Today's News

  • Bill targets those driven to distraction by cell phones

    Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND — Virginia may be on its way to rewriting its texting and driving law – instead replacing it with an expanded distracted driving law.

    The proposed law says any use of a cellphone that “substantially diverts the driver’s attention from the operation of the motor vehicle is guilty of distracted driving.”

  • Local senators support bill banning sanctuary cities

    Capital News Service

    RICHMOND — A bill to ban sanctuary cities in Virginia advanced to the Senate floor Feb. 27 on a 7-6 committee vote that split along party lines.

  • Taking the initiative

    The effort to draw interest and create a sustainable community in Grayson County is nothing new; in fact, steady (and at times, staggering) improvements in our locality such as job creation (Oak Hall, Nautilus), agricultural stability (Matthews Farm, the GATE Center) and countless recreational resources regularly headline our newspaper.

    But in recent months, we’ve seen a refreshing new surge of interest in the betterment of our county, from Grayson’s new county administrator, William “Bill” Shepley.

  • Burglary suspect caught on trail camera

    HILLSVILLE – Several felony warrants have resulted in indictments by Carroll County Circuit Court regarding a series of repetitive burglary offenses.

    The first of these incidences occurred back on Nov. 9, when a local business was broken into and an array of items were taken.

    Hillsville Police Department (HPD) has been investigating the situation, and after a second reported burglary at the same address on Jan.14, law enforcement decided to set up surveillance at the location to gain additional information.

  • Senator: too much risk in expanding Medicaid

    RICHMOND — The question of whether to expand Medicaid in Virginia has been a point of contention in this year’s General Assembly session, and state legislators are having a hard time reaching a compromise.

  • Galax has three spots to fill on school board

    The Galax City School Board will have three seats up for grabs this year, not two, as Board Member F. Stewart Merdian is moving for work and will leave his position open.

    Galax City Council appoints school board members after receiving letters of interest from candidates. The seats held by board members Ray Kohl and Helen Kyle are up for appointment this year, with their current terms expiring June 30.

    Kohl is seeking reappointment, but Kyle is not; other candidates have expressed interest in serving, as well.

  • Fries fire investigated

    Staff Report

    FRIES — A structure fire is under investigation by the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, after Fries Volunteer Fire and Rescue responded to a home on Feb. 23.

    According to Fries Fire Chief Chad Stanley, the fire department was dispatched to 228 Green Valley Road, the home of Melissa Crigger, at approximately 4:03 a.m.

    On arrival, the crew “found heavy smoke showing from the structure, with fire on the basement steps,” said Stanley.

    Damage to the structure was estimated at $500, Stanley said.

  • APCo: wind could cause power outages

    Appalachian Power has issued a warning as it monitors a weather event with prolonged high winds. The winds could lead to power outages Thursday night through Friday morning in parts of the company’s Virginia and West Virginia service areas.


  • Police investigate false report at CCHS

    HILLSVILLE — A false alarm sparked investigation shortly before 8 a.m. Wednesday, when 911 dispatch received an emergency call reporting a shooting at Carroll County High School (CCHS).

    Carroll County Sheriff’s Department deputies quickly reacted to the call, stationing personnel for preventative measures.

    After a cell phone trace, they were able to locate the caller for questioning.

  • Readers Hotline 2/28/18

    Defining insanity
    Science is not the enemy. Consider the care you receive from your doctor. That is all based on science. Consider the crops you grow each year. That is all based on science. In fact, we are all scientists in this regard. We observe how things work and don’t work, make hunches and eventually decisions based on those observations. To continue to do the same thing over and over again, even if it always fails, is one definition of insanity.