Local News

  • Grayson charges man with sexual abuse

    A man has been arrested on charges involving child sexual abuse, in an ongoing investigation.

    According to a news release from Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan, investigators responded July 20 to complaints of child sexual abuse, made against Adam Lee Haga, 44.

    Investigator Mico Davis interviewed Haga on July 26. The suspect was arrested and charged with forcible sodomy, a felony in Virginia, and taken before the magistrate for a bond hearing, Vaughan said.

  • Bridges honor officers lost in line of duty

    HILLSVILLE — Families of two Carroll County law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty gathered Aug. 3 at bridges now dedicated to their loved ones’ memories.

    Emery Mabry was a deputy killed in the 1970s after pulling over a car, while Sheriff Lewis Webb died over a century ago in one of the county’s most infamous incidents.

    Though removed in time, those losses still weigh on the officers’ families, and line-of-duty deaths are a freshly painful topic due to the tragic loss of a Carroll deputy in March.

  • Woman charged in son's death

    Staff Report

    FRIES — A Fries woman now faces charges after an investigation into the death of her son earlier this year.

    According to Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan, deputies responded to a call on April 30 at 286 Adder Lane in Fries, in reference to a child being struck by a vehicle.

    “Upon their arrival, the officers discovered that Tanisha Ann Lineberry, 24, ran over her three-year-old son, Jaylen Lineberry, while moving her car in the driveway,” according to a news release from Vaughan.

  • Wired Road, Microsoft look at ways to provide rural broadband

    A recent announcement from Microsoft about a new effort to bring broadband internet to rural Americans closely mirrors local initiatives to provide more internet coverage in the Twin Counties.

  • Motorcyclist dies in Carroll crash

    Staff Report

    A man from Ararat died Aug. 1 after police say he tried to elude police on his motorcycle.

    The fatal crash in Carroll County at about 4 p.m. on Tuesday was first handled on scene by Virginia State Trooper S.E. Kinney, according to a report issued by the Virginia State Police.

    A 2013 Suzuki Motorcycle, driven by Winfred S. Dawson, 31, of Ararat, was traveling south on Wards Gap Road (Route 679). The police report said Dawson refused to stop for a Carroll County deputy and continued on Wards Gap.

  • Carroll deputies respond to 'shots fired' call

    UPDATED 8/4/17

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — A Woodlawn man was arrested for drug violations and another man faces charges after an incident initially reported as a shooting.

    On Aug. 3 at 9:35 a.m., the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office received a call of “shots fired with possible multiple victims” near Stone’s Grocery on U.S. 52 North, according to a news release from Sheriff J.B. Gardner.

  • Galax receives $1.1M for streets, sidewalks

    The City of Galax is getting about $1.1 million in Virginia Department of Transportation grants, which will pay for street and sidewalk improvements.

    City Manager Keith Barker told city council members about the grant awards at their July 10 meeting.

    The first grant, at $294,028, is for sidewalk replacement on MacArthur Street, from Anderson to Swanson streets; the second, at $392,052, is for traffic signal replacement at MacArthur and Swanson streets; and the third, fourth and fifth, totaling $437,210, are for paving on East Stuart Drive.

  • 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.