Today's News

  • Bluegrass boot camp

    Aspiring young bluegrass musicians once again had the chance to learn from the pros at this year’s Bluegrass Bootcamp at HoustonFest, held June 7 in Galax’s Felts Park. The day-long program at the music festival offered a series of workshops with the likes of family act Mountain Highway, Shadowgrass members and Dori Freeman, Scott Freeman and Willard Gayheart. Students took lessons with their preferred instrument, or in the craft of songwriting, and gave performances at the end of the day.

  • Chapman found guilty of first degree murder

    HILLSVILLE —Yashisca Dushawn Richardson Chapman, 41, of Roanoke, was found guilty of murder in the first degree in the stabbing death of Roland Eugene Clayton Jr., 51, also of Roanoke, in the Carroll County Circuit Court on Wednesday, June 12.
    The jury recommended a sentence of 40 years in prison and a fine of $20,000.

  • Grayson citizens can sign up for tax relief

    INDEPENDENCE — The deadline for Grayson County’s annual tax relief program for the elderly and disabled has been extended to June 30 this year, as the Grayson County Board of Supervisors plans to expand the program’s guidelines and include more residents.

  • Fatality confirmed in Chestnut Drive wreck

    An accident on Galax’s Chestnut Drive at 6:18 a.m. Thursday resulted in the death of Ashley Danielle Lanier, 29, of Hillsville, according to Galax Police Capt. James Cox.

    Lanier was traveling north on Chestnut Drive in a 2002 Ford Focus when the vehicle left the right shoulder of the road, struck a guardrail and overturned into the creek.

    Galax firefighters responded to find the Focus on its top, submerged in the creek, at the bottom of a high, steep embankment, according to Chief David Hankley.

  • Relay for Life set in Carroll

    CARROLL  - Local communities are looking forward to this year’s upcoming Relay For Life charity walk and helping to promote the organization’s ongoing fundraiser.
    The charity event will be held this coming week, starting off with a Survivor & Caregiver Banquet on June 19 at the First United Methodist Church, located at 225 Fulcher Street, Hillsville, as an opportunity to celebrate the survivors of cancer and their caregivers. Registration for the banquet is at 4:30 p.m., and dinner begins at 5:00 p.m.

  • Motorcycle chases result in arrests

    Two men are charged with a variety of violations following two separate motorcycle chases in Carroll County.
    In the first incident, the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and other local law enforcement agencies apprehended a motorcycle thief after a high-speed chase that resulted in a crash and manhunt.
    Sheriff J.B. Gardner reported that on May 30, Deputy Jason Newman responded to a residence in Ward’s Gap to take a report of a stolen motorcycle.  

  • Carnival returns to Galax next week

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department’s annual carnival will be held June 18-22 in Felts Park, with rides, midway games, bingo, lawnmower races and fireworks.
    Gates open at 5 p.m. for bingo and the carnival starts at 6 p.m. each day.
    Bingo runs every night until closing, with a 50% payout for each game and a $1,000 championship game Saturday night for qualifying players.

  • Grayson Graduates of 2019

    Approximately 106 Grayson County High School graduates received their high school diplomas; and a number of students were presented with various awards, certifications and seals during last Saturday’s ceremony in the high school auditorium.
    This year, the top two graduating students were Chloe Sage Cox and Cassadi Brooklyn Perry.
    WCC graduates were also honored; in addition to 32 Governor Scholar award winners. Honor Graduate certificates were awarded to the top 10 percent of the 2019 graduating class.

  • Police seize drugs worth $25,000

    HILLSVILLE — A traffic stop by the Hillsville Police Department resulted in the arrest of a Georgia man after officers discovered pills valued at nearly $25,000 in the vehicle he was driving.

    According to a report from Hillsville Police Chief Shannon Goad, the incident occurred on June 6 on the northbound Interstate 77 corridor.

    “Officer Corey Smith was operating stationary radar at the 14 mile marker when he observed a white four-door vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed – 84 mph in a 65 mph zone,” the report said.

  • Five of a kind

    CHRISTIANSBURG –– In and around Galax there are several occurrences dotting the calendar that can be counted upon to happen once a year. Every August there is the annual Old Fiddlers Convention. Each July, it’s the annual Great Duck Race. In early June, you’ll commonly find the annual Hoisting of the Trophy.