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  • $16 million lawsuit filed in Easter Sunday crashes

    UPDATED 4/6/14:

  • VSP, VDOT urge motorists to avoid travel

    UPDATED 3:45 P.M. In a traffic update from the Virginia State Police, Virginians are being asked to be extra cautious of icy road conditions with the dropping temperatures and to continue to avoid unnecessary travel. The update reminded motorists to be aware that bridges freeze first.

  • Governor names Galax fire chief to state board

    David Hankley, Galax Volunteer Fire Department chief and the city’s commissioner of the revenue, has been appointed to the Virginia Fire Services Board by Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

    The board is a policy-making group within the Virginia Department of Fire Programs and consists of 15 appointed positions to represent the fire service organizations throughout the commonwealth, as well as the general public. Hankley was chosen to represent the Virginia Municipal League.

  • Fries woman dies after being run over by truck

    A Fries woman died Wednesday after being run over by a truck, and the driver — who left the scene — is charged with first-degree murder.
    Virginia State Police Trooper W.B. Deskins responded to a fatal crash in Smyth County at 8:50 a.m. on Aug. 24.
    Two men and two women were riding in a 2008 Ford diesel pickup truck when the driver, John R. Lewis, pulled over and stopped in the 500 block of Knight Road, according to the state police report. Two passengers – Samuel D. Lawson and Heather M. Clontz – exited the vehicle.

  • Interstate accident results in fatality

    CARROLL – The Virginia State Police is investigating a crash that occurred this morning on Interstate 77 and resulted in one fatality.

    According to a release from Corinne Geller, Public Relations Director, at 9:21 a.m. on Thursday, Trooper P.K. Cheek with the VSP responded to a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 77 near Exit 1 in Carroll County.

    The release stated that a tractor-trailer was traveling southbound on I-77 when it took the Exit 1 ramp and ran off the left side of the ramp. The vehicle struck the guardrail and overturned.

  • Carroll can borrow $2M, if needed

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution authorizing a revenue anticipation note for up to $2 million, but county staff hopes to not have to use it.

    The money would be used for general operating funds during times in the fiscal year when revenue is typically slow, and the county would only borrow what is needed, not to exceed $2 million.

    Later in the fiscal year, when tax revenue and other payments start coming in, the county would be able to pay the money back.

  • Grayson turns school probe over to state police

    INDEPENDENCE — More than a year after the extent of the Grayson County Public Schools’ budget crisis was revealed, the Grayson County Board of Supervisors has turned over an investigation into the cause of the extreme shortfalls to the Virginia State Police.

    The board completed its investigation of the school system’s budget problems on July 27. It included a forensic audit that covered three years of school finances. Some findings have been turned over to state police and commonwealth’s attorney’s office.

  • Child on bicycle hit by car

    An 11-year-old child was airlifted to Wake Forest Baptist Hospital in North Carolina, after being struck by a car Tuesday evening while riding a bicycle on Meadow Creek Road.

    
According to Virginia State Trooper R.B. Phipps, officers and rescue personnel were dispatched to Meadow Creek Road, 1.5 miles west of Davis Knob in Grayson County, at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 23. Upon arrival, responders found an accident involving the minor and a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt, operated by Heather Sizemore, 25, of Galax.


  • State police warn of IRS phone scam

    Staff Report

    Virginia State Police are warning residents of an ongoing phone scam where a caller claims they are from the Internal Revenue Service and demands payment. The scam is using a caller ID spoof that shows a legitimate state police area office phone number when the calls come through.

  • Three charged with transporting drugs

    Staff Report

    BAYWOOD — Three North Carolina residents were recently arrested and charged with attempting to deliver drugs to Grayson County, among several other offenses.

    According to a report from the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, members of the department arrested the three subjects after stopping them in a white Dodge Dakota truck on Beech Grove Road in Baywood on Aug. 1.