Local News

  • Additional I-77 bridge damage found, repaired

    HILLSVILLE – Crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation performed a routine follow-up inspection on the bridge at Exit 14 of Interstate 77 in Hillsville and found additional damage.

    According to Jason Bond with the Salem District VDOT office, crews found additional damage to the wall of the bridge. “It was in the same spot, but the damage was on the wall and not the bridge joint,” Bond said.

  • Carroll officers involved in wild chase

    CANA – A Cana man faces a lengthy list of charges after a police chase on Friday night, during which the suspect allegedly assaulted an officer, slammed into a patrol car and nearly ran down another officer.

    According to a news release from Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner, on Feb. 19 at 10:04 p.m., Cpl. Seth Greer was on routine patrol in the Fancy Gap section of the county when he observed a green Ford F150 pickup pass his location.

  • Powerball ticket bought in Carroll wins $1 million

    Check your tickets: someone bought a Powerball ticket for Saturday’s drawing that ended up winning $1 million.

    The winning ticket was bought at Store #3 (formerly known as Cana Exxon), 16305 Fancy Gap Highway in Cana, according to a Virginia Lottery news release.

    The winning numbers for the Feb. 20 Powerball drawing were 11-12-15-16-54, and the Powerball number was 25. This ticket matched the first five numbers and missed only the Powerball number.

  • Lazo won't seek another term on city council

    Of the three incumbent Galax City Council members whose terms run out on June 30, only two are seeking re-election in May.

    Council Member Dr. Bob Lazo said he will step down, as he is moving to Grayson County, but will not retire from his job as a physician.

  • United Way meets goal

    United Way of Southwest Virginia recently celebrated a milestone when its Twin County campaign met the fundraising goal for 2015.

    This year, the campaign in the Twin Counties raised $110,006. The local campaign’s success mostly came from around 30 workforce campaigns in the Galax, Independence and Hillsville areas. Members of the United Way team also participated in various local events, including Galax Main Street festivals like Memories on Main and Smoke on the Mountain; and the Mountain Foliage Festival’s Grand Privy Race in Independence.

  • General Assembly reaches halfway mark

    Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND — A compromise on gun legislation, reforms to hospital and clinic regulations, efforts to combat domestic violence and disagreement over charter schools have highlighted the first half of the 2016 General Assembly session.

    Feb. 16 marked its midpoint and the deadline for bills to pass the House of Delegates or the Senate.

  • Cars collide in Woodlawn wreck

    Staff Report

    WOODLAWN – A two-vehicle accident last week in Woodlawn sent one woman to the hospital and resulted in charges for another.

    According to a report from Trooper S.M. Phillips, Virginia State Police were called to an accident at the intersection of U.S. 58 and Woodlawn Road on Feb. 18 around 10:20 a.m.

  • Woodlawn fire destroys home

    A structure fire on on Laurel Mountain Lane in Woodlawn left a home completely destroyed, but with no apparent injuries or casualties, according to Hillsville Volunteer Fire Department Chief Donnie Spangler.

    Beyond that at this time, “I really don't know anything,” said Spangler at the scene. “A man called it in and it looked fully involved when he got here. He said it was already on the ground when he saw it. It looked like nobody was here at the residence.”

  • Riverside lot revisions pass in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — It took several months of meetings, public hearings and changes to pull it off, but the Grayson County Planning Commission’s proposed revisions for the shoreline recreation zone district have met approval from the board of supervisors.

  • Deputies answered 7,258 calls last year

    INDEPENDENCE — According to its 2015 annual report, the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office responded to 7,258 calls for service, served 5,822 warrants (1,080 criminal and 4,742 civil) and recorded 94 felony charges.

    The report, shared with The Gazette by Sheriff Richard Vaughan, said investigators placed 98 charges on drug offenders, and recorded a total of 39 larceny and burglary charges.

    The sheriff’s office drug-sniffing K-9, Gauge, completed 162 searches last year, which included checks within Grayson County Schools.