Local News

  • 10 years later, patients still discovering free clinic

    The Free Clinic of the Twin Counties, opened in 2004, is still alive and kicking, though coordinator Latonia Marshall wishes more people knew that.

    “We still to this day have people tell us they didn’t know we were here,” said Marshall.

    In fact, the clinic has been around for about 10 years, founded by Dr. Robert Pryor of Carilion Internal Medicine, Marshall said.

  • Vandalism suspects charged

    Galax police investigated property damage at three locations that occurred the night of July 11.

    The athletic track and a stop sign at Galax High School, the tennis courts at the Galax Recreation Center, and the skate park on South Main Street were vandalized with spray paint.

    Officer Chris Hines investigated and has charged a single adult and will be seeking juvenile petitions on two Carroll County youths resulting from the investigation.

  • Carroll officials plan economic development announcement

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Board of Supervisors, the Carroll County Industrial Development Authority and several guests will share an economic development announcement at the Carroll County Governmental Complex on Tuesday.
    According to a press release, the announcement will take place in the board of supervisors meeting room on the second floor at 10 a.m.
    County officials gave no hint as to what the announcement might involve.

  • Grayson authorities discover stockpile of illegal drugs, prescription pills

    ELK CREEK — Grayson County authorities arrested two men last week, after finding stockpiles of illegal substances, including methamphetamine, at an Elk Creek home.

    According to the police report, Grayson County Deputy Eric Testerman encountered a suspicious individual at Clark Hill Service Station on U.S. 21 North on July 9.

    Testerman identified the subject as Adam James Woods, 28, of Troutdale. “Woods appeared very nervous, so Testerman asked him for consent to search his backpack and Woods agreed,” said the report.

  • P.U.S.H.-ed to Conviction

    “It just happened in 2007. I was drunk, intoxicated, high. I walked into a gas station convenience store. It was in Florida. I walked behind the counter. The clerk thought I was trying to rob the place.”

    The teller of this particular tale is a 36-year-old former convict, explaining when he hit bottom.

  • Leaving child in hot car can be deadly

    As temperatures climb during the summer and early fall months, stories of children dying in cars from heat stroke are cropping up in areas all over the country.

    So far this year, according to kidsandcars.org, 16 children nationwide have suffered heat-related deaths after being left in the car, which experts say is less than half of the typical yearly average.

  • 'Factory Man' a tale of furniture exec's fight

    Copyright 2014, The Roanoke Times
    Reprinted with permission

    Growing up in the blue-collar town of Urbana, Ohio, Beth Macy knew lots of factory men and women.
    Her mother soldered lights in an airplane factory and watched other people’s kids while the parents worked manufacturing jobs. This was back in the 1970s and early 1980s, when one could feed and clothe a family on factory wages and could afford to send children to college with a little financial aid from Uncle Sam.

  • Cooley named Hillsville's citizen of the month

    HILLSVILLE — Mayor Greg Crowder presented the Town of Hillsville’s Citizen of the Month award to Raleigh Minor Cooley at the June 23 meeting.

    Although Cooley was unavailable to attend the meeting that evening due to health reasons, Crowder took a moment to summarize Cooley’s accomplishments to those in attendance.

    Cooley graduated from Hillsville High School in 1941, and worked and paid his way through William & Mary College. He was drafted into the U.S. Navy in April, 1943, and served for almost three years aboard the U.S.S. Halford.

  • Two arrested in Fancy Gap for drug, weapons violations

    HILLSVILLE — Two people were arrested in Fancy Gap on June 25, on drug and weapons charges.

    Members of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and the Twin County Drug Task Force received information from the New River Valley Drug Task Force on June 25, and executed a search warrant at 1934 Reedside Drive, in the Fancy Gap community, according to a report from Sheriff J.B. Gardner.

    Approximately 20 pounds of marijuana and three firearms were seized from the location, according to his report.

  • Farmer named Fries mayor

    FRIES — A short and sweet meeting of the Fries Town Council was held to clean up this year’s budget, and put council members in their appropriate seats for their new terms on July 1.

    Two members of council were replaced this year during the May elections.

    Richard Farmer was chosen by voters this year over former mayor Gary Sumner.

    Incumbent council member Jerry McCormick tied with challenger Marie Isom, but he decided to concede his seat after the results were made official.