Today's News

  • Hillsville man charged for guns, drugs, child porn

    HILLSVILLE – A Hillsville man faces an array of charges after an investigation involving the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

    According to a news release, the Hillsville Police Department arrested Christopher Garry Brown, 43, of John Edwards Lane, with assistance from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office on Oct. 13.

  • Galax schools focus on writing in all subjects

    Galax teachers are working together to enhance reading and writing skills by integrating writing assignments into every subject.

    Galax High School Principal Justin Iroler, accompanied by members of the English department, visited the Galax School Board meeting Oct. 11 to discuss the details of the school’s plan to boost writing improvement.

  • Who will be president? Check sales of Halloween masks.

    Landmark News Service

    Can Halloween tell us who’ll win the White House? Apparently, the sale of candidate masks is an eerily accurate crystal ball.

    According to one costume industry index, mask sales have correctly predicted the outcome of every presidential election since 1996. According to another index – which goes back further – they’ve been right since 1980, when Ronald Reagan’s mug outsold Jimmy Carter’s by 20 percent.

    Being No. 1 this year, however, might indicate something else.

  • Driver hurt in Carroll crash

    A single-vehicle accident last Thursday at 9:15 a.m. on Mallory Road resulted in the driver being airlifted to Wake Forest Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, N.C., according to Virginia State Trooper S.E. Kinney.

    A 2010 Chevrolet Malibu driven by Samuel H. Griggs, 27, of Galax, was traveling west on Mallory in Carroll County when his vehicle ran off the right side of the road, struck a fence, went down a steep embankment, rolled once, crossed a residential driveway and came to rest at the bottom of a small hollow.

  • State will lay out plans for training center closing

    HILLSVILLE – Citizens will have the opportunity to voice their concerns regarding the closure of the Southwestern Virginia Training Center, when members of the state’s Senate Finance Committee hold a public hearing at the mental health facility in Hillsville on Oct. 28.

    According to Maria Reppas, communications director with the state Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, members of a special joint subcommittee with the Senate Finance Committee will be hosting the event at the center.

  • Trail work underway in Independence

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — Phase II construction of the Grayson County Enhancement Trail is nearly complete, as workers continue to connect the sidewalk from Nautilus Way Road to Industrial Lane in East Independence.

    The construction crew, King General Contractors Inc., is scheduled to complete the project by Dec. 1, according to Elaine Holeton, project manager and Grayson’s director of planning and community development.

  • Galax explains new stormwater fee

    City Engineer Edwin Ward’s recent public presentation on Galax’s new stormwater ordinance and fee was lightly attended, but the meeting was informative about what it means to citizens and businesses.

    While detailed, Ward’s presentation explained simply the general need for stormwater management: “[it] is undertaken to prevent increased soil erosion damage as a result of increased and concentrated stormwater runoff from property development.”

  • Scammers get political with survey con

    The Better Business Bureau warns to steer clear of political polling calls that promise gift cards in exchange for taking a voter survey. Survey cons are common, but the U.S. presidential campaign gives scammers a timely elections twist.

    The BBB explains how the scam works. You get a call from someone claiming to be conducting a political survey. The pollster wants to ask you questions about the upcoming presidential election. In exchange for a few minutes of your time and your opinions, you will get a gift card or other reward.

  • Grant pays for school security measures

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County Public Schools will use a $66,464 School Security Equipment Grant from the state to pay for new security equipment at four facilities.

    New equipment was requested in applications for Grayson County High School, Grayson County High Career and Technical Education (CATE) Center, Grayson Highlands School and Independence Middle School.

  • Galax police make felony arrests

    Staff Reports

    According to a report issued by the Galax Police Department, arrests last week included forgery, felony shoplifting, drug violations and perjury.

    • Heather Combs Lytton, 45, of Galax, was charged on Oct. 9 by Officer T.B. Jefferson for felony perjury (falsely swearing an oath).

    • Peggy Longshore Tucker, 66, of Galax, was charged on Oct. 11 by Officer Darrin Alley for felony petit larceny (third offense).