Local News

  • Hillsville treasurer one of only four certified in Va.

    HILLSVILLE – Hillsville is now one of only four towns in the state with a certified master governmental treasurer.

    Treasurer LeAnna Surratt recently completed coursework to become certified through the University of Virginia Weldon Cooper Center, town council announced at its May 14 meeting.

    Surratt was also presented with a service award that night, and the town released a statement honoring her achievement.

  • Galax arrests involve embezzlement, drugs

    Staff Report

    Recent arrests in Galax involved embezzlement and several charges stemming from a DUI incident.

    Christopher G. Brown, 28, of Galax, has been charged with embezzlement at the Galax Little Caesar’s. Brown is alleged to have diverted business funds to his personal use, according to a police report.

    Sgt. Trevor Jefferson, who responded to the business and took the initial report, charged Brown. Brown was to appear in the Galax General District Court for arraignment.

  • Carroll approves $85.7M budget

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Board of Supervisors adopted and appropriated the fiscal year 2019 budget and tax rates at its May 14 meeting.

    The total appropriation of $85.7 million was approved by unanimous vote. The budget includes no tax increase.

    That total includes general operating expenditures of $42.6 million, the Carroll County Public Schools’ operating budget of $43.1 million and a library fund of $8,000.

  • Worried about becoming dependent on opioids?

    Each day, 91 Americans die from an opioid overdose, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Patients and family members who are prescribed opioids for pain relief may worry about growing dependent on the medication. Dr. Charles Dunham is a psychiatrist and internal medicine physician who sees patients in several Winston-Salem, N.C.-area locations. Dunham has answers for some of the most commonly asked questions about taking opioids to relieve pain.

  • Mailbox vandalism suspects arrested

    Staff Report

    The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office reported Monday that two arrests have been made in an investigation of multiple reports of mailbox vandalism throughout the county.

    In the early morning hours of May 14, deputies arrested suspects Ethan Jackson, 18, of Independence, and Dustin Testerman, 18, of Fries. Both were charged with vandalizing mailboxes in Grayson County.

    According to the sheriff’s office, several residents have been reporting damaged mailboxes in recent months.

  • Grayson offered chance to join opioid lawsuit


    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County Board of Supervisors has been given the opportunity to join other Southwest Virginia counties in filing lawsuits against opioid manufacturers and distributors.

    The Carroll County Board of Supervisors has opted to join the lawsuit; Galax City Council is still considering it.

  • Once homeless, Galax woman overcomes odds to graduate

    Submitted by Jill Ross & Katherine Asbury

    Wytheville Community College

    Statistically speaking, she shouldn’t even be in college. It should have been almost impossible. After all, children who’ve been in foster care as teenagers have about a 3 percent chance of ever earning a college degree.

    But Destiny Moody refused to be another statistic. In fact, she’s defied the odds most of her life.

    On Saturday, she did it again.

  • Grayson court unseals grand jury charges


    INDEPENDENCE – Sealed indictments against eight suspects were recently unsealed in Grayson County.

    A Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury indicted the suspects on April 27 and sealed the indictments until each suspect was arrested.

    The list includes:

    • Jason Lee Bourne, Fries – four charges for the sale, gift or distribution of a Schedule II controlled substance (meth).

  • Town reviews plans for park design

    INDEPENDENCE — Planning for the Independence Town Park are underway, as the town and stakeholders for the project continue their collaboration with surveying and engineering firm Hurt & Proffitt on an official concept design.

    The town received conceptual renderings of the park from Hurt & Proffitt in April, but the design left both the town council and the project’s stakeholders with questions. At that time, the design was missing the requested playground and stage.

  • Galax sets up online payment system

    Galax residents will soon be able to pay bills online, after city council took action at its April 26 meeting.

    Council voted to approve the development of an online payment system after Director of Finance Judy Taylor-Gallimore advised council about it.

    The system would be used initially for the payment of utility bills. There would be a small processing fee for using this system.