Local News

  • 28 vehicles involved in fog crashes

    FANCY GAP — Virginia State Police responded to a series of chain reaction motor vehicle crashes in the foggy northbound and southbound lanes of Interstate 77 at Fancy Gap Mountain in Carroll County on Friday.

    According to a news release, state troopers investigated 10 separate crashes involving 28 vehicles on Oct. 3. Police were called to the scene of the first crash shortly after 4 p.m.

  • Town upgrades team's helmets

    FRIES - Football players at Fries School started the year off right with brand new football equipment, after a request to upgrade the team’s helmets was made at a Fries Town Council meeting in August.

    A concerned parent approached council on Aug. 5, with concerns about the state of the football team’s helmets. “Some of these kids have been wearing these helmets since kindergarten,” she said, noting that the protective padding in many of them had hardened and become brittle.

  • Fries man shot, suspect arrested

    A Woodlawn man was arrested on malicious wounding charges on Saturday, after an altercation near Sunnyside Store resulted in gunfire.

    According to a news release from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department, officers received a call reporting “shots fired” at approximately 6:13 p.m. on Oct. 4, at the intersection of Sunnyside Road and Stable Inn Road, just south of the Town of Hillsville on U.S. 52.

  • Shooting victim airlifted from Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE - The Carroll County Sheriff's Office is investigating a confirmed shooting in Hillsville.
    Emergency officials were called to Sunnyside Store on Fancy Gap Highway at approximately 6:16 p.m. Saturday. Upon arrival, an unidentified person was found with gunshot wounds.
    A landing zone was set up at Carroll County High School to transport the patient for treatment. The extent of the injuries has not yet been confirmed.  
    State police have confirmed that an arrest has been made.

  • Officer injured in domestic assault arrest

    A Galax man is charged with assaulting a police officer after an altercation Thursday in which Galax Officer Tyler Houk suffered a broken bone in his leg.

    Charged is Clifford Jackson Parsons, 36, whom police said allegedly resisted while being taken into custody as he was being placed into a police vehicle.

    Police said Houk was injured in the altercation and transported to Twin County Regional Hospital by Galax-Grayson EMS, where it was discovered he had suffered a broken leg.

  • Program promotes worker wellness

    Employee medical emergencies and illness always have a negative impact on businesses — lost time, absent workers, cost of treatment — but what can employers do to help minimize or prevent medical and healthcare problems?

    At the Twin County Regional Chamber Breakfast on Sept. 9, hosted by Twin County Regional Healthcare, it appears that the answer is quite a bit, in the form of WellnessWorks, a complimentary employee health program offered by TCRH.

  • IDA seeks Woodlawn School proposals

    WOODLAWN – The Carroll County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) has voted to seek proposals for the future use of the closed Woodlawn School.

    At the Sept. 9 meeting, after considerable discussion, IDA member Larry Chambers made the motion to issue a request for proposals for the re-development of the property, with the exclusion of the gymnasium and the ball fields. The vote was unanimous.

    The request for proposals will be published in local and daily newspapers that serve the area. No date has been set as to when proposals will be due.

  • Teen struck by car remains in coma

    Trinity Williams, a Galax teen who was struck by a vehicle on Virginia 94 (Scenic Road) in Fries on Sept. 27, was still in critical condition at Roanoke’s Carilion Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, after surgery was performed to counter the damage she sustained in the accident.

    “Things don’t look good right now. The doctors have dropped Trinity’s survival rate to 5 percent,” said Cheyenne Williams, Trinity’s sister, in an update on their fundraiser site, Prayers for Trinity, on Tuesday.

  • Voter registration deadline is Oct. 14

    Oct. 14 is deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 4 election.

    Virginians may apply to register to vote at a local registrar’s office or online at www.elections.virginia.gov. Or, customers may apply to register at Department of Motor Vehicles customer service offices.

    To apply online, eligible citizens must provide their Virginia DMV customer identifier number, displayed on DMV issued identification cards or driver’s licenses.

  • AEP offers help with Wildwood marketing

    A utility company and a consulting firm recently outlined how Wildwood Commerce Park can better qualify for prospective companies to locate there with site certification.

    Site certification is the sometimes complicated process of helping companies decide where to build. According to the presentation Sept. 17 at the Crossroads Institute in Galax, the decision-making process can include everything from what basic utilities each site offers to their regional placement and available workforce.