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Today's News

  • Galax church stumped by missing tree mystery

    Dr. Tom Whartenby’s wife, Mary Elizabeth, was at Galax Presbyterian Church, where her husband is pastor, about three weeks ago, when she made an alarming discovery: the tree the planted 12 years ago in the churchyard was gone.

    A small copper beech purchased from Monticello, it was cut down and removed by someone with professional skill, as the trunk was cut smoothly across, almost level with the ground.

  • Underwood to serve 7 years in dog attack case

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County Courthouse was filled with tears last Thursday during the sentencing of John Terry Underwood II, 52, of Independence, who was charged in connection with the dog mauling death of a 15-month-old girl on the night of Jan. 6, 2016.

  • Carroll holds hearing on 2018 budget

    HILLSVILLE – Delinquent personal property taxes, trash pickup and a recreational facility were topics of discussion during the Carroll County Board of Supervisors’ meeting on the proposed county budget.

    The board held a public hearing on the budget at its regular May monthly meeting on Monday night. One citizen spoke during the hearing and another spoke about the budget during citizens’ time.

    The hearing brought Carroll citizen Jimmy Alderman to the floor. He had prepared a handout of his proposals to provide the board.

  • Hillsville police bust illegal gambling operation

    HILLSVILLE – Two North Carolina women face multiple charges in Carroll County after an investigation by the Hillsville Police Department led to the discovery of an illegal gambling operation.

    According to Hillsville Police Chief Wesley Yonce, his department discovered an illegal gambling site at the strip mall next to the Southwest Virginia Farmers’ Market at Interstate 77’s Exit 14 in Hillsville. The site was being operated inside a vape shop called Taste The Vape at 231 Farmers Market Road, Suite 6.

  • REMEMBER WHEN: April 30-May 6

     

     

    2012

    Daniel Crawford smacked three doubles and drove in seven runs to lead Grayson County to a 17-0 rout of Graham.

    Dante Ravenell had a pair of home runs as Galax rolled over Narrows 17-0.  Travis Garvey had two doubles in a 12-run seventh inning for the Maroon Tide.

     

    2007

  • Cavaliers tee off on Demons

    CHRISTIANSBURG –– Carroll County belted five home runs, including three in stretch of four at-bats in the third inning, and the Cavaliers pounded Christiansburg 13-1 in a River Ridge District softball game Wednesday.

    RBI singles by Jena Alley and Kyndall Hiatt helped Carroll County (14-0 overall) take a 4-0 lead in the top of the second, and Carroll County bats went bonkers in the third, starting with a leadoff homer by Sydney Nester.

  • Maroon Tide blanks Bears

    The Galax girls’ soccer team lists but one senior on its roster. But the Maroon Tide can now list three wins on its résumé.

    Unperturbed by a series of near-misses in the early going that a more seasoned club may have been able to convert, Galax took a 1-0 lead into the half and pulled away in the final 40 minutes to shut out Bland County 3-0 in a Mountain Empire District match Monday afternoon.

  • Car forced off road, flips over into creek

    Staff Report

    FRIES — Virginia State Police responded to a single vehicle accident May 3 on Fries Road, where a driver was reportedly run off the road by an unidentified motorist.

    According to investigating State Trooper R.B. Phipps, authorities were called to the scene at 3 p.m., where they found a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado, operated by David Horton, 47, of Fries, overturned and straddling a creek off the side of the road between the Country Convenience gas station and the Low Water Bridge.

  • Readers Hotline 5/8/17

    Making progress
    I hope the person who keeps calling the Hotline with the pothole obsession is getting some satisfaction. Great job, city. Keep up the good work.

    Not valued

  • Homeowner holds suspect at gunpoint

    Staff Report

    When police responded to a break-in call on April 21, they found the homeowner with a gun pointed at a man allegedly trying to steal his truck.

    Roy Lee Burris, 38, or Galax faces charges in Carroll County after allegedly attempting to break in to a residence on Lincoln Road in the Cliffview area.

    According to a report from Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner, members of his office responded to a call at approximately 11 p.m., reporting a breaking and entering in progress.