Local News

  • 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.

  • Doug Brown lays down his spatula

    Copyright 2016, The Alleghany News. Reprinted with permission

    SPARTA, N.C. — After more than 45 years, Doug Brown is retiring from the restaurant business. “I’m laying my spatula down,” the owner of Brown’s Restaurant on Jones Street in Sparta, N.C., said.

    Thursday was the last day the restaurant known for home cooking was open to the public. The business has been sold to Darren Koontz, owner of The Pines, a restaurant name that has been part Brown’s own history, and is now located on North Main Street.

  • Weight room dedicated in Carico's memory

    INDEPENDENCE — The August meeting of the Grayson County School Board included dedications to two former members of school administration, who were key in positively influencing the direction and growth of the school system.

    At the end of the meeting, the board recessed and reassembled at the Grayson County High School’s new weight room, for a special dedication to former school board member Tim “T.T.” Carico.

    Carico was elected to the school board this year. He died unexpectedly in July, from injuries sustained in an accident at his home.

  • Driver injured in U.S. 58 crash

    Staff Reports

    A two-vehicle accident on Tuesday on Carrollton Pike at 3:45 p.m. left one driver with lower back injuries, according to Virginia State Trooper C.M. Delp.

    A white 2006 Acura 4-door, driven by Ludia Estrada, 39, of Galax, was attempting to cross U.S. 58 from Winterberry Road when she pulled out in front of a green 2004 Honda 4-door driven by Rebecca Bolt, 53, of Galax, who was headed west into the city. The Honda struck the Acura at an angle, and the subsequent accident sheared a median road sign off at its base.

  • Adams promoted to sergeant for Independence Police

    INDEPENDENCE — Members of the Independence Town Council gathered this month to celebrate Matthew Adams of the Independence Police Department and his recent promotion to sergeant.

    Council congratulated Adams, and the group celebrated with cake and punch before the start of council’s monthly town meeting. Police Chief James Wagoner presented Adams with his badge during the celebration.

  • Galax arrests include drugs, felony shoplifting

    Staff Reports

    According to a report issued by the Galax Police Department, recent arrests included:

    • Nathan Joe Dowell, 36, of Independence, charged by Officer Chris Hines on Aug. 7 at 10:11 p.m. for felony possession of controlled substances and other unspecified charges.

    • Daniel Tyree Lester, 29, of Galax, arrested by Hines on Aug. 7 at 10:24 p.m. and charged with felony possession of controlled substances and misdemeanor possession/distribution of controlled substance paraphernalia.

  • Grant will pay for jobs, trade, upgrades

    INDEPENDENCE — Core Health and Fitness recently received a $309,000 grant from the Port of Virginia, which will assist in funding job additions, utilizing the port for importing and exporting, and moving forward with a capital project to improve the company’s distribution center in Independence.

    The Port of Virginia Economic and Infrastructure Development Grant Program awards money to qualified companies as an incentive to locate new operations or expand existing operations in the Commonwealth, which in turn facilitates the growth of the port.