Today's News

  • Accidental equipment rollover results in Baywood death

    A man mowing a residential lawn in Baywood was killed around 7:30 a.m. today when his lawnmower overturned down a steep slope, according to Grayson County Chief Deputy Ashby.

    Joshua Wayne Hash, 28, of Independence, an independent yard contractor, was  mowing a yard for residents of Longview Lane when he attempted to mow along a steep embankment that led to a wooded hollow.

  • Local rainfall totals 5 to 13 inches

    Staff Report

    BLACKSBURG – The National Weather Service in Blacksburg issued a statement Sunday evening that outlined rainfall totals through the weekend’s weather event that affected the region.

    Locally, Carroll County registered 6.54 inches in northern Galax and 9.01 inches in the City of Galax. For Grayson County, 13.12 inches was reported in the Cumberland Knob area, 10.43 inches in Baywood, 8.33 inches in Independence and 5.19 inches in northern Elk Creek.

  • Magnolia fire's cause unknown

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE – The cause of a fire late Sunday night at the Magnolia plant in Hillsville was still undetermined on Monday.

    According to Assistant Chief Mike Musser, on Oct. 10 at 10:39 p.m. members of Hillsville Volunteer Fire Department were dispatched to the Magnolia plant at 265 Advanced Technology Drive.

    Hillsville VFD responded with a ladder truck, three engines, a heavy rescue truck and 22 personnel.

  • Firefighters offer safety tips

    Staff Report

    As the temperature drops outside and families turn to resources like fireplaces, bonfires, wood stoves and the like for warmth, discussions inevitably begin regarding the importance of fire safety.

    Local firefighters will stress important tips for preventing fires during National Fire Prevention Week, which takes places this week through Oct. 10.

  • 'Bottom' residents say city project keeping property dry

    The Bottom, Galax’s flood-prone neighborhood next to Chestnut Creek, has almost seen the completion of its renewal.

    After the recent heavy rains, its residents and businesses are closer to knowing if the city’s work was successful.

    The Bottom Area Project was designed to keep flooding out of the low-lying Galax neighborhood, typically one of the worst places for water to clog up streets and damage homes. The total project is from Caldwell Street west to Chestnut Creek, and includes Meadow, Givens and Shaw streets, along with several side streets.

  • Haynes runs for Oldtown seat on Grayson school board

    This year’s race to fill seats on the Grayson County School Board will include Diane Haynes on the ballot for the Oldtown District.

    Haynes, who is running unopposed as an independent candidate, has an extensive history teaching in the Grayson County school system. Her career in education began in 1975. At that time, her bachelor’s degree from Radford University allowed her to teach students from grades 4-8.

  • Police: suspect bringing crack cocaine into Va.

    Staff Report

    LAMBSBURG – A Mount Airy, N.C., woman has been arrested and charged in relation to the sale and transport of drugs into Virginia.

    According to a report issued by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, a surveillance operation was conducted at the Loves Travel Center on Sept. 29. The travel center is located at Exit 1 off Interstate 77, just over the Virginia border from North Carolina.

  • Hebron Road wreck leaves one fatility

    Staff Report

    Police are still investigating a fatal single-vehicle crash on Hebron Road in Carroll County on Oct. 3.

    The crash occurred Saturday at 8:10 a.m., according to a report from Virginia State Police Senior Trooper S.E. Kinney.

    A 1998 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck, driven by Darby C. Hill, 45, of Austinville, was southbound on Virginia 635 when it ran off the right side of the road and struck a tree on the passenger side.

  • Truckers' parade raises $7,100

    Locals cheered on the roadsides for the line of trucks traveling U.S. 58 this year for the ninth annual Truckers Parade Against Cancer on Sept. 19.

    According to event organizer Cindy Dixon, 60 trucks participated in the parade this year, raising $7,100 for the local Relay for Life events. Proceeds from these relays are given to the American Cancer Society.

    “It was a very successful day. There were so many people on the roadsides, holding signs and cheering,” Dixon said, noting that plans are already underway for next year’s parade.

  • Carroll voters to use new paper ballot system

    HILLSVILLE – Voters in Carroll County will be using a new system in the Nov. 3 general election – paper ballots.

    It all started in 2007 when the General Assembly banned local governments from buying touch-screen machines when it came time to replace existing electronic systems. They also wanted a system that would provide a paper trail.

    According to Carroll County General Registrar and Director of Elections Kim Cloud, the county started using the touch-screen machines in 2005.