Today's News

  • Carroll teen escapes abduction attempt

    AUSTINVILLE — Carroll County deputies have arrested a man from the Austinville community after an alleged attempted abduction that occurred the night of July 28.

    According to a police report from, at approximately 10:20 p.m. on Saturday, the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office received a call reporting the attempted abduction of a 14-year-old from a residence on Poplar Camp Road, in the Austinville section of the county.

  • Cana man charged in felony kidnapping

    SURRY, N.C. – A Cana man has been charged with multiple felonies following an emergency call in Surry County, N.C., on July 20.

    Surry County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to 197 Old US 52 South in Mount Airy, N.C., around 4 a.m. July 20, after receiving a report of a possible home invasion by an armed subject.

  • The upper crust

    INDEPENDENCE — The Independence Farmers’ Market’s sixth annual Berry Day had plenty of sweet treats for everyone; along with their usual array of produce, crafts and baked goods.

  • Galax School board members retain their spots

    Galax School Board members were reassigned their existing roles at the July 10 school board meeting.
    With little fanfare and no conflict, Ray Kohl was reinstalled as Chairman, Jim Adams as Vice-Chair, Kathy Halsey as clerk, Kristina Legg and Kara Graham as deputy clerks, Melissa Peddy as delegate and Leah Henck as alternate to the annual VSBA conference and Kohl as representative and Spangler as alternate to the Virginia Governor’s School.

  • New projects in Grayson include county fair

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County’s annual Youth Livestock Show will celebrate 13 years this August, in addition to welcoming a new event in tandem with their regular line-up: The Grayson County Fair.
    Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent Kevin Spurlin announced details of the upcoming fair to the Grayson County Supervisors during their July meeting, in a presentation highlighting the activities of the county’s new Agriculture Advisory Committee.

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  • Former teacher indicted

    Former Galax Middle School teacher, Jessica Kincaid Snow, 33, of Fries, was arrested Friday and charged with having an inappropriate relationship with a minor, according to a press release issued by the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department.

    She was released on a $20,000 bond.

    Sheriff Richard Vaughan said that his office began investigating the case when Snow and the minor were found parked at a boat landing in Grayson County by a nightshift deputy on April 1.

  • New trial date set for drug conspiracy suspect

    ABINGDON — A trial date has been rescheduled for the only defendant who did not plead guilty to drug conspiracy, among the 24 people charged as a result of the Operation Rolling Thunder investigation.
    Lelana Long of Meadows of Dan had a jury trial set for this week in U.S. District Court in Abingdon; it has now been moved to Aug. 27-29.
    A judge granted the defense’s motion to delay the trial at a hearing July 12.

  • School board addresses budget concerns

    HILLSVILLE - Concerns have been presented before the Carroll County School Board regarding employee benefits and solutions for shortages in several departments within the Carroll County Public School System.
    During the recent school board meeting held Tuesday, July 24, Joe Neil Webb of the Laurel Fork District in Carroll County appeared before the board as a representative of bus drivers who are employed by Carroll County Public Schools.

  • Clip Art: Main Street Barber Shop opens in Downtown Galax

    By Ethan Campbell and Shannon Watkins

    GALAX – Amongst competitors in the industry, Main Street Barber Shop has opened its doors in downtown Galax, hoping to provide top-notch personal care services, as well as services that have become rare in the modern era.