Local News

  • Bus drivers get benefits

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County School Board has returned benefits to part-time bus drivers, after discovering it had more flexibility in its budget.

    Part-time employees have been requesting a return of benefits for several months.

    The school board voted to reinstate the benefits at its meeting on Sept. 11.

    Several requests were made earlier this year, from part-time bus drivers employed by Carroll County Public Schools.

  • Grant will help FVFD recruit new firefighters

    FRIES — The Fries Volunteer Fire Department was recently awarded a grant to assist in recruiting new members, the second from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in the past month.

    The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant, totaling $178,616, provides funding directly to fire departments to assist them in increasing or maintaining the number of trained “front line” firefighters.

  • AEP project moves forward

    The Galax Industrial Development Authority has sold a 16-acre parcel of land to American Electric Power for use in the utility’s $40 million Glendale Area Improvements Project.

  • Parkway, trail, national forests close until hurricane passes

    Staff Report

    The entire 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway and all associated facilities, with the exception of the Pisgah Inn and Peaks of Otter Lodge, closed Friday, in anticipation of high winds and heavy rains due to the remnants of Hurricane Florence.

  • Community helps raise money for family in need

    Community can be defined in many different ways, and directed by many different purposes; but in Carroll County, it is defined by the fellowship, encouragement and support of families who are concerned for the common well-being of others.

    That’s exactly what was shown Sept. 8, when an enormous amount of support was given to a local family in need.

  • New Galax police chief sworn in

    Three oaths were taken at the Sept. 10 Galax City Council meeting; one by new Police Chief DeWitt Cooper; one by new council member Beth White; and one by new police officer Aaron Willard.

    Judge J.D. Bolt administered the oath for White; Vice Mayor Sharon Plichta swore in Cooper and Willard in place of Mayor C.M. Mitchell, who was absent from the meeting.

    Each ceremony, though momentous for the participants, was brief and to the point.

  • Sinkholes open on east side of Galax

    Two sinkholes opened up this week on the east side of Galax, one of them underneath a vehicle.

    One appeared Tuesday in the Food City shopping center’s parking lot on E. Stuart Drive; another opened underneath a truck on Sept. 9 at the Wash Bucket Auto Care Center, at 959 E. Stuart Drive, next to McDonald’s.

    The sinkholes could be a result of last weekend’s heavy rains and flash flooding. The city received 5.5 inches of rain in a short period on Sept. 8.

  • Area prepares for Florence


    • Grayson County schools will be closed on Tuesday.

    • Carroll County Public Schools will be on a 2-hour delay Tuesday.



    The National Weather Service office in Blacksburg reported the following 48-hour rainfall reports at 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 17, from the remnants of Florence:

    Carroll County

    • Laurel Fork: 5.65”

  • Ex-teacher facing more charges


    INDEPENDENCE – A Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury indicted a former music teacher at Galax High School and Galax Middle School on three additional charges in connection with the investigation of alleged inappropriate relationships with two minors.

    The grand jury first met July 27 and handed down seven indictments against Jessica Leigh Kincaid Snow, 33, of Fries.

  • Challenge will put teams through obstacle course

    It’s not just a job; not even just a career, but rather a lifestyle that preserves the principles of integrity and ethics, and motivates people around the nation to succeed and lead positive lives.

    This is the legacy of Curtis Bartlett, a late military veteran and police officer.

    The way of selflessness comes in many forms and fashions; many shapes and sizes. For some, it means paying the ultimate price, as Bartlett did when he died in the line of duty.