Local News

  • Traffic stop yields multiple drug arrests

    Three people were arrested July 8 on multiple drug charges, following a traffic stop in the Pipers Gap area of Carroll County.

    According to a report from Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner, Deputy Trevor Carico made numerous drug arrests in connection with a traffic stop at the intersection of Crooked Creek and Klondike roads. The stop resulted in three arrests for drug violation charges.

    Meth, Oxycodone, prescription drugs and drug paraphernalia were seized, he said.

  • Grayson PSA's first meeting focuses on water projects

    INDEPENDENCE — The new Grayson County Public Service Authority (PSA) met for the first time last Thursday to introduce members — by default, the Board of Supervisors makes up the authority for now — and begin discussions about county projects.

    From the members present (Supervisor John Brewer was absent from the meeting), nominations were made for PSA chair, vice chair and clerk.

  • Galax names new tourism assistant director

    Jessica Milby, the City of Galax’s new assistant director of tourism and community development, has already been hard at work, even though it’s only her second day on the job.

  • Forest service pauses Mount Rogers trail realignment

    The USDA Forest Service is stepping back from trail realignment efforts in the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area in Grayson, Carroll, Smyth and Wythe counties.

    “We realize we must do a better job of engaging our trail users on this project,” said Area Ranger Beth Merz.

  • Confederate flag raises controversy

    HILLSVILLE — The ongoing debate over the Confederate flag has been a hot and divisive topic throughout the country for weeks now, and recent discussions could bring the argument before Carroll County government, as well.

    The recent disputes over the Confederate flag developed shortly after the tragic incident in Charleston, S.C., where a white gunman who espoused racist beliefs shot and killed nine black churchgoers.

    Despite this recent catalyst for taking down the flag, some say that the change was a long time coming.

  • Multiple injuries in U.S. 58 crash

    WOODLAWN — A two-vehicle collision injured four, with two removed by air transport, at 3:44 p.m. on July 9 at Faddis Hill on U.S. 58 in Woodlawn.

    According to Virginia State Trooper P.K. Cheek, a black 2003 Ford Expedition, driven by Dominique Reeves, 27, of Galax, pulled out of Glendale Road, making a left onto 58, and struck a red 1995 Dodge Dakota, driven by Thomas Sturdivant Jr., 37, of Woodlawn, traveling westbound on 58.

  • Van overturns at shopping center

    A two-vehicle accident resulted in one of them overturning on East Stuart Drive next to the upper entrance of the Galax Plaza Shopping Center parking lot on Tuesday, at around 4:30 p.m.

    A white 2010 Ford Transit Connect van driven by Robert Rosenbaum, 22, of Austinville, turned onto East Stuart Drive into the path of an oncoming tan 2003 Ford Taurus, driven by Ruth Turner, 88, of Woodlawn, who was heading west, said Galax Police Capt. James Cox.

    According to Cox, Rosenbaum thought Turner was making a left into the lot, but this was not the case.

  • Town names new events coordinator

    INDEPENDENCE — Dana Harrington has been named the Town of Independence’s new events coordinator.

    Harrington grew up in Comers Rock and attended Elk Creek Elementary and Independence High School. She has a dairy science degree from Virginia Tech.

    “This brings me full circle,” she said, upon noting that she now manages and lives on her family’s farm in Comers Rock.

    Harrington has managed livestock markets for 20 years. She owned a graphics company and has experience with photography, videography and freelance writing.

  • Man charged with shooting at neighbors

    PIPERS GAP — A Carroll County man was arrested July 5, following a domestic disturbance ending in gun play on Pipers Gap Road.

    According to a report from Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner, deputies received a disturbance call on Sunday at approximately 8:30 p.m., in reference to shots being fired at Peartree Court in the Pipers Gap section of Carroll County.

  • Teen found safe, sex offender apprehended

    SMYTH COUNTY — According to media reports, a 14-year-old Tennessee girl who had been missing and in the company of a convicted sex offender has been found by the U.S. Marshals Service.

    Hayleigh Wilson and Benjamin Shook were located in Smyth County on Tuesday morning. Earlier this week, police moved their search to Wythe County after sightings were reported there. They had previously abandoned their vehicle in Grayson County.

    Police said Wilson was unharmed, but doctors are examining her as a precaution.