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Today's News

  • Water rates rising to pay for project

    Galax residents might need to expect a slightly higher water rate rise than initially expected, according to information brought forth at the Dec. 11 city council meeting.

    A public hearing regarding this proposed rate change is set for Jan. 8.

  • Suspects charged in third B&E

    INDEPENDENCE — Two suspects recently charged with breaking and entering at different locations in Grayson County have been linked to another break-in reported in the Town of Independence.

    According to a report from the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, William David Loggins, 30, of Piney Creek, N.C., and Taylor Nathaniel Tower, 31, of Fries, will face additional charges in connection with another incident.

  • Man charged with indecent exposure in parking lot

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — A Galax man has been charged with multiple sexual offenses, after allegedly exposing himself in front of four juveniles in the parking lot near Subway in Independence earlier this month.

    According to a report from the Independence Police Department and data obtained from New River Valley Regional Jail’s website, Justin Andrew Roten, 36, of Galax, has been charged with three counts of indecent exposure, and one count of taking indecent liberties with a minor.

  • Readers Hotline 12/20/17

    Use of revenue
    What happened to the Carroll County windshield sticker program for vehicles? It was started out to buy buses. When it started, years ago, it was $5 and it started going up every other year. What is it used for? I’m sure they take in a lot of money each year. Use it to buy buses. That’s what it was intended to be for.

    Have compassion

  • Public record for 12/20/17 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record.  
    The listings are complete.
    The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing. For additional information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Circuit Court

    These sentences were recorded in August in the office of Gerald Goad, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Repass plea hearing postponed again

    HILLSVILLE — Eric Sean Repass might be in custody, but he’s still a wanted man.

    The Wytheville man’s presence is required in courtrooms throughout Southwest Virginia, which has made scheduling a plea hearing for his 25 Carroll County charges something of a challenge.

    The local crimes are related to a May police chase in Carroll. Among other things, Repass, 45, is charged with attempted capital murder of a police officer, for allegedly shooting at a Carroll deputy.

  • Free clinic seeks support for expansion

    The Free Clinic of the Twin Counties is seeking donations for new supplies and equipment to expand its dental and lab services.

    “It is because of the generous support of the community that we have been able to provide care to over 500 patients this year,” said clinic director Melissa Deal, who pointed out that the clinic in Galax relies solely on donations and does not receive any state or federal funding.

    “Without the support of our community, we would have to shut our doors,” she added.

  • I-77 truck escape ramp project to begin in January

    A rehabilitation project for the truck escape ramp on southbound Interstate 77 in Carroll County at mile marker 1.5 is expected to begin in January 2018.

    The project will include replacing the ramp’s stone, ditches and guardrail.

    A new arrestor bed — an area of specialized stone designed to stop a runaway vehicle — will be installed along the right side of the ramp. The left side of the ramp will be paved to allow better access for emergency response vehicles.

  • AmeriCorps tutors help Carroll kids with math, reading

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – AmeriCorps members have been working with Carroll County schools for 14 years, and the tutors are helping hundreds of students this year in reading and math.

    Tonya Gibson, manager of the AmeriCorps Reading for Life program, made a special presentation about AmeriCorps at the Carroll County School Board’s Dec. 12 meeting.

  • Readers Hotline 12/18/17

    Feeling proud
    Super proud of the local community for the wonderful Christmas parade. The floats were outstanding and what a great show of community involvement. Excited to be from the Galax area.

    Arguing integrity