Local News

  • Man charged with felony child abuse

    Staff Report

    FRIES — A Fries man was recently charged in connection with an ongoing investigation of child abuse by the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office.

    A news release from the sheriff’s office confirmed that Xavier Tyquane Kyle, 21, was arrested and charged with felony child abuse. He is scheduled for a hearing in Grayson County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court on Nov. 28.

  • Galax will create recycling station

    By D.T. CLARK, Staff

    The City of Galax will soon have its own convenience station for residents to recycle cardboard, plastics, newspaper and aluminum.

    Galax City Council voted during its Nov. 13 meeting to have a site prepared on Fair Street, beside the public works department and across from the regional animal shelter. City Manager Keith Barker pointed out that this site is accessible and already has a concrete pad, which would significantly reduce the expense of setting up the station.

  • Insurance healthier than expected in Va.

    Landmark News Service and Staff Reports

    The political brawls over the failed efforts to abolish key parts of the Affordable Care Act beg the question: How has the law – and the fight to repeal it – affected Virginians’ ability to obtain health insurance they can afford?

    Opponents of what is also known as “Obamacare” have argued it’s a doomed system and a disaster for the country. Warnings abound that it has caused health care costs to skyrocket beyond people’s ability to pay.

  • Discovery Center finds home

    Staff Report

    KONNAROCK — Blue Ridge Discovery Center is typically an endeavor that is outdoors, exploring nature and the environment of the region, but now it finally has a place to call home between excursions.

    The Grayson County-based BRDC and the Konnarock Retreat House have formed a partnership through which the center will continue restoration of the Historic Konnarock Training School to become the site of Blue Ridge Discovery Center.

  • Lambsburg man charged for stolen vehicles, drugs


    HILLSVILLE – A Carroll County man faces several charges following a search of his Lambsburg property.

    Deputy Jason Newman of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office said he received a call on Nov. 1 concerning a possible stolen vehicle.

    After responding to the home at 1224 Chestnut Grove Road, he located a vehicle reported stolen in Mount Airy, N.C. Newman said during the search he spotted another vehicle that was reported stolen in Galax. He then called Investigator Brian Felts.

  • City moves personal property tax deadline to Jan. 5

    By D.T. CLARK, Staff

    Galax residents will have a little longer to pay their personal property taxes this year, thanks to extra-thorough testing of the billing software.

    At the Nov. 13 meeting, City Manager Keith Barker asked Galax City Council members to move the deadline for personal property payments to 30 days later than the regular Dec. 5 date.

    “No one will incur penalties for payment past the normal date,” Barker noted.

  • Foundation awards grants to non-profits, local governments

    Staff Report

    The Twin County Community Foundation announced the awarding of 12 healthcare-related grants totaling $250,641 to entities in Carroll, Grayson and Galax.

    The foundation’s first grants were to eligible not-for-profit agencies and local government entities to promote health, education, and welfare of the region’s citizens.

    Grants for the 2018 fiscal year are awarded to:

    • Lions Club of Galax Charities, Inc. for $1500 for eyeglasses and hearing aids for low-income persons.

  • Suspect sought in Grayson

    Staff Reports

    A man involved in an altercation at a Beech Grove Lane home on Tuesday has said he will turn himself in to police after a three-day search, according to Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan.

    David Lee Combs, 39, of 2212 Beech Grove Lane, was a suspect in an incident Nov. 14 at his residence, according to the sheriff’s office.

    At approximately 4 p.m. that day, Grayson County deputies responded to Combs’ residence for a report of a self-inflicted stab wound.

  • Stabbing suspect sought in Grayson

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Sheriff's Office and the Virginia State Police are searching for a suspect involved in a reported stabbing on Beech Grove Lane in Galax on Tuesday afternoon.

    David Lee Combs, 39, of 2212 Beech Grove Lane, is a suspect in a stabbing at the residence, which occurred at 4 p.m. Tuesday, according to the sheriff's office.

    The victim reportedly received minor wounds.

    Combs was last seen running into a wooded area near Beech Grove, wearing a camouflage jacket.

  • Grand jury indicts five in Grayson


    INDEPENDENCE – Sealed indictments against five suspects were recently opened in Grayson County.

    A Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury that met in Independence on Oct. 27 returned the indictments. Several of the indictments were sealed until those named could be arrested.

    Richard Scott Anders Jr., 48, of Dublin, was indicted on nine charges of possession of child pornography (second or subsequent offense).