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Today's News

  • Carroll County issues burn ban

    HILLSVILLE – The Office of Emergency Services in Carroll County has issued a ban on burning and declared a local emergency due to extremely dry conditions. The ban went into effect at 8 a.m. on Nov. 14 and will remain in effect until further notice.

    According to a release from Everett Lineberry, emergency management coordinator for the county, the declaration is in response to fire hazard conditions that create extreme fire danger. With the already dry conditions the area is experiencing, there is no rainfall in weather predictions for weeks.

  • Driver charged in Hillsville collision

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE – A two-vehicle accident in Hillsville on Nov. 7 was a quick cleanup with no injuries, although one driver does faces charges.

    According to a report from Officer Bobby Melton with the Hillsville Police Department, the accident occurred at 4:35 p.m. at 1356 Carrollton Pike, the intersection of U.S. 58 and the Interstate 77 northbound off ramp at Exit 14.

  • Huge half advances Tide

    Up until the final night of the regular season, it was looking as if Galax would be hosting Bland County in the first round of the playoffs. It turned out that the Maroon Tide’s postseason opponent wasn’t a repeat of a Week 8 game, but the story line was.

  • Hillsville man dies after crash

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE – The Virginia State Police are currently investigating a motor vehicle accident that resulted in the death of a Carroll County man. The accident occurred on Nov. 11 on U.S. 52.

    According to a news release from Corinne Geller with the Virginia State Police, Trooper P.K. Cheek is investigating the two-vehicle crash that occurred around 7:45 a.m. on Friday on 52, less than a mile north of Route 685 (Skyview Road).

  • Readers Hotline 11/14/16

    Good ole Tabitha
    Somewhere in Galax there is a utility locator employee named Tabitha. She gave me a jump when my old pickup died and I hope her boss knows what a good-hearted employee they have.

    For the public

  • Fire departments battle blaze in Fries

    FRIES — The Fries and Galax fire departments were dispatched to a brush and outbuilding fire in Fries last Wednesday morning, when a trash burn from the night before rekindled the next day.

    According to a statement from Fries Fire Assistant Chief Jimmy Underwood, the departments were dispatched to Twin Pond Lane at 10:45 a.m. on Nov. 9.

    At the scene, the departments extinguished the fire that covered roughly two acres of land, as well as an outbuilding on the property. They were on scene for around an hour and a half.

  • Vets honored at memorial

    A Veterans Day ceremony was held at the Blue Ridge Veterans Memorial in Galax on Nov. 11, featuring American Legion Post #245, the Galax JROTC unit and color guard and the Galax High School Band.

    The memorial is located next to the Galax Public Library.

    Prior to the ceremony, the band played a selection of music as the crowd gathered. The JROTC presented colors and the band played the “National Anthem” while the crowd saluted or placed their hands over their hearts.

  • Police: man attacks family with pepper spray

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — A Galax man was arrested after reportedly attacking relatives with pepper spray at their home, according to a report from the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office.

    Michael “Smurf” Haynes, 41, was arrested Nov. 6 at his home in Galax, and charged with two counts of simple assault and one charge of burglary, according to the New River Valley Regional Jail database.

  • Galax church opens arms to everyone

    Daniel Harrison, pastor of Hearts United Church in Galax, wants people to know that the storefront worship center is open.

    Way open.

    The church is an offshoot of the Hearts United movement, wherein Hispanic, black and white churches came together this summer to push racial hatred and dissent aside in favor of praise and a healing dose of Christ’s love. Hearts United Church goes even further, as the homemade paper banner hanging its window states: “All welcome here: Immigrants, Muslims, LGBT, People of Color.”

  • Sheriffs say deputy pay qualifies for food stamps

    Staff Report

    The Virginia Sheriffs’ Association is requesting that the General Assembly and governor address the salary disparity that exists in sheriffs’ offices across the Commonwealth, according to a news release from the association.