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Today's News

  • Judge dismisses charge of causing deputy's death

    HILLSVILLE – Just over two years since the death of Carroll County Deputy Curtis Bartlett in the line of duty, a case against the man many blamed for his death was finally heard in court.

    The March 13 jury trial was to determine Joseph A. Lambert’s level of accountability for the fatal results of his actions.

  • Grayson supervisors address agriculture

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors, during their Feb. 14 meeting, discussed agricultural incentives with two different groups within the county.

    Ashley Edwards, community horticulture agent, was first to speak and used the opportunity to highlight some of the projects she’s been involved with during her time with the Extension office.

  • Grayson County native killed in Tenn. wreck

    Staff Report

    JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. — A Kingsport man was recently charged in a vehicle crash on Interstate 26 in Johnson City, Tenn., that left a 21-year-old student and Grayson County native dead at the scene.

    According to a report on TV station WCYB 5 in Bristol, the Johnson City Police Department stated that the crash occurred March 5 around midnight.

  • Inside Galax's Recovery Court

    “We ain’t never gonna get out of here today,” jokes one man in the Galax General District Court lobby, a smallish space at the top of the stairs in Galax’s W. Harold Snead Public Safety Building.

    A couple of kids are playing, switching from limber gymnastic poses to a story game involving the Big Bad Wolf to that old standard, “The floor is lava!”

  • Wheelchair thief sought in Galax

    Staff Report

    Galax police are still investigating a stolen wheelchair, even after a citizen came to the crime victim’s aid.

    The owner left the wheelchair outside his home at the Midtown Apartments, located on Main Street, on Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. When he returned at 2:45 p.m. the chair was gone.

    The chair is a Drive brand with the initials “DLD” engraved on the back of the chair.

  • Carroll freezes pay, hiring

    HILLSVILLE – Due to financial constraints for the upcoming fiscal year, Carroll County approved a resolution earlier this week implementing a hiring and pay freeze for non-law enforcement and non-constitutional officer positions.

    The resolution, which passed at the end of a nearly three-hour meeting on March 11, has been put into place as a temporary means of keeping a conservative county budget until details for the upcoming debt policy, reserve funds for other departmental contingencies and collection methods for delinquent taxes are finalized.

  • Virginia Is For Irish Lovers

    Capital News Service

    RICHMOND — Irish eyes are smiling in Virginia.

    The commonwealth is home to about 790,000 people with Irish heritage, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That is about 9.5 percent of the state’s total population.

    The percentage of residents with Irish ancestry ranges from 2.6 percent in Petersburg to 16.5 percent in Rappahannock County.

  • Arrests in Galax include drug possession charges

    Staff Reports

    Galax police handled two cases involving drug possession last week.

    On March 8, Officer Aaron Willard observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed. Once Willard stopped the vehicle, Officer Eduardo Mata arrived to back him up, according to a Galax Police Department report.

    After a brief investigation, Logan P. Malloy, 19, of Charlotte, N.C. was charged with felony possession with intent to sell or distribute marijuana. He was transported to the New River Valley Regional Jail and held with a $1,500 bond.

  • 'Thunder' rolls again in Carroll

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — For the fourth season, the live production of “Thunder in the Hills,” a dramatization of the sensational events that rocked the nation in March 1912 — the Carroll County Courthouse shootout in Hillsville and its aftermath — returns to the stage.

  • Drugs seized in I-77 traffic stop

    A traffic stop on March 8 resulted in the arrest of two North Carolina men, after Carroll County Sheriff’s Department deputies found four pounds of marijuana during a search of the vehicle.

    Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner reported that Deputy Bradley Hoffman stopped a 2009 Dodge Challenger for speeding at the 18 mile marker on Interstate 77. While speaking with the driver, Hoffman could smell a strong smell of what turned out to be marijuana, the report said. Hoffman and Deputy Trevor Carico searched the vehicle and discovered the drugs.