Local News

  • Police chase driver in stolen car

    HILLSVILLE – A vehicle pursuit led to the arrest of a Tennessee woman the evening of Oct. 3, after she attempted to flee from local law enforcement on Interstate 77 in Carroll County.

    According to police reports, at approximately 7:15 p.m., Sgt. Cody Edwards of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department stopped a Honda Civic on I-77 northbound around the 10 mile marker.

  • Grandfather, grandson graduate from WCC 50 years apart

    As Wytheville Community College (WCC) celebrates its 55th anniversary, the college is recognizing successful alumni, including a grandfather and grandson from Elk Creek who graduated 50 years apart.

  • Beasley to serve 30 years

    HILLSVILLE – Many factors were taken into consideration during the sentencing of a man found guilty of attempted capital murder by the Carroll County Circuit Court on Wednesday.

    Kevin Nelson Beasley, 28, of Austinville pleaded guilty on May 9 to attempted capital murder of a police officer, during a chaotic array of offenses that took place in September 2016.

    Beasley was involved in multiple offenses, including stealing two cars and leading officers on two separate police chases and a manhunt across three counties.

  • GHS principal glad to be back home

    Anyone visiting Galax High School may notice that there’s a new principal in charge.

    Marc Quesenberry, who graduated in the GHS Class of ’79, returned this semester to take over the helm.

    (He replaces Justin Iroler, who is now principal of Galax Middle School.)

    “I’m very excited to be here,” Quesenberry says, in his office for a brief stop. “Getting back in the maroon and white has been thrilling and rejuvenating for me.”

  • Galax police arrest 4

    Staff Reports

    Multiple drug charges and one instance of impersonating an officer were investigated last week by the Galax Police Department, according to Chief DeWitt Cooper.

    On Sept. 29, officers were dispatched to The Shoe Department in Galax. After arriving, Officer Sarah Patton was advised that a male had stolen some shoes, and had a female with him. A description of the vehicle they were riding in was given out to other officers working the area.

  • Judge approves 2019 Galax special election

    Galax’s request for a special election in November 2019 has been granted by a judge, city council members learned at their Sept. 10 meeting.

    The election is to fill the rest of former council member Ches Helmick’s term, which ends in 2022. Council appointed Beth C. White to fill the vacant seat until then, and is allowed to seek election to the seat is she chooses.

    Galax City Council also spent the meeting handling a variety of other matters.

    In other action, council:

  • Big plans for old school

    TROUTDALE — The Appalachian Regional Commission has approved $500,000 in grant funds for the Blue Ridge Discovery Center (BRDC), a non-profit dedicated to exploring, discovering and sharing the natural history of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

    A news release from U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) explained that the grant will go towards renovating the former Luther Konnarock Training School in Grayson County into a location for educational programs centered on the biodiversity of the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area.

  • Carroll answers school food concerns

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County school officials this week responded to recent concerns regarding food safety, after a student and parent posted on social media about alleged maggots in food and spoiled milk.

    “Our health inspector performs the same checklist on the cafeteria as they would in a restaurant,” Carroll Schools Assistant Superintendent Dr. Mark Burnette told The Gazette on Tuesday.

    He said health inspections are performed regularly and have ruled out any food health or safety concerns.

  • Are you ready to vote?

    What’s the process of getting registered for the Nov. 6 election?

    Do you still need your voter registration card?

    What’s the deadline for registering?

    Stacey Reavis, Galax voter registrar, took time to answer a few questions so voters in the Twin Counties can be prepared and confident for the polls next month.

    What’s on the ballot?

  • Motorcycle driver dies after crash in Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE – Medical reports following a motorcycle vehicle accident near the Hillsville Bypass have confirmed the fatality of a North Carolina man after he was flown from the scene of the crash.

    The incident occurred Sept. 25 at approximately 4:45 p.m. at the intersection of the bypass and U.S. 52. According to accident reports from the Hillsville Police Department, Stephen Lisy, 70, of Chardon, Ohio, was forced to stop abruptly while traveling south on 52 just in front of the bypass intersection. Lisy was operating a 2007 Yamaha 1100 at the time of the incident.