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Today's News

  • Carroll bus drivers, aides seek benefits

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Board of Supervisors recently heard comments on behalf of school bus drivers and special needs aides with no benefits.

    Linda Montgomery, a bus driver with Carroll County Public Schools, told the board that benefits were not included in newer contracts for bus drivers. “We receive no benefits at all, even though we have the same responsibilities as all other driver who are full-time.”

  • Wellness Center adds equipment for diabetics

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll Wellness Center has new diabetes and chronic disease rehab program equipment that it acquired through a Twin County Community Foundation grant this past year.

    The center in Hillsville has added two additional Sci-Fit Recumbent Steppers and a Sci-Fit Pro 2.

  • Shooting suspect in custody

    Staff Reports

    FRIES — A suspect is in custody following a shooting Saturday night near Fenders Curve in Grayson County.

    John Ford Gilliam, 47, of Woodlawn, was charged with aggravated malicious wounding and use of a firearm in commission of a felony, after officers say he was involved in a confrontation that resulted in a man being shot in the arm.

  • BBQ competition will heat up this weekend

    Staff Report

    The Twin County Chamber of Commerce and the City of Galax are firing up the grill as they place the final touches on the 14th Annual Smoke on the Mountain State BBQ Competition, to be held Friday and Saturday in downtown Galax.

    This year’s event will feature street vendors of all stripes, including commercial and service representatives, as well as local craft and food vendors.

  • Police warn of scam claiming to help fallen officers’ families

    Staff Report

    A phone scam has been targeting Twin County residents in an attempt to coax them into donating funds that are reputed to help officers killed in the line of duty.

    Police have received reports this week that members of the community have been receiving calls from the National Police and Troopers Association (NPTA), and the caller states that the organization is in the middle of a fund drive to collect money for the families of fallen officers.

  • APCo announces $40M Galax project

    Staff Report

    Appalachian Power will host an open house next month to seek public input on proposed electric upgrades in Galax.

    The $40 million Glendale Area Improvements Project, announced last week, is designed to strengthen the transmission system in Carroll and Wythe counties. The improvements will reduce the likelihood of power outages during high demand periods, APCo said in a news release.

  • Mayor selection raises questions

    Willie Greene refused to accept a nomination for reappointment as Galax’s vice mayor at Monday night’s Galax City Council meeting, after he was earlier nominated to serve as mayor.

    Questions arose over voting procedure, and Mayor C.M. Mitchell — who was reappointed — said later he had intended to support Greene if he was nominated as mayor.

    Council members choose the city’s mayor and vice mayor from among themselves.

    Greene has been on council since 1994, and vice mayor since 2000.

  • Citizens speak out against rising utility rates

    INDEPENDENCE — Citizens at a public hearing last month expressed concerns about the Town of Independence’s water and sewer rate increases, which took effect July 1.

    Independence Town Council increased charges for water by 22 percent and sewer by 50 percent.

    During the public hearing, two citizens signed up to speak.

    The first, Evelyn Hughes, asked council why the rates were going up so much.

  • Man arrested in Hillsville a suspect in Florida homicide

    Staff Reports

    HILLSVILLE — A vehicle pursuit in Hillsville on July 8 lead to the discovery of a homicide in Florida.

    Police in Florida say it appears Matthew A. Barber, 49, of Orange City, Fla., “wanted to get caught,” based on his actions.

    Lt. Jason Sampsell of the Orange City Police Department told the Daytona Beach News-Journal that Barber “practically confessed, saying ‘I murdered someone in Florida, here is the address.’”

  • Car crashes through front of UPS Store

    On Wednesday at 2:25 p.m., a driver crashed into the front of the UPS Store on East Stuart Drive in Galax when she mistakenly pressed the accelerator instead of the brakes, according to an accident report issued by the Galax Police Department.

    A 2006 Nissan Sentra driven by Teresa M. Combs, 65, of Galax, was pulling into a parking space in front of the UPS Store when she hit the gas pedal and drove through the plate glass storefront, ending with her car partly inside the building.