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Today's News

  • Police: double distraction for DUI driver

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – Driving under the influence, attending to a child in a car and talking on a cell phone are all distractions that can cause an accident.

    According to state police, a Wytheville man was doing all three when he flipped his vehicle and closed Interstate 77 for almost an hour last Thursday night near exit 14 in Carroll County.

    State Trooper J.D. Delp said the accident occurred about 9 p.m. on Feb. 2 between mile markers 13 and 14.

  • Population data reveals shifts in Twin Counties

    By SHANNON WATKINS and SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff

    Galax and Carroll County both lost residents in the past six years, while Grayson County is growing, according to recent population data released by the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia.

    Virginia continues to grow at a faster rate than the U.S., increasing by 5.1 percent since 2010 to a total of 8.4 million people. The nation grew by 4.7 percent during that same period.

  • Best in show: Carroll fair earns blue ribbon

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Agricultural Fair took home a blue ribbon of its own in January when it was named the best small fair in the state by the Virginia Association of Fairs.

    The award was given at the association’s conference at the Homestead in Hot Springs.

    “We were very thrilled about it,” said Teresa Sharp, the county’s web developer/farmers’ market operations technician.

  • Parks charged with robbery at local motel

    Staff Reports

    A Galax man is charged with robbery after an incident at a local motel.

    Noah Dequay Parks, 20, of Galax, was arrested on Jan. 27 by Officer Mark Burnett. He was wanted on a felony warrant for a robbery that occurred on Nov. 5, 2016.

  • Readers Hotline 2/6/17

    Two-edged
    I’d like to comment about the women’s march on Washington. In my opinion, a march is alright if it is a peaceful march. But, these women are marching on the first day Donald Trump is in office. You have heard of a two-edged sword. It’s darned if you do, darned if you don’t. I don’t think he could do it, but if Donald Trump could walk on water, they would have something to say about it.

    Hogging spaces

  • More file to run in Carroll elections

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County residents are continuing to announce their candidacy for the Nov. 7 board of supervisors and school board elections.

    Three Republicans have completed their paperwork and filed with the Carroll County Registrar’s Office. The candidates ― Ronnie Collins, Greg Spencer and Phillip R. McCraw ― are seeking the Fancy Gap District board of supervisor’s seat. The current Fancy Gap representative, Phil McCraw, is not seeking re-election because of health reasons.

  • Farmers fear program loss will be gain for coyotes, vultures

    Some Virginia farmers and the state’s largest agricultural organization fear state budget cuts will kill a program that’s helped farmers stem and prevent livestock losses to coyotes and black vultures.

    Virginia Farm Bureau is supporting budget amendments introduced by Sen. Frank M. Ruff Jr. (R-Clarksville), with the support of Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Galax) and Del. Charles Poindexter (R-Franklin County). Both amendments would restore funding to prevent loss of the program.

  • Two charged with burglary in Carroll

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two people in Laurel Fork for burglaries that occurred on Dry Twig Road and Keno Road.

    According to a news release from Sheriff J.B. Gardner, police received a complaint Jan. 25 that people that had broken into his vacant rental home and were still inside.

    Gardner said the two people had left the scene before deputies arrived and were on foot in the area.

  • Suspect caught after two-state chase

    Staff Report

    A Hillsville man faces multiple charges after the investigation of a stolen vehicle led to a high-speed pursuit through Grayson County and across the North Carolina state line last week.

  • King remembered as inspirational teacher

    Like many students before him at Galax High School, Travis Newman had heard the stories from upperclassmen about Judy King.

    He was warned about the strict red-haired English and U.S. History teacher, a tough-as-nails educator who didn’t suffer foolishness and demanded only the best from her class.

    Newman recalls entering her English classroom with dread, “but I learned quickly that what people hated about her classes was that she cared — and she expected her students to care, as well. This was not a class that you could breeze through.”