Local News

  • Prevent ID theft on 'Cyber Monday'

    Thanksgiving dinner has turned into leftovers and many Americans have been on at least one shopping trip so far to start the holiday season.

    The National Retail Federation says that 46 percent of holiday browsing and buying will take place online. Shoppers, whether they choose to finish up their list in person or online, should take care to protect themselves from identity theft.

  • GVFD credits family's safety to smoke alarm

    Staff Report

    Galax Fire Captain Mike Ayers said that a functional smoke alarm was the difference between an oven damaged by fire and a house damaged by fire.

    According to Ayers, on Nov. 13 at 1:02 a.m., the Galax Volunteer Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 376 Kenbrook Drive in Galax. Members arrived to find the single occupant out of the residence, stating that there was a fire in her oven.

  • Va. man loses $18,000 to scam

    A Roanoke man has lost $18,000 to scammers pretending to be with Publisher’s Clearing House.

    Days after wiring the money, he received a check for $1.6 million with a letter requesting an additional $40,000 in order to release the funds

    He took the money out of an investment fund and was ready to send it when his wife stopped him.

  • Police warn of charity jar scam

    Galax police have been notified of collection jars appearing in local stores raising funds for P.U.S.H. Ministries and the local soup kitchen.
    “Representatives of both P.U.S.H. and the soup kitchen have informed us that they have not given permission for fundraising in their names and are not aware of this fundraising effort,” the police department posted on its Facebook page this week.
    “We encourage anyone contributing money to an organization to contribute directly or verify that the collection method is legitimate,” police said.

  • N.C. police car hits, kills Lambsburg man

    Staff Report

    MOUNT AIRY, N.C. – A Carroll County man died on Nov. 21 after he was struck by a

    North Carolina Highway Patrol vehicle on I-74.

    The victim has been identified as Romie Clark Bobbitt, 78, of Lambsburg.

    The accident occurred around 6 p.m. in Surry County, N.C., near Mount Airy and about three-quarters of a mile from N.C. 89.

    According to reports from media outlets in North Carolina, Bobbitt was apparently driving a car eastbound on 74 when he was sideswiped by another vehicle.

  • Poll shows state up for grabs in 2016

    Landmark News Service

    Less than four months before Virginia’s 2016 presidential primary, candidate preferences among the state’s voters are similar to those in other early primary states, according to a poll released Nov. 16.

    Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson and New York real estate magnate Donald Trump were the top choices for the Republican nomination, and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton led Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Democratic race.

  • Youth issues challenge to fight diabetes

    Locals may have seen, among the many options for exercising charity this year, a note posted on a five-gallon jar in Creek Bottom Brews titled “Will’s Challenge.”

    It begins, “Hello, my name is William Ayers. I am 12 years old and was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in July 2014 … at that time I didn’t know what that meant.”

  • Six arrested on meth charges in Galax

    Staff Report

    Six people have been arrested after police in Galax received information that a quantity of methamphetamine was being delivered to the city.

    According to a Galax Police Department report, officers Sgt. Shawny Jones, Terry Woods and Jeremiah Foutch conducted an investigation Nov. 19 that led to the arrests of the following individuals:

    • Alicia Grunlose Reynolds, 40, of Hillsville, was charged with possession of a Schedule II drug (methamphetamine) and carrying a concealed weapon. Reynolds was held under a $500 bond.

  • Cana wreck sends two to hospital

    Staff Report

    CANA – A head-on collision in Cana sent two to the hospital last Thursday.

    According to a police report, the accident occurred at approximately 12:43 p.m. on Virginia 686 (Epworth Road), .02 mile north of Virginia 687 (Fish Lake Road) in the Cana area of Carroll County.

  • Search continues for missing Whitetop man


    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County Sheriff’s Department is continuing to search for a missing Whitetop man.

    John William Wingler Sr., 74, was last seen at his home around 5 p.m. on Nov. 11.

    He was reported missing to the sheriff’s department on Nov. 12.

    Investigators and deputies have checked several leads in the case but, so far, have not found any trace of Wingler.