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Today's News

  • Galax to fill council vacancy in January

    In the wake of former council member Bill Webb’s resignation from his seat on Galax City Council, the remaining members will need to hold a special election to fill his seat.

    Council elected to file a petition and writ of election with court to hold it in November 2015, so that the special election could be paid for from the November election budget.

  • Carroll IDA makes Wildwood, Vanguard payments

    HILLSVILLE — Santa might not arrive for another couple of weeks, but the Carroll County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) stepped into St. Nick’s generous boots on Monday to gift the county supervisors with two checks, one for $1.27 million and another for nearly $119,000.

    The payments were for the Wildwood Commerce Park project and the Parkdale/Vanguard Furniture property.

    IDA Chairman Barry Hicks presented the checks on behalf of the IDA, noting that the authority “has been working to assist the county in any way possible.”

  • Carroll grand jury indicts 46 people

    HILLSVILLE — A Carroll County grand jury returned a total of 103 indictments against 46 individuals on Dec. 8.

    Included in the inducements were three charges against Austin Kenneth Rupert Wagg, who was arrested in August after allegedly firing a weapon at an occupied vehicle in the Galax Food City parking lot near Pizza Hut.

  • Skyline wreck leaves one fatality

    A two-vehicle, head-on collision on Skyline Highway (Virginia 89) south of Galax led to one fatality about 7 a.m. Tuesday

    The wreck was near Galax Roller Land in Grayson County.

    Brian Mark Lundy, 44, of Galax, died in the collision. Emily Rose Hash, 37, also of Galax, was in critical condition and was being transported to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., according to Virginia State Trooper J.N. Sowers.

  • Readers Hotline 12/8/14

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  • Local government officials call for end to Hotline

    Editor’s note: This letter was signed by the mayor and city manager of Galax, and the supervisors’ chairmen and county administrators for Carroll and Grayson counties. The original letter of 491 words was reduced to meet the 350-word limit policy for letters to the editor.

  • Loaves & Fishes: new charity finds struggles, successes

    Jennifer Patterson says the whole thing started when she felt moved to help people in the community who don’t have enough food.

    She says she felt $30 was a reasonable goal to fund a food box for a single family.

    “I decided that I wanted to make sure someone had a nice meal,” says Patterson. “For somebody who doesn’t have groceries in their house, $30 is a lot.”

    So Patterson went to the “Galax Talk of the Town” Facebook page in early November and posted the following:

  • Kemp waives hearing in shooting case

    HILLSVILLE — Benjamin Kemp of Woodlawn, who was charged in the malicious wounding of a Fries man, waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Carroll County General District Court last Friday.

    Kemp, 54, was arrested Oct. 4 after members of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department received a call reporting shots fired at the intersection of Sunnyside Road and Stable Inn Road, just south of the Town of Hillsville on U.S. 52.

  • Woodlawn school hit by vandals

    WOODLAWN – The Carroll County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a break-in and vandalism that occurred at Woodlawn School the night of Nov. 29 or early on the morning of Nov. 30.

    Carroll Deputy Jake Worrell, who is investigating the case, said entry to the school was made by busting open a door leading to the cafeteria.

  • Hospital unveils new MRI scanner

    After official announcements earlier this year that Twin County Regional Hospital would get a new open MRI machine to complement its new CT scanner unveiled this summer, the device was shown to the public at an open house last Thursday night.

    According to radiologist Dr. Jay Bolen, on hand along with Radiology Director David Payne to demonstrate how the new MRI images will look at and to answer questions, the machine will alleviate multiple problems inherent in older systems.