Local News

  • Cruz on mission to support church outreach

    When she was 9 years old, Jackie Cruz of Galax saw children in Africa who were in need, in a video shown at her church.

    She decided that she needed to do something to help them, and the local missionaries traveling to Zambia.

    Now, four years later, the fundraising yard sale Cruz founded is still going strong.

    First Baptist Church of Galax is holding a name-your-price yard sale at its Spanish-speaking Meadow Street location on Saturday from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. Small items will be paid as the buyer sees fit; larger items will have a price.

  • Paying Our Respects
  • CCHS seniors take next step

    HILLSVILLE – Many young minds began the next chapter in the book of their lives last Saturday, as 267 students from the Carroll County High School class of 2018 turned over their tassels, receiving diplomas in various areas of studies.

    The commencement opened with a greeting from CCHS student body co-presidents and a celebration of “hard work, dedication and the countless hours of development, growth and prosperity through education at CCHS,” as described by Co-President Houston Elizabeth Dixon.

  • Grayson expenditures catching up to revenue

    INDEPENDENCE ― As budgeting season continues, the Grayson Board of Supervisors sought a review of the county’s finances in order to address the years ahead.

  • Adams-Parker named Carroll assistant schools superintendent

    HILLSVILLE — Dr. Beverly Adams-Parker has been named assistant superintendent of Carroll County Public Schools effective July 1.

    Carroll Schools Superintendent Dr. Shirley Perry the school system will have two assistant superintendents, with Dr. Mark Burnette continuing in his position. “These positions will have different responsibilities and duties,” she said.

  • Colleagues remember former Galax mayor Van McCarter

    Dr. Van Buren McCarter, former dentist and mayor of Galax from 1986-1992, died on Monday in Waddell Nursing and Rehab Center at the age of 96.

    McCarter retired from Galax City Council in 2004, after 25 years, 12 of those as mayor.

  • Pedestrian hit by car in Galax

    Staff Report

    A Fries man was hit by a car at approximately 4:55 p.m. on Sunday while crossing the road in the 500 block of East Stuart Drive, according to a report from the Galax Police Department.

  • Woodlawn man dies in crash

    Staff Report

    State police are investigating a fatal crash that occurred over Memorial Day weekend in Grayson County.

    According to a Virginia State Police report, the crash occurred May 27 at 6:15 p.m. on Route 94, less than a mile east of Route 640.

    A 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt, operated by Michael D. Hudson, 50, of Woodlawn, was traveling west on 94 when it ran off the left side of the highway and overturned, the report said.

    Hudson was not wearing a seatbelt, and was ejected from the vehicle. He died at the scene.

  • Galax police chief retiring

    After 42 years in law enforcement, both for the city of Galax and Carroll County, Chief Rick Clark is set to retire at the end of September.

    “I’m ready,” he admits. “I’ve been on call since I was promoted to detective in 1980.”

    His successor is being advertised for now, and will be vetted by city council, City Manager Keith Barker and the city’s human resources department. Applications are being reviewed by the Virginia Association of Police Chiefs. The final decision to hire will come from council.

  • Ducks run amok in city

    Rubber duck-related crimes are on the rise, says Assistant Fire Chief Mark Burnett, and these foul fowl will stop at nothing — tax evasion, jaywalking, cruelty to lawn flamingoes — in their quest to take over the City of Galax.

    Burnett, retired last year from the Galax Police Department, has a long career in criminal justice backing his claims up; and thankfully is just the man to handle the problem without ruffling too many feathers.