Today's News


    Finding the funny in a year like 2016 was no easy task.

    We lost pop culture icons, endured putrid politics and, locally, suffered through some horrible events.

    The year-end awards editorial is usually a roast of those people and news stories that made us chuckle — Seriously, all those previous award editorials were supposed to be funny. No, really! — but it was a daunting effort this year.

  • Help sought for wreck victims

    MOUTH OF WILSON ― Two fundraising campaigns have been created to assist a local couple injured in a single-vehicle crash on Dec. 29, 2016.

    According to a report from the Virginia State Police, the accident occurred on Dec. 29, along Route 58 in the Rugby area. A 2002 Dodge pickup truck operated by Codey Grimes, 20, of Independence, was traveling through the area when he lost control of the vehicle, according to the police report.

  • Gun fired during dispute

    Staff Report

    A Galax man was charged Jan. 1 in a domestic dispute that reportedly led to a weapon being fired inside a Pipers Gap residence.

    According to a report from Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner, Sgt. Cody Edwards investigated a domestic dispute in the Pipers Gap section of Carroll County on Jan. 1.

  • Qigong focuses energy in gentle, but intense workout

    The lights are dim, the music low and tranquil with a meditative, Eastern flavor, and the instructor – yoga teacher and local potter Donna Ellis – is thoughtfully presenting lessons with her back turned to the qigong class, making it easier to mimic her motions as she slowly moves through a series of poses.

    “Now, this time,” says Ellis, addressing the class, “we want to position our arms like we’re holding a big, invisible ball of energy, and move it around in a circle.”

  • Carroll looks to N.C. for water source


    CANA – One of the projects on the drawing board this year for the Carroll County Public Service Authority (PSA) is to provide public water to the Meadowbrook community in Cana.

    One idea is to drill more wells while another, and possibly the cheapest route, is to buy water from neighboring Mount Airy, N.C.

  • Police: driver fled I-77 traffic stop

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — A driver from Ohio was charged on New Year’s Eve after allegedly fleeing from a traffic stop on Interstate 77, according to a report from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department.

    Sgt. Cody Edwards observed a black four-door vehicle with Ohio tags on I-77 at the 9 mile marker, traveling 90 mph in a 65 mph zone shortly after 5 p.m. on Dec. 31, 2016. Edwards activated his emergency lights in an attempt to stop the vehicle.

  • Truck overturns in Grayson

    Staff Report

    A single-vehicle accident on Jefferson Highway in Grayson County resulted in minor injuries, when the driver of a Penske truck reportedly lost control of the vehicle and turned on its side.

    According to a report from Rugby Fire and Rescue Capt. Phillip Adams, the rescue squad responded to the scene of the accident at 1:45 p.m. on Dec. 8. Responders found a Penske Truck on its side blocking the road.

    The driver, Lee Michael Hamilton, 67, of Jefferson, N.C., was charged with failure to maintain control of the vehicle.

  • Driver, passenger charged in Carroll

    Staff Report

    A Mooresville, N.C. man was recently arrested on charges of driving under the influence at a traffic stop, and a passenger in the vehicle received charges for drug possession, according to a news release from Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner.

    According to the release, Deputy Jason Newman was on patrol on U.S. 58 on Dec. 23 at approximately 9:30 p.m., when he received a call from an off-duty deputy.

  • New airport manager born to fly

    “Having an airport is a really big deal, and the fact that we have one is really, really awesome,” says new Twin County Regional Airport Manager John Lael, sitting in a conference room at the main building.

    The building’s glassed-in reception area has a high ceiling that seems to yearn upward; the conference room’s table is long and polished like the wing of an aircraft. Outside in the chilly weather, bracing winds blow along the runways. Everything, inside and out, seems poised for some grand adventure.

  • Car forced off road, into house

    After a brief pursuit and a dangerous crash, Travis Dale Coulson, 37, of Galax — wanted for malicious wounding and unauthorized use of a vehicle — was apprehended by the Galax Police Department on Tuesday at about 1:40 p.m. on Greenville Road, according to Capt. James Cox.

    The crash involved Coulson chasing a car and then allegedly forcing it off the road. It went off a bank and plowed into the back of a house.