Local News

  • Cornett to promote Grayson tourism

    INDEPENDENCE — Tourism continues to be a top priority in Grayson, and less than one month into her new position as tourism support specialist, Tracy Cornett is excited to promote what the county has to offer.

    Cornett officially began her new position on Nov. 19. She filled the seat previously occupied by Rhonda Sproviero, who announced in November that she would be taking a full-time position in the county’s building department.

  • High Speed Chase Ends in Crash

    A high-speed vehicle pursuit on Thursday evening resulted in the southbound lanes of Interstate 77 being shut down and a Virginia State Police trooper being transported for medical attention after the stolen vehicle plowed into his car and flipped it over.

    According to a state police report, shortly before 5 p.m. on Dec. 13, the VSP was requested to assist the Wythe County Sheriff’s Office with the pursuit of a stolen Jeep Cherokee that had refused to stop for a Wythe deputy on Interstate 81.

  • Police Investigate Bomb Threats

    HILLSVILLE – Vanguard Furniture in Carroll County is an unlikely target for an international email hoax that tried to extort victims out of the online “cryptocurrency” bitcoin, but that’s what happened Dec. 13.

    Local law enforcement is collaborating with the FBI and the Virginia State Police after responding to a bomb threat that occurred last Thursday afternoon at the plant in the Carroll County Industrial Park.

  • Carroll grand jury issues indictments

    HILLSVILLE — A Carroll County Circuit Court grand jury meeting Dec. 10 issued numerous indictments, mostly for drug-related offenses.

    Other charges involve child abuse, larceny, assault of a police officer and destruction of property.

    An indictment is a formal charge, not a finding of guilt. The jury found sufficient evidence while reviewing the cases to advance them to trial in circuit court.

    Those indicted include:

    • Jeffrey David Alberta; 51, of Galax; assault and battery of a police officer

  • Davis will depart city council

    Bill Davis will resign from his position on Galax City Council effective Dec. 31, according to a letter he submitted before Monday night’s meeting, where his decision was announced.

    Davis was not at the meeting, but according to the letter, he is moving out of the city and will be unable to serve due to this, as council members must be Galax residents.

    This means a new member must be appointed within 45 days of Davis’s last day, City Manager Keith Barker informed council.

  • Governor proposes more money for schools

    Staff Report

    RICHMOND — Gov. Ralph Northam’s proposed budget will feature $268.7 million in new money for investments in Virginia’s K-12 education system, according to the spending plan released Wednesday.

    The budget proposal includes an additional 2 percent raise in teacher salaries, totaling $88 million, that will result in a total 5 percent raise effective July 1, 2019.

  • Area recovers from snowstorm

    Staff Reports

    Near record-breaking snowfall in many regions of Carroll County and surrounding areas of the Twin Counties this past weekend have left many residences with restricted roadway access and a loss of power in the aftermath of Winter Storm Diego.

    Snow totals for the storm, which began late Dec. 8 and lasted into the morning of Dec. 10, ranged from 15 inches in parts of Carroll County to 18 inches in Fries, 21 in Galax, 22 in Independence and 24 in Whitetop.

  • Search for fugitive leads to 12 arrests

    The search for Marcus Alan Hicks brought police into contact with several individuals associated with the fugitive who escaped custody.

    As it turns out, a lot of Hicks’ associates were wanted, too.

    Hicks was recently arrested after escaping custody earlier this month.

  • Church seeks help from town council

    INDEPENDENCE — The Independence Town Council’s October meeting was a packed house, as members of the First Baptist Church in Independence and its pastor, Mike Montgomery, consulted the town about an ongoing issue with the church’s septic system.

    At the start of the meeting, Montgomery addressed a request that was made to the town in August 2017, concerning a sewer connection being established from the town’s septic system.

  • Hunt is on for gift-stealing ‘Grinch’

    WOODLAWN — Virginia State Police is continuing its investigation into the theft of Christmas presents from a Carroll County church.

    The crime didn’t stop local children in need from getting their gifts, though.

    Investigators say they know more about how a thief gained entry to an office where the gifts for local children were stored, and have ruled out one means of entry.

    Blue Ridge Fellowship Church, off Glendale Road in the Woodlawn community, found that its Angel Tree gifts were stolen overnight on Dec. 5-6.