Local News

  • 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.

  • 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.