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Today's News

  • Trial in deputy’s death set for April

    HILLSVILLE — A two-day jury trial has been set for a man charged in connection with the death of a Carroll County deputy earlier this year.

    Joseph Alan Lambert, 21, of Goodview, was being pursued by Carroll authorities in March when Deputy Curtis Bartlett answered fellow deputies’ calls for help. He was on his way to join the pursuit when his patrol vehicle collided with a tractor-trailer at the I-77/U.S 58 intersection. He died at the scene.

  • Mailbox vandalism investigated

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County Sheriff’s Department is offering a $250 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of anyone damaging mailboxes in recent days.

    Sheriff Richard Vaughan said all areas of the county have been hit.

    The vandalism began during the night of Nov. 10, when boxes were hit in the area of Fairview, Fishers Gap, Edmonds Road and Fries.

  • Landfill will last another 40 years, authority reports

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Board of Supervisors learned at its Nov. 14 meeting that the Carroll-Grayson-Galax Regional Solid Waste Authority is solid financially and the landfill should last for another 40 years.

    Sam Dickson, who represents Carroll on the authority, gave the supervisors an updated report for the site that’s located on Landfill Road in the county. He said the landfill has six cells and estimated the cost to build a new cell at between $3 million and $5 million.

  • The best resource to combat ‘fake news’

    You hardly know who to believe these days, when actual events can be very strange and comedians can imitate politicians so well you have to ask, “It that him, or someone pretending to be him?”

    There always seem to be experts who disagree on a given topic, and often, there’s no telling just how authentic an “expert” is.

  • Galax Paving, Inc.

    When people think about Galax football, one of the first things that comes to mind is the string of tailbacks the school has fielded, especially in recent seasons.

    In the past seven years, no fewer than 11 times has a Galax ballcarrier topped 1,000 yards. In four of those seasons the Maroon Tide had two backs with more than 1,000 yards each.

  • Tide hosts (un)familiar foe in semis

    Galax has advanced to the state semifinals for the third year in a row and for the fourth time in the past seven years. The previous three semifinals have been played against teams scattered over the central and eastern part of the state. This year’s foe is from just down the road.

  • Fatal stabbing charge sent to grand jury

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — The first-degree murder case against a Roanoke woman will be heard by a Carroll County Circuit Court grand jury on Dec. 11.

    Yashisca Dushawn Richardson Chapman, 39, is charged with allegedly stabbing to death Roland Eugene Clayton Jr., 51, of Roanoke, on June 22 at the Galax Motel.

    Clayton was found with multiple stab wounds on the floor of the motel’s Room 11 when police responded. Chapman was arrested at the scene.

  • Beasley will enter plea on attempted murder charge

    Staff Reports

    HILLSVILLE – A Wythe County man charged with attempted capital murder of a Carroll County law enforcement officer and other crimes has a plea hearing set for February.

    Kevin Nelson Beasley, 27, of Austinville, was indicted by a Carroll grand jury in March, on multiple charges related to a September 2016 police chase and a three-day manhunt that spanned two counties.

  • Fire department says seatbelts saved lives

    FAIRVIEW — Police and first responders are calling the aftermath of a wreck on Skyline Highway in Grayson County miraculous, after a Galax woman and four children all escaped the incident with minimal injuries on Thursday.

    According to a Galax Volunteer Fire Department report, firefighters responded at 7:11 a.m. on Nov. 30 to a motor vehicle accident at 3186 Skyline Highway. Firefighters arrived to find a single vehicle that had veered off the roadway, stuck a tree and flipped onto its top. The impact of the crash had also ripped the engine from the vehicle.

  • Grayson auto tech program recertified

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Career and Technical Education (CATE) Center’s automotive technology program, which was previously placed under warning by the Virginia Department of Education, has now received full certification.

    Angie Lawson, principal of the CATE Center, announced the program’s certification to the Grayson County School Board during their monthly meeting on Nov. 13.

    “As you are aware, we were previously under warning; but the department of education gave us extra time to work on it,” Lawson said.