Today's News

  • Governor proposes more money for schools

    Staff Report

    RICHMOND — Gov. Ralph Northam’s proposed budget will feature $268.7 million in new money for investments in Virginia’s K-12 education system, according to the spending plan released Wednesday.

    The budget proposal includes an additional 2 percent raise in teacher salaries, totaling $88 million, that will result in a total 5 percent raise effective July 1, 2019.

  • Readers Hotline 12/12/18


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Readers Hotline 12/10/18

    Hurting the country
    It really doesn’t matter if you’re Republican or Democrat, if the one in office is wrong and doing wrong, they’re wrong. At least when Nixon was wrong, the Republicans didn’t take up for him. I don’t understand why people are upholding stuff that’s not right and it’s hurting the country. That’s why I’m an independent. I believe in voting for the person that’s capable of doing the job.

    No diversity

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Scammers use fake tracking numbers to trick online shoppers

    The Better Business Bureau warns that when you are shopping online this holiday season, make sure to buy only from trustworthy websites.

    Scammers are using phony tracking numbers to fool shoppers into thinking their package is on the way, according to recent BBB Scam Tracker reports.