Today's News

  • Man shoots himself in leg at store

    Local law enforcement agencies were dispatched to Lowe’s Home Improvement in Carroll County on New Year’s Eve for the report of a gunshot, which resulted in charges for a Fries man and an injury to his leg.

    Reports from the Virginia State Police confirm that on Dec. 31, 2018, at approximately 4:50 p.m., a firearm was discharged near the self-checkout of Lowe’s, on East Stuart Drive just outside Galax. At that time, VSP Trooper J.L. Criner was off duty and in the store.

  • Carrico, Northam team up to propose I-81 fixes

    Staff Report

    RICHMOND — A Republican state senator from Grayson County is joining Virginia’s Democratic governor in a bipartisan effort to make travel on Interstate 81 safer and more reliable.

    The legislative proposal would provide $2.2 billion in improvements along the 1-81 Corridor in Southwest Virginia.

  • Haynes in custody, Dalton still at large

    The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office on Monday arrested one of two local men who escaped a prison work detail over the weekend and allegedly stole a government vehicle.

    John Kenneth Haynes was taken into custody at approximately 2:07 p.m. on Jan. 7 at a remote location in Cana, according to Sheriff J.B. Gardner.

    Gardner reported that information about Haynes’ whereabouts was obtained after executing a search warrant the previous night. The information indicated that Haynes may have been in the Carroll area.

  • Hospitals required to post price lists

    Staff Report

    Hospitals are now required by federal law to disclose how much their services cost.

    The rule took effect last week and is intended to give patients information about procedures, medications and services they are paying for. The goal is to help patients shop around for the best price.

  • Readers Hotline 1/7/19

    Make it right
    I have a message for the person or persons who was responsible for stealing the packages out of the church on Glendale Road. Anything that you want to put your hand to anymore is going to fail and anything that you’re going to do in life is going to fail until you make it right, because the eye of the Lord is upon you.
    Editor’s note: Just before Christmas, Angel Tree gifts intended for more than 40 local kids were stolen from Blue Ridge Fellowship Church’s office.

  • Carroll inmates escape custody


    Haynes is now in custody, according to police. He turned himself in on Monday.


    PEARISBURG — Two Carroll County inmates who escaped custody Saturday are still at large, but police have located the vehicle they stole.

    John Kenneth Haynes and Ronald Eugene Dalton II escaped from a work detail in Pearisburg on Jan. 5, according to the Giles County Sheriff’s Department.

  • Grayson prepares for 2019

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors discussed a series of developments with county initiatives at the Dec. 17 meeting, as they made preparations for the new year.

    The board reviewed several items on their agenda for the month, including a zoning ordinance amendment designed to assist the county in its goal of improving broadband access for citizens. The ordinance was approved by a unanimous vote, following a public hearing that was held during the meeting.

  • Chicken of the Sea: restaurant adopts 'Dumpling'

    Patrons of the Galax Long John Silver’s know chicken is on the menu — but one fowl outside is dining off of it.

    Dumpling, as the chicken was named by restaurant employees, eats a diet supplemented by the restaurant staff, who give her corn and hushpuppies, according to manager Joey West, who laughs a little when describing the bird. The rest of the time, Dumpling can be found scratching grubs at the edge of the woods.

    The chicken showed up around the time heavy snow hit Galax last month and has stayed ever since, West said.

  • Governor announces gun safety proposals

    Staff Report

    RICHMOND — Gov. Ralph Northam on Friday announced a package of gun safety measures that includes universal background checks, an assault weapons ban and extreme risk protective orders.

    The package also includes measures to reinstate Virginia’s One Handgun a Month law, prohibit individuals subject to final protective orders from possessing firearms, prevent children from accessing firearms and require individuals to report lost or stolen firearms to law enforcement.

  • Advocates seek funding to help Virginians with disabilities

    Capital News Service

    RICHMOND — Dozens of disability-rights activists urged members of the Virginia General Assembly last Thursday to approve funding to reduce the nearly 13,000-strong waitlist for developmental disability waivers.

    Developmental disability waivers, which are granted by Medicaid, include support services for mental and behavioral health, learning and employment.