Local News

  • Man pleads guilty to child solicitation

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Circuit Court was prepared to hear the case against James Norwood Crowder, 42, of Christiansburg, on Jan. 12, when the defendant waived his right to trial and pleaded guilty to proposing sex with a child.

  • House OKs bill to ease concealed gun permit rule

    Capital News Service

    RICHMOND – The Virginia House of Delegates approved a bill last week to allow members of the military to obtain concealed handgun permits at age 18.

    HB 1582, introduced by Del. Jeff Campbell (R-Marion), passed by a vote of 78-19. It will now go to the Senate for consideration. Campbell’s district includes Carroll County.

  • Town hears update from firefighters

    INDEPENDENCE — Independence Town Council heard an update from the fire department and approved the department’s 2017 list of officers during its first meeting of the year on Jan. 10.

    “Through 2016, we had one of the busiest years we’ve ever had since we started keeping record,” said Chief Gary Hash of the Independence Volunteer Fire Department, who spoke to council at the beginning of the meeting. According to his data, Hash said the department answered around 160 calls for service.

  • Local women march into history

    When Janet Tate of Laurel Fork decided to attend the Women’s March on Washington last weekend, she didn’t necessarily seem a likely attendee. White, middle class and married, she arguably has a degree of privilege that puts her above the fray.

    But that’s not how she saw it.

    “Women my age went to march because we know how it was before,” said Tate.

  • Asbury to lead economic development authority

    Staff Report

    The Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority’s board of directors has selected Katherine Asbury as its new executive director.

    Asbury received a masters of public policy from the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia. She also received a bachelor of arts in economics from the University of Virginia.

  • Charges include resisting arrest, grand larceny

    Staff Reports

    Police say a Galax man was charged with resisting arrest when police served a warrant on him Jan. 15.

    James Edward Goad, 58, was arrested after he was stopped for suspicion of DUI, said Galax Police Chief Rick Clark.

    Officer Terry Woods “recognized him and had personal knowledge that we possessed an active warrant for his arrest for brandishing a firearm,” Clark said.

  • Police: traffic stop resulted in assault

    Staff Report

    FRIES — A traffic stop in Fries led to a struggle between a suspect and a deputy, when the suspect reportedly rammed into the deputy using his shoulder in an effort to elude arrest while he was being searched for weapons.

  • County moves ahead with water projects

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Public Service Authority heard updates on several utility projects and chose new leaders at its Jan. 9 meeting.

    Jessica Montgomery, PSA executive director, said the authority is working to set up a meeting with Mount Airy, N.C., officials to discuss the possibility of purchasing water to supply the Cana-Meadowbrook area. She said it could involve an extension of the city’s water system along the U.S. 52 corridor.

  • Six seek Republican nomination in Carroll


    HILLSVILLE — Six Republican candidates have filed for the Carroll County Board of Supervisors election to be held Nov. 7, including a candidate with the same name as a supervisor currently serving.

    Three seats are open this year on the board of supervisors and three on the Carroll County School Board. Terms are for four years.

    The filing deadline for Republican supervisor candidates was noon Monday.

  • TCRH implements new flu visitation guidelines

    Staff Report

    Twin County Regional Hospital is taking precautions to minimize the spread of flu-like illnesses, according to a report issued by Martha Cole, TCRH’s marketing director.

    “The health of our community is very important to us,” said Susan Cox, the hospital’s infection prevention coordinator. “The flu increases the risk of severe complications to patients with other illnesses, especially in individuals who are receiving cancer treatments, or whose immune systems may be compromised.”