Local News

  • Carroll court clerk's office makes changes

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Clerk of Court’s office has continued making improvements, with many technological enhancements focused on maximizing efficiency for citizens.

    The clerk’s office processes an extensive amount of data, documents and other public records — all of which have to be stored, while remaining easily accessible. Statistics and reports confirm that Carroll is now the second-highest in caseload in the 27th Judicial Circuit, with a 16 percent workload increase since the previous year.

  • Carroll County departments cut spending

    HILLSVILLE — County departments presented their spending plans to the Carroll Board of Supervisors at the March 27 meeting, and discussed methods of saving on expenditures for the fiscal year 2018-2019 budget.

    The sheriff’s department talked about plans for saving money, but reaffirmed a commitment to keeping school resource officers (SROs), which Sheriff J.B. Gardner called a priority.

  • State's inaction delays Galax school budget

    The state budget deadlock means that the Galax City School system has to plan its own budget tentatively and conservatively, Superintendent Bill Sturgill informed the school board at the March 13 meeting.

    Chairman Ray Kohl introduced the topic at the beginning of the meeting. In an attempt to lighten the mood, Kohl said he would turn the floor over to Sturgill, “to give us all the great news about the budget.”

  • How did 2018 General Assembly change your everyday life?

    Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND — The Virginia General Assembly wrapped up last month with legislators passing 919 bills.

    Many are narrow carve-outs affecting a small group of people, like staggering the election of city council members in the small southwestern town of Buchanan. Others deal with rather trivial things that don’t seem like they need a law – such as the one allowing your kids to bring sunscreen to school without a doctor’s note.

  • TCRH clarifies survey texts and caller ID spoofing

    Staff Report

    Twin County Regional Healthcare is clarifying questions it has received from the community about two separate issues – text surveys from HealthStream about patient experiences and a caller ID “spoofing” scam that is inappropriately using the hospital’s name.

  • More sent to prison for drug trafficking

    ABINGDON — Eight more people convicted as a result of the Operation Rolling Thunder investigation have been sentenced in federal court, after pleading guilty to being part of a methamphetamine distribution network.

    Operation Rolling Thunder was a joint local, state and federal investigation that sought to dismantle a major drug trafficking organization. Federal prosecutors said large quantities of meth were being transported from Greensboro, N.C., to be distributed in Galax, Grayson County and Carroll County in Virginia and in Surry County, N.C.

  • Friends rally to help local man in need of transplant

    HILLSVILLE – Friends and family of Carroll County High School Principal Charles “Chuck” Thompson hope that a golf tournament, benefit dinner and donor accounts will help raise money for a double lung transplant.

    The community is rallying behind Thompson, who has served many years with the school system. Friends say he is known as a hard worker and for his honorable leadership of staff and students, as well as his dedication to friends and the community.

  • Abduction, burglary suspect arrested in Galax

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    Reprinted with permission

    A Sugar Grove man accused of abducting his girlfriend and her 4-year-old daughter on March 23 was taken into custody in Galax on Monday.

  • State honors Vietnam veterans with new holiday

    Staff Report

    RICHMOND – This weekend, for the first time in Virginia, veterans of the Vietnam War have their own observance.

    Gov. Ralph Northam announced that Virginia will honor and celebrate the service of these veterans on March 29-30, coinciding with Vietnam War Veterans Day, a new national holiday created with the passage of the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017.

  • Police say man threatened to blow up trailer

    CANA – A man with an extensive previous criminal record was arrested again by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department on March 6, after allegedly threatening to blow up his trailer and the deputy there serving a warrant.

    Ralph Ernest Hall, 58, of Cana is being held without bond after being charged with assault of law enforcement officer, a Class 6 felony; and other charges.