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Today's News

  • Galax still assessing properties

    Galax’s four-year property tax reassessment is still going on, though it is past the initial stages.

    “The assessment by [assessors] Wampler-Eanes Appraisal Group was finished around the end of December, first of January,” said Galax Commissioner of Revenue David Hankley. “Then they met with maybe 25 or 30 citizens concerned over their assessment.”

    Hankley said last year that, on average, taxes on residential property went down about 3 to 5 percent, and went up 2 to 3 percent on commercial property.

  • N.C. man pleads guilty to federal drug charge

    Staff Report

    ROANOKE – A North Carolina man pleaded guilty to federal drug conspiracy charges this week in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke.

    Bradley Scott Kennedy, 37, of Jonesville, N.C., entered a guilty plea Tuesday to one count of conspiring to distribute methamphetamine. His arrest was part of a regional drug task force investigation that involved police from the Twin Counties and beyond.

  • One year later, family reflects on fatal fire

    A little over year ago, Trent and Amanda Delp lost three of their four children – Dominic, 7; Ryleigh, 4; and Randy, 9 months – to a fire at their home on Glendale Road.

    Despite multiple divisions of local first responders arriving within minutes, and several acts of personal heroism that resulted in injury, the disaster changed the family’s life permanently.

  • Readers' Hotline 3/9/16

    Indiscretions
    I heard that Donald Trump’s present wife was a model from the country of Slovenia. I heard that she posed nude on the cover of a magazine published in that country. Now, wouldn’t she be a great model for a First Lady?
    Editor’s note: It is true that Melania Trump posed nude in her earlier days for the British magazine GQ in 2000. The Trumps were married in 2005. But let’s have no double standard here — the spouse of the presumptive Democratic nominee has had his share of indiscretions, himself.

  • Public record for 3/9/16 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.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded July 22-Aug. 3 in the office of Gerald Goad, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Truck fire spreads into brush in Woodlawn

    WOODLAWN – A landscaping truck caught fire and the blaze spread to the brush on an adjacent embankment Tuesday afternoon on U.S. 58 near Harmon’s in Woodlawn.

    Around 12:54 p.m., the Hillsville Volunteer Fire Department responded to a vehicle fire at 4969 Carrollton Pike (U.S. 58). The vehicle, a Ramey’s Lawn Care truck, had caught on fire on the shoulder of the eastbound lane. According to Hillsville Fire Chief Donnie Spangler, witnesses said the fire originated in the engine compartment.

  • Candidate lists set for town council elections

    Staff Reports

    The presidential election is getting all the press, but races closer to home will be on the ballot May 3.

    Voters will choose local leaders who make decisions that affect their daily lives in ways much more intimate than the person in the White House, from filling potholes and raising food taxes to bringing in new jobs and setting trash pickup fees.

    The closing date for candidates to register for this year’s council race was March 1.

    Terms on town councils begin July 1.

  • New signs for Carter Pines

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Industrial Development Authority has approved the installation of signage at the Carter Pines Community Park. The signs will mark the honor wall, labyrinth, walking trail entrances and the picnic shelter.

    “We received quotes based on the IDA’s direction last month and had some work done in the field with Mr. [Benny] Robinson, Mava Vass and Ricky Dowdy,” Interim County Administrator Nikki Cannon explained at the authority’s March 1 meeting.

  • Overdose call leads to arrests

    A call reporting a drug overdose last week resulted in the arrest of two suspects, but no one in apparent danger.

    According to a report issued by Chief Rick Clark of the Galax Police Department, Geraldine Mae Geddes, 43, of Galax, was arrested Feb. 29 29 at 10:03 a.m. by Sgt. S.J. Jones and charged with one count of felony possession of Schedule I/II controlled substance, misdemeanor possession of Schedule I/II controlled substance, misdemeanor possession of controlled substance paraphernalia and misdemeanor obstruction of justice.

  • Barn burns in Baywood

    A small fire in a barn on Old Baywood Road at around 9:30 p.m. on Feb. 23 left little damage, according to Galax Volunteer Fire Captain Mike Ayers.

    “They had an electrical short that charred a rafter,” said Ayers. “They caught it, cut the power off to it, and we cut the wire out for them.”