Today's News

  • No change yet in Tide girls’ coaching position

    Contrary to popular belief, Yerrick Stoneman is the girls’ basketball coach at Galax High School. It is the hope of several people involved with the program that the same can be said a couple months from now.

    Although word has been circulating that Stoneman has been relieved of his duties, that is not the case, Galax superintendent Bill Sturgill said Friday.

  • Carroll powers past Galax

    All good things must come to an end. Some just take longer than others.

    Carroll County and Galax played baseball for three hours and nine minutes Friday, but the Cavaliers found it an enjoyable chunk of time as they used an overpowering finish to take a 14-2 win over the Maroon Tide in a nondistrict game at Felts Park.

    It was the season opener for both teams.

  • Teen recovers after brain surgery

    HILLSVILLE – The community will come together on Sunday for a benefit for Ian Conner, 14, a Carroll County Middle School student who recently underwent brain surgery to remove a tumor.

    Ian’s diagnosis was something of a miracle, according to his mother, Renae Conner. In January, Ian was with the youth group from First United Methodist Church of Hillsville on a trip to Resurrection, a youth conference in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

  • Development plans taking shape in Fries

    FRIES — Local developer Gus Hill hasn’t announced his plans for the 40-plus acres he recently bought in Fries, but an announcement is coming soon, according to the Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority.

    A news release from the authority says that discussions between the town, authority and Hill, a Fries native, “involved a restaurant, retail and recreational offerings.”

  • Police continue investigation in double homicide

    Galax Police Chief Rick Clark issued a statement Thursday morning saying that, "a person of interest has been identified but no arrests have been made at this time" in the March 10 double homicide of Alyssa Kenny and her daughter, Anastasia Alley.

    "The Galax Police Department has dedicated all necessary resources to this investigation in an affort to bring closure to the family. The family, even in their grief, has expressed their desire that whomever is responsible get the help they need," said Clark.

  • Courthouse threat linked to inmate

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, Virginia State Police and special investigators responded to the Grayson County Courthouse on Wednesday, when the Circuit Court Clerk’s office received a threatening letter that also contained an unknown substance.

    The investigation has centered around an inmate at the state prison in Grayson as a suspect.

    According to a news release from Sheriff Richard Vaughan, members of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office responded to the courthouse at 10:40 a.m. on March 16.

  • Readers' Hotline 3/16/16

    Crude display
    What a vulgar, crude display at the past Republican debate. What negative role models for our children.

    Where’s the baby?
    I was just wondering why the new baby of 2016 wasn’t in the paper. I’m sure there is one that has been born, but I haven’t seen it in the paper.

  • Public record for 03/16/16 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record.  
    The listings are complete.
    The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing.
    For additional information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in July of 2015 in the Carroll County General District Court office, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Old bank building coming down in Galax

    The familiar sight of the old Carter Bank & Trust building in downtown Galax will soon be no more, according to City Manager Keith Barker.

    The Martinsville-based company’s local site is, said Barker, “finally being torn down after about five years of discussion with [Worth Carter Jr., chairman of the bank board] and his staff. The roof has fallen in and the building is not salvageable. I do not know their intent beyond this, except to remove the building, seed and get grass to grow.”

  • Carroll has top 'bots in state

    HILLSVILLE – A team of robot builders was among the award-winning students recognized at the Carroll County School Board’s March 8 meeting.

    The board also honored spelling and geography bee winners.

    Carroll County’s First LEGO League was recognized for its first-place finish in the VA-DC regional tournament. The team took home top honors in the category of Best Robot Design.