Today's News

  • Carroll court clerk candidates face off at forum

    HILLSVILLE – Candidates for Carroll County court clerk in the Nov. 3 election discussed their platforms and addressed questions posed by the Twin County Regional Chamber of Commerce at a forum on Oct. 13 at Carroll County High School.

  • Blessing the Animals

    BAYWOOD — Canines, felines and even fowl were welcome at the Church of the Good Shepherd near Galax last Saturday during the annual Blessing of the Animals service.

    Held each October in honor of St. Francis, the church off U.S. 58 in Baywood opens itself to the community’s four-legged family members. According to organizers, the church formerly held ceremonies on the lawn in front of the church, but in recent years they’ve opted for opening the church for several hours, allowing owners to bring their furbabies by for a quick blessing at their convenience.

  • Driver charged after damaging yards in Galax

    Staff Report

    A Galax man faces numerous charges after damaging three yards and property in an alleged drunken driving incident, according to the Galax Police Department.

    Christopher Eric Wyatt, 38, of Galax, was arrested on multiple charges early on the morning of Oct. 11.

  • Church plans to use Fries Community Center for services

    FRIES – Fries Town Council has given its blessing to Blue Ridge Fellowship Church’s idea to host a Sunday morning venue at the Fries Community Center.

    Pastor Scott Flippin spoke to town council at its Oct. 6 meeting.

    The essential idea would be for the Woodlawn-based church to host live praise and worship and teaching services each Sunday morning at the community center. His sermon from the main Blue Ridge Fellowship location would be broadcast on a screen in the Fries theater.

  • Readers Hotline 10/19/15

    Jealous of Hillary
    Fox News is so jealous of Hillary Clinton. They sound like a bunch of high school kids — when one girl is jealous of the most beautiful girl or someone else is mad because someone got their boyfriend. They realize people are finding out and seeing through them. I can’t believe anybody would believe it by now.
    Editor’s note: Are you implying that Hillary is beautiful?


  • Hill, Hutchins running for Sulphur Springs seat

    SULPHUR SPRINGS – Two candidates are running for the Sulphur Springs district seat on the Carroll County Board of Supervisors in the upcoming November elections. David Hutchins serves on the current board and is running for reelection against opponent Rex Hill.

    David Hutchins

  • N.C. woman faces firearm, drug charges

    Staff Report

    A North Carolina woman allegedly gave officers false information before a search of her vehicle turned up numerous drugs and weapons.

    Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner reported that on Oct. 9, deputies were conducting a traffic check on Fancy Gap Highway at the intersection of Chances Creek Road when they observed a vehicle approach the check, stop in the road and then pull off to the side.

  • Sheriff candidates debate spending at forum

    HILLSVILLE – The three candidates for Carroll County sheriff faced off on Oct. 13 at the open forum hosted by the Twin County Regional Chamber of Commerce, with the challengers raising questions about police presence and spending under the current administration.

    Republican incumbent J.B. Gardner is running against independent challengers Shannon Goad and Chris Toney in the Nov. 3 election.

  • Rocky at the Rex

    “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” a campy cult classic musical comedy film that spoofs old sci-fi and horror movies, came to the Rex Theater in downtown Galax last Thursday night.

    It featured a costume contest, elements of traditional audience participation and lots of silly, good-natured fun.

    The movie is enjoying its 40th anniversary year, which provided a delightful “Time Warp” for fans and newcomers alike.

  • Carroll deputy involved in crash

    Staff Report

    PIPERS GAP – A Carroll County Sheriff’s Department deputy was involved in a single-vehicle accident while responding to a call earlier this month.

    According to police reports, on Oct. 6 at 7:05 p.m., Deputy Brant Bottomley was responding to a breaking and entering in progress call on Pipers Gap Road. While traveling down Virginia 608 (Coal Creek Road) about one-tenth of a mile north of Virginia 815, Bottomley ran off the left side of the road in a curve, hit a patch of wet grass and slid into a power pole.