Today's News

  • Suspicious fire near Fries under investigation

     FRIES — The Grayson County Sheriff's Department is investigating a suspicious fire that gutted a vacant mobile home near Fries on the evening of Nov. 12.

    Fries Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene at 210 Bainbridge Rd, near Providence School, around 4:20 p.m. after a neighbor reported smoke coming from the home.

    Assistant Fire Chief Jimmy Stuart, who was in the vicinity, was first on scene. Upon arrival, Stuart noticed "heavy, black smoke about three feet off the floor," but no visible flames.

  • Authority to take over grants

     HILLSVILLE — Carroll County's grant writer position will move under the umbrella of the Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority, as grant writing services go regional.

    Paperwork before the Carroll County Board of Supervisors for approval at its Nov. 11 meeting outlined the reasons for the change — streamlining operations and increasing efficiency.

  • Galax school division achieves accreditation

     Galax schools were recently accredited by the Southern Association for Colleges and Schools, one of six regional accreditation organizations recognized by the state Department of Education, Galax Schools' Superintendent Bill Sturgill told school board members on Nov. 9.

  • Man to serve 6 years for child porn

     ROANOKE — A Dugspur  man who tried to order child pornography from an undercover agent from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, was sentenced last week in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia.

    Ronald Alexander Dawson, 28, previously pleaded guilty to one count of receiving child pornography that had been shipped or mailed in interstate or foreign commerce. 

  • Historical society forming in Galax

     A group is seeking to form a Galax historical society to help explore and find local history and research genealogy. 

    Barbara Trammell, Galax Public Library Director Melanie Hemingway and local historian John Nunn are hoping to pull a group together for an exploratory meeting at the Galax library on Jan. 5 at 1 p.m. to see if enough are interested to begin historical and genealogy clubs, specific to the history of Galax. 

    Anyone interested in local history or genealogy can attend. 

  • Hall pleads guilty to second-degree murder

     HILLSVILLE — A Cana man has entered a guilty plea to killing a man who was supposed to be his friend.

    Originally charged with first-degree murder, Chad James Hall pleaded guilty in Carroll Circuit Court to second-degree murder in the death of Justin Wade Edwards, 21, of Cana, in March 2009 at Stewart's Creek.

    Carroll Sheriff's deputies first started searching for Edwards after their office received a missing persons report.

  • Galax tops Bath 21-7

     HOT SPRINGS –– The big play didn’t come at Radford. It failed to materialize at Fort Chiswell. Evidently Galax was just saving up.

    Galax not only made the big play but made it time and again Friday, riding an impressive defensive effort to a 21-7 upset of Bath County in the Region C Division 1 semifinals at Carl F. Williams Field.

  • Fire system fixed, but prison remains on ice

     INDEPENDENCE — A certificate of occupancy for a state prison in Grayson County has been delayed because of problems with the fire prevention system.

    As a remedy, engineers have completed additional work and testing on the system and contractors last week requested that the Town of Independence provide additional water to the facility in the event of a fire.

  • Officials pitch annexation plan

     HILLSVILLE — Local officials' job Tuesday was to convince the Commission on Local Government that the annexation agreement between Carroll County and Hillsville is in the best interests of all.

  • Christmas Chest project begins

     The Galax Y’s Men’s Club will lead its 28th annual Community Christmas Chest Fund that has a goal this year to provide Christmas boxes filled with food to 550 families in need.

    The Y’s Men will lead the effort to raise $27,500 to provide for these families. Each of the boxes will be loaded with $50 worth of food.