Today's News

  • Carroll pulls plug on virtual school

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County educators have pulled the plug on the first statewide virtual school after mounting concerns.
    Few local students taking advantage of the service and demands on the school system’s staff time are two factors that eventually short circuited the program known as the Virtual Academy of Virginia, according to Schools Superintendent Strader Blankenship.
    “Out of that 350 students, only five were Carroll County students,” he said.

  • Deputies rescue woman lost in woods

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County deputies assisted a 72-year-old woman who got lost in the woods near 579 Volunteer Road on May 7 at about 10:30 p.m., according to Sheriff J.B. Gardner.
    Deputies had received a report from concerned neighbors about the woman, who had gone for a walk without her cell phone or a flashlight about 2.5 hours before.
    Corporals Barry Lineberry and David Walls and Deputy Cody Edwards responded to the scene.

  • Police look into suspicious fire

    A May 8 fire in Carroll County is under investigation.
    The Galax Fire Department responded to a call at 400 Potrock Road after midnight last Wednesday. Firefighters arrived to find an outbuilding completely destroyed by the flames.
    The outbuilding appeared to be abandoned, along with the trailer that sat in front of the building, according to firefighter Chris Hennis.

  • Police warn of fake $20 bills

    The Galax Police Department is warning the public about reports of counterfeit $20 bills received by several local businesses.
    A local bank reported seeing several of these counterfeit bills turned in by local merchants, according to Galax Police Capt. James Cox. The merchants, he said, are unaware that the money they are turning in to the bank is counterfeit.

  • Fridley, Brown top Dannelly field

    One of the more popular running events among Twin County and regional athletes had a distinctly local flavor at the awards presentation Saturday.

    Runners hailing from Galax filled the top three overall female finishing positions and two of the top three male spots at the New River Trail-Dr. Ed Dannelly 10K run, sponsored by the Galax Recreation Department and held on the New River Trail State Park.

  • Dreams of my son

     As parents we all have dreams about our kids’ futures. We hope to pinch ourselves some day, wake up from those dreams and find that our progeny have made themselves into this or that, that they are successful, respected and on their way to doing better than we did. 

  • Grayson uses huge start to win 26-1

     BASTIAN –– Grayson County opened the game with 11 runs in the top of the first inning Thursday and cruised to a 26-1 Mountain Empire District baseball win over Bland County.

  • Tide refocuses to go 13-0

    INDEPENDENCE –– If ever a soccer team needed to burn a timeout to break the momentum of an opponent’s run, it was Galax late in the first half Thursday against Grayson County.

    Of course in soccer there is no such thing as a timeout, so Maroon Tide coach Troy Barkley just left it up to his seniors.

    Having seen a two-goal lead disappear in the span of four minutes, Galax regrouped and scored twice in the final three minutes of the first half and went on to a 5-2 win over the Blue Devils at Bill Strong Field.

  • Senate OKs Internet sales tax bill

    The U.S. Senate approved legislation Monday that would require large online retailers to collect state sales taxes, a welcome development for traditional merchants and Virginia leaders who are counting on the extra revenue.
    The Senate passed the bill 69-27, getting support from Republicans and Democrats alike.

  • McGrady wins Democratic nod in 6th District race

    HILLSVILLE — Jonathan Lee McGrady officially won the Democratic Party nomination this week to run for the 6th District House of Delegates seat this fall.
    The Carroll County attorney and tree farmer hopes to succeed Del. Annie B. Crockett-Stark (R-Wytheville), who is retiring. He was unopposed in his bid for the nomination.
    McGrady, 43, has practiced law with his father, Joe McGrady, in his hometown of Hillsville since graduating from William & Mary in 1995.