Today's News

  • Galax teen dies from injuries after being struck by car

    FRIES - Galax teen Trinity Williams died Wednesday night from injuries sustained when she was hit by a vehicle in Fries on Sept. 27.
    Family members confirmed that Williams, 14, died at Roanoke Carilion Memorial Hospital, where she was flown for treatment after the accident.
    "[Wednesday] at 10:10 p.m., Trinity passed away. She fought as hard as she could, but couldn't any longer," the family shared in an update to its online fundraiser page.

  • Reeves' murder trial date moved


    INDEPENDENCE — For the third time, Chad Allen Reeves of Galax has a new trial date in Grayson County Circuit Court.

    Reeves, 31, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Brandon Billings 12 years ago.

    Reeves, who is being held in the New River Valley Regional Jail in Dublin without bond, was first scheduled for trial on June 23-27. After waiving his right to a speedy trial, a new date of Dec. 15-20 was set by Grayson County Circuit Court Judge Brett Geisler.

  • 28 vehicles involved in fog crashes

    FANCY GAP — Virginia State Police responded to a series of chain reaction motor vehicle crashes in the foggy northbound and southbound lanes of Interstate 77 at Fancy Gap Mountain in Carroll County on Friday.

    According to a news release, state troopers investigated 10 separate crashes involving 28 vehicles on Oct. 3. Police were called to the scene of the first crash shortly after 4 p.m.

  • Rex hosts senior talent show

    The Galax Parks and Recreation Senior Talent Show was held last Thursday night at The Rex Theater and featured a multitude of performers.

    Many of the acts had a gospel theme. Mable Bryson was up first with a serene but heartfelt “Amazing Grace;” Carol Huffman performed two original songs, “Blue Ridge Mountain Music” and “Angels Were Watching Over Me;” Bobbie Taylor offered a charming “Bless the Beasts and Children;” and Nancy Wolfe, near the show’s end, sang a sweet rendition of “You Light Up My Life.”

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  • Hillsville woman charged with embezzling

    HILLSVILLE — A Hillsville woman has been indicted for multiple counts of embezzlement from a local business, according formal charges filed during the Carroll County Circuit Court grand Jury session in June.

    The charges had been sealed until recently.

    According to the indictment, Alena Surratt Spangler of Hillsville has been charged with six felony counts of embezzlement of more than $200 each from the Carroll County Farm Bureau.

  • Carroll grand jury issues direct indictments

    HILLSVILLE — A Carroll County grand jury released a total of 14 direct indictments against seven individuals in September.

    Richard Dale Guynn, 43, received four charges, which include malicious wounding, shooting into an occupied vehicle, abuse and neglect of a child, and possession of a firearm after being convicted of a felony.

    According to the indictments, the grand jury charged that Guynn “did feloniously and maliciously shoot into an occupied motor vehicle” on May 6.

  • Town upgrades team's helmets

    FRIES - Football players at Fries School started the year off right with brand new football equipment, after a request to upgrade the team’s helmets was made at a Fries Town Council meeting in August.

    A concerned parent approached council on Aug. 5, with concerns about the state of the football team’s helmets. “Some of these kids have been wearing these helmets since kindergarten,” she said, noting that the protective padding in many of them had hardened and become brittle.

  • Can outhouse race champs be dethroned?

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Teams are already starting to form to vie for the $600 cash prize in the Grand Privy Race, the premier event in the 32nd Annual Mountain Foliage Festival set for Oct. 11.

    There should be many on hand to cheer the outhouse racers on. The festival is among downtown Independence’s largest events of the year and drew 3,000 people last year on a rainy day, so this year the crowds will likely be even bigger.

  • An Open Letter to Shoplifters


    By Nathan Lyons, Carroll County Commonwealth’s Attorney; and Douglas Vaught, Grayson County Commonwealth’s Attorney and Galax City Attorney