Today's News

  • N.C. police car hits, kills Lambsburg man

    Staff Report

    MOUNT AIRY, N.C. – A Carroll County man died on Nov. 21 after he was struck by a

    North Carolina Highway Patrol vehicle on I-74.

    The victim has been identified as Romie Clark Bobbitt, 78, of Lambsburg.

    The accident occurred around 6 p.m. in Surry County, N.C., near Mount Airy and about three-quarters of a mile from N.C. 89.

    According to reports from media outlets in North Carolina, Bobbitt was apparently driving a car eastbound on 74 when he was sideswiped by another vehicle.

  • Students invite country star Luke Bryan to class

    HILLSVILLE – A first grade class at Oakland Elementary is asking for the help of social media to bring a country musician to Carroll County.

    Teacher Amy Gordon and her students are asking Luke Bryan, a popular and award-winning country music artist, to come and read to her class if they get a specific response on social media. “We are asking for 1,000 likes and 1,000 shares,” said Gordon.

  • Six arrested on meth charges in Galax

    Staff Report

    Six people have been arrested after police in Galax received information that a quantity of methamphetamine was being delivered to the city.

    According to a Galax Police Department report, officers Sgt. Shawny Jones, Terry Woods and Jeremiah Foutch conducted an investigation Nov. 19 that led to the arrests of the following individuals:

    • Alicia Grunlose Reynolds, 40, of Hillsville, was charged with possession of a Schedule II drug (methamphetamine) and carrying a concealed weapon. Reynolds was held under a $500 bond.

  • Poll shows state up for grabs in 2016

    Landmark News Service

    Less than four months before Virginia’s 2016 presidential primary, candidate preferences among the state’s voters are similar to those in other early primary states, according to a poll released Nov. 16.

    Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson and New York real estate magnate Donald Trump were the top choices for the Republican nomination, and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton led Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Democratic race.

  • Youth issues challenge to fight diabetes

    Locals may have seen, among the many options for exercising charity this year, a note posted on a five-gallon jar in Creek Bottom Brews titled “Will’s Challenge.”

    It begins, “Hello, my name is William Ayers. I am 12 years old and was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in July 2014 … at that time I didn’t know what that meant.”

  • Search continues for missing Whitetop man


    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County Sheriff’s Department is continuing to search for a missing Whitetop man.

    John William Wingler Sr., 74, was last seen at his home around 5 p.m. on Nov. 11.

    He was reported missing to the sheriff’s department on Nov. 12.

    Investigators and deputies have checked several leads in the case but, so far, have not found any trace of Wingler.

  • Cana wreck sends two to hospital

    Staff Report

    CANA – A head-on collision in Cana sent two to the hospital last Thursday.

    According to a police report, the accident occurred at approximately 12:43 p.m. on Virginia 686 (Epworth Road), .02 mile north of Virginia 687 (Fish Lake Road) in the Cana area of Carroll County.

  • Legislators don't want Syrian refugees in Virginia

    Staff Report

    Gov. Terry McAuliffe said this week he will not seek to block Syrian refugees fleeing the violent civil war in their home country, while a state senator and a U.S. congressman representing the Twin Counties both issued statements opposing resettlement of refugees in Virginia.

  • Galax's mandolin reign comes to an end

    At this year’s Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention, 491 mandolin players who stood in line, registered, waited in the sweltering heat and then played four songs together, left proud in the knowledge that they had helped set a new Guinness record for “World’s Largest Mandolin Ensemble.”

    Though paperwork had to be verified, nothing seemed any different from the last time the record was broken in 2012, also at the convention.

    Unfortunately, however, this year the Guinness World Records officials chose to disagree.

  • Cana fire results in fatality

    CANA – A fire in Cana claimed the life of a man on Nov. 13.