Today's News

  • 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.

  • Car, bus collide in Galax

    A two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Center and Main streets in downtown Galax left both vehicles totaled and several unknown injuries, according to Officer Drew Bobbitt of the Galax Police Department.

    The accident occurred late Monday morning when two vehicles, a District Three Public Transit bus and a gold Ford Escape SUV, collided. Officer Mark Burnett said at the scene that one vehicle had run a red light, but was unable to provide further information.

  • Carroll offers more options for health insurance, wellness

    HILLSVILLE – A third option for health insurance will be available for employees with the Carroll County Public Schools during open enrollment in August.

    The Carroll County School Board voted unanimously on March 8 to approve the addition of a high deductible plan with a health savings account, along with the other two plan options currently offered. This plan would be offered to employees at no cost for a single policy.

  • With climate change, politics trumps science


    Skepticism about science is a troubling phenomenon in our modern social and political life. With all of the benefits that science has provided us, it seems inconceivable that we distrust the work of reputable scientists, but many ordinary people and some of those who would be our leaders evince deep suspicion about science.

    In recent years we have had continuing debates about creationism versus evolution, the safety of vaccines, and most vociferously in this election year about climate change.