Local News

  • Grayson offers reward for most coyote kills

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County is holding a contest exclusively for county citizens as an added incentive to hunt and kill nuisance coyotes.

    The contest begins today, Wednesday, and continues through May 15, 2015. According to a county news release, the winner will be judged by only one measure — how many dead coyotes he or she turns in to the county.

  • Suppression denied in Jones case

    A motion to suppress a photographic identification procedure and eyewitness testimony in the Matthew Steven Jones murder trial was denied by Grayson County Circuit Court on Friday.
    The testimony in question places Jones at the exact spot where the body of his girlfriend, Desia Rae George of Fries, was found more than a month after she was reported missing last year.

  • Black bear spotted in Grayson County

    A bear was spotted last week along the New River and Riverside Drive, just off Route 58 outside of Galax in Grayson County.

  • Recipe for Success

    Oakland Elementary School welcomed Sophie Haga, 13, of Galax, and Chef Gunnar Thompson of Primland Resort for a healthy recipe demonstration on Oct. 1.
    Haga, who represented Virginia as the statewide winner of First Lady Michelle Obama's Healthy Lunchtime Challenge earlier this year, shared her winning recipe for chia chicken pitas with the elementary school's third, fourth and fifth grade students. For dessert, Thompson provided a healthy dish of dark chocolate and avocado mousse.

  • Shooting near Hillsville still under investigation

    The Carroll County Sheriff’s Department continues to investigate an Oct. 4 shooting near Hillsville that left a man in critical condition.
    According to a news release from the department, officers received a call reporting “shots fired” at 6:13 p.m. Oct. 4, at Sunnyside Road and Stable Inn Road, just south of the Town of Hillsville on U.S. 52.
    Responding deputies found Alexander Burlin Davis Jr., 50, of Fries, at the lower parking lot of Sunnyside Store, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the head.

  • Is texting to blame for bad test scores?

    English test scores are falling in Virginia and elsewhere, and some educators and parents fear that the trend reflects societal changes that will be tough to overcome.
    Children today read less in their free time, goes one widely accepted argument. Another, which garners more debate, is that they’re increasingly likely to text, tweet or post to Facebook rather than engage in conversation.

  • Couples wed after marriage law change

    Landmark News Service and Staff Reports

    On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear appeals of same-sex marriage court rulings in Virginia and four other states, opening the way for the long-prohibited unions in the Old Dominion.

    The news led to a flurry of activity for local circuit court clerks, and the first same-sex marriage in the Twin Counties took place in Hillsville on Tuesday.

  • Friends of Hillsville tackle projects

    HILLSVILLE — Friends of Hillsville, a new non-profit organization, is seeking to bring together individuals, businesses and community organizations for the betterment of the town.

    In recent weeks, the group has reached out to the public for their ideas, and they have already received a flood of responses, according to Laura Beth Parnell and Retta Jackson during a group interview.

  • Carroll rec department names interim director

    HILLSVILLE — Libby Lineberry has been named the new acting director of the Carroll County Parks and Recreation Department, effective Oct. 1.

    Lineberry has served the citizens of Carroll County for 26 years in various positions. She began her career with Carroll County while working in the administrator’s office. She has also worked as assistant recreation director during her career with Carroll County. Until this recent promotion, she worked in the finance office.

  • Galax teen dies from injuries after being struck by car

    FRIES - Galax teen Trinity Williams died Wednesday night from injuries sustained when she was hit by a vehicle in Fries on Sept. 27.
    Family members confirmed that Williams, 14, died at Roanoke Carilion Memorial Hospital, where she was flown for treatment after the accident.
    "[Wednesday] at 10:10 p.m., Trinity passed away. She fought as hard as she could, but couldn't any longer," the family shared in an update to its online fundraiser page.