Today's News

  • Farmers fear program loss will be gain for coyotes, vultures

    Some Virginia farmers and the state’s largest agricultural organization fear state budget cuts will kill a program that’s helped farmers stem and prevent livestock losses to coyotes and black vultures.

    Virginia Farm Bureau is supporting budget amendments introduced by Sen. Frank M. Ruff Jr. (R-Clarksville), with the support of Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Galax) and Del. Charles Poindexter (R-Franklin County). Both amendments would restore funding to prevent loss of the program.

  • Two charged with burglary in Carroll

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two people in Laurel Fork for burglaries that occurred on Dry Twig Road and Keno Road.

    According to a news release from Sheriff J.B. Gardner, police received a complaint Jan. 25 that people that had broken into his vacant rental home and were still inside.

    Gardner said the two people had left the scene before deputies arrived and were on foot in the area.

  • Suspect caught after two-state chase

    Staff Report

    A Hillsville man faces multiple charges after the investigation of a stolen vehicle led to a high-speed pursuit through Grayson County and across the North Carolina state line last week.

  • King remembered as inspirational teacher

    Like many students before him at Galax High School, Travis Newman had heard the stories from upperclassmen about Judy King.

    He was warned about the strict red-haired English and U.S. History teacher, a tough-as-nails educator who didn’t suffer foolishness and demanded only the best from her class.

    Newman recalls entering her English classroom with dread, “but I learned quickly that what people hated about her classes was that she cared — and she expected her students to care, as well. This was not a class that you could breeze through.”

  • Teachers left out of pay raise proposal

    Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND — State employees may just get Christmas in July in the form of a 3 percent raise.

    Republican budget leaders from both chambers of the General Assembly announced the pay increase, plus a 17 percent higher starting salary for Virginia State Police troopers and a way to address salary compression for sheriff’s deputies.

  • Driver injured when car hits school bus

    A two-vehicle crash at 9:15 a.m. Monday on Trapper Drive in Galax involving a school bus left no children harmed, but the driver of the second vehicle with minor injuries, according to the Virginia State Trooper P.K. Cheek.

    A Carroll County school bus, driven by Franklin, Mason, 57, of Woodlawn, was stopping to pick up a student when it was struck from the rear by a 2007 Buick Rainier driven by Dora Isom, 29, of Woodlawn.

  • Galax police warn of postcard scam

    According to the Galax Police Department, several people have received a non-solicited postcard in the mail announcing that they have won a gift card from Walmart or Target.

    “Walmart confirms that this is a scam,” the department said in a post on its Facebook page. “The person who answers the phone asks for personal information and a credit card number to process the award.”

    The listed telephone number is in a Caribbean country.

  • Titans end Carroll’s 14-game streak

    ROANOKE –– Carroll County rallied from a 14-2 deficit in the first quarter and then again from a 15-point hole in the third but couldn’t capitalize as the Cavaliers fell to Hidden Valley in overtime, 65-60 in a River Ridge District girls’ game Tuesday.

    Held without a field goal in the first period, the Cavaliers (15-2 overall, 10-1 district) tied the game in the second quarter but fell behind again 39-24 in the third.

  • Devils leave Cats behind

    INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County dominated the fourth quarter and took a big 71-54 win over Virginia High in a Conference 39 game Wednesday.

    Leading 45-44, the Blue Devils (8-10) pulled out to a 54-46 lead as Jake Hollingsworth and Tanner McPherson each scored from the foul line and added a driving layup.

    The Bearcats pulled back to within 56-50 on a Ryan BRadley 3-pointer with 3:24 to go but Grayson closed out the game with a 15-4 run fueled by its defense.

  • Grayson drops two to Three Rivers foes

     INDEPENDENCE –– Hank Connor led a balanced Glenvar scoring attack as the Highlanders took down Grayson County 82-52 in a nondistrict boys’ game Monday night.

    Connor scored a game-high 19 points while Noah Lovelace dropped in 14 and fellow Highlanders Logan Williams and Landry Gerbers added 13 points apiece.

    Grayson County (7-10) got a team-best 14 points from Tanner McPherson and Wes Ayers chipped in 10 points.

    Glenvar improved to 12-6 with the win.