Today's News

  • Carroll PSA continues negotiations

    By Larry Chambers

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Public Service Authority (PSA) staff is continuing negotiations with the City of Mount Airy, N.C., to purchase water to supply customers in the Cana area.
    Jessica Montgomery, executive director of the Carroll County PSA, told board members last Monday that the PSA staff was waiting on a final agreement from the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners.
    She said the water was needed for customers in Cana and 75 customers who live on Meadowbrook Road.

  • Baywood Fall Festival

    The Baywood Fall Festival was held Oct. 7, featuring a day full of fun family activities and a variety of competitions. The event included a pet show, a
    lumberjack competition, log-rolling, wheelbarrow races and archery. There
    were also a variety of kids’ crafts and activities, arts and crafts exhibits and vendor booths, music, food, and a special visit from Smokey the Bear.

  • Sowing the seeds

    GALAX — Since April 2016, Grayson LandCare and Church of the Good Shepherd have been hard at work on their vision, to offer a self-sustained resource for fresh produce and a hub for community service through a fully-stocked and multi-level garden, or “food forest.”

  • Hillsville man dies in parkway crash

    Staff Report

    The National Park Service has concluded its investigation of a fatal crash on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Galax on Oct. 7.

    Richard Luke Walker of Hillsville died at the scene, according to a report from Officer David Hynes of the park service. Cause of death was determined to be blunt force trauma to the head, according to Tracy Cooper, Western District Administrator of the Office of the Medical Examiner in Roanoke.

  • Spencer unopposed for Carroll school board

    HILLSVILLE — Incumbent member and current board chairman Brian E. Spencer is the only candidate for the Pipers Gap District seat on Carroll County School Board for this election.

    School board candidates are all considered independents and do not participate in a primary.

    Spencer has been on the school board for six years, serving all six years as chairman, and serves on the finance committee. He is a former member of the Carroll County Board of Supervisors.

    He also was unopposed in his re-election bid for his current three-year term in 2013.

  • Virginia Produce to expand in Carroll County


    HILLSVILLE – Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe joined Carroll County officials Thursday in an economic development announcement that will lead to 33 new jobs.

    McAuliffe, joined by Dr. Basil Gooden, agriculture and forestry secretary, announced that Virginia Produce Company (VPC) will create 33 new jobs and invest $650,000 to support a major expansion at its produce wholesale facility in the Carroll County Industrial Park.

  • Larceny, fraud, drugs among Galax arrests

    Staff Report

    Recent arrests in Galax included larceny from a home, fraud, drug violations and shoplifting.

    Thomas Allen Ferguson, 49, of Galax, was arrested and charged with felony obtaining money by false pretense by Officer Trevor Jefferson on Oct. 7.

    Jefferson had responded to and investigated a complaint from a Galax business, the police report said. Ferguson is alleged to have used false pretenses to obtain property.

    He is charged with a felony because of previous larceny convictions.

  • County has no power to end non-user fees

    HILLSVILLE — A discussion about water fees for non-users evolved into a larger conversation about the limits of power at Monday’s meeting of the Carroll County Board of Supervisors.

    A citizen’s complaint about paying for a service he doesn’t use prompted supervisors to discuss what they can and can’t do — partially as a cautionary tale for candidates running for open seats on the board this November.

  • McCraw, Webb unopposed in Carroll

    Staff Reports

    Voters in Fancy Gap and Laurel Fork will have an easy choice on Election Day, as candidates for seats on the Carroll County Board of Supervisors are unopposed in both districts.

    Phillip R. McCraw is seeking the Fancy Gap seat, after defeating Ronnie Collins and Greg Spencer in the Republican primary in June. Though they share the same name, McCraw is not to be confused with the current Fancy Gap supervisor, Phil D. McCraw, who is not running for reelection due to his declining health.

  • Readers Hotline 10/18/17

    The right to protest
    This is just a comment about the Black Lives Matter that is all over the television. You’re protesting against the same thing that gives you the right to protest. You want your First Amendment right, you want to be heard. It’s the First Amendment that gives you the right to walk around carrying a sign and interrupting the world. You are trying to shut down all forms of speech that you don’t want. Unless it’s your opinion, you don’t want it heard.

    Ride into the sunset