Today's News

  • Galax plans animal shelter renovations


  • Family DNA checks allowed in criminal investigations

    RICHMOND — Virginia law enforcement officials have a new tool available to help solve serious crimes: family DNA checks.
    Such searches involve comparing crime scene DNA against a genetic database for partial matches that can be used to narrow the search for a suspect to a specific family if a member of the gene pool is already in the testing database.
    Cross-referencing DNA that way gives forensic scientists another means to check evidence from certain violent offenses against the more than 331,000 profiles in the database.

  • Two charged with stealing vehicle

    The Carroll County Sheriff's Office reports that two men have been charged in connection with the grand larceny of a vehicle that occurred sometime during the morning hours of Feb. 17 in Cana.

    Those charged are Ross Edward Payne, 22, of Cana and John Conlee LaForce of Frederick, Md.

    Sheriff Warren Manning said the Ford F-250 pickup was taken from a residence in Cana. "After a month-and-a-half-long investigation, teh vehicle was located in Sparta, N.C."

  • IDA co-signs loan on Fancy Gap utilities

    HILLSVILLE — For the Fancy Gap water and sewer projects, the Carroll Public Service Authority has enlisted a co-signer for federal loans — the Industrial Development Authority.
    Carroll officials received word in 2009 of more than $8 million in loans and grants to pay for the utility work in Fancy Gap.
    The funds for Fancy Gap will pay for construction of 13 miles of wastewater lines to serve 65 homes and businesses, 13 miles of water lines to connect to 190 homes and businesses and a 200,000 gallon storage tank.

  • Art school plans anniversary celebration


  • A Course In Force


  • Redrawing Va.'s political lines — what does it mean?

    Every 10 years, state legislators redraw the boundaries for state House, Senate and congressional districts in Virginia to take into account population shifts revealed by the U.S. Census.
    The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that political districts should have roughly equal populations so voters have the same amount of influence no matter where they live — a principle known as “one person, one vote.”

  • Redistricting plans meet resistance


  • Boy in accident released from hospital


     HILLSVILLE — Authorities report that the 10-year-old boy accidently run over by a truck Tuesday has no broken bones or internal injuries.

    Information gathered by Virginia State Police Trooper K.D. Blackburn indicated that the boy had been playing in the back of the parked pickup truck seven miles north of Hillsville on Poplar Camp Road at about 4 p.m. 

    Police did not release the name of the boy.

  • Woodlawn woman killed in tractor accident

    A 73-year-old Woodlawn woman was killed Wednesday in what Virginia State Police are calling a farming accident.
    State police identified the victim as Thelma June Larrowe. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
    The accident occurred on Forest Oak Road near Apache Road in Carroll County, according to information from Sgt. S.E. Lowe, spokesman for the state police.
    Trooper R.B. Phipps responded to a report of a vehicle overturned in a creek.