Local News

  • 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.

  • 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.