Local News

  • Suspects attempt to escape

    Staff Reports

    According to a report released by the Galax Police Department, arrests last week included drug and alcohol violations and shoplifting.

    In two of those cases, suspects attempted to escape custody.

    • Ivy Rayne Hollinger, 24, of Galax, was arrested on July 24 by Sgt. Jody Poole and charged with possession of marijuana, felony possession of a controlled substance and carrying concealed weapon.

    Hollinger was charged as a result of a traffic stop.

  • Hillsville cultivates plan for market's future

    July 28 proved popular and exciting for the citizens of Hillsville, as the Hillsville Farmers’ Market celebrated Vision Day.

    The event was held to introduce plans for a permanent farmers’ market structure, which includes a central amphitheater, two bays on either side, and public restrooms along the back.

    The tentative structures would be set up behind the Hale-Wilkinson-Carter Home, across the street from the market’s current location in Jailhouse Square.

  • Canadian man injured in crash on motorcycle

    A two-vehicle crash on U.S. 58 near Cranberry Road on June 28 at about 9:30 a.m. left one driver with serious injuries, according to a report filed by Virginia State Trooper J.A. Vaughan.

    A 2011 Kawasaki motorcycle, driven by Kenneth G. Jenkins, 64, of Nepaawa, Canada, was pulling out to cross 58 near Cranberry when it struck a 2004 Honda CRV driven by Ronald Gray Boyd, 63, of Meadows of Dan, headed west on 58.

  • Hillsville fire truck involved in accident

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — An accident on Sunday involving a Hillsville Volunteer Fire Department vehicle is under investigation.

    According to a news release issued Monday by Carroll County, on July 30 at approximately 5 p.m., an accident occurred at the fire department involving a piece of firefighting apparatus.

    “The truck was leaving the building when it struck a small wooden structure,” the release said. “Moderate damage resulted to the front end of the truck.”

  • Driver injured in head-on crash

    A head-on two vehicle crash on Virginia 89 near Snow Hill Road at 5:20 p.m. on July 24 caused one driver to be airlifted to Wake Forest Baptist Hospital, according to Virginia State Trooper K.D. Blackburn.

    A 2006 Volkswagen Rabbit, driven by Munoz Hugo Soto, 31, of Galax, was traveling along 89 when he came up to a vehicle that was stopped to turn into a private driveway. Soto attempted to pass the vehicle and struck a 1999 Ford Explorer, driven by Perrianne Young Cartee, 57, of Ennice, N.C.

  • Owner of burned car located, police still investigating

    The owner of a car that caught fire on a wooded path off Davis Knob Road last Wednesday has been identified by Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan.

    According to Vaughan, it belongs to John Lyle, a Galax-area resident.

    “We talked to him, and he advised us that his car broke down in that area,” explained Vaughan. “He slept in the woods that night,” before the fire, and left his car. “It caught fire at about noon the next day.”

  • Grayson grand jury indicts 26


    INDEPENDENCE – A Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury indicted 26 people on 36 drug and other charges last Friday.

    The grand jury also sealed several indictments, which will be opened once those named have been arrested.

    Indictments included:

    • Timothy James Hicks was indicted on three charges, attempted statutory burglary, statutory burglary and statutory burglary in the night time.

  • Carroll will dedicate bridges to officers

    HILLSVILLE — Two bridges in Carroll County will be dedicated to local law enforcement officers who were killed in the line of duty.

    On Thursday, the U.S. 58 bridge over Snake Creek Road will be named “Sheriff Lewis Webb Memorial Bridge” and will be dedicated at 9:30 that morning.

    At 11 a.m., the bridge on 58 over Big Reed Island Creek will be named “Deputy Sheriff Emery Mabry Memorial Bridge.”

  • Delegate wants to abolish state taxes for poor localities

    A Southwest Virginia delegate is working on legislation to abolish state income taxes for 10 years in the poorest counties and cities, as a means of helping them get back on their feet economically.

    The legislation, if adopted, would apply to individuals, businesses and local governments in selected areas. Currently, it appears this would cover a large swath of Southwest Virginia, including the coalfields and possibly the Twin Counties.

    This would also, in theory, help reduce population loss and perhaps reverse it.

  • Driver passes out, hits rock wall

    Staff Report

    A single-vehicle accident at the intersection of East Stuart Drive/U.S. 58 and North Main Street in Galax at 8:14 a.m. on July 12 left damage to a stone wall at the front of a private residence, according to a report issued by the Galax Police Department.

    A 2017 Chevrolet Colorado driven by Lonazio Walls Garland, 69, of Sparta, N.C., was traveling east on 58 when the driver passed out and the vehicle struck a rock embankment.

    Garland and a minor in the truck received minor injuries. Both were transported by EMS for treatment.