Today's News

  • Area recovers from snowstorm

    Staff Reports

    Near record-breaking snowfall in many regions of Carroll County and surrounding areas of the Twin Counties this past weekend have left many residences with restricted roadway access and a loss of power in the aftermath of Winter Storm Diego.

    Snow totals for the storm, which began late Dec. 8 and lasted into the morning of Dec. 10, ranged from 15 inches in parts of Carroll County to 18 inches in Fries, 21 in Galax, 22 in Independence and 24 in Whitetop.

  • Frost giant: friends build 18-foot snowman

    Joe Lauer of Hillsville shared these photos of a giant snowman he and his friends built Monday after the weekend’s storm, which dropped nearly two feet of snow on the Twin Counties.

    The snowman across from Willie’s Drive-In on U.S. 221 in Hillsville is more than 18 feet tall.

    Lauer said the project took about three hours and they used a skid loader to stack the huge pieces.

  • Search for fugitive leads to 12 arrests

    The search for Marcus Alan Hicks brought police into contact with several individuals associated with the fugitive who escaped custody.

    As it turns out, a lot of Hicks’ associates were wanted, too.

    Hicks was recently arrested after escaping custody earlier this month.

  • Hunt is on for gift-stealing ‘Grinch’

    WOODLAWN — Virginia State Police is continuing its investigation into the theft of Christmas presents from a Carroll County church.

    The crime didn’t stop local children in need from getting their gifts, though.

    Investigators say they know more about how a thief gained entry to an office where the gifts for local children were stored, and have ruled out one means of entry.

    Blue Ridge Fellowship Church, off Glendale Road in the Woodlawn community, found that its Angel Tree gifts were stolen overnight on Dec. 5-6.

  • Church seeks help from town council

    INDEPENDENCE — The Independence Town Council’s October meeting was a packed house, as members of the First Baptist Church in Independence and its pastor, Mike Montgomery, consulted the town about an ongoing issue with the church’s septic system.

    At the start of the meeting, Montgomery addressed a request that was made to the town in August 2017, concerning a sewer connection being established from the town’s septic system.

  • Very Merry Chris-Mutts

    Thanks to Hillsville resident Tracey Hodge, critters at the Galax-Carroll-Grayson Animal Shelter are having a Merry Christmas.

    When Hodge took a stray mama cat and its kittens to the shelter, she missed it so much she ended up going back and adopting it. The mother, now known as Cricket, was old and Hodge was afraid it would end up not being taken by someone.

    However, she felt bad for all the cats and dogs in there who wouldn’t have a loving home to enjoy the holidays in. This month is seeing a high volume of animals at the shelter.

  • Trees honor lost loved ones

    HILLSVILLE – The community has come together during this holiday season for the first-ever “Lawn of Hope,” a Relay for Life fundraiser with a touch of Christmas spirit.

    On Dec. 1, the blue house at 1815 North Main Street in downtown Hillsville added holiday décor to its lawn for a good cause. Twenty trees were set up on the grounds for members of the community to “adopt” and decorate, with all proceeds going to the America Cancer Society.

  • Pastor charged with molesting W.Va. girl

    Staff Report

    ELK CREEK — A 76-year-old pastor from Grayson County has been charged in West Virginia with molesting a girl while visiting that area.

    Daniel Houston Shafer of Elk Creek was held without bond in the New River Valley Regional Jail after Virginia State Police served a warrant from West Virginia on Nov. 29, charging him with first-degree sexual abuse. Shafer was reportedly arrested after a funeral he was officiating in Wytheville.

  • Handcuff thief back in cuffs

    The search for an escapee from police custody has come to and end, following reports from the Carroll County Sheriff’s office regarding the arrest of a wanted man from Fries.

    Police also recovered the handcuffs Marcus Alan Hicks was wearing when he escaped. He is charged with larceny for taking them when he bolted from the back seat of a police car.

    Hicks was located and arrested Dec. 5 by members of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and the Galax Police Department. Hicks was found at a residence at Northway Apartments at approximately 4:30 a.m.

  • Anderson remembered for 40 years as firefighter

    Neil Anderson is being remembered as an active member of the first responder community in the City of Galax and Grayson County, with more than three decades as a volunteer firefighter.

    Anderson, 62, of Galax, passed away on Dec. 3, after an illness.

    Some of his fellow firefighters took a moment this week to remember and honor him.