Local News

  • Independence will repair several roads

    INDEPENDENCE — Town Manager Jerry Hughes shared a potential 12-month plan for repairing troublesome roads throughout the town of Independence, at town council’s April meeting.

    The plan breaks down a list of 16 roads to be repaired, which included manhole repairs and risers.

    Estimated costs for repairs varied; the most costly of which was $360 in manhole repairs for Hilltop Drive; and $225 for Davis Street. The town cost for risers stands at $1,037.

    “This is extremely good news for us,” Hughes said.

  • Two in Fries face drug charges

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office and investigators with the Twin County Drug Task Force recently arrested and charged suspects in Fries, following the execution of search warrants in an ongoing drug investigation.

    According to a report from Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan, officers executed two search warrants in the Fries area.

    “As part of an ongoing drug investigation, deputies received information about drug transactions taking place at 18 Broom Lane in Fries,” Vaughan said.

  • Holdaway won't seek re-election


    INDEPENDENCE – Two slots will be up for election for the Grayson County School Board in the Nov. 7 general election, for the Wilson and Elk Creek districts.

    During last Monday’s meeting of the school board, Fred Weatherman said he plans to seek another four-year term representing the Elk Creek District. He has served on the board for four years.

    Shannon Holdaway, who has represented the Wilson District for the past 12 years, said he will not seek re-election. The deadline for filing is June 13.

  • Jail costs drive budget increase

    HILLSVILLE – Staff for Carroll County has presented the budget for fiscal year 2018 to the board of supervisors, and the spending plan will be coming in at a slight increase over 2017. The proposed budget amount is $41.4 million dollars, $300,000 more than the current year.

  • 'Cross Walk' planned for Independence

    INDEPENDENCE — Independence Police Chief James Wagoner addressed the Town Council this week, with an update on the local event happening in the town in honor of Good Friday.

  • Hospital CEO leaving for N.C. job

    Twin County Regional Hospital CEO Jon Applebaum has announced that he will be leaving to accept a position as president and chief operating officer of Novant Thomasville Medical Center in Thomasville, N.C., on May 6.

    Applebaum’s announcement was made in an email on Wednesday afternoon. The recruitment process for a new CEO has already begun, Applebaum said.

    Applebaum took the chief executive post in 2007, and is only the third person to lead the hospital in its 44-year history.

  • Fries to install security cameras around town

    FRIES ― Fries Town Council approved a motion this month to use leftover funds in the town budget to purchase security cameras.

    Mayor Richard Farmer explained during the meeting that he’d recently met with the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, and that they would be splitting the cost of the cameras.

  • Poll: Gillespie ties Northam or Perriello in fall matchup

    The Republican front-runner would be an even match for both Democrats contending for their party’s nomination to be Virginia’s governor, according to a survey of voters by the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University.

    If the fall election were held today, former Republican National Committee Chair Ed Gillespie would beat Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, 40 percent to 39 percent, while Gillespie and former Congressman Tom Perriello would tie with 39 percent each.

  • Mitchell named one of the region’s top teachers

    HILLSVILLE – A Carroll County High School teacher has received one of the highest teaching honors in the region and gets to take the international trip of a lifetime to celebrate.

    Fred Mitchell, a chemistry teacher at CCHS, has been recognized as one of the 2017 recipients of the McGlothlin Awards for Teaching Excellence. The awards are in their 18th year and The McGlothlin Foundation of Bristol provides the $25,000 monetary award. Two winners are announced each year, at the primary and secondary level, and the other four finalists receive $1,000 awards.

  • Woman charged with felony neglect after child's death

    Staff Report

    Three women are charged with felony child neglect in separate incidents in Galax, according to a report of recent arrests from the Galax Police Department.

    In one incident, the child died.

    Krystal Jean Wyatt, 37, of Galax, was arrested by Det. J.B. Greer after a Carroll County Circuit Court grand jury returned a direct indictment alleging felony child neglect.

    On June 16, 2016, Galax police and Galax-Grayson EMS responded to a residence in the city for a report of an unresponsive infant, said Police Chief Rick Clark.