Local News

  • Clinic renovation part of plan to fight mold

    After receiving complaints filed via the Virginia Department of Labor about possible mold contamination, Carilion Clinic of Galax proceeded to test the facility and is developing a plan to address it, according to a report released by the company.

    On Nov. 3, the practice got a notice from Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regarding an employee complaint about a possible mold problem and the building’s indoor air quality. The clinic is home to family and internal medicine practices.

  • Planning director leaving Grayson for VDOT job

    INDEPENDENCE ― Elaine Holeton, Grayson County’s planning and community development director, has resigned her position to accept a new job with the Virginia Department of Transportation.

  • Officers to train in community policing

    The Galax Police Department received two grants, one for $25,726 and another $17,244, from Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s “Policing in the 21st Century” initiative.

    The department was one of 36 to receive a grant from the more than $756,000 in funding approved by the Criminal Justice Services Board in Richmond. The money supports training and equipment to enhance the department’s community inclusive policing efforts.

  • Candidates for governor unknown to most voters

    Landmark News Service

    A poll released Dec. 14 by Quinnipiac University showed that candidates for Virginia governor in 2017 are not well known in the early stage of the campaign.

    Sixty-six to 88 percent of respondents didn’t know enough about the candidates to form an opinion, the poll found.

    Among Republican voters, 57 percent were undecided. Among those with an opinion, political strategist Ed Gillespie led with 24 percent, followed by U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman with 10 percent.

  • Police seek burglary suspect

    Staff Report

    The Galax Police Department is investigating a burglary that occurred the night of Dec. 18.

    The white male suspect entered a vacant business in the Twin County Plaza (Magic Mart) Shopping Center and attempted entry into an adjoining business, according to a police report.

    The suspect was in front of the shopping center at approximately 8:30 p.m., then went to the rear of the building. He fled the scene at approximately 10:45 p.m., police said.

  • State trooper discovers fatality wreck

    Virginia State Trooper P.D. Goard is investigating a fatal crash in Wythe County involving an Independence man, according to a news release.

    According to the report, a single-vehicle crash occurred Dec 22 at approximately 8:27 p.m. on Route 21, just north of Route 733, at the base of Iron Mountain. An off-duty state trooper came upon the crash and notified dispatch.

  • Wreck causes power outage


    HILLSVILLE – A widespread power outage was reported in Carroll County on Tuesday, following a single vehicle accident on U.S. 221.

    State Trooper Brian Phipps said a 1999 Dodge, driven by James Michael Huff Jr., 28, of Dugspur, was traveling north on 221, near the intersection of state Route 764, when he ran off the right side of the highway and struck an Appalachian Power electrical pole.

    Phipps said Huff was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle.

  • County looks at new use for old school

    INDEPENDENCE ― Grayson County has transferred ownership of the vacant Mount Rogers School building to the county’s economic development authority, which will look for a new use for the property.

    In previous meetings this year, the county staff and the Grayson Board of Supervisors have discussed the school’s recent problems with vandalism, increased insurance liability and maintenance expenses.

  • Arrest part of ongoing investigation

    Staff Report

    WHITETOP — A Whitetop man was recently charged with child endangerment and assault of a family member, after officers executed a search warrant as the result of an ongoing drug investigation.

    According to a news release from the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, Danny Musick, 49, of Old Park Road, was arrested Dec. 5 on charges including two counts of felony child endangerment and assault on a family member.

  • Recount set to confirm school board vote totals

    INDEPENDENCE ― A recount to determine the winner in the Nov. 8 race for the Grayson County School Board’s at-large seat will be held Dec. 27, the Office of the Registrar confirmed last week.

    Philip Vaughan of Fries, who finished second in the special election, filed a petition on Nov. 30 with the Grayson County Circuit Court asking for a recount of the votes after the election. Vaughan lost to Tracy “Zeke” Anderson by only two votes.