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Today's News

  • Jones to spend life in prison

    INDEPENDENCE — Matthew Steven Jones was sentenced to life in prison by the Grayson County Circuit Court on Friday morning, after being found guilty of first-degree murder in the 2013 death of his girlfriend, Desia Rae George of Fries.

    Jones, 36, was convicted in November 2014, following a three-day trial that included evidence and testimonies from around 30 witnesses.

  • Tales of bravery emerge from flames

    By SHANNON WATKINS and SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff

    The community continues to grieve after the loss of three young children in a March 5 house fire on Glendale Road, just east of Galax.

    The tragedy has left the Delp family grieving and homeless and has taken an emotional toll on the police, firefighters and paramedics who responded and tried to save the children. It has also motivated friends and neighbors to launch multiple fundraisers to help the family.

  • Tigers own second half

    LEBANON –– If there is an upshot to Galax’s loss to Honaker in Friday’s Region 1A west championship game, it is that the Maroon Tide will be running around in the parking lot of a Richmond hotel for its walk-through at 8 a.m. Monday instead of 6 a.m.

  • Community gathers resources for Delp family

    Citizens of Galax and Carroll County were shocked by the news of three children who died after an accidental house fire on Glendale Road last Thursday. However, shock turned to action as the community rallied together, giving everything they could to help.

  • Glendale fire claims third child

    The Carroll County Sheriff's Office confirmed with the Delp family Friday afternoon that 9-month-old Randy Delp died at Brenner's Children's Hospital in Winston-Salem, N.C.

    A press release sent by the sheriff's office Friday morning mistakenly listed the name of the child at Brenner's Hospital as Gabriel Delp. Sheriff's office personnel spoke with Gabriel at school this morning, and the Delp family wanted community members to know that Gabriel is doing well. Prayers for the Delp family are very much appreciated.

  • Delp infant still in critical condition, says sheriff's office

    According to a press release from the Carroll County Sheriff's Office, the office has confirmed with Delp family members that 9 month old Gabriel Delp is still in crtitical condition at Brenner's Hospital in Winston Salem.

    Seven year old Dominic Delp and 4 year old Ryleigh Delp passed away in the house fire on Glendale Road Thursday, March 5, and have been transported to the Office of the Medical Examiner in Roanoke.

    The children's mother was able to get Gabrielle Delp, 5, out of the house, before being driven back by smoke and flames.

  • Carroll, Mount Airy pooled resources for water project

    LAMBSBURG — As officials from Carroll County and Mount Airy, N.C., met Tuesday near the thin state line that meets the two localities, a light drizzle set the tone for the morning’s celebration.

    “Water is a good thing, it’s why we’re here today,” said Carroll Public Service Authority (PSA) Chairman Sam Dickson, as he welcomed both guests and the rain to the Interstate 77 Exit 1 water celebration at Love’s Travel Stop in Lambsburg.

  • Grayson outlines potential cuts, closings

    INDEPENDENCE – Employees of Grayson County Public Schools who won’t be retained for next year will likely find out within the next month.

    Division Superintendent Kevin Chalfant – along with Finance Director Norma Quesinberry and Director of Personnel Judy Greear – provided the school board with an updated budget during the second work session Monday night.

    Chalfant pointed out that legislatures have wrapped up their budget sessions and an approved budget has been sent to the governor.

  • Forged check suspects charged

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — Two suspects have been arrested and the search is continuing for a third in connection with fake and forged checks being passed in Independence.

    Police Chief James Wagoner said the checks were passed during February.

    Wagoner said he worked with the police departments in Galax, Pulaski and Roanoke as part of the investigation.

  • House fire claims three young lives

    UPDATED 3/6/15:

    The Carroll County Sheriff's Office confirmed with the Delp family Friday afternoon that 9-month-old Randy Delp died at Brenner's Children's Hospital in Winston-Salem, N.C.

    ORIGINAL STORY 3/5/16:

    Authorities have confirmed the deaths of two children and injuries to a third child as the result of a house fire on Glendale Road Thursday morning.