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Today's News

  • Town names Goad police chief

    HILLSVILLE – Earlier this month, Hillsville Town Council announced that Shannon Goad, who had been serving as interim chief of the Hillsville Police Department following the retirement of its former leader, has been officially promoted to chief.

    Goad was named interim chief in 2018, after the departure of former chief Wesley Yonce.

  • 'Backpack Buddies' has fed kids for 10 years

    Ten years ago, Galax Backpack Buddies started making a difference for hungry school kids, and they’re still driven to continue that mission, according to Alison Bolen, on of the program’s founding members.

    Backpack Buddies, connected to the organization Feeding America, packs a full bag of food for kids to take home over the weekends during the school year.

  • Community can help bring health center to Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County is partnering with Tri-Area Community Health in an initiative to bring a Federally Qualified Healthcare Center (FQHC) to the aid of the community.

    The healthcare center initiative has been high on the county’s list of priorities since the concept was introduced in 2017 and has moved through several phases in the past year.

  • Hillsville man arrested on drug charges

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — One local resident was taken into custody last week by the Hillsville Police Department after a K9 officer alerted on the vehicle in which he was traveling.

    Police Chief Shannon Goad reported that on March 13 at approximately 10:30 a.m., Officer Austin Atkins observed a Ford van traveling on West Stuart Drive. The driver had committed a traffic violation when pulling out from the Hills Motel.

  • Galax man injured in fire

    A man welding inside a garage at the corner of West Stuart Drive and Boyer Road at 2:49 p.m. on Wednesday suffered second-degree burns when attempting to extinguish a fire, according to Galax Assistant Fire Chief Mark Burnett.

    The man “accidentally caught something on fire” while welding, said Burnett. “In the process of trying to put the fire out, he burned his leg.”

    The man was transported by Galax-Grayson EMS.

  • College plans local projects

    Staff Report

    Wytheville Community College (WCC) continues to expand learning opportunities at its location at the Crossroads Institute in Galax and is joining other partners for a proposed project at the former Baywood Elementary School in Grayson County.

    WCC is also continuing partnerships with other community colleges and the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) in Danville, according to a recent news release detailing its recent activities.

  • Drugs, guns, cash seized in Carroll

    After finding significant amounts of drugs, cash and semi-automatic weapons, Carroll County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested two individuals from North Carolina on March 16.

    According to a report from Carroll County Sheriff Office, the suspects were apprehended on Interstate 77 after deputies observed the driver traveling in a reckless manner.

  • Police pursue suspect on foot in Cana

    CANA – Two Cana residents were taken into custody this past week following a brief pursuit on foot involving a K9 officer, after police found weapons and illicit substances in the vehicle they were driving.

    A report from Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner states that deputies arrested two individuals at Love’s Truck Stop on March 13 for narcotic violations.

  • Sky View Academy kids learn to help others

    Young ministers of the Sky View Academy let their commitment of creating a solid foundation for youth flourish this past week by donating an array of useful items to the Tri-Area Pregnancy Center in Galax, to be dispersed to new parents and children in the Twin Counties.

    The academy, a ministry of Sky View Missionary Baptist Church in Fancy Gap, is comprised of children and members of the congregation with the collective mission of providing local children with a solid foundation to thrive physically, mentally and spiritually.

  • Grayson moves ahead with housing rehab efforts

    INDEPENDENCE — At its Feb. 14 meeting, the Grayson County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution regarding Phase II of the Eagle Bottom Housing and Rehabilitation Project.

    The resolution authorizes the county administrator to sign and submit documents to apply for a $700,000 Community Development Block Grant, as well as documents associated with the implementation of Phase II.

    The board further resolved that all beneficiaries of the project will be low- to moderate-income residents of the county as of July 1.