Today's News

  • Carroll fair begins this week

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — At Carroll County’s annual event, which kicks off this week, you’ll see all the time-honored staples of a proper fair — homemade crafts, home-canned food, livestock shows, new and antique farm equipment on display, midway games. The smell of cotton candy lingers in the air with the sounds of children’s laughter.

    The fair runs Aug. 20-25 at the Southwest Virginia Farmers’ Market in Hillsville.

  • Elk Creek man needs kidney transplant to survive

    ELK CREEK — Two years ago, at age 19, Robert Fallon of Elk Creek was greeting life as a young adult.

    Just out of high school, he was employed and living independently for the first time; and like most young men his age, he believed the years ahead would involve career choices, higher education opportunities and other milestones that typically come with early adulthood. But, as it turned out, life had other plans.

  • Cox aims for excellence

    An archer from the Twin Counties brought home his third consecutive gold medal earlier this month after finishing first place in the State Games of America.

    An avid competitor, outdoorsman and former state forest warden, Arthur Cox aced the archery competition at this year’s national games on Aug. 4, and shared his story this week about the rewarding experiences that archery has brought him throughout his life, on and off the shooting range.

  • Man shot in head during landscaping argument

    A Galax man was arrested over the weekend after allegedly using a firearm during an altercation over landscaping work, which resulted in a Cana man being admitted to the hospital for a gunshot wound to the head.

    Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner reported that his office received a call on Aug. 10 at 11 a.m., advising that a man had just come into the emergency room at Twin County Regional Hospital in Galax suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. Deputy Josh Bowers responded and met with the victim, identified as 45-year-old Randy Combs of Cana.

  • APCo upgrading meters in Galax

    Staff Report

    Appalachian Power will no longer have to come to your house or even drive by to read the electric meter, after an upgrade of equipment in the Galax area.

    However, you might see APCo contractors visiting your home to switch out the old meters for the new ones.

  • Police charge two in Galax

    Staff Report

    The Galax Police Department reported two arrests on Aug. 8, in separate incidents.

    In the first incident, Sgt. Trevor Jefferson and Officer Mike Hash responded to a call of an unruly person at a local business.

    Upon a brief investigation, Brian M. Vuicich, 53, of Pulaski, was charged with being intoxicated in public and possession of a controlled substance, the report said. He is being held with no bond at the New River Valley Regional Jail.

  • Grayson, Galax schools consider vocational partnership

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County school system is in talks with Galax City Public Schools to potentially share available classroom space for programs through Grayson County High School’s Career and Technical Education (CATE) Center.

  • Fiddlin' film earns awards

    Good news for Twin County natives who missed it last year: the “Fiddlin’” documentary about the Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention is coming to Twin County Cinema III in September.

    Last year, the film by sisters Julie Simone and Vicki Vlasic made headlines for its portrayal of the convention and has continued to garner awards on the film festival circuit.

  • Carroll opposes I-81 fuel tax plan

    HILLSVILLE – Though Interstate 81 doesn’t pass through Carroll, the county is among those included in an area targeted for higher state fuel taxes to pay for improvements to the heavily traveled highway.

    County officials on Monday night took a position to promote the interests of local taxpayers by passing a resolution opposing recent legislation implemented by the Virginia General Assembly at the beginning of the 2019-2020 fiscal year, imposing additional fuel taxes to pay for various improvement projects on sections of the I-81 corridor.

  • 2019 Fiddlers' Convention Winners

    Winners of the 84th Annual Galax Old Fiddlers' Convention, held Aug. 5-10, 2019 in Felts Park.


    Mattias Thedens — Oslo, Norway


    1. Mattias Thedens - Oslo, Norway

    2. Anissa Burnett - Boone, N.C.

    3. Asa Nelson - Zionville, N.C.

    4. Maxwell Brown - Wilmington, Del.

    5. Richard Bowman - Mount Airy, N.C.

    6. Jesse Maw - Mount Airy, N.C.

    7. Kirk Sutphin - Walkertown, N.C.