Local News

  • Police: fugitive could be in Carroll

    Staff Reports

    Police in Patrick County say a man wanted for manufacturing explosives could be in the Cana area of Carroll County, or in nearby Surry County, N.C.

    The Patrick County Sheriff’s Office released information over the weekend asking citizens to be on the lookout for Michael Timothy Puckett, 44, of Ararat, who faces 11 felony charges related to the Sept. 11 discovery of a camp in the Ararat area that contained explosive devices, including Molotov cocktails, a pipe bomb and a grenade.

  • Fries addresses high lead level in water

    Staff Reports

    FRIES — The Town of Fries is addressing the results of a recent test of their water system, which turned up higher levels of lead than usual.

    In a recent press release, town officials explained that within the last year, the town took samples to test for lead and copper at several locations throughout the town. Of these samples, two tested at 28 parts per billion for lead, which exceeds the EPA’s established action level of 15 parts per billion.

  • Chamber to host forum for Grayson candidates

    Staff Reports

    INDEPENDENCE — The Twin County Regional Chamber of Commerce invites the general public to attend its Candidates Public Forum in Grayson County on Oct. 6 at 6 p.m. in the Grayson High School Auditorium in Independence.

    The forums are held to introduce voters to candidates and allow a non-biased platform for discussion and debate on issues that will directly affect their candidacy and the voters who select their government leaders.

  • Hillsville man charged after police chase

    Staff Reports

    HILLSVILLE – A Hillsville man is being held without bond at the New River Valley Regional Jail in Dublin following a chase that occurred Tuesday evening.

    According to a statement by Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner, Lt. Bobby Lyons was preparing to stop a car on U.S. 221 near the BP Drive-In in Hillsville at 9:33 p.m. on Sept. 8 when both the car he was stopping and his cruiser were nearly hit head-on.

  • Truck flips over on U.S. 58 in Galax

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    A single-vehicle wreck on Labor Day left a truck overturned and the driver transported by ambulance for injuries, according to the Galax Police Department’s accident report.

    A 1996 Chevrolet S10 pickup driven by Brian Anthony Cummins, 29, of Hillsville, was traveling east on West Stuart Drive near Woodview Drive in Galax when he lost control of the vehicle around 10:45 p.m. According to the accident report, Cummins stated he was having an argument with a passenger.

  • Grayson's Elk Creek District agri-businesses showcased

    The third Grayson Agribusiness Showcase highlighted agriculture and natural resource enterprises in Grayson’s Elk Creek District.

    The first stop was Independence Lumber Inc., operated by Randall Eller. The sawmill is Grayson’s second-largest private employer with around 130 employees at the Independence facility.

  • Candidates quizzed at first forum


    FRIES – Candidates in the Nov. 3 general election gave their views during a forum sponsored by the Grayson County Citizens for Better Schools held Sept. 1 at the former Providence School.

    Each of the 17 candidates attending was given a set of five questions for response pertaining to the office they are seeking.

    Robert “Bobby” Williams, a Democrat running for clerk of the circuit court, led off the forum. He said if elected, he would seek out the best technology for the office.

  • Seven arrested for selling fake goods at flea market

    HILLSVILLE — Approximately $500,000 worth of fake merchandise was seized in a joint investigative initiative on Sept. 4 at the Labor Day Gun Show and Flea Market in Hillsville, and seven people are charged with felonies.

    The investigation was conducted by the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Wytheville Field Office and the Hillsville Police Department. Blazer Investigations, representing numerous trademarked brand names, was also on site assisting with identification of counterfeit goods, according to a state police news release.

  • Lightning strike possible cause of fire

    Staff Reports

    WOODLAWN — A fire on Glade Creek Road, off of Joy Ranch Road in Carroll County, completely destroyed a shed behind a rental house at around 4 p.m. on Sept. 4, according to Hillsville Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Chief Mike Musser.

    Shannon Smith, who lives in the adjacent house as a renter, said, “I was inside lying on the couch. All of a sudden, I heard thunder — it sounded like a bomb went off. About 10 minutes later, I came outside and saw this.”

  • Two killed in separate wrecks on 94

    Staff Reports

    Two drivers lost their lives on Sept. 3 at the opposite ends of the same highway, in two unrelated crashes on Virginia 94.

    A Fries man was killed on his way to work last Thursday morning in a single-vehicle accident on Virginia 94 (Ivanhoe Road).

    According to a Virginia State Police report, the accident occurred at 6:15 a.m. on 94, approximately a mile south of Virginia 601 (Rakestown Road).