Today's News

  • Car overturns, catches fire in Va. 100 crash

    Staff Reports

    HILLSVILLE — A 7-year-old boy was airlifted for treatment after a three-vehicle accident in Hillsville on Saturday night at 7:35 p.m., according to Virginia State Trooper R.D. Horton.

  • Four facing drug charges in Galax

    Staff Reports

    Four people have been charged with drug violation in three recent cases in Galax.

    Anthony Curtis Caudell, 25, of Fries, was arrested Aug. 2 and charged with possession of methamphetamine, according to a report from the Galax Police Department.

    Caudell was arrested by Sgt. Jody Poole, who said he observed the suspect trying to swallow a quantity of suspected methamphetamine. Caudell was a passenger in a vehicle that had been stopped for a traffic violation.

  • Harper murder trial set for February

    INDEPENDENCE — A trial date has been set for George Albert Harper III of Galax, who is charged with first-degree murder in the 2002 shooting death of Brandon Billings.

    According to the Grayson County Circuit Court, Harper’s trial date has been set for the week of Feb. 8, 2016. The jury trial is expected to span the entire week.

    Harper’s trial will follow the three-day murder trial of Chad Allen Reeves, who was found not guilty of the same charge earlier this year.

  • She's four

    Cassidy “Cassie” Lynne Marshall turned 4 on July 23. Her birthday was celebrated with a Minnie Mouse river party. She is the daughter of Joseph and Chrissy Marshall.

    She is the little sister to Izzie and big sister to Briley Marshall. Her grandparents are Randy and Kim Bell and Dennis and Opie Marshall. Her great-grandparents are M.C. and Irene Bell, the late Verna Liddle, O’Neal and O’Needa Terry and the late Virgil and Patty Marshall.

  • Public record for 8/12/15 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 information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in November of 2014 in the Carroll County General District Court Office. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Victim airlifted after wreck

    Staff Reports

    INDEPENDENCE — An Independence man was airlifted with injuries on Sunday, following a wreck in front of Independence Elementary School.

    According to a report from State Trooper P.K. Cheek, the wreck occurred at 8:35 p.m. on Aug. 9. A 2002 Chevrolet Camaro driven by Christopher James Cox, 35, was traveling west on U.S. 58 near Industrial Lane in front of the elementary school, when Cox tried to pass another vehicle on the left.

  • Road tractor catches fire at Independence Lumber

    Staff Reports

    INDEPENDENCE – A road tractor at Independence Lumber Company was unoccupied on July 31 when an engine fire called a quick response to the scene.

    According to Independence Fire Department Capt. Matthew Adams, firefighters were dispatched at 2:17 a.m. to Independence Lumber. Four trucks and 10 firefighters arrived on scene, where they found the tractor portion of a tractor-trailer completely involved.

  • Lady Cavs honored for winning state title

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Board of Supervisors proclaimed July 13-20 as Lady Cavaliers Week at its July meeting, in honor of the Carroll County High School (CCHS) Lady Cavalier Softball team.

    During the meeting, Supervisor Chairman Phil McCraw read a resolution aloud, reviewing the undefeated team’s accomplishments.

  • Fries fiddlers' convention is Aug. 14-15

    FRIES — The 49th Annual Fries Bluegrass and Fiddlers Convention will be held Friday and Saturday at the old Providence Elementary School Grounds/Jamie Hyatt Arena.

    The arena is at 56 Bainbridge Road in Fries, at the intersection with Spring Valley Road.

    Friday night’s competition will begin at 7 p.m. and includes guitar, old-time fiddle, bluegrass fiddle, old-time banjo, mandolin, Autoharp, flatfoot dance, bluegrass bands and old-time bands.

    Saturday’s Youth Competition will begin at 3 p.m. and includes all adult categories.

  • Galax Old Fiddlers' Convention 2015 Winners

    Winners of the 80th Annual Galax Old Fiddlers' Convention, held Aug. 3-8, 2015, in Felts Park, included:

    Best All-Around Perfomer

    Jake Krack, Marlington, W.Va. — Old-Time Fiddle

    Old-Time Fiddle

    1. Jake Krack, Marlington, W.Va.

    2. Jacob Bowen, State Road, N.C.

    3. Richard Bowman, Mount Airy, N.C.

    4. Billy Hurt, Boones Mill

    5. Henry Barnes, Columbus, Ohio

    6. Ivy Phillips, Chapmansboro, Tenn.

    7. Rex McGee, King, N.C.