Today's News

  • Fries to seek funding to fix up rec center

    FRIES — Fries Town Council has approved a resolution to authorize the recreation center renovation committee to seek and accept planning and evaluation funding on behalf of the town.

    Mayor Richard Farmer requested the vote at council’s Nov. 4 meeting.

    The resolution states that the town-owned structure — commonly referred to as the Fries “Y” — is in a state that may become unsafe and unusable for town activities and other uses.

  • Carroll Library begins new chapter

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Public Library staff and guests gathered at the library on Nov. 1 for a rededication of the newly renovated building.

    As the first snow of the season blanketed the ground outside, the upgrades to the library’s structure became even more apparent to guests, who remained warm and cozy during their stay.

  • County celebrates filling industrial park

    HILLSVILLE – Now that the Carroll County Industrial Park is 100 percent full, Carroll County leaders will direct their efforts toward Wildwood Commerce Park at Exit 19 on Interstate 77.

    Andrews Farming and ANDCO Logistics, a company that reaches from New York to Florida, will expand into the vacant Virginia Produce building, filling the last vacancy in the park.

    Keith Andrews, president and CEO, said the company plans to invest $5.6 million and hire 51 people over the next three years.

  • Woman charged in boyfriend's stabbing

    HILLSVILLE — A 31-year-old Hillsville woman has been charged with malicious wounding and domestic assault after allegedly stabbing her boyfriend at their apartment on Friday.

    According to a report from Hillsville Police Department Investigator Sgt. Alan Gravley, Lonnie Baggatta, 31, of Hillsville, entered the department’s office on Main Street at approximately 9 a.m., and informed officers that he had been stabbed in the back with a knife.

  • CenturyLink to help with stormwater relocation

    CenturyLink has agreed to help financially with redesigning and relocating a stormwater system in Galax that the telecommunications company’s lines are in conflict with.

    Galax City Council discussed the latest developments at its October meeting.

    After a conference call with the city, CenturyLink provided a check for $80,000 for the relocation of the storm system in Galax’s “Bottom” area, where the city is working to fix stormwater drainage issues that lead to flooding.

  • Gillespie concedes U.S. Senate race

    RICHMOND — Republican candidate Ed Gillespie on Friday afternoon conceded the surprisingly close U.S. Senate race to the Democratic incumbent, Mark Warner.

    Warner received 49 percent of the vote, to Gillespie’s 48 percent. That margin would have entitled Gillespie to a recount, but he said Friday that he won’t seek one.

    The State Board of Elections on Friday showed Warner leading by more than 16,000 votes out of more than 2 million total ballots cast — a margin of about one percentage point.

  • Bassett thanked for past Christmas parties

    I was Made in America by a Factory Man.

    Starting this letter is difficult.  I have so much to say and I want to be sure that I can convey my gratitude both completely and accurately. So, I’ll just start with the obvious: Mr. John D. Bassett III, thank you.

    Thank you for the Christmas parties and the stockings. I felt so lucky and included to be able to go into that loading dock with my parents and meet everyone that they worked with.

    One caveat however, I always knew that was Ronnie McGrady in that Santa costume.

  • Davis charged with DUI, grand larceny

    Casey Shane Davis, 22, of Galax was arrested and charged with grand larceny of a truck on Nov. 4.

    According to a Galax Police Department report, Davis was charged after police received a report of a suspected drunk driver on Webster Street. The victim overheard the description of the vehicle involved and discovered that his truck had been stolen after he went to check on it.

    The vehicle was recovered on Webster Street after having been involved in an accident. The damage to the vehicle was estimated at $2,500.

  • Driver in fatal crash charged with homicide

    CANA — Christopher Dean Woolwine, 29, of Christiansburg has been charged with second-degree homicide resulting from a fatal traffic crash that occurred on Oct. 31 in Carroll County.

    Woolwine’s 4-year-old son died as a result of injuries he sustained in the crash. Police say Woolwine was fleeing the scene of an earlier wreck along the same stretch of U.S. 52.

  • Volunteer extraordinaire named citizen of the month

    HILLSVILLE — Community volunteer Jessica Talley was October’s Citizen of the Month for the Town of Hillsville, nominated by Hillsville Town Council Member David Young.

    Talley was honored with the Citizen of the Month award plaque during town council’s Oct. 27 meeting, after Young read a summary of Talley’s community involvement and accomplishments. “[Talley] enjoys serving the people of Hillsville, and loves supporting events for the betterment of the community and its citizens,” Young said.