Local News

  • Drug lab explosion results in charges

    DUGSPUR – An investigation into a house explosion last year in Dugspur has led the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department to make two arrests, after spending several months deciphering the evidence discovering what caused the incident.

    The January 2017 explosion at a basement drug lab in a home on Old Mabry Place cracked walls and foundations, blew out windows and sent one man to the hospital with serious burn injuries.

  • Pastor leaves to continue son's mission

    Inspiration sometimes leads people in unexpected directions: Pastor Sam Bartlett of First Baptist Church of Galax announced recently that he will be leaving his position in order to promote his late son’s legacy, Police Fitness; and a career in public speaking to support that work.

    “Police Fitness, the nonprofit that we have started, has been very demanding of my time,” said Bartlett, “because there has been a tremendous amount of enthusiasm and interest about our mission, that the first responders be fit to serve.”

  • Grayson approves school budget


    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County School Board approved its 2018-2019 school operating budget at its March 15 meeting in the amount of $22 million.

    Division Superintendent Kelly Wilmore said the budget contains a 2 percent raise for all school employees and renovations to buildings, including $75,000 for a new roof at the Grayson County High School auditorium, $11,000 for a new metal roof on the field house and $80,000 for the CATE Center renovations.

  • Three arrested in Galax

    Staff Report

    Drug charges and a grand larceny are among recent arrests made by the Galax Police Department.

    A Galax man, Andrew Rosca Bailey, 36, was arrested on March 26 and charged with grand larceny from Turman’s Hardwood Flooring.

    Officer Darren Alley, who investigated the reported theft, charged Bailey. Bailey is alleged to have stolen industrial equipment and disposed of it at a scrap metal dealer.

    He is being held in the New River Valley Regional Jail pending arraignment and appearance in Galax General District Court.

  • 50 years after death, locals look back at King’s legacy

    It has been 50 years since the loss of Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but his influence on society still reverberates today in the opportunities and access that he fought for.

    Killed by an assassin’s bullet on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tenn., King had accomplished so much in his 39 years ― leading marches from the streets of Selma to the nation’s capital to demand equal rights for all people, heading the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and winning the Nobel Peace Price.

  • Chase ends with crash, officer assault

    Staff Reports

    Caleb Michael Smith, 22, of Austinville, was arrested April 3 and charged after a pursuit that originated in Galax and went through parking lots, on the wrong side of the road and onto Interstate 77.

    Smith hit police cars, crashed his vehicle and allegedly assaulted an officer, according to a joint news release issued by the Galax Police Department, Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and Hillsville Police Department.

  • Grayson social services director charged

    Staff Report

    MARION — The director of the Grayson County Department of Social Services is facing multiple charges, following two incidents last month involving charges of intoxication.

    Anthony Glenn Isom, 31, of Marion, was charged by Grayson and Marion officers in the incidents, which occurred March 19 and 20.

    According to a report from Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan, a citizen called the sheriff’s office around 2 p.m. on March 19, reporting that they’d spotted a male subject walking, who appeared to be intoxicated.

  • Carroll court clerk's office makes changes

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Clerk of Court’s office has continued making improvements, with many technological enhancements focused on maximizing efficiency for citizens.

    The clerk’s office processes an extensive amount of data, documents and other public records — all of which have to be stored, while remaining easily accessible. Statistics and reports confirm that Carroll is now the second-highest in caseload in the 27th Judicial Circuit, with a 16 percent workload increase since the previous year.

  • Carroll County departments cut spending

    HILLSVILLE — County departments presented their spending plans to the Carroll Board of Supervisors at the March 27 meeting, and discussed methods of saving on expenditures for the fiscal year 2018-2019 budget.

    The sheriff’s department talked about plans for saving money, but reaffirmed a commitment to keeping school resource officers (SROs), which Sheriff J.B. Gardner called a priority.

  • State's inaction delays Galax school budget

    The state budget deadlock means that the Galax City School system has to plan its own budget tentatively and conservatively, Superintendent Bill Sturgill informed the school board at the March 13 meeting.

    Chairman Ray Kohl introduced the topic at the beginning of the meeting. In an attempt to lighten the mood, Kohl said he would turn the floor over to Sturgill, “to give us all the great news about the budget.”