Today's News

  • Rescue squad requests help to match ambulance grant

    INDEPENDENCE — The Independence Rescue Squad is raising money to provide a grant match for the purchase of new ambulance.

    The squad was recently awarded a partial grant from the Virginia Office of Emergency Services’ Rescue Squad Assistance Fund. According to Captain Robby Wingate, the award will allow the rescue squad to replace the oldest of their three ambulances, a 1993 model. The last ambulance purchase for the squad was made in 2007.

    The grant requires a 20 percent match from the rescue squad, which totals $43,000.

  • Accidents on 89 delay traffic

    Two tractor-trailer accidents on Route 89 in North Carolina have partially blocked the road and delayed traffic.

    According to the North Carolina Highway Patrol, one involves property damage but no known injury, and was reported at 8:54 a.m.

    There is no information yet available regarding the second accident, which appears to involve a car trapped under a tractor-trailer’s payload.

    More information will be posted as it becomes available.

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  • Chase reaches 120 mph, ends in crash

    HILLSVILLE– A high-speed pursuit on March 6 around 2:45 p.m. led to an arrest by Hillsville Police Department, after a driver tried to elude law enforcement, eventually crashing along Interstate 77.

    According to a report by HPD Capt. Shannon Goad, the driver; Dennis Lee Waiters Jr. of Charlotte, N.C., was traveling at nearly 90 mph in the northbound lanes of I-77 around Exit 14 in Hillsville when Officer David Johnson detected the offense while running stationary radar.

  • 'Zombie outbreak' teaches crisis skills

    HILLSVILLE – A mutated strain of the Zika virus is causing the infected to exhibit zombie-like behavior, and it’s up to a team of middle school students to handle the outbreak.

    It’s not the plot of a movie; it’s the scenario presented to students at Carroll County Middle School, as they participated in a project that demonstrated all the effort and hard work that it takes to deal with public safety and combat severe or dangerous situations.

  • Three more sentenced for drug conspiracy

    ABINGDON ― Three more locals were sentenced to federal prison last week, resulting from Operation Rolling Thunder, a joint investigation into a local methamphetamine distribution network.

    The defendants were sentenced March 6 in the Western District of Virginia Federal Court in Abingdon, in proceedings held before Judge James P. Jones. All pleaded guilty last year to charges conspiracy to distribute meth.

    They include:

  • Land bought for new school could still benefit students

    As the city moves forward with plans to renovate and expand Galax Elementary, what will become of the property the school system initially bought to build a new school?

    The school system bought 62 acres of land near Fries Road that was originally going to be the site of a new GES, before cost estimates made it clear that renovating and upgrading the existing building would be much more feasible.

    At a recent school board meeting, Superintendent Bill Sturgill said he still felt good about the land purchase, and talked about alternative plans for its use.

  • Objections to closing fell on deaf ears

    For six years, local legislators have campaigned on behalf of our community to reverse the impending closure of the Southwestern Virginia Training Center in Carroll County.

    But this year, with the mental health facility still slated to close by the end of June, after 40 years, there’s a deep sense of loss and discouragement. Our state representatives’ efforts once again were denied advancement in the 2018 General Assembly, which is set to adjourn this week.

  • A Galax icon, Verl Brown steps aside

    Time always wins, even over the timeless. Verl Brown has decided that for him, it’s time to let go.

  • A year after death, deputy still inspires

    A year ago, on March 9, Carroll County Sheriff’s Deputy Curtis Bartlett died in the line of duty when his cruiser hit a tractor-trailer while responding to a call for help from his fellow officers, who were engaged in a pursuit.

    Curtis, a veteran, law enforcement and school resource officer, personal trainer and internet fitness celebrity, was beloved by the community. His funeral at Galax First Baptist Church — where his father, Sam Bartlett, is pastor — drew expressions of grief, sympathy and support for his family, friends and coworkers.