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Today's News

  • HES receives 'Toolbox for Education' grant

    The Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation has awarded a $4,780 grant to Hillsville Elementary School to be used for an outdoor learning center.

    Hillsville Elementary was one of more than 500 U.S. schools to be awarded a Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant improvement projects during the 2014-2015 school year.

  • Woman charged after traffic stop turns up drugs

    Erica G. McDonald, 45, of Galax, was arrested on drug charges after a traffic stop on March 2, according to a report from the Galax Police Department.

    McDonald was arrested by officers Drew Burnett and Silverio Gonzales for possession of methamphetamine and possession of marijuana.

    The suspected narcotics were discovered after the observations of the officers resulted in the search of the vehicle McDonald was operating, the report said.

    She was released on bond pending her appearance in the Galax General District Court.

  • Rescue squads working to improve

    In areas across the commonwealth, volunteer rescue agencies are struggling against the perfect storm: a rise in calls for service and a fall in recruitment.

    Due to financial strains and federal regulations, it’s even harder now than it was several years ago for rescue squads to find volunteers. Though people are willing to sign up, some just don’t have the money or the time to complete the necessary training for certification.

  • Fatal fire ruled accidental

    The fatal house fire that took the lives of three young children on Glendale Road on March 5 has been officially ruled an accident, according to Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner.

    The investigation — which involved the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, the Virginia State Police, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Virginia State Fire Marshal’s office — has determined the fire was the result of a child playing with a cigarette lighter and a candle, according to the report released on March 13. The fire started in the kitchen area.

  • Metal festival spotlights growing music scene

    INDEPENDENCE — Ten metal bands from across the southeast threw down their heaviest tracks for the Leprechaun Bash Metal Festival at the Independence VFW Post 7726 from March 6-7. The event was the first-ever two-night heavy metal festival in Southwest Virginia.

  • Carroll works to improve emergency response

    HILLSVILLE ― When there is an emergency, people find comfort in the fact that help is only a phone call away. But what if that phone call preceded a 45-minute ― or longer ― wait before help finally arrived?

  • Altavista donates to Delp family

    Though Altavista and Galax’s basketball teams were rivals in a semi-final game for the state high school championship on Monday, the communities they represent proved anything but antagonistic: Altavista came together in approximately 24 hours to raise $6,000 in donations for the Delp family of Carroll County.

    The Delp family lost their home and three of their four young children in a March 5 house fire on Glendale Road, just outside Galax city limits.

  • Coyote bounty program out of money

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE —Grayson County’s coyote killing program is operating in the red, as all of the second $5,000 bounty appropriation that the Grayson County Board of Supervisors approved earlier this year has now been paid out to hunters.

    Under the program, Grayson residents turning in dead coyotes from the county receive a $40 bounty payment per carcass.

  • More sign up to run in Carroll races

    HILLSVILLE — Several challenges have already been predicted in the race to fill 11 positions in Carroll County government this year.

    May 18 marks the closing of the books for both the Republican and Democratic primary elections, which are scheduled for June 9. While potential candidates aren’t running at break-neck speed to file the paperwork, General Registrar Kim Cloud says more applications are being accepted every day.

  • Hillsville town manager's DUI hearing continued

    WYTHEVILLE — Retta Nichole Jackson of Hillsville, facing a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated following a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 81, had her case continued in Wythe County Circuit Court on Wednesday.

    Jackson, who serves as town manager of Hillsville, was charged by Virginia State Trooper J.J. Graham on Nov. 16, 2014. According to the police report, Jackson responded to Exit 81 on I-81 at 5:30 a.m., when Jackson’s vehicle ran off the road and struck an embankment.