Today's News

  • Tip leads police to fugitive in Carroll

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE – A man who has been a fugitive from justice since 2013 was located in Carroll County last week.

    According to a police report, Jose Cruz Ruiz, 29, was arrested by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office after officers received information that Ruiz might be found at a residence on Fries Road in the county.

    Authorities received the tip from a person in the community and Ruiz was taken into custody without incident.

  • Truckers' parade raises $7,100

    Locals cheered on the roadsides for the line of trucks traveling U.S. 58 this year for the ninth annual Truckers Parade Against Cancer on Sept. 19.

    According to event organizer Cindy Dixon, 60 trucks participated in the parade this year, raising $7,100 for the local Relay for Life events. Proceeds from these relays are given to the American Cancer Society.

    “It was a very successful day. There were so many people on the roadsides, holding signs and cheering,” Dixon said, noting that plans are already underway for next year’s parade.

  • Absentee voting available now in Virginia

    Absentee voting is underway for the upcoming General Election on Nov. 3.

    Qualified Virginia voters may vote absentee by mail or in-person. Registered voters must meet one of the 19 eligibility requirements listed on the Virginia Absentee Ballot Application to vote absentee. Visit elections.virginia.gov for a list of eligibility requirements.

    Requests for an absentee ballot by mail must be submitted to the voter’s local registration office by 5 p.m. on Oct. 27. Applications must be received by this deadline in order to receive a ballot in the mail.

  • 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.

  • 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.