Today's News

  • A Nightmare on Mill Street

    HILLSVILLE – “Will you hand me that head?” “Am I bloody enough?” “Can you paint the back of my ear?”

    No, these aren’t questions heard on the set of a new Hollywood horror film. These questions, and even stranger ones, will be common conversation for those involved in the Night Watch Haunt in Hillsville.

  • Readers Hotline 9/21/15

    Pony Express
    Don’t give up. You will get your mail. My neighbor was in a local nursing home. This was in 2005 when I mailed her a card. On Aug. 19, 2015, 10 years later, I got the card unopened in my mailbox marked “return to sender.” It had been to Greensboro. It was postmarked there Aug. 19, 2015.

    Salute to service

  • Carroll teachers and students recognized

    HILLSVILLE – At the Carroll County School Board meeting on Sept. 8, teachers and students were recognized for outstanding accomplishments.

    Steve Mason and Matthew Tompkins, educators at the Carroll County Alternative Education Center, were recognized as Outstanding Specialists with the Jobs for Virginia Graduates (JVG) program.

  • Savannah Road wreck still under investigation

    Staff Reports

    A man is sought by Virginia State Police in connection with a single-vehicle wreck at about 4 p.m. Wednesday on Savannah Road in Baywood.

    According to witnesses at the scene, an unknown man, described as a bald white male, was driving a black four-door Subaru sedan along a curve on Savannah Road when he lost control of the car, skidded through the yard of a private home, and overturned before it came to rest.

  • Police seize marijuana worth $300,000

    Staff Reports

    According to a report released by Galax Police and the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, a road check on the night of Sept. 17 resulted in a marijuana bust early the next day that confiscated approximately $300,000 worth of plants.

    The more than 100 marijuana plants ranged from six to 10 feet tall.

  • Christian Family Fun Day is Sept. 19 in Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE – The 4th annual Christian Family Fun Day will take place this Saturday, focusing on the theme of kindness.

    People from Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia are expected to attend, with the total reaching into the thousands.

    Richard Edwards, organizer of the event, said, “We want to create a fair atmosphere for kids and families who may not get to go anywhere else all summer, where they don’t have to worry about money.” This is an all ages event and everyone is invited to participate.

  • Massie to serve as school chief until Nov. 30


    INDEPENDENCE – Dr. Larry Massie will continue to serve as interim superintendent of the Grayson County School System through Nov. 30, after the Grayson County School Board approved a memorandum of agreement at its Sept. 14 meeting.

    Massie, who lives in Richmond, was appointed interim superintendent on June 17 after superintendent Kevin Chalfant resigned on May 31.

    The school board is continuing to interview applicants for the superintendent’s position.

  • Carroll shows support for keeping SWVTC open

    HILLSVILLE – Support for the Southwestern Virginia Training Center (SWVTC) to remain open was not in short supply at the Sept. 14 meeting of the Carroll County Board of Supervisors.

    Charlotte Barkley, executive director for the Parent Advocacy and Advisory Council (PAAC) of SWVTC attended the meeting to ask for board support and highlight what the training center does. PAAC is made up of family, friends and others that want to advocate for people with disabilities in Southwest Virginia.

  • Grayson answers river lot questions

    INDEPENDENCE — Riverside property owners within the shoreline recreation district of the county will not see changes in property regulations for at least a few months, according to the Grayson Planning Commission.

    For the past several weeks, planning commission members have been busy reviewing concerns voiced by the community during their August meeting.

  • Truckers parade ready to roll Saturday

    The ninth annual Truckers Parade Against Cancer is geared up for Sept. 19 this year, and plenty of truck drivers are ready to roll for a good cause.

    Held each year, the parade ― a convoy of truck drivers ― join together on a trip through the Galax, Grayson and Carroll localities to raise money for the local Relay for Life events. Funds from the Relay events then go to the American Cancer Society.