Local News

  • Six arrested on meth charges in Galax

    Staff Report

    Six people have been arrested after police in Galax received information that a quantity of methamphetamine was being delivered to the city.

    According to a Galax Police Department report, officers Sgt. Shawny Jones, Terry Woods and Jeremiah Foutch conducted an investigation Nov. 19 that led to the arrests of the following individuals:

    • Alicia Grunlose Reynolds, 40, of Hillsville, was charged with possession of a Schedule II drug (methamphetamine) and carrying a concealed weapon. Reynolds was held under a $500 bond.

  • Cana wreck sends two to hospital

    Staff Report

    CANA – A head-on collision in Cana sent two to the hospital last Thursday.

    According to a police report, the accident occurred at approximately 12:43 p.m. on Virginia 686 (Epworth Road), .02 mile north of Virginia 687 (Fish Lake Road) in the Cana area of Carroll County.

  • Search continues for missing Whitetop man


    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County Sheriff’s Department is continuing to search for a missing Whitetop man.

    John William Wingler Sr., 74, was last seen at his home around 5 p.m. on Nov. 11.

    He was reported missing to the sheriff’s department on Nov. 12.

    Investigators and deputies have checked several leads in the case but, so far, have not found any trace of Wingler.

  • Legislators don't want Syrian refugees in Virginia

    Staff Report

    Gov. Terry McAuliffe said this week he will not seek to block Syrian refugees fleeing the violent civil war in their home country, while a state senator and a U.S. congressman representing the Twin Counties both issued statements opposing resettlement of refugees in Virginia.

  • Supervisor wants to increase board pay

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors has discussed the possibility of a pay increase for continuing and incoming supervisors, beginning next year.

  • Cana fire results in fatality

    CANA – A fire in Cana claimed the life of a man on Nov. 13.

  • Ministry brings hope to prisoners

    INDEPENDENCE — River North Correction Center recently hosted a five-day prison ministry event to share a religious message with inmates who seek guidance from a higher power.

    Kairos, a prison ministry, sends volunteers to the facility twice a year for this event. Their recent visit took place from Oct. 21-25.

    (“Kairos” is a Greek word that means an opportunity or decisive moment.)

  • Break-in, grand larceny among Galax arrests

    Staff Report

    A break-in, an assault and a grand larceny were among the incidents investigated by the Galax Police Department last week, according to a police report.

    Kevin David Liddle, 33, of Galax, was arrested for breaking into the home of his former girlfriend, who had called 911.

  • Grayson man reported missing

    Staff Report

    The Grayson County Sheriff's Office is requesting help from the community to locate John William Wingler Sr., who is considered missing and endangered due to health concerns.

    According to a news release from the sheriff's office, Wingler was last seen at his home in Whitetop during the early morning hours of Nov. 12.

    Wingler is 74 years old, 5' 9" tall, and 165 pounds. His eyes are blue, and his hair is a mix of red and gray.

  • Carroll begins new administrator search

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Board of Supervisors discussed the hiring timeline for a new county administrator in its meeting on Nov. 12.

    Gary Larrowe, the current administrator, will resign his position effective Dec. 31. Larrowe has been hired by Botetourt County to serve as administrator.