Today's News

  • Brain injury group gets county funding

    HILLSVILLE — An advocate for those with brain injuries was the only speaker at the public hearing for the 2012 fiscal year budget for Carroll County, leading to a slight change in the proposed spending plan.
    Carroll’s proposed $33.7 million general county budget features no increase in tax rates and a 50 percent cut in the farm machinery tax.
    When the time came for the hearing at the May county supervisors meeting, only Pam Hall of Brain Injury Services of Southwest Virginia approached the microphone.

  • Grayson invests in schools

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County will invest a portion of all future dividends it receives from a commerce park in education.
    Supervisors, looking for new ways to help fund the county’s school system, approved a resolution earlier this month that will provide additional money to the school system above the county’s mandated financial requirements.

  • Public record for 5/18/11 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record. The listings are complete. The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing.  
    For information on this column or questions, 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in December 2010, in the Galax General District Court Office, Galax. Sentences may be appealed:
    Pamela Lynn McManamy of Galax, guilty of public swearing/intoxication; pay $25 fine and $81 costs.

  • Turns 90

    Hicks Testerman, Carsonville community, Independence, celebrated his 90th birthday May 13. He is married to Lorraine Burris.

    He has four children, Glen and Mary Testerman, Billy and Betty Testerman, Linda Waller and Anna and Kathy and Robert Asbury. He also has three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

  • Hines, Poole announce engagement

    Jimmy Poole and Shirley Hines announced their engagement on March 12.
    Poole is the son of Buddy and Brenda Poole of Ennice, N.C.

    Hines is the daughter of Bobby and Debra Gibson of Galax, and Bobby Miller of Lexington, N.C.
    A wedding date will be announced.

  • Rodgers, Hartung marry

    Wendy Rodgers and Lawrence Hartung of Independence were married April 5, 2011 in Arch Cape, Oreg.
    “We are thrilled to announce that we are now husband and wife,” the couple said.

    The intimate ceremony was “fabulous,” they said. “We couldn’t be more excited to continue our lives together.”

  • Cruising making a comeback in Galax



    When you turned 16, cruising Main Street in Galax became a right of passage, said Melissa Russell, who graduated from Carroll County High School in 2002.

    That's the last year the weekend tradition took place, she said.

  • Teens are suspects in Galax burglaries

    A string of burglaries which began last weekend ended May 12 with the arrest of two juveniles, according to Galax Police Chief Rick Clark.
    Since May 7, the Galax Police Department had investigated six reports of medical offices being forcibly entered and cash taken.
    According to a police report, an officer on patrol discovered an office in Doctor’s Park had been entered shortly after midnight on the morning of May 12. A second office had been tampered with, but entry was not made.

  • Galax man arrested after high-speed chase

    A vehicle that failed to stop for police led Galax officers on a pursuit into Grayson County on U.S. 58 at speeds of more than 100 miles per hour.
    The incident occurred on May 11 around 7 p.m., according to a police report.
    Galax Police Sgt. Mark Burnett attempted to stop a vehicle on East Stuart Drive/U.S. 58 in the city. He reported the vehicle was being driven in a reckless manner.
    Officers discontinued the pursuit as rain began to fall west of the city.

  • Traffic stop leads to drug charges

    Ernest Charles Dickens, 28, of Breezy Road in Woodlawn was arrested May 12 and charged with possession of methamphetamine and prescription drugs, after Galax Police Officer Darin Alley stopped Dickens’ vehicle.
    According to a police report, Dickens was stopped for driving with defective equipment.  Upon checking the registration of the vehicle, Alley discovered that the car’s license tags were improperly registered.