Today's News

  • Officers prepare for the worst

    HILLSVILLE — Collaborative efforts by local law enforcement agencies in the Twin County area have been undertaken to improve the cognizance and proficiency of emergency tactical responders who serve in the active line of duty.

    Carroll County High School Resource Officer, Cpl. Kevin Kemp, coordinated closely with Carroll County High School administration on July 12 to utilize school grounds for establishing safety protocols while conducting advanced tactical research and emergency tactical response training.

  • Arts committee seeks approval for $15K mural

    Banners, boards and budgets dominated the July 9 Galax City Council meeting after recognitions, retirements and installations.

    Chris Pollins, in her role as head of the city’s Public Arts Committee, requested that council present the Galax Planning Commission with a sketch for a mural to be done on the low wall outside Chestnut Creek School of the Arts’ West Oldtown Street woodworking studio.

    Pollins is also director of the school.

  • Shooting suspect to appear in court

    INDEPENDENCE — John Ford Gilliam, charged in a shooting near Fenders Curve near Fries on July 14, has a preliminary hearing scheduled in Grayson County General District Court on Sept. 24.

    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.

    According to court records, Gilliam was scheduled for a hearing to appoint an attorney July 17, but the hearing was continued.

  • Burnette named new CCMS principal

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County Public Schools have named a new middle school principal, while the high school principal continues recovering from a double lung transplant.

    Dana H. Burnette has been named principal of Carroll County Middle School.

    Brunette has served previously as the assistant principal at CCMS and has been an educator for the Carroll County Public School system for more than 25 years.

  • Tree takes out utility lines, causing power outages

    West Galax and Baywood residents lost power Wednesday when a tree fell on a power pole in the West Stuart Drive/Waugh Drive area around 7 p.m. and damaged lines, according to alerts issued by the Galax Police Department.

    The outage affected at least 1,435 customers, according to the Appalachian Power website around 8 p.m. on Wednesday.

    According to local APCo Distribution Supervisor Kenneth Belton, the tree’s roots were rotten “and it just picked last night to fall.” The weather was clear and mild at the time of the incident.

  • Six Generations



    Six generations

    Celebrating six generations are (from left) Kathy Richardson, Harlin Richardson, Geneva Richardson (98), Travis Marshall, Hailee Marshall Longoria and Benaiah Longoria.

  • Something To Do From 7-20-2018


    Twin County Cinema III, Galax, (276) 236-7469, www.southeastcinemas.com.

    • Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (PG)

    • Skyscraper (PG-13)

    • The Equalizer 2 (R)


  • Public Record from 7-18-2018

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record. The listings are complete.

    The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing.

    For additional information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded in April in the office of Gerald Goad, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Sisters turn 5




    turn 5

    Sophie and Emma Bergeron turned age 5 on May 17. They are the daughters of Boo and Penny Bergeron and the sisters of Dana and Landon.

  • Something To Do From 7-13-2018


    Twin County Cinema III, Galax, (276) 236-7469, www.southeastcinemas.com.

    • Ant-Man and the Wasp (PG-13)

    • Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (PG)

    • Skyscraper (PG-13)