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Today's News

  • 'Trespass' pot operations a growing problem

    Staff Reports

    The Virginia Farm Bureau and police in Southwest Virginia are urging farmers to be on the lookout for marijuana “trespass grows” on their property.

    Among rows of corn and between hay bales all over the region, growers are planting marijuana without the land owners’ knowledge.

  • Galax police report arrests

    Staff Reports

    According to a report issued by the Galax Police Department, arrests last week included drug and firearms violations and revocation of a suspended sentence.

    Karen Sue Hawks, 44, of Lowgap, N.C., was charged on July 15 by Sgt. Shawny Jones for two counts of possession or transportation of firearms or ammunition by a convicted felon. The arrest resulted from a traffic stop conducted by Jones.

  • Hearts United plans Galax peace vigil

    What started as a prayer vigil to bring together law enforcement and the black community in a show of unity during a turbulent time has grown into a movement.

    Encouraged by the turnout and the positive reaction to the Peace Prayer Vigil in Hillsville on July 10, Pastor Daniel Harrison of Elk Spur Church in Fancy Gap has launched Hearts United. The group is planning a similar unity vigil on Sunday in Galax.

  • River access closed at Byllesby Dam

    Staff Report

    Appalachian Power will close access to the New River at Byllesby Dam in Carroll County to allow for completion of construction work.

    According to a release from John Shepelwich, media contact for Appalachian Power, the Byllesby portage and public boat ramp on the New River will be closed effective immediately. The closure began on July 19.

  • VDOT puts Carroll roads on project list

    The Commonwealth Transportation Board has added two new projects in Carroll County to the Virginia Department of Transportation’s six-year plan. These projects include U.S. 52 North spot improvements and Cranberry Road improvements.

  • Harper murder case won't proceed

    INDEPENDENCE ― George Albert Harper III, who was charged with first-degree murder in the 2002 shooting death of Brandon Billings, has pleaded guilty to two counts of perjury for giving conflicting testimony to Grayson County grand juries.

    As a result, the prosecution will not go forward with the murder charge against Harper and a charge for using a firearm in commission of a felony was amended to reflect one of the two perjury charges.

  • Fallen tree blocks North Main in Galax

    A large chunk of the old maple tree planted at the Galax Farmers’ Market fell on Wednesday afternoon around 2:30 p.m., blocking traffic but causing no injury.

    Officer Jason Hawks of the Galax Police Department was on hand to secure the area until the city could cut up the wood and haul it away.

  • Carroll proposes utility rate increases

    At the July 11 Carroll County Public Service Authority meeting, the PSA set a public hearing on Sept. 12 to hear comments on increases to residential and commercial water and sewer rates.

    “If we do not raise our water rates to some level, we will not be eligible for grants,” said authority member Tom Littrell.

    The meeting will take place at the Carroll Board of Supervisors’ conference room on the second floor of the Carroll County Complex (the site of regular PSA meetings) at 3 p.m.

  • Behind the scenes with the BBQ Kings

    Teams roll into downtown Galax for Smoke on the Mountain starting Thursday afternoon, like an army setting up camp before a major, if very festive, battle.

    Among the veterans of this particular challenge are Kings Cooking from Shelby, N.C. According to Smoke’s chief organizer, Ron Passmore, the team has been involved since the beginning, and their presence was a large part of why the competition took off 12 years ago.

    This year’s Smoke was held July 15-16.

  • Six vehicles involved in interstate crash

    Staff Reports

    A six-vehicle accident at the 5 mile marker of Interstate 77 southbound on July 12 at 1:30 p.m. resulted in one man being transported for treatment with injuries and hefty damage to the vehicles, but no casualties, according to Virginia State Trooper J.A. Vaughan.