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Today's News

  • Carroll fugitive captured after chase

    Virgil L. Richardson, 44, wanted on an outstanding felony warrant, was apprehended Wednesday evening in Galax in a joint effort by the sheriffs’ offices of Grayson and Carroll counties and the Galax Police Department, according to Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner and Galax Police Capt. James Cox.

    Richardson had been spotted earlier in the evening near the Watson’s Auto lot on East Stuart Drive in Galax. When Galax officers responded to reports of a suspicious male, Richardson allegedly fled the scene into the Glendale Trailer Park.

  • Business challenge now taking applications

    INDEPENDENCE — Applications are now being accepted for the Mount Rogers Business Challenge, a new venture geared towards growing and supporting local businesses in Grayson County.

    The challenge is a competitive process that will award more than $20,000 in business investment grants for entrepreneurial ventures and existing businesses looking to expand with additional job creation in Grayson County, with a focus on the Mount Rogers district.

  • GVFD responds to minor fire at Webb plant

    Staff Reports

    The Galax Fire Department responded to a possible wood dust fire in the ductwork at the Webb Particle Board factory in downtown Galax on Monday at 7:40 p.m.

    The call went out when employees noticed a fire along part of the outer portion of pipes located outside the factory, according to Assistant Fire Chief Mark Burnett. At least one sprinkler head went off, said Fire Chief David Hankley.

  • Sunday at the Fair

    HILLSVILLE — The final day of the Carroll County Fair featured wrestling, carnival rides, caramel corn, equestrian events and ice cream made on the spot with super-cooled nitrogen.

    Throughout the week, the fair at the Southwest Virginia Farmers’ Market held contests for everything from fruits and vegetables to photos and quilts, and the winners were on display for all to see.

    The market’s festivities aren’t over — in October, it will host the Carroll Pumpkin Festival, with more family fun and food.

  • Hillsville will be hopping during flea market

    HILLSVILLE — Travelers heading to the annual Hillsville Flea Market and Gun Show during Labor Day weekend should be prepared for considerable traffic delays, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).

    The town’s popular event will be held Sept. 4-7. People not attending the flea market and gun show are encouraged to avoid the area altogether.

  • 3-day event will benefit Allen House

    CANA – The Carroll County Historical Society and Levering Orchard are joining forces to host a benefit event over the Labor Day weekend for restoration of the J. Sidna Allen House.

    The benefit will take place over three nights — Sept. 4, 5 and 6 — at the Cherry Orchard Theater on the grounds of Levering Orchard. The event will feature old-time and bluegrass bands and music themed around the 1912 Courthouse Tragedy.

  • Crash involved underage driver

    Staff Reports

    HILLSVILLE – State police say the driver in an Aug. 30 wreck that injured three people was only 14 years old.

    All those injured were minors.

    Hillsville Fire Department, Carroll County Fire & Rescue, the Carroll Sheriff’s Department and Virginia State Police responded to a single-vehicle crash Sunday on U.S. 221. The incident happened between Hillsville and Dugspur, just north of Poplar Hill Road.

  • Shipping study could help with Wildwood marketing

    Determining the cost of shipping freight from Wildwood Commerce Park could help in marketing the regional industrial site.

    Ken McFadyen, executive director of the Blue Ridge Economic Development Authority (BRCEDA), which oversees Wildwood, recently spent a day in Cleveland meeting with three site selection firms, he told authority members at their Aug. 24 meeting.

  • Sheriff's office gets grant for police cars

    Staff Reports

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office was recently awarded grants for two patrol vehicles.

    According to Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan, the $50,000 grant funds were supplied by the USDA Rural Development in Wytheville.

  • Miss Carroll County Fair 2015

    HILLSVILLE – Girls of all ages strutted their stuff in ruffles and rhinestones at the Miss Carroll County Fair pageant last Thursday night.

    The pageant, open to girls from birth to 19 years of age and residents of Carroll and adjoining counties, had more than 60 participants. The girls were divided into nine age groups and were eligible to enter an optional photogenic contest for each group.

    Derrick Davis hosted this year’s pageant, with assistance from his son, Coleman.

    Winners included: