Local News

  • Court clerk's office audit finds problems

    HILLSVILLE — A state audit of the Carroll County Clerk of the Circuit Court’s office has turned up numerous issues that could reportedly lead to the loss of revenues, assets or compromise fiscal accountability.

    The audit showed that incorrectly classified, disbursed or miscoded funds totaled $250,000.

    The 10-page audit report is a public record that can be read online at www.apa.virginia.gov, and it includes a detailed response from Court Clerk Carolyn H. Honeycutt in regards to the findings.

  • Grayson gets more roads on VDOT plan

    INDEPENDENCE — The Virginia Department of Transportation received a bump in funding for several road projects in Grayson County for 2015, according to Wytheville Residency Administrator Jeff Russell.

  • Fries revisits master plan

    FRIES — Plans for a new Christian school in Fries have been put on hold, as the town re-examines its partnership with the Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority (BRCEDA) and the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD).

  • Crowder named Hillsville Citizen of the Month

    HILLSVILLE — Hillsville Town Council member David Young named Nelson Rufus Crowder as May’s Citizen of the Month at council’s May 12 meeting.

  • Beekeepers' warning: don't hinder swarming

    Since May and June are typical swarm months for honeybees, several Twin County residents are finding bee hives on their property.
    Bees can be perceived as a threat because of their sharp stingers, but local beekeepers and the Virginia Cooperative Extension are stressing how important these bees are to the ecosystem.

  • Bill endorses medical marijuana use

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) has introduced a bill, HR 4498, in the U.S. Congress that would have the federal government legally allow the states to move towards an appropriate use of medicinal marijuana.
    Griffith, whose 9th District includes Galax and the Twin Counties, said Virginia passed a medical marijuana statute for glaucoma and cancer treatment in 1979 in the anticipation that one day, federal law would allow it.

  • Galax City Council approves zoning requests

    At its May 12 meeting, Galax City Council voted to approve two zoning requests that had been reviewed and recommended by the planning commission.
    The first request was by the Elks Lodge, which asked that its property be rezoned from B-2 (General Business) to R-1 (Single Family Residential), per a proffer on a previous rezoning application.
    The property had been rezoned several years ago, when there was a possibility that a retail store was interested in buying it.

  • Assault suspect captured

    Authorities have found and arrested Cory Allan Smith, 29, of Fries, who is wanted for assault and escape.

  • Car hits bus in Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE — Virginia State Police responded to a vehicle accident involving a Carroll County school bus on May 6.
    Police were called to the intersection of routes 221 and 669 in Hillsville on May 6, at around 3:30 p.m., where a car had pulled out into the path of the oncoming school bus, according to a police report filed with the department.
    The bus was operated by Nancy Cressell Justis of Hillsville, and the passengers on the bus totaled 27 — 12 students under age 8, and the other 15 between ages 8 and 17.

  • Hillsville man injured in crash

    A Hillsville man was transported to a hospital with injuries after being ejected from his vehicle in a wreck on Friday evening.
    According to a report from Virginia State Police Trooper Bryan Phipps, police and rescue were called to the scene of an accident at the intersection of U.S. 58 and Route 674 at 10:10 p.m. on May 16.
    The report said Matthew Herring of Hillsville was traveling west on 58 in a 2006 Jeep Liberty, when he ran off of the right side of the road and overturned at the intersection. Reports confirm that Herring was ejected from the vehicle.