Local News

  • 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.

  • Riverside crash results in one fatality

    A single-vehicle accident on Riverside Drive near Sugar Shack Road at 4 p.m. on Thursday left one fatality, according to Virginia State Police Sgt. Mike Musser and Trooper C.W. Keesling, who is in charge of the investigation. 

    The vehicle, a white 1995 Pontiac Grand Am driven by Michael Ray Gallimore, 61, of Winston-Salem, N.C., left the right side of the road and hit a tree while airborne, then went down an embankment, hitting several boulders on the way before landing in a creek bed. Gallimore was partly ejected from the vehicle.

  • Business challenge now taking applications

    INDEPENDENCE — Applications are now being accepted for the Mount Rogers Business Challenge, a new venture geared towards growing and supporting local businesses in Grayson County.

    The challenge is a competitive process that will award more than $20,000 in business investment grants for entrepreneurial ventures and existing businesses looking to expand with additional job creation in Grayson County, with a focus on the Mount Rogers district.

  • GVFD responds to minor fire at Webb plant

    Staff Reports

    The Galax Fire Department responded to a possible wood dust fire in the ductwork at the Webb Particle Board factory in downtown Galax on Monday at 7:40 p.m.

    The call went out when employees noticed a fire along part of the outer portion of pipes located outside the factory, according to Assistant Fire Chief Mark Burnett. At least one sprinkler head went off, said Fire Chief David Hankley.

  • Carroll fugitive captured after chase

    Virgil L. Richardson, 44, wanted on an outstanding felony warrant, was apprehended Wednesday evening in Galax in a joint effort by the sheriffs’ offices of Grayson and Carroll counties and the Galax Police Department, according to Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner and Galax Police Capt. James Cox.

    Richardson had been spotted earlier in the evening near the Watson’s Auto lot on East Stuart Drive in Galax. When Galax officers responded to reports of a suspicious male, Richardson allegedly fled the scene into the Glendale Trailer Park.

  • Hillsville will be hopping during flea market

    HILLSVILLE — Travelers heading to the annual Hillsville Flea Market and Gun Show during Labor Day weekend should be prepared for considerable traffic delays, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).

    The town’s popular event will be held Sept. 4-7. People not attending the flea market and gun show are encouraged to avoid the area altogether.

  • Shipping study could help with Wildwood marketing

    Determining the cost of shipping freight from Wildwood Commerce Park could help in marketing the regional industrial site.

    Ken McFadyen, executive director of the Blue Ridge Economic Development Authority (BRCEDA), which oversees Wildwood, recently spent a day in Cleveland meeting with three site selection firms, he told authority members at their Aug. 24 meeting.

  • Crash involved underage driver

    Staff Reports

    HILLSVILLE – State police say the driver in an Aug. 30 wreck that injured three people was only 14 years old.

    All those injured were minors.

    Hillsville Fire Department, Carroll County Fire & Rescue, the Carroll Sheriff’s Department and Virginia State Police responded to a single-vehicle crash Sunday on U.S. 221. The incident happened between Hillsville and Dugspur, just north of Poplar Hill Road.