Today's News

  • Maroon Tide shooters find a way to fill it up

    The best way to hold down Galax’s twin sharpshooters may be to just play them straight up, because facing a conventional defense for once could be just anomalous enough to give them pause. Besides, the Maroon Tide has gotten pretty adept at finding ways to handle the gimmick sets it sees on a regular basis.

    Galax got another nine 3-pointers Friday, five from Clif Conley and four more from Caleb Bartlett, in pulling away for a 64-44 Mountain Empire District boys’ win over Grayson County.

  • Blue Devils grind past Galax

    Galax executed a near-perfect defensive game plan for its rematch with league-leading Grayson County. Having dropped a 17-point loss in Independence on Jan. 9, the Maroon Tide allowed almost no uncontested shots from 16 feet in on Friday, beat and banged in the paint, played physical basketball from start to finish and held the Blue Devils’ two leading scorers to 11 points below their combined average and, not coincidentally, Grayson to 11 points below its season scoring average.

  • Readers Hotline 2/2/15

    Not the first time
    This is in reference to the KKK recruitment pamphlets that have been handed out. About 13 years ago, I received the same literature. It wasn’t delivered in my mail, but it was a recruitment package left in my driveway. I took this to the sheriff’s office and nothing was ever mentioned or heard of that. It has been an ongoing thing for years — the recruitment. It’s not just a thing that has happened in the recent weeks.

    Academics first

  • Wagg to serve 3 years for shooting into vehicle

    HILLSVILLE — Austin Kenneth Rupert Wagg of Galax was sentenced to three years in prison in Carroll County Circuit Court last Thursday.

    Wagg was arrested on Aug. 20, 2014, after a witness notified police that Wagg was firing a weapon at a vehicle in the Food City parking lot in Galax. Police followed Wagg’s vehicle and stopped him. A 9 mm pistol was recovered during the stop.

  • Honeycutt retiring after 23 years as court clerk

    HILLSVILLE — Soon after she was elected, Circuit Court Clerk Carolyn Honeycutt worked numerous late hours during a murder trial involving the death of a two-year-old child.

    The trial took place outside the old courthouse in Hillsville, and was scheduled for a handful of days. However, the amount of evidence and deliberation kept Honeycutt at work late into the night.

    “Not sure if many people know this, but the last person to finish at the courthouse is usually the clerk,” said Honeycutt, who is retiring after more than two decades in office.

  • Chase results in dozens of charges

    The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office arrested two men after a traffic stop turned into a car chase through several yards and a field, resulting in numerous property damages.

    The incident took place on Thursday at approximately 8:48 p.m. According to a press release from Sheriff J.B. Gardner, Deputy Jake Worrell was conducting a traffic stop on U.S. 52 in Cana on Jan. 29 when he observed a 1990 Hyundai approach him.

  • Police investigate LJS break-in

    The Galax Long John Silver’s reported a break-in Friday morning.

    According to Galax Police Chief Rick Clark, a side window was shattered by the burglar or burglars sometime before 8 a.m. on Jan. 30, and an undisclosed amount of cash was stolen. The restaurant on East Stuart Drive was unoccupied at the time, he said.

    Clark said there was no footage of the incident and no suspects have been identified yet.

    Corporate representatives of Long John Silver’s declined to comment, as the theft is still being investigated.

  • School bus-related traffic violations rise

    HILLSVILLE — Virginia State Police charged six motorists in Hillsville last week for passing stopped school buses in Carroll County.

    Several buses in the county’s fleet are equipped with camera systems that record the entire routes daily. As a result of the camera systems, motorists who pass stopped school buses are also recorded, and the state police actively uses the recordings to charge and prosecute motorists who violate those laws.

  • Those who wish to stay at training center should have that option

    Last week marked a milestone in an ongoing fight to save the Southwest Virginia Training Center — one of five state facilities for the developmentally and intellectually disabled.

    Del. Jeff Campbell filed House Bill 1614, which seeks to prohibit the closure of the Hillsville facility, along with the Southeastern Virginia Training Center in Chesapeake. So far, the bill has made its way to the House of Delegates’ Committee on Appropriations.

  • Grayson County gets much-deserved win

    MARION –– An emotional several days for Grayson County athletics ended on a positive note as the Blue Devils opened a big first-half lead and dropped Marion 45-36 in a nondistrict girls’ game Tuesday.