Today's News

  • ATV maker responds to wrongful death suit

    INDEPENDENCE ― Responses have been filed by Minnesota ATV manufacturing company Polaris Industries and off-road repair service company Hilltop Cycle Inc. in a $5 million civil lawsuit filed by the family of the late Timothy “T.T.” Carico.

  • Galax arrests include theft, drug charges

    Staff Report

    Several arrests, including charges for theft and drug possession, were recorded by the Galax Police Department last week, according to a report issued by Chief DeWitt Cooper.

    On Oct. 17, Officer Darrin Alley received a call from a Grayson County deputy regarding to a stolen vehicle that had been tracked to Galax. The vehicle was located at the Galax Motel.

  • Drug takeback events to be held Saturday

    Staff Report

    Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring is encouraging Virginians to take advantage of Saturday’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to dispose of unused or expired medications, especially prescription opioids, before they can be misused, abused or accidentally ingested.

    The Galax and Independence police departments and the Carroll and Grayson sheriffs’ offices are participating in the event locally. Takeback locations in the Twin Counties, which will be open Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., include:

  • Absentee ballot requests due Oct. 30

    Staff Report

    The Virginia Department of Elections has announceed two upcoming deadlines for voters wishing to participate in the Nov. 6 general election via an absentee ballot.

    Voters wishing to mail their absentee ballot have until 5 p.m. on Oct. 30 to request a ballot through their local voter registration office or the Virginia Department of Elections Citizen Portal at vote.virginia.gov. The local registrar must receive all applications by the deadline in order to mail absentee ballots to eligible recipients in time for the election.

  • Amendments will be on Nov. 6 ballots

    Staff Report

    While many voters are aware of who’s on the ballot in November, some are surprised to find out they’re not just voting for politicians, but also possibly new laws. In Virginia, voters will see two proposed state constitutional amendments regarding taxation of property, which they can vote “yes” or “no” on.

    Amendment 1

  • Readers Hotline 10/24/18

    Successful event
    Just a big shout out to the Hillsville Elementary School PTSO and faculty for another successful Fall Festival.

    For shame

  • Hillsville police chief retiring

    HILLSVILLE – Wesley Yonce will step down as Hillsville’s police chief at the end of October, after 19 years with the department.

    Yonce’s departure has raised questions from the public, but a town official says there is no merit to rumors about the reasons for his retirement.

    Town Manager Retta Jackson confirmed that, after Yonce steps down on Oct. 31, Capt. Shannon Goad would head up operations for the Hillsville Police Department until a new chief is named.

  • Guns, drugs seized after high-speed Carroll chase

    One local resident and another individual from out of state were arrested after attempting to elude deputies from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department.

    Chief Deputy Gary Bourne reported that on Oct. 12 at approximately 10:40 a.m., Carroll Deputy Bradley Hoffman attempted to stop a vehicle traveling on U.S. 221 due to a traffic infraction.

  • Nonprofit needs new home

    Willing Partners is looking for a new home, according to director Kathy Cooley.

    The nonprofit, which houses a thrift store and food bank, has to be out of its current location in the Roses/Grants shopping center by Dec. 31. “Harding & Associates have rented it to Carilion Clinic,” said Cooley, who added that Willing Partners is grateful for having had a home there since around 2003.

    For five years before that, the fledgling charity operated from a church basement.

  • Arrest resolves other stolen vehicle cases

    Staff Report

    The recovery of a stolen vehicle resulted in the arrest of a suspect in similar cases, according to a report from the Galax Police Department.

    On Oct. 10, Sgt. Trevor Jefferson responded to a motor vehicle accident on Floyd Mountain Lane in Galax.

    Upon investigation, the vehicle was found to have been reported stolen from a location in Galax, the police report said.