Today's News

  • HoustonFest peformers share memories of festival's namesake


  • APCo files to collect costs


  • Three charged after high-speed chase

    INDEPENDENCE — Charges were placed against three suspects following a high-speed chase in Independence on April 22.
    Independence Police Officer Darren Barrett said he clocked a 1990 Chevrolet pickup traveling 65 mph in a 35 mph zone on East Independence Avenue. The vehicle that turned off U.S. 21 onto Peach Bottom Road.
    The chase ended about five miles later, when the vehicle pulled into a driveway.
    Barrett charged Brandon Wayne Poole of Independence with eluding police and reckless driving.

  • Public record for 5/4/11 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 information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in December 2010, in the Carroll County General District Court Office, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

  • HoustonFest: A Celebration of Song & Service


  • HoustonFest workshops focus on music, memories

    HoustonFest program coordinators have worked to offer live performing arts presentations that showcase local, regional and national artists. Programs will combine music, panel discussions, and participants include musicians, historians, folklorists, artifact collectors, craftsmen and more.
    The direction is toward education, interpretation and performances that show the context of regional culture. The Camp Houston Stage will feature an intergenerational experience enabling participants and patrons to work together and share the rich heritage of the region.

  • A-game not quite enough

    Galax played some of its best softball of the season Monday. Unfortunately, it didn’t translate into wins against one of the better teams it will see all year.
    The Maroon Tide drastically reduced its errors and strikeouts, its pitchers threw strikes and Galax actually made the Buffaloes rally for a win in the nightcap of a double header swept by Floyd 13-1 and 6-3 at Mountain View Park.

  • Cavaliers pull out 11-10 win to salvage split with Floyd County

    FLOYD –– Carroll County and Floyd County split a double header Thursday as two vastly different games resulted in two equally tight finishes.
    The two teams combined for two hits in the opener as Floyd took a 2-0 win. Kat Mills broke a scoreless tie with a leadoff home run in the bottom of the fourth for the Buffaloes. Amber Ingram was then hit by a pitch and eventually scored on Courtney Huff’s sacrifice fly.
    Ingram handed the Cavaliers just their second defeat of the season by tossing a one-hitter with six strikeouts.

  • Maroon Tide jumps on Pioneers

    With the visitors’ team bus arriving late, the Galax-Fort Chiswell soccer double header Thursday night was nearly an hour late in getting under way.
    Galax got it going early nonetheless.
    The Maroon Tide girls needed but four minutes to find the goal in their 3-1 win, while the Galax boys scored in less than a half minute and rolled to a 7-1 win as the Tide swept the Mountain Empire District twin bill.

  • State approves license fee increases

    Hunters and anglers will be paying more to help the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries bridge the gap in a budget shortfall the agency expects to face in coming years.

    Outdoors enthusiasts who take advantage of some DGIF facilities and property will also pay more — even if they don't fish, hunt or have a registered boat.

    In a meeting Tuesday, the department's board voted to increase the cost of a number of fishing and hunting licenses and to implement a user fee at state wildlife management areas and department-owned lakes.