Today's News

  • Fake bills showing up in Hillsville are 'movie money'

    HILLSVILLE – Local law enforcement is advising business owners and members of the community to use caution when accepting large bills during transactions, after a recent discovery of counterfeit “movie money” was discovered at businesses in the Hillsville area.

  • Victim stabbed, thrown from vehicle

    Two suspects from Galax are in custody after law enforcement discovered a disabled vehicle that was allegedly used in connection with a stabbing and robbery that took place earlier this week in Pulaski County.

    Police say one of the suspects also attempted a carjacking in Carroll County.

    Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner reported on July 22, just before 5 p.m., deputies were dispatched to Collier School Road in reference to a male subject who had attempted to steal a vehicle.

  • Arrests made in homicide case

    CARROLL - Carroll County Sheriff J. B. Gardner reported the arrest of two people in connection to the body that was discovered near the New River Trail on July 24, 2019. Sheriff’s Office Investigators obtained warrants for Kayla Ann Fulton and Codie Nathanial Fletcher, both with a Warren Lane address in Galax and charged them with the murder of 20 year old Alexandra Dare Taylor. Kayla Fulton, 20, was charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder and the improper disposal of a human body.

  • Reader's Hotline 7/24/19

    Shout out
    I’m calling about the Galax Walmart, store number 1023. I would just like to give a “hoorah, hoorah’ to all the employees. They go above the call of duty to help customers. I have a disability and I came in touch with two wonderful employees last night. One was Brad Isom, who really helped me a lot, and also there’s a cashier named Melissa. I do not know her last name, but she is wonderful. If you haven’t gone to Walmart yet, please go. You’ll have a wonderful experience. God bless each and every one of you.

  • Hot competition at BBQ championship

    This year’s Smoke on the Mountain Virginia State Barbecue Championship was held in downtown Galax on July 19-20, and even in the sweltering 90˚F-plus heat, 16 teams turned out to vie for the grand prize of $2,500, a custom-made banjo and a spot at the Memphis Barbecue Network’s “Memphis in May” competition.

    This year’s Smoke featured new food and merchandise vendors and the amateur “No Pro Wing Show” competition on Friday.

  • 'Non-user' fees have new name, cost

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Public Service Authority (PSA) has implemented revised rate structures for water and sewer services, as well as a reduced monthly service fee — a charge levied to customers throughout the county for having access to county utility services, even if they don’t connect to them.

    The issue has sparked heated debates between citizens, the PSA and the Carroll County Board of Supervisors over the past 10 months.

  • Plans glow brighter for Christmas light plans

    INDEPENDENCE — We just celebrated the Fourth of July, but members of the “Making Grayson Glow” committee are already looking forward to spreading some Christmas spirit.

    The most recent move in the “Glow” campaign was the committee’s “Christmas in July” float in the Independence Day Celebration Parade.

  • Low-speed driver charged with drug possession

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — A traffic stop by the Hillsville Police Department last week resulted in the arrest of an Austinville woman after officers discovered illegal substances inside the vehicle.

    Hillsville Police Chief Shannon Goad reported that on July 15, Officer Austin Atkins observed a blue PT Cruiser traveling west on U.S. 58. According to the report, Atkins noted that the vehicle was traveling in the left lane at a noticeably slower speed compared to normal traffic conditions.

  • Take a break from interstate with U.S. 21 Road Market

    Staff Report

    This year’s “Take a Break from the Interstate” U.S. 21 Road Market is scheduled for July 26-28.

    Four years ago, tourism officials in Virginia and North Carolina joined forces to create a multistate road market event along U.S. Route 21. Over the years, the three-day event has been expanded and now covers more than 100 miles of Historic U.S. Route 21, running from Wytheville to Harmony, N.C. The event passes through Grayson County and the Town of Independence.

  • Reader's Hotline 7/22/19

    Driving hazard
    I’m calling with concern about people driving with their handicapped placards on their mirrors. It plainly says to remove when you’re driving. I assume you have a driving permit and that you can read. You need to remove these for everyone’s safety.

    What’s the difference?