Today's News

  • Carroll PSA continues water purchase talks with Mount Airy


    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll Public Service Authority (PSA) is continuing its work to buy water from Mount Airy, N.C., to serve the southern end of the county.

    The PSA has received a draft amendment to the existing water purchase agreement from Mount Airy, N.C., and the draft is being reviewed by the PSA staff.

  • Readers Hotline 1/1/18

    Carroll’s entertainment
    I’d like to comment on the Carroll County Fair article. That is the best deal of the summer for the area. Only $5. The children love it. Little rides, shows, agriculture. Even the wrestling was a great success this year. Also, Carroll County does a good job on the cruise-ins they have every year. It is free and everyone has a great time. Carroll County does a great job on all of its entertainment.

    Hardly a raise

  • Four facing charges in Cana burglary

    Staff Report

    CANA — A call about a suspicious vehicle at a Cana home resulted in drug charges against four people from Mount Airy, N.C.

    Carroll County Sheriff J. B. Gardner reported that deputies received a call on Dec. 26 at 2:48 p.m. that there was a suspicious vehicle located at a residence on Mulberry Lane. The caller asked deputies to see if they could locate anyone at the home.

    Deputy Jarrett Combs, Deputy Josh Bowers and Sgt. Cody Edwards arrived at the residence and located four people inside — none of whom lived there.

  • Berrier could file grievance over voter ID decision

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — An unsuccessful candidate for the Fancy Gap District seat on the Carroll County School Board says he is considering filing a grievance with the state board of elections over a ballot that was counted even though the voter only had a copy of their ID.

    Phillip Berrier of Cana petitioned for a recount after the Nov. 7 election results showed incumbent Joey Haynes winning by a three-vote margin in what was initially a four-way race. After a recount on Dec. 27, Haynes retained the seat by a single vote.

  • GVFD saves home while delivering food boxes

    Not only do the Christmas Community Food Fund boxes help fight hunger in Twin Counties homes, they sometimes save houses, as well.

    According to Galax Fire Chief David Hankley, the delivery of one food box resulted in a “Christmas miracle.”

    Originally not home, Hankley noted, the occupant returned once she remembered Dec. 24 was delivery day for the boxes. Delivery volunteers had knocked on the door and started to leave when she got back.

  • Trust wildlife experts on coyote issue

    Last month’s exit of Eddie Rosenbaum from the Grayson Board of Supervisors came with a rehashing of the county’s abandoned coyote bounty program, which was shot down for a second year at the close of 2015.

    The vote to cull the bounty program — which was only opposed by Rosenbaum even after the program cost the county twice as much money and resulted in a lawsuit when one bounty hunter attempted to pass off a coyote from another locality — brought an end to a controversial debate from citizens and experts alike.

  • Burglary plea hearing date reset

    INDEPENDENCE — A scheduled hearing in a case against Wyndom Taylor Thornton of Galax was continued earlier this month in Grayson County Circuit Court, at the request of Thornton’s attorney.

    Thornton was scheduled for a plea and sentencing hearing for charges related to a burglary in Independence earlier this year. Jonathon Venzie, who is representing Thornton, requested a new court date to give him more time to prepare.

  • GHS cheerleaders invited to Walt Disney World

    By D.T. CLARK, Staff

    Earlier this month, Lexi Hale, Summer Caudell and Jackie Dorsey answered an invitation, made to them last summer, to participate in a holiday parade in Walt Disney World Resort.

    The Galax High School cheerleaders’ report on what happened and how they feel about it might be summed up in Hale’s single sentence: “It was a life-changer.”

  • Suspect violates protective order while in jail

    HILLSVILLE — Suspects under arrest are allowed one phone call while in custody, usually to contact a family member or maybe a lawyer.

    According to police, a Giles County man charged with assault and attempted abduction this week incurred another charge by using his call to contact his girlfriend, thereby violating a protective order.

  • Haynes wins Fancy Gap seat by 1 vote

    HILLSVILLE — Incumbent Joey Haynes hung onto the Fancy Gap seat on the Carroll County School Board by one vote in a recount on Wednesday.

    The final official tally was 500 to 499, according to results given by Carroll County Clerk of Circuit Court Gerald Goad.

    Phillip Berrier had petitioned for a recount after the Nov. 7 election results showed Haynes winning by a three-vote margin in what was initially a four-way race, including candidates Patricia Sebens and Gina Hall.