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.

  • 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.

  • Readers Hotline 7/16/18

    A little bit fast
    I’d like to have respect for the state police, but I live on Tower Road and the state police park there and there’s a steep slope coming off the hill and people are going a little bit faster than 25 mph and when they want to make a quota or something, they always come to Tower Road and sit there and get the law-abiding citizens coming home from work. I just don’t have respect for them for doing that. I think they ought to be chasing drug dealers instead of law-abiding citizens.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Shooting suspect in custody

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

    The incident reportedly occurred around 9:30 p.m. in the area of the low water bridge in Fries.
    The Grayson County Sheriff’s Department reports that the victim, who was shot in the arm, is in stable condition after being flown to Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C.
    John Ford Gilliam, 47, of Woodlawn is charged with malicious wounding.
    No other details are available at this time.

  • 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.