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Today's News

  • High-speed chase ends in crash

    Staff Reports

    A high speed chase in Carroll County on Jan. 9 resulted in the arrest of James Richard Grimes, 36, of Hillsville, who was wanted in the county for a probation violation, according to Sheriff J.B. Gardner.

    On Monday at approximately 7:50 p.m., Cpl. Joseph Holderfield of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office received information that a wanted person, possibly armed, had been seen in the Laurel section of the county operating a white Chevrolet Blazer that was possibly stolen.

  • Cana man charged with shooting wife

    Staff Reports

    CANA — A Cana man who allegedly shot his wife is now in custody in the New River Valley Regional Jail, according to Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner.

    The victim suffered a non-life-threatening injury.

    On Jan. 4 at 2:41 a.m., the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office received a call from Northern Surry Hospital in North Carolina, requesting deputies to respond to their emergency room for a female with a gunshot wound that had just come in.

  • Explosion at residence under investigation

    UPDATED 1/17/17:

    From Virginia State Police:

  • Explosion injures residents of Carroll County house

    The Carroll County Sheriff's Office and Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation's Wytheville Field Office are investigating an explosion that occurred Thursday morning at a local residence.

    The incident occurred in the 100 block of Old Mabry Place near the intersection of Double Cabin Road.

  • Carroll board picks new leadership

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – New leaders were elected to lead the Carroll County Board of Supervisors at a reorganizational meeting held Monday.

    County Administrator Steve Truitt conducted the election.

    Joshua Hendrick, the outgoing chairman, nominated at-large member R.J. “Bob” Martin for chairman. He was approved by a 5-0 vote, with Martin voting for himself. He was vice-chairman last year.

  • Firefighters say recent calls a reminder to clean flues, chimneys

    The cold and snow last weekend kept neither the threat of fire or the response of the Galax Volunteer Fire Department at bay, according to a report issued by Capt. Mike Ayers.

    On Jan. 7 at 8:44 p.m., firefighters responded to a structure fire at 324 Bee Line Drive. Members arrived in the sub-zero wind chill to find a flue fire and proceeded to close the dampers on the stove, check the house for fire that had escaped the flue, and use ladders to reach the roof in the snow to check the flue itself.

  • Fire damages Galax apartment

    Staff Report

    Two families were displaced by an apartment fire on Jan. 11 in Galax.

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched last Wednesday at 3:45 p.m. to a reported structure fire at 405 Givens Street, according to Capt. Mike Ayers.

    Firefighters arrived to find a two-story apartment building with fire blowing out of the windows on the front and right of the structure. The building housed two apartments upstairs and one (under renovation and unoccupied) downstairs.

  • Readers Hotline 1/11/17

    Between the lines
    I have had it up to here with all the people who just don’t know how to park. They put those little white lines on the road so you know where to put your vehicle. Not on top of it. Not across it, but within the lines. Even then, if people do manage to do it, they are a good two feet out from the curb. Don’t you know you are supposed to be right next to the curb? Oh, these people just burn me up.

    Under the covers

  • Arrests include drugs, break-ins, assault

    Staff Reports

    A Sparta, N.C., man arrested in Galax last month is also the suspect in a crash involving a stolen car.

    Taylor Nathaniel Tower, 30, of Sparta, N.C., was arrested on Dec. 29 by the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office for felony breaking and entering with intent to commit assault and battery, and larceny and felony grand larceny (stealing property not from a person valued at more than $200).

  • 3 departments respond to Elk Creek fire

    Staff Report

    ELK CREEK ― Three local fire departments were dispatched to a fully-involved structure fire last Thursday morning, using more than 16,000 gallons of water to extinguish the blaze.

    According to a report from Assistant Chief Roger Watson of the Elk Creek Volunteer Fire Department, the department was called to 523 Falls Road at 12:40 p.m. on Jan. 5. Upon arrival, firefighters found the residence fully engulfed in flames.