Local News

  • Heavy rains could bring more flooding

    Staff Report

    Heavy rain caused flooding in parts of the Twin Counties this week, though areas to the north and east were hit much harder.

    With the ground already soaked and the forecast calling for the possibility of several more inches of rain this weekend, state officials are warning people to stay safe.

  • Alternate to Galax Lord's Acre Sale to be held Oct. 2

    According to Jessica Milby of Galax Tourism, any churches that have made goods for the Lord's Acre Sale will now be able to sell them Friday evening in the old bank building downtown at 200 N. Main Street (across from Macado's) during the First Friday event.

    Hours for the sale will be from 5-7 p.m. like First Friday, but Milby said it might go longer if there is an interest.

  • State helping Galax promote tourism

    Galax is among 44 local tourism offices across Virginia receiving matching grants from the state as part of the Virginia Tourism Corporation’s (VTC) Marketing Leverage Program.

    The program receiving the grant in Galax is called, “The River, The Trail and Small Town Fun.”

    These grants are designed to help local and regional tourism entities attract more visitors by leveraging local marketing dollars. The local organizations match the state grant funds by a minimum of 2:1 in order to support marketing projects.

  • Juvenile passenger injured in Bee Line crash

    A two-vehicle accident near Bee Line Drive in Galax on Sept. 19 left a juvenile injured, according to Virginia State Trooper J.R. Alderman. The accident occurred at about 2 p.m.

    A brown 1994 Ford F-150 pickup, driven by Luverne Prather, 84, of Woodlawn, was making a left from eastbound U.S. 58 onto Bee Line Drive when he pulled into the path of a blue 1995 Honda Civic, driven by Nicholas Long, 16, of Hillsville, the report said. Long struck Prather’s truck in the side.

  • Benish runs for at-large seat on school board

    INDEPENDENCE — Dr. Robert Benish has joined this year’s political race to fill the at-large supervisor seat on the Grayson County School Board.

    Benish is one of three independent candidates vying for the seat this year. John K. Brewer and Tim L. “T.T.” Carico also will be listed on the ballot this November.

    The winner will fill the seat vacated by Gary Burris, who did not seek another term.

    Benish, trained in gastroenterology, has served Grayson County, Galax and surrounding communities for 28 years.

  • Hospice, home health celebrate decades of care

    Twin County Home Health recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, along with Twin County Hospice, which commemorated its 20th anniversary.

    Home Health Director Kippy Anderson and Hospice Director Larissa Baker took a few minutes to talk about their organizations’ impact on the area.

    Home Health focuses on providing care for homebound patients who are unable to leave without great effort; Hospice focuses on end-stage care for terminal patients.

  • Driver ends up in yard after Independence crash

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — An Independence man received minor injuries last Wednesday morning after his vehicle crashed into a ditch on Main Street in Independence, trapping him inside.

    According to a report from Independence Police Cpl. Matthew Adams, authorities were dispatched at 8:19 a.m. to 179 W. Main Street on Sept. 23.

  • Traffic pattern to change on U.S. 58 in Carroll

    The U.S. 58 improvement project will require a traffic pattern change Tuesday and Wednesday in the Carroll County portion between Laurel Fork and Meadows of Dan.

    Weather permitting, drivers can expect a change Tuesday in the traffic pattern between Virginia 618 (Pine Branch Road) and Virginia 780 (Turnip Patch Road).

    Traffic will be routed to a newly-constructed section of the westbound lanes for approximately 2.25 miles.

  • Gov. McAuliffe welcomes new industries

    It was a historic day for state and local leaders and the community on Monday, when a crowd of nearly 200 individuals gathered to celebrate two large businesses that recently made their home in Grayson County.

  • Riverside wreck requires extraction

    Staff Reports

    A single-vehicle accident around 9 p.m. on Monday on Riverside Drive in Galax required the assistance of the Galax Volunteer Fire Department to extract the driver, according to Capt. Mike Ayers.

    The accident occurred just past Nuckolls Curve Road. Firefighters arrived to find a Chevrolet Corvette upside down in the road with a single occupant heavily entrapped, with part of the dashboard pinning one of the driver’s legs.