Today's News

  • Veterans' memorial project moves forward

    The City of Galax has contracted with North Carolina Granite Corporation to provide and install the memorial stones at the site of the Blue Ridge Veterans Memorial by Veterans Day.
    City council received an update on the project at its Aug. 13 meeting. The large memorial is being constructed next to the Galax Public Library on West Stuart Drive.
    The total cost to construct and install the monuments for this portion of the memorial is about $45,000.
    Construction of the remaining foundations is almost complete and the site will be graded afterwards.

  • Readers' Hotline 8/20/12

    Fast route
    You would think Meadowlark Road was the interstate, as fast as some people hurry down here to check a light pole. At least the cars on the side of the road slowed down the speeding busybodies who have no business down here in the first place.

    Bad odds

  • Without limit, gun sales shoot through roof

    Firearms have been flying off store shelves all year in Virginia, but last month — the first in 20 years that didn’t limit buyers to one handgun — saw the most sales yet.
    Background checks for firearms transactions spiked accordingly. In July, 29,072 checks were conducted by the Virginia State Police, a 29 percent increase over the same month last year.

  • Citizens air opinions at wind farm hearing

    HILLSVILLE  — A public hearing on a potential wind farm on Stoots Mountain hasn’t cleared the air about what Carroll County supervisors should do about the possible renewable energy development.
    County officials held a public hearing to get input on what citizens think after it became general knowledge that EDP Renewables has been exploring the ridge at Poplar Camp for a grouping of 24 wind turbines.

  • Galax says clean up your own meth

    In recent years, the cost of cleaning up the dangerous chemicals left over at meth labs has trickled down to localities, but a proposed ordinance would instead pass costs to the individual responsible for the lab, Galax City Manager Keith Barker told Galax City Council.
    Jim Cornwell, city attorney, has recommended that council consider adopting the ordinance.
    While localities have been picking up the cost, the state passed new laws this year allowing a locality to pass these costs along to those convicted of operating a meth lab.

  • Elledge charged with malicious wounding


  • Scout builds disc golf course in Felts Park


  • Senior Olympics deadline extended


  • Police search for missing teen


    Carroll County deputies are seeking information about a 16-year-old female missing since July 30. Sheriff J.B. Gardner says that Shelia Duncan, 16, hasn't been seen for two weeks after a meeting with a probation officer. There's a possibility that she has run away. The sheriff's office encourages anybody with information about her whereabouts call 728-4146.

  • She's four

    Samantha Autumn Rose celebrated her fourth birthday June 24. Her parents are Tina and Eric Rose of Fries. She has two sisters, Cheyenne and Trinity and a brother, Ryder, all of Fries.

    Her grandparents are the late Connie Dowling and Jimmy and Edna Hines, all of Fries. Her great-grandparents are the late Ressie Dowling and Robert Dowling of Fries, the late Mollie and Hobert Hines of Fries and the late Allie Ray and Arlene Osborne of Austinville.