Today's News

  • Readers Hotline 11/17/14


  • Tide defensive in rout of TV

    It’s an over-used cliche that the best defense is a good offense. For Galax Friday, at least in the early going, its best offense was an opportunistic defense.

    The Maroon Tide’s defensive and special teams units outscored its offense in a 35-point first quarter, quickly ending any hopes of a major upset by Twin Valley as No. 3 Galax trounced the No. 14 Panthers 52-7 in a Region 1A West first-round game at Galax High School.

  • HEALTHCARE ENROLLMENT: hospital offers assistance

    By Jon D. Applebaum, CEO of Twin County Regional Healthcare

    On Nov. 15, open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace began.

    The Health Insurance Marketplace offers expanded access to low-cost healthcare coverage for people without health insurance, or for those who are interested in exploring more cost-effective alternatives to their current coverage. Last year alone, 7.3 million people obtained health coverage through the Marketplace – including 216,356 in Virginia.

  • Police search for Tiller

    HILLSVILLE — The Hillsville Police Department and Carroll County Sheriff’s Office are asking for the community’s assistance in finding a wanted fugitive.

    Brittany Nicole Tiller is wanted for failing to appear in court on a charge of breaking and entering, according to an alert from the departments.

  • Schools urge bus safety

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County Public Schools officials are concerned about this year’s increase in the number of vehicles that are illegally passing stopped school buses.

    After hearing similar reports from several Carroll County school bus drivers, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Mark Burnette released a public service announcement to warn the community about the legal consequences and dangers of passing a school bus while it is stopped to pick up or drop off school children.

  • Oakland celebrates Veterans Day

    Carroll County Public Schools hosted a series of Veterans Day programs on Nov. 11, to thank local veterans for their service to the country.

    At Oakland Elementary School, veterans from the Grover King VFW Post #1115 in Hillsville were treated to a patriotic program of songs, poetry, skits and American traditions. Fifth grade students performed a skit titled “What is a Veteran?” and other grades performed a variety of songs, including “Yankee Doodle,” “My Country Tis of Thee” and “America the Beautiful.”

  • City council honors police, EMS chiefs

    At Monday night’s meeting, Galax City Council praised two first-responder agency leaders who had recently received honors from Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s office — Police Chief Rick Clark and Galax-Grayson EMS Chief Ron Passmore.

    Mayor C.M. Mitchell introduced Clark first with a slight jest. “Chief Clark, who’s in the back row there, in his usual spot, has been appointed to [the governor’s task force concerning abuse of heroin and prescription drugs.] Can I talk about it for a second?”

  • Hillsville names Parnell citizen of the month

    HILLSVILLE — Laura Beth Parnell has been selected as Hillsville’s Citizen of the Month for November for her work with several community groups.

    Parnell was selected by Town Manager Retta Jackson, and presented with the award at Hillsville Town Council’s Nov. 10 meeting.

  • 12 charged after indictments unsealed


    INDEPENDENCE – Twelve suspects have been arrested in Grayson County after sealed grand jury indictments were recently opened.

    A Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury met Oct. 24 and returned the indictments.

  • REMEMBER WHEN: November 9-15


    Carroll County earned its 16th straight region tournament appearance by sweeping the Southwest District volleyball tournament with 3-0 wins over Richlands and Tazewell.

    Galax broke open a tight game with 21 second-half points and ended its season with a 35-6 win over Narrows. Jordan Vaughan rushed for 197 yards and a pair of scores for the Maroon Tide.