Local News

  • Grayson chosen for 5G internet project

    INDEPENDENCE — State and local government leaders gathered at the Historic 1908 Courthouse in Independence on Wednesday morning to announce new partnerships that will bring high-speed broadband internet to customers in Grayson County.

  • Food City remodel brings sushi to Galax store

    If you live in the Twin Counties, know your maki from your nigiri, and have longed for some fresh sushi options, take heart: the Galax Food City is about to make your wishes come true.

    The store is also looking to hire one part-time and two full-time sushi chefs, to be trained for about a week in Abingdon, according to Galax store manager Carolyn Roberts. She described the jobs as “fast-paced.”

    “The project will result in the creation of several new jobs for the area,” noted the release.

  • Galax police report recent arrests

    Staff Report

    Two suspects are in custody after separate pursuits, according to reports from the Galax Police Department.

    On May 1, Sgt. Jody Poole observed from his patrol car a subject he believed was wanted, according to a police report.

    After receiving confirmation this was the case, he attempted to stop the vehicle.

    After a brief chase the driver, David A. Musick, 32, of Galax, was arrested and charged with felony eluding police, reckless driving, driving on a suspended or revoked license and failure to obey a highway sign.

  • Project will bring internet ‘last mile’ to Carroll residents

    HILLSVILLE – The signing of a contract between local officials on Tuesday has launched a project to provide wireless internet services as an option for citizens in the Twin Counties.

    Carroll County, in partnership with the Wired Road Authority, the Virginia Tobacco Commission and private sector partner Gigabeam Networks, announced the Neighborhood Pole Project – a collaborative effort to bring high-speed broadband internet to unserved areas of the county.

  • Supervisors declare Carroll a gun rights ‘sanctuary’

    HILLSVILLE – By unanimous vote, the Carroll Board of Supervisors passed a resolution Monday night declaring the county a sanctuary for firearms and firearm owners.

  • School chief, sheriff discuss shooting threat

    INDEPENDENCE — A student who threatened a school shooting at Grayson County High School on Monday is not a danger to the rest of the student body, said Grayson County Schools Superintendent Kelly Wilmore.

    “We’re still looking into it,” said Wilmore on Monday.

    The threat was made on social media, specifically Instagram, according to Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan.

  • Hospital seeks state assistance for Medicaid

    Twin County Regional Hospital has been approved to get additional funding to cover uncompensated Medicaid costs, but the program, which does not yet exist as such, needs to receive state legislative support, as well.

    Tim Prestridge, the hospital’s interim chief financial officer, spoke to Galax City Council about the concept at the April 22 council meeting.

  • Board hears school budget comments

    HILLSVILLE — In response to recent decisions regarding county finances and developing an operating budget for the Carroll County Public School System for the upcoming fiscal year, several concerned citizens attended a public hearing held on April 29 to provide feedback.

  • Livestock center to get grant

    Staff Report

    Carroll County has been approved for a $100,000 grant to begin work on the Southwest Virginia Livestock Educational Center.

    The GO Virginia Region One Council approved the Carroll County Industrial Development Authority’s proposal at its May 7 meeting.

    The center is a joint effort of the agricultural education departments of Carroll County and Grayson County schools, a consortium of local cattle producers and Virginia Cooperative Extension. The grant would pay for equipment for the facility.

  • Suspect in custody after deadly trail attack

    Staff Report

    ABINGDON — A suspect is in custody following a deadly machete attack on the Appalachian Trail in Wythe County on May 11.

    According to media reports, two hikers reported that a man with a machete was attacking people on the trail Saturday morning. Two people were attacked, according to police; one died; the other was severely injured.

    Deputies from the Wythe County Sheriff’s Office went to the trial and arrested a suspect, James L. Jordan 30, of West Yarmouth, Mass.