s restaurant in Hillsville on April 11.

    According to a report from Hillsville Police Chief Wesley Yonce, officers were called to the scene of a two-vehicle accident that occurred at 5:30 p.m. The report said a 2014 Toyota Prius operated by Ben Cunningham of Elizabethville, Penn., was pulling out of the Wendy’s parking lot to go east on Carrollton Pike (U.S. 58), when it was struck by a 1974 Harley Davidson operated by Michael Lee Hubbard of Indian Valley.

  • Probe of suspect's death completed

    CANA — Further details have been released regarding a police chase that ended with the death of a suspect on April 8 in Cana.

    According to a news release from Corinne Geller, public relations director for the Virginia State Police, the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office initiated a pursuit of a vehicle that refused to stop for a deputy shortly before 9:45 a.m. on April 8. The man reportedly fled authorities first in a vehicle, then on foot. He ran behind a residence before shooting and killing himself.

  • Second chance to dance

    HILLSVILLE — For Heather Ramirez, last year’s Second Chance Prom was her first real prom experience.

    “The funny part for me was that I wasn’t able to attend my first prom, but I helped decorate for it in high school,” she told The Gazette. “But it worked out, because the first time actually going to the prom, I went with my husband.”

  • Study: lower speed limits result in fewer wrecks

    After city council approved a controversial speed limit change for Galax back in 2013, Police Chief Rick Clark said the move is keeping citizens safer.

    In his annual report last month, Clark praised council members for lowering the limit. “I applaud you because of your actions,” he said at the meeting. “I appreciate your willingness to do the right thing, even when it wasn’t popular.”

  • Police: man left scene, hid after wreck


    A Galax man faces four charges following a single-vehicle traffic accident.

    Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan said the sheriff’s office received a call around 4:40 p.m. on March 31 reporting a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Cardinal Road and Petty Road, just outside the Galax corporate limits.

    Vaughan was the first officer on the scene. He said neighbors described the vehicle as a white SUV, possibly a Chevy Trailblazer. The vehicle left the scene of the accident.

  • Small business incubator's end a sign of success, chairman says

    The Southwest Regional Enterprise Center (SREC) has achieved its goals over the past 14 years and is no longer necessary, said the small business incubator’s chairman.
    On March 25th, the SREC Board of Directors took action to hand off the center’s operations to strategic partners in the region that share a similar mission and voted to dissolve the organization.