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Today's News

  • CCPS announces new schools superintendent

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County School Board announced the county’s new superintendent at its regular monthly meeting on June 15. Dr. Shirley A. Perry, the current Director of Human Resources for Pulaski County Schools, will fill the vacancy left by retiring superintendent Dr. Strader Blankenship.

  • Carroll budget process questioned

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll Board of Supervisors adopted and appropriated the fiscal year 2018 spending plan by a split vote at its June 12 meeting, after a debate about the county’s budgeting process.
    Two supervisors, one of whom served on the budget committee, did not vote for the budget.
    During the meeting Laurel Fork supervisor and budget committee member Joshua Hendrick made a motion to approve and appropriate the total budget, including the county general fund, law library fund and previously adopted school budget, in the total of $84.7 million.

  • Rosenbaum won’t seek re-election

    INDEPENDENCE — Eddie Rosenbaum has announced that he will not run for another term on the Grayson County Board of Supervisors.
    In a recent interview, Rosenbaum said that, due to health problems, he will not join the race to retain his Wilson District seat on the board this November.
    His term will be finished at the end of December.

  • Inmate art inspires church to fight addiction

    Editor’s note: This article by Annette Spence first appeared in “The Call,” the online publication for the Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church. It is reprinted with permission.

    HILLSVILLE — When the letters started coming from the jail, the Rev. Ronnie Collins was amazed by the artwork decorating the envelopes and pages. The first was a sketch of Jesus.

    As more and more mail arrived from the inmates, the drawings became elaborate, including scripture or professions of faith.

  • McCraw, Webb win nomination

    Two new names will be on the November ballot in Carroll County, vying to fill open seats on the board of supervisors.

    After Tuesday’s Republican primaries in the Laurel Fork and Fancy Gap districts, newcomers Joe Neil Webb and Phillip R. McCraw took top honors respectively.

    No Democrats filed by Tuesday’s deadline to run in the November election.

    In Laurel Fork, incumbent Joshua Hendrick fell to Webb by nearly 100 votes. Hendrick earned 198 total votes (42 percent) while Webb earned 278 (58 percent).

  • Gillespie, Northam will face off for governor

    Landmark News Services and Staff Reports

    Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam will face former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie in the race for Virginia’s governor this fall after each candidate won their party’s primary election Tuesday.

    Northam won 56 percent of the vote statewide, and former Congressman Tom Periello won 44 percent.

  • City had no traffic deaths last year

    Staff Report

    Galax is among 21 Virginia localities that did not report a traffic fatality in 2016, and the city has experienced a marked decrease in traffic accidents since lowering the speed limit on Stuart Drive four years ago.

    The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles commended the localities that had no fatalities in a statement this week.

    Fifteen of the 21 jurisdictions without a fatality were cities.

    There were 761 crash deaths in Virginia last year. Carroll County reported six, and Grayson County reported three.

  • Traffic stop results in drug charges

    Staff Report

    A traffic stop in Galax resulted in drug charges for a city resident.

    Martina Victoria Hall, 28, of Galax, was charged by Officer Silverio Gonzales, who was assigned to traffic safety duties as part of a Virginia DMV-funded traffic safety grant, according to a report from the Galax Police Department. Hall was stopped on June 5. Gonzales discovered suspected cocaine, marijuana and a Schedule IV substance in her possession, according to the report.

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  • Grayson opens sealed indictments

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Six more sealed indictments issued by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury that met in Independence on April 28 have been opened.

    Indictments against three people were sealed until the suspects were arrested.

    Three indictments were handed down against Brian James Hayes of Whitetop. They included one count of grand larceny of a firearm, one count of larceny with the intent to sell stolen property; and one count of possession of a firearm after having been convicted of a felony.