Local News

  • 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

    Staff Reports

    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).

  • CenturyLink to expand rural internet

    CenturyLink will bring high-speed internet services to more than 49,000 rural households and businesses in Virginia by accepting a contract with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

    The company will receive approximately $500 million a year for six years from the Connect America Fund (CAF), to bring internet service with speeds of at least 10 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload to approximately 1.2 million locations in FCC-designated, high-cost census blocks, according to a news release.

  • Long-delayed train depot project gains momentum

    FRIES — Like an old steam engine shaking off the rust and chugging along the tracks again, there appears to be some movement in the Town of Fries’ long-delayed project to rebuild a train depot as a historic site.

    A decision on placing another historic artifact — the bell from the town’s old cotton mill — will have to wait.

    Fries Town Council discussed plans for the rebuilt train depot and the location of a display for the bell at its Sept. 1 meeting.

  • Hope House now has permanent home

    Galax Hope House overcame a very big hurdle within the last week: after about a year of negotiations, Galax Hope House Ministries Inc. has bought the Center Street building it is located in from the Church of the Good Shepherd.

    Hope House is the only overnight regional homeless shelter; faith-based, it relies solely on community funding and support.