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Today's News

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Mayor selection raises questions

    Willie Greene refused to accept a nomination for reappointment as Galax’s vice mayor at Monday night’s Galax City Council meeting, after he was earlier nominated to serve as mayor.

    Questions arose over voting procedure, and Mayor C.M. Mitchell — who was reappointed — said later he had intended to support Greene if he was nominated as mayor.

    Council members choose the city’s mayor and vice mayor from among themselves.

    Greene has been on council since 1994, and vice mayor since 2000.

  • 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.

  • Man arrested in Hillsville a suspect in Florida homicide

    Staff Reports

    HILLSVILLE — A vehicle pursuit in Hillsville on July 8 lead to the discovery of a homicide in Florida.

    Police in Florida say it appears Matthew A. Barber, 49, of Orange City, Fla., “wanted to get caught,” based on his actions.

    Lt. Jason Sampsell of the Orange City Police Department told the Daytona Beach News-Journal that Barber “practically confessed, saying ‘I murdered someone in Florida, here is the address.’”

  • Landmark Group strikes deal with Carroll IDA to refurbish Woodlawn School

    Staff Report

    WOODLAWN — A real estate firm has entered into an agreement with the Carroll County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) to refurbish and repurpose the former Woodlawn School for apartments.

    The county and state officials announced the nearly $10 million project this week.

    The county closed the school in 2013, but it has operated as a community center since then.

  • 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.

  • Grayson court commended by state

    INDEPENDENCE — The office of the Grayson County Circuit Court Clerk was recently commended following an audit of activity between April 1, 2017 through March 31.

    According to an official letter from the Auditor of Public Accounts, no issues involving internal control or the office’s operations were found during the audit.

  • Board again confronted over utility non-user fee

    HILLSVILLE – Citizens continued to demand answers from the Carroll County Board of Supervisors over collection of utility non-user fees during the July 9 meeting.

    Following up on concerns stated during the previous meeting, citizen Ray Melton opened the discussion with comments about digging a water well when county water was previously unavailable, noting that the county has now begun running water lines on the street where he lives.