Local News

  • Governor names Galax fire chief to state board

    David Hankley, Galax Volunteer Fire Department chief and the city’s commissioner of the revenue, has been appointed to the Virginia Fire Services Board by Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

    The board is a policy-making group within the Virginia Department of Fire Programs and consists of 15 appointed positions to represent the fire service organizations throughout the commonwealth, as well as the general public. Hankley was chosen to represent the Virginia Municipal League.

  • Fries woman dies after being run over by truck

    Staff Reports

    A Fries woman died Aug. 24 after being run over by a truck, and the driver — who left the scene — is charged with first-degree murder.

    Virginia State Police Trooper W.B. Deskins responded to a fatal crash in Smyth County at 8:50 a.m. last Wednesday.

  • Interstate accident results in fatality

    Staff Report

    The Virginia State Police is investigating a fatal crash that occurred last Thursday morning on Interstate 77.

    According to a release from Corinne Geller, public relations director for the state police, at 9:21 a.m. on Aug. 25, Trooper P.K. Cheek responded to a single-vehicle crash on I-77 near Exit 1 in Carroll County, near the North Carolina border.

  • Carroll can borrow $2M, if needed

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution authorizing a revenue anticipation note for up to $2 million, but county staff hopes to not have to use it.

    The money would be used for general operating funds during times in the fiscal year when revenue is typically slow, and the county would only borrow what is needed, not to exceed $2 million.

    Later in the fiscal year, when tax revenue and other payments start coming in, the county would be able to pay the money back.

  • Grayson turns school probe over to state police

    INDEPENDENCE — More than a year after the extent of the Grayson County Public Schools’ budget crisis was revealed, the Grayson County Board of Supervisors has turned over an investigation into the cause of the extreme shortfalls to the Virginia State Police.

    The board completed its investigation of the school system’s budget problems on July 27. It included a forensic audit that covered three years of school finances. Some findings have been turned over to state police and commonwealth’s attorney’s office.

  • Child on bicycle hit by car

    An 11-year-old child was airlifted to Wake Forest Baptist Hospital in North Carolina, after being struck by a car Tuesday evening while riding a bicycle on Meadow Creek Road.

According to Virginia State Trooper R.B. Phipps, officers and rescue personnel were dispatched to Meadow Creek Road, 1.5 miles west of Davis Knob in Grayson County, at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 23. Upon arrival, responders found an accident involving the minor and a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt, operated by Heather Sizemore, 25, of Galax.

  • State police warn of IRS phone scam

    Staff Report

    Virginia State Police are warning residents of an ongoing phone scam where a caller claims they are from the Internal Revenue Service and demands payment. The scam is using a caller ID spoof that shows a legitimate state police area office phone number when the calls come through.

  • Three charged with transporting drugs

    Staff Report

    BAYWOOD — Three North Carolina residents were recently arrested and charged with attempting to deliver drugs to Grayson County, among several other offenses.

    According to a report from the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, members of the department arrested the three subjects after stopping them in a white Dodge Dakota truck on Beech Grove Road in Baywood on Aug. 1.

  • Five file to run for school board in Grayson


    INDEPENDENCE – Five candidates filed and qualified last Friday afternoon for the special school board election in Grayson County to fill the unexpired term of the late Tim “T.T.” Carico.

    Candidates for the at-large seat on the Grayson County School Board had until 5 p.m. on Aug. 19 to file. They include Tracy A. “Zeke” Anderson, Robert Benish, James Davis and Ruth Ross, all of Independence; and Philip Vaughan of Fries.

  • Bomb squad called in for suspicious device at trail

    A sound not unlike thunder could be heard on Friday afternoon during a torrential downpour, but it wasn’t a natural phenomenon that caused the boom: the Virginia State Police’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation detonated a potential bomb in the parking lot of the New River Trail in Galax, located across from the old Vaughan Furniture building.