Local News

  • Independence man dies in motorcycle wreck

    Virginia State Police have confirmed that an Independence man died Oct. 25 from injuries received in a motorcycle accident on Pleasant Grove Road in Grayson County.

    State police received a 911 call and responded to the scene of a single vehicle fatality that occurred at 9:40 p.m. Tuesday on Route 698 (Pleasant Grove Road), three-tenths of a mile south of U.S. 58 (Grayson Parkway).

  • Arson ruled out as cause of fire

    A structure fire on Tower Road at 1:53 p.m. Tuesday in Galax destroyed an outbuilding and burnt trees and brush adjacent to it.

    “It was an outbuilding storing car parts, lawnmowers and things like that,” said Chief David Hankley of the Galax Volunteer Fire Department, which responded. “We don’t know what started it. The homeowner’s son was home and heard a noise, which sounded like a boom. He looked outside, and the building was on fire.”

    There were no injuries.

  • Clinton leads Trump 47-38 in latest Va. poll

    Landmark News Service

    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has a lead over Republican contender Donald Trump in Virginia, where she appears to be well ahead in the population centers of Hampton Roads, the Richmond area and northern Virginia, according to a poll commissioned by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce.

  • Local creators are guests at NRCC Comic Con 3

    DUBLIN — If you’re interested in comics and/or classic cars, New River Community College in Dublin is the place to be on Saturday.

    NRCC’s third annual comic con will be held at 117 Edwards Hall and is sponsored by the library. A new event, sponsored by the automotive technology department, will feature classic cars at a “Campus Cruise-In” in parking lots G and H. Both events will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and are family-friendly, open to the public and free of charge.

  • Carroll to name bridges after sheriffs killed in line of duty

    Two police officers were honored by having bridges named in their memory at the Carroll County Board of Supervisors’ Oct. 17 meeting, pending approval from the Virginia Department of Transportation.

    The cost of plaques for the bridges will be investigated between this meeting and the next.

  • Galax school security grant pays for cameras

    Galax City Schools is receiving a grant from the Virginia Department of Education of up to $100,000, with a 25 percent funding match, according to Coordinator of Support Services Jeff Sharpe, who applied for the grant.

    He is being assisted throughout the process by the school system’s Technology Coordinator Matthew Cornett.

    The grant will be used to buy digital security cameras to replace the existing ones at Galax middle and high schools, with more cameras overall and more of them placed outside, said Sharpe.

  • Charges include abduction, child neglect, burglary

    Staff Reports

    According to a report issued by the Galax Police Department, arrests last week included child neglect, drug offenses, burglary and abduction.

    Mickey Omar Moxley, 56, of Galax, was arrested on Oct. 20 by Officer Jeremiah Foutch and charged with felony burglary at night and felony abduction by force to deprive another person of liberty.

  • Agribusiness tour highlights Grayson's farming industry

    The county’s fourth Grayson Agribusiness Showcase highlighted the Providence District’s farms and natural resource-based businesses this month.

    Sponsored by the Grayson County Farm Bureau and Grayson National Bank, the tour ― which completed a series of district tours held in previous years ― was designed “to showcase the diversity and innovation of success of the agriculture and natural resource industries in the area,” according to Kevin Spurlin, agriculture and natural resources agent for Grayson County.

  • B.J. Carroll inducted into VHSL Hall of Fame

    Of all the stages B.J. Carroll has been on as an actor or behind as a director in the past three decades, it was a stage in Charlottesville last week where the spotlight finally fell most brightly on the veteran theater coach, director, teacher and mentor.

    Bettie Jo “B.J.” Carroll — the coach with the most wins in Galax High School history — was inducted into the Virginia High School League Hall of Fame on Oct. 12, joined by family, friends and former students.

  • Driver hurt in Carroll crash

    A single-vehicle accident last Thursday at 9:15 a.m. on Mallory Road resulted in the driver being airlifted to Wake Forest Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, N.C., according to Virginia State Trooper S.E. Kinney.

    A 2010 Chevrolet Malibu driven by Samuel H. Griggs, 27, of Galax, was traveling west on Mallory in Carroll County when his vehicle ran off the right side of the road, struck a fence, went down a steep embankment, rolled once, crossed a residential driveway and came to rest at the bottom of a small hollow.