Today's News

  • Carroll voters to use new paper ballot system

    HILLSVILLE – Voters in Carroll County will be using a new system in the Nov. 3 general election – paper ballots.

    It all started in 2007 when the General Assembly banned local governments from buying touch-screen machines when it came time to replace existing electronic systems. They also wanted a system that would provide a paper trail.

    According to Carroll County General Registrar and Director of Elections Kim Cloud, the county started using the touch-screen machines in 2005.

  • Hebron Road wreck leaves one fatility

    Staff Report

    Police are still investigating a fatal single-vehicle crash on Hebron Road in Carroll County on Oct. 3.

    The crash occurred Saturday at 8:10 a.m., according to a report from Virginia State Police Senior Trooper S.E. Kinney.

    A 1998 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck, driven by Darby C. Hill, 45, of Austinville, was southbound on Virginia 635 when it ran off the right side of the road and struck a tree on the passenger side.

  • Austinville man charged in tractor theft

    Staff Reports

    An Austinville man has been arrested and charged with the theft of a tractor and farm equipment.

    According to a report released by Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner, deputies received a call on Sept. 25 about a tractor and other farm equipment stolen from a home in the Pleasant View community.

  • Woman in custody after Galax stabbing

    Staff Reports

    A Galax man was stabbed repeatedly on Tuesday at a residence on Middleton Street.

    According to a Galax Police Department report, officers and Galax-Grayson EMS were dispatched to a reported assault on Sept. 29.

    Officer Drew Burnett discovered a 45-year-old male suffering from multiple knife wounds. The victim was transported to Twin County Regional Hospital and later transferred to North Carolina Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, N.C., for treatment of his wounds, which were not considered life-threatening.

  • Four charged with grand larceny, another sought

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE – Four individuals were charged with grand larceny last week in Hillsville in two unrelated incidents.

    According to a report from the Hillsville Police Department, officers received reports on Sept. 21 of chainsaws stolen from Asplundh trucks parked at Bert’s Garage and at the Exxon station at Exit 14 off Interstate 77. Sgt. Alan Gravley responded to Bert’s Garage while Officer Ricky Hayes responded to the call from the Exxon station.

  • Carroll-Salem game cancelled

    The threat posed by Hurricane Joaquin has resulted in the cancellation of Friday's football game between Carroll County and Salem. It will not be rescheduled.

    The contest had been originally scheduled to be played in Hillsville but the decision was made Wednesday to move it to Salem Stadium and its artificial surface, which would be better suited to handle what is expected to be heavy rains Friday evening.

  • Heavy rains could bring more flooding

    Staff Report

    Heavy rain caused flooding in parts of the Twin Counties this week, though areas to the north and east were hit much harder.

    With the ground already soaked and the forecast calling for the possibility of several more inches of rain this weekend, state officials are warning people to stay safe.

  • Alternate to Galax Lord's Acre Sale to be held Oct. 2

    According to Jessica Milby of Galax Tourism, any churches that have made goods for the Lord's Acre Sale will now be able to sell them Friday evening in the old bank building downtown at 200 N. Main Street (across from Macado's) during the First Friday event.

    Hours for the sale will be from 5-7 p.m. like First Friday, but Milby said it might go longer if there is an interest.

  • Readers Hotline 9/30/15

    What’s wrong, ladies?
    I am so tired of that bunch of clowns trying to run for president and having debates and saying childish things. Everybody knows that George Bush caused this mess and why people are praying to get rid of Obama and blaming him for it, I don’t know. I’m white and I’m independent and I didn’t vote for Obama back then. I voted for Hillary. She would make a good president. We need a woman to straighten this mess out. What is wrong with you ladies believing these men. They think they are better than us.

  • Jury finds woman not guilty of embezzling

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — A Galax woman was found not guilty of two charges of embezzlement from the Baywood Rescue Squad following a jury trial in Grayson County Circuit Court last Friday.

    Nancy Lane Christman was charged in January by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury with embezzling funds from the volunteer rescue squad.

    According to Circuit Court Clerk Susan Herrington, the case was brought before a jury on Sept. 24-25. Herrington said the trial ended around 9:30 p.m. last Friday.