Local News

  • Truck catches fire on U.S. 58

    A Hillsville man’s truck caught fire on Friday at 12:36 p.m., prompting him to pull over at 8638 Carrollton Pike, according to the Galax Volunteer Fire Department.

    The driver, who was alone in the vehicle, was traveling towards Galax when he noticed that the air conditioning system’s wiring in his 1990 Toyota pickup had started to smoke. He pulled over and managed to get out with his valuables and no apparent personal injury before the truck burst into flame.

  • Hillsville crash snaps pole, causes power outage

    A single-vehicle accident involving a power pole in Hillsville caused no injuries but left several homes without electricity for about three hours on April 19, according to Hillsville Police Officer Stephen Brady.

    A black 2010 Chevrolet Silverado pickup, driven by Jeremy Lee Wilson, 25, of Wrightsville, Ga., was coming down Big Red Drive when he approached a steep curve and, unable to stop or negotiate the turn, hit an Appalachian Power pole and broke it, Brady said.

  • Drug takeback set for April 29

    INDEPENDENCE ― The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office and the Independence Police Department will participate in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on April 29, with prescription drug dropoffs in multiple locations.

    The public is encouraged to turn in unused and out-of-date medications including prescription, over-the-counter and pet meds, for safe disposal at their nearest collection site. These items will be safely disposed of to prevent them from being misused, or from contaminating local water supplies as a result of improper disposal.

  • Fries plans first fair since 1950s

    FRIES — For the first time in nearly 70 years, the town of Fries has announced the arrival of a four-day fair for kids and adults to enjoy.

    The Fries Fun Fair will be held April 27-30, by the New River. Provided by Lisko Family Midway Amusements, the fair will feature a number of rides, game booths and food stations throughout the long weekend.

  • Grayson's eye in the sky

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson now has a handy eye in the sky available, thanks to a recent certification allowing the county to operate an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for mapping and other potentially life-saving uses.

  • County offers tax relief to seniors, veterans, disabled

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County is offering two tax relief programs that benefit local veterans, the elderly and the disabled.

    At the April meeting of the Grayson Board of Supervisors, Commissioner of the Revenue Larry Bolt talked about the county’s real estate tax relief program for the elderly and disabled. Passing around a handout for the program, Bolt explained that his office provides an initial questionnaire to the public, to give citizens an opportunity to see if they may qualify.

  • Firefighters extinguish blaze at unoccupied house

    Staff Report

    FRIES — Fries and Galax firefighters battled a fully involved structure fire at an unoccupied building in Fries on Monday morning.

    According to a report from Chief Chad Stanley, the Fries Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire on Barbershop Lane at 3:42 a.m. on April 17. Upon arrival, the department found a one-story, unoccupied house that was fully engulfed.

  • Car hits Galax bank

    No injuries occurred on Wednesday around 2 p.m. when a car crashed into the glass foyer of BB&T on East Stuart Drive in Galax, according to the Galax Police Department.

    The incident left the lobby temporarily closed.

    Sgt. Mark Burnett said that an elderly man reported that he pulled into a parking space directly in front of the entrance when the brakes on his car, a Ford Lumina, failed. The crash caused the metal frame of the foyer to buckle at and around the point of impact, and two panes of glass to shatter.

  • Galax arrests include felony larceny, drug possession

    Two people are charged with felony larceny for a break-in in Galax last week.

    According to a Galax Police Department report, Sgt. Mark Burnett and officers John Reavis and Tyler Houk responded to a report of suspicious activity on Mill Street.

    “While they were investigating, Houk observed three individuals flee from a residence in an obvious attempt to avoid detection,” Chief Rick Clark. said. “He gave chase and ultimately detained the three after a short foot chase.”

  • 10 Carroll roads set for improvement

    HILLSVILLE – Ten roads in Carroll County should receive improvements this year, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation’s proposed six-year road plan.

    Representatives from VDOT were present at the April 10 meeting of the Carroll County Board of Supervisors to discuss the plan and hold a public hearing on road improvements in the county.