Today's News

  • Split vote on budget with tax hike

    HILLSVILLE – In a 3-2 split vote on Monday night, the Carroll County Board of Supervisors approved and appropriated the fiscal year 2016-2017 budget for the county, which will raise real estate taxes by 2 cents to 68 cents

    The board scheduled this second June meeting with the purpose of approving and appropriating the budget and setting the tax rates and levy. The real estate tax was the only tax affected in the vote and other tax rates remained the same.

  • Trail rider dies after being thrown from mule


    TROUTDALE – A 61-year-old Bristol woman was killed June 23 when she was thrown by a mule on national park property in western Grayson County.

    Lt. Todd Perkins of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department said Michelle Childress was riding the mule with some friends in a remote area, near Cabel and Wilson Creek trails.

    Perkins said something evidently spooked the mule, causing it to go down an embankment. Childress was thrown off the mule and hit her head in the accident that occurred about 11:20 a.m.

  • Police recover stolen truck, suspect in custody

    Staff Reports

    An Independence man is charged in connection with a burglary at Ramey Plumbing & Heating and the theft of a work truck.

    According to police reports, someone broke in to the business on South Main Street last week and stole a white 2003 Ford F-150 pickup, along with chainsaws.

    The Galax Police Department released photos of the suspect, taken from security cameras, and on June 22 received information from the Independence Police Department about the suspect’s identity.

  • Audit looks at consolidation of postal facilities

    Staff Report

    The U.S. Postal Service Office of the Inspector General has begun a review of the consolidation of the Roanoke mail processing operations into the Greensboro processing and distribution center, which would affect the delivery of mail in the Twin Counties.

  • VDOT projects underway in Carroll

    Staff Reports

    The Virginia Department of Transportation has issued a list of ongoing summer road projects that motorists in Carroll County should be aware of.

    These include projects on Interstate 77, Route 58 and various improvements and maintenance on roads in the county. According to the release, VDOT advises motorists that work schedules and construction project timelines are always subject to change and weather dependent.

    Motorists should be aware of the possibility of VDOT crews on the roadways at all times.

  • DeHaven to lead Carroll baseball

    HILLSVILLE –– Kevin DeHaven has always worn No. 12 on the baseball field. Tuesday night, he became No. 4.

    DeHaven’s recommendation to be named the next head baseball coach at Carroll County High School was approved Tuesday during the county’s school board meeting. DeHaven, 41, is just the Cavaliers’ fourth head coach as the school looks to its 48th season next spring. He takes over for Joe Tompkins, who stepped down after 18 years at the helm.

  • Chambers wins Roanoke C.C. match play title





    ROANOKE –– Brad Chambers of Galax birdied the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to beat Matt Harmon and win the featured Amateur Division crown of the 71st Roanoke Valley Match Play Championship held at Roanoke Country Club June 17-19.

  • Tompkins takes a look back

    HILLSVILLE –– Anyone who knows Joe Tompkins knows that the man just doesn’t get in a hurry. After all, it’s taken him more than 50 years to walk away from a ballfield.

    A player through youth leagues, middle school, high school and at Pfeiffer College, then a coach in the Carroll County system since 1980, Tompkins has spent just about every spring of his life on a baseball diamond. His 19-year run as the Cavaliers’ head baseball coach came to an end this spring.

  • Readers Hotline 6/27/16

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    I agree with the caller in the Hotline today. It makes no sense Galax school systems do not do more to retain a coach and a great role model for our children. I think the school board needs to intervene in this situation.

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  • Supervisors should have asked before accusing

    It’s something even an elementary school student knows: don’t show up at school without doing your homework.

    Also: never take a test without studying the material.

    A kid can be forgiven for forgetting these rules, and even adults sometimes misunderstand facts. But, we have to hold grown-ups to a higher standard — especially those we elect to hold public office.