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Today's News

  • Carroll's fund balance shrinking

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County, like many other localities across the United States, is experiencing a time when expenditures are increasing at a higher rate than revenues.

    During the Feb. 13 meeting of the Carroll Board of Supervisors, Gordon Jones — a CPA who works at the Blacksburg office of the auditing firm of Robinson, Farmer, Cox Associates — presented a county audit report with figures that didn’t reflect positive results.

  • Arrests include escape, larceny and abduction

    Staff Reports

    A Woodlawn man charged with grand larceny now faces additional charges after police say he escaped from custody last week.

    According to a Galax Police Department report, Codie Nathaniel Fletcher, 19, was arrested on March 3 by Officer Terry Woods and charged with felony breaking and entering a dwelling with intent to commit larceny, felony grand larceny by stealing property valued at more than $200 (not from a person), two counts of misdemeanor revocation of suspended sentence and probation and misdemeanor contempt of court.

  • Hungry Farmer Restaurant closed after fire

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    CANA – A popular Cana restaurant remains closed after an early morning fire last Friday caused an estimated $200,000 in damage.

    An employee spotted the fire in the basement of the Hungry Farmer Restaurant, located on U.S. 52, and called 911 at 5:06 a.m. on March 3.

    Richard Sowers, chief of the Cana Volunteer Fire Department, said it took firefighters about 10 minutes to bring the fire under control.

  • Readers Hotline 3/6/17

    Driving legally
    What is all this about fast lane and speeders and being fined for driving too slow? The speed limit is the speed limit. If you are driving the speed limit in the so-called fast lane, why would you want to pull over? Why do they have a speed limit? People are flying way too fast anyway. That’s why there are so many wrecks. I have been run over twice by drunken drivers and I didn’t appreciate their fast driving.

  • Delaware man charged with grand larceny

    Staff Reports

    A Delaware man has been arrested for grand larceny in connection with a vehicle theft that occurred on Feb. 22.

    While on patrol, Sgt. Jody Poole of the Galax Police Department discovered a vehicle that had been involved in an accident on East Center Street. There was no operator or occupant around the vehicle, which was discovered at 4:30 a.m., according to a police report.

  • Amendment fails, but final hope remains for SWVTC

    RICHMOND — Another General Assembly session has passed without a definitive answer about the fate of Virginia’s training centers for the disabled, but one final hope remains, thanks to a budget amendment.

    In developing a final budget, members of the Virginia Senate and House of Delegates included a new amendment that would direct the state to look at operating a full-time, albeit smaller, training center. The Southwestern Virginia Training Center in Hillsville and the Central Virginia Training Center in Madison Heights are set to close.

  • Reserve Blvd. crash causes injuries

    UPDATED:

    A two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Reserve Boulevard and Mountain View Avenue in Galax on Sunday at 3:24 p.m. left several people with unknown injuries and one refusal of treatment, but no fatalities, according to Galax Police Capt. James Cox.

  • Two file for Carroll School Board election

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – Two candidates have met the requirements and filed for the Carroll County School Board election on Nov. 7.

    Gina Hall has filed for the Fancy Gap District seat and Virgil Hall has filed for the Laurel Fork District.

    The Fancy Gap, Laurel Fork and Pipers Gap district seats are up for election on Nov. 7.

  • Woman airlifted after Woodlawn crash

    UPDATED:

    WOODLAWN – A Galax woman was involved in a single-vehicle accident last Friday after suffering an apparent medical problem.

    State Trooper R.D. Horton said Terry Conner, 56, was traveling west on U.S. 58 at 2:55 p.m. on March 3 when she ran off the right side of the highway, sideswiped a guardrail, crossed the median and both eastbound traffic lanes and struck an embankment.

  • Slow drivers keep right, or else

    The next time you’re driving down a highway in Virginia, late for an appointment, and you find traffic knotted behind somebody dawdling in the passing lane, ask yourself how much that inconvenience is worth.

    Gov. Terry McAuliffe thought left-lane squatters should face a fine of $100 if they won’t move into the travel lanes; the initial legislative proposal from Del. Israel O’Quinn (who represents Galax and Grayson County) called for fines of $250.