Today's News

  • New year, new look for General Assembly

    Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND — The landscape in Richmond is vastly different for the General Assembly session that began Wednesday.

    The leaders have changed, and the building where bills get heard in committee is new.

    Politics and priorities may change, too.

    Here’s a primer on what you need to know.

    Balance of Power

    Democrats were within striking distance of a 50-50 split in the House but lost the 94th District tiebreaker and the 28th District court battle.

  • A Citizen's Guide to the General Assembly 2018

    Landmark News Service & Staff Reports

    Professional lobbyists aren’t the only ones who can have a voice at the General Assembly in Richmond. Thanks to the internet, you can see what legislators are up to and share your opinions.

    Here’s a guide to the basics for this year’s session, which runs through February:

    Do Your Homework

    Become familiar with the legislation beyond what you read or hear.

  • Stolen car chase ends in Grayson

    Staff Report

    ELK CREEK — A Wytheville man has been charged in a series of car thefts and a police chase that led officers from Wythe into Grayson County earlier this week.

  • Carroll receives resource officer grant


    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner has announced that the sheriff’s office has received a school resource officer grant from the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services.

    Gardner said the grant was in the amount of $28,581, with a local match of $10,690 to be split between the sheriff’s office and the Carroll County School System for a total of $39,271.

  • Missing dog sought, best friend Piggy distraught

    LAUREL FORK — The story of a local dog gone missing went viral on social media this week, as neighbors and friends assisted efforts to reunite the canine with her family in Carroll County, and most notably, her bonded partner in crime: the family’s pet pig.

    The search for Stella, a boxer brindle mix, began Monday morning, after she disappeared from the family’s yard in Laurel Fork. Emily Goad, Stella’s owner, said she knew something was wrong when their pet pig, aptly named “Piggy,” went along with Stella, but came back alone.

  • Readers Hotline 1/10/18

    Liven it up
    Galax should have some kind of fireworks event for New Year’s at midnight. The churches hold some good events but other than that, there is not much to do for a family on New Year’s Eve.

    For the community

  • Public record for 1/10/18 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 additional information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded in September in the office of Gerald Goad, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Kaine talks national issues on Galax visit

    U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) stopped in at The Galax Smokehouse on Jan. 6 as part of what he called an “informal retail tour” of Southwest Virginia.

    While waiting for lunch with his wife, Anne Holton, formerly Virginia’s secretary of education, and three staffers, Kaine spoke briefly about what he has been doing in the Senate to help Southwest Virginia.

  • Hill, McCraw named new leaders on Carroll board


    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Board of Supervisors elected new officers during an organizational meeting held Monday morning.

    Outgoing chairman Bob Martin nominated At-Large Supervisor Robbie McCraw for chairman and Sulphur Springs District Supervisor Rex Hill for vice-chairman and asked that they be elected by acclamation. The supervisors agreed and approved both nominations unanimously on separate votes.

  • Four Galax council seats up for election

    Staff Report

    Four seats on Galax City Council will be up for election this year.

    Any registered city voter wishing to qualify as a council member candidate for the May 1 general election should submit required candidacy forms and documents to the city’s director of elections and general registrar at 111 E. Grayson St., Room #102, no later than 7 p.m. on March 6.

    The seats that will be up for election are currently held by C.M. Mitchell, Willie Greene, Margo Crouse and John Garner.