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Today's News

  • #TeamKiah #GoadStrong

    CARROLL – The Community of Carroll County came together as a whole this past weekend by holding a fundraiser bingo tournament to help a local toddler, Hezekiah Goad, who is need of medical treatment and accommodations.

  • Police seize drugs worth $19K

    A Fancy Gap woman is charged in two states after a traffic stop in Surry County, N.C. Police have seized drugs valued at nearly $19,000 from her car and home.

    On July 12, while working drug interdiction in the area of West Pine Street and Interstate 77, the Surry County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Kathy Branscome Lawson, 57, of 71 Meadow View Trail in Fancy Gap. The stop resulted in probable cause to search the vehicle, according to a news release from the Surry County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Trail system would connect Galax, Roanoke

    Galax, Carroll and Grayson are among more than a dozen Southwest Virginia localities being invited to join an effort to create a new trail system that would connect Galax to Roanoke.

    The idea was originally conceived to connect the Huckleberry Trail in Montgomery County to the Roanoke River Greenway, but organizers recently expanded their vision with a plan to create the Valley to Valley Trail, which that would also incorporate the New River Trail State Park.

  • Fugitives arrested in Galax

    Staff Report

    Two people wanted by police in North Carolina were arrested in Galax, in separate incidents.

    On July 18, officers located Stacy Lee Key, 44, of Fries, after he fled a residence on Dobyns Street into a field.

    Officer Darrin Alley and Sgt. Shawny Jones were attempting to locate a separate person on an unrelated matter, the police report said.

  • Rediscover your wild side at FloydFest

    FLOYD — Just down the road from Galax, music fans can answer the call of the wild this week at FloydFest 18~Wild, an outdoor music festival featuring an eclectic mix of superstars and local favorites, including Foster The People, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Old Crow Medicine Show, Gov’t Mule, The Infamous Stringdusters, Leftover Salmon, Tyler Childers and Greta Van Fleet.

    The award-winning festival features 100 bands on eight stages over five days, right in the Blue Ridge Mountains town of Floyd, from July 25-29, 2018.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.”