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Today's News

  • Motorcycle driver dies after crash in Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE – Medical reports following a motorcycle vehicle accident near the Hillsville Bypass have confirmed the fatality of a North Carolina man after he was flown from the scene of the crash.

    The incident occurred Sept. 25 at approximately 4:45 p.m. at the intersection of the bypass and U.S. 52. According to accident reports from the Hillsville Police Department, Stephen Lisy, 70, of Chardon, Ohio, was forced to stop abruptly while traveling south on 52 just in front of the bypass intersection. Lisy was operating a 2007 Yamaha 1100 at the time of the incident.

  • Readers Hotline 10/1/18

    Shame
    The flooding early [Sept. 9] was unexpected. What was unbelievable was seeing people take advantage and steal property. I didn’t think looting would be something to worry about in this town. Shame on those who stole. See you in court.

    Calling under influence
    I would just like to suggest that people do not drink or use drugs prior to calling the Hotline.
    Editor’s note: We second that motion, because some callers really do that.

    Wait and see

  • Harvest Festival in Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE — Main Street in Hillsville was full of festivities for the fall season this past weekend, during the town’s second annual Harvest Festival, a combination of the previous Carroll County Pumpkin Festival and the town’s Historic Chili Shootout.

    Local contestants, as well as travelers from surrounding areas, gathered on Main Street and behind the historic courthouse Sept. 29 for live music, a cornhole tournament and cold brews while waiting to sample unique chili recipes.

  • Grayson seeking broadband services

    INDEPENDENCE — The Wired Road Authority has reached a milestone in its plans to provide broadband services to businesses and homes throughout the Twin Counties.

    After receiving a $300,000 grant from the Virginia Tobacco Commission for this purpose, planning is underway by Grayson and Carroll counties and the Wired Road to put these funds to good use.

  • Galax officer saves citizen in jeopardy

    Staff Report

    “A job well done with a great ending,” says the post on the Galax Police Department’s Facebook page, put up on Sept. 25.

    It briefly relates the story of three police officers — Tyler Garcia, Darrin Alley and Sgt. Trevor Jefferson — who helped talk a citizen out of a suicide attempt.

  • Pipers Gap home burns

    No injuries or casualties occurred during a house fire on Pipers Gap Road at 11:28 p.m. on Friday, according to Larry Wilson of the Galax Volunteer Fire Department.

    A neighbor spotted the fire as he was coming home from work and called 911. Firefighters arrived to find one end of the home on fire.
    The homeowner — an elderly woman and its only occupant — is in an assisted living facility in Hillsville, said Wilson. He said that he believed the fire started in the basement, but did not know the cause.

  • Pipers Gap home burns

    No injuries or casualties occurred during a house fire on Pipers Gap Road at 11:28 p.m. on Friday, according to Larry Wilson of the Galax Volunteer Fire Department.
    A neighbor spotted the fire as he was coming home from work and called 911. Firefighters arrived to find one end of the home on fire.
    The homeowner — an elderly woman and its only occupant — is in an assisted living facility in Hillsville, said Wilson. He said that he believed the fire started in the basement, but did not know the cause.

  • New Galax police chief begins term

    DeWitt Cooper’s path to becoming the new chief of the Galax Police Department starts in New York and ends in Southwest Virginia, a place he’s adopted as his new home.

    “I was born in New York City,” and grew up there, says Cooper. “I like it. I love it!”

    However, Cooper — calm, friendly, affable — has gotten used to Galax quickly.

    He started working with departing Chief Rick Clark on Sept. 10 to learn the ropes and get a feel for the community.

  • All local schools accredited

    Staff Report

    All 18 schools across three divisions in Galax, Carroll and Grayson are fully accredited under new state standards, but the new system also requires some schools to implement action plans or undergo academic review based on test scores.

    The Virginia Department of Education on Thursday reported the first school ratings under new state accreditation standards designed to promote continuous achievement in all schools, close achievement gaps and expand accountability beyond overall performance on Standards of Learning tests.

  • Carroll investigates 34 larceny cases

    A series of break-ins in Carroll County has sparked investigations by local law enforcement after multiple calls reported items missing from vehicles.

    The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia State Police are investigating 34 incidents of cars being entered and money and firearms being stolen, during the night time hours of Sept. 25 and the early morning hours of Sept. 26.