Local News

  • Littrell runs for another term as Pipers Gap supervisor

    Tom Littrell, incumbent 10-year Carroll County Board of Supervisors member, and former chair and vice-chair of the board, is running to keep his position.

    Littrell, a Republican, is being challenged by independent candidate Phillip Boatman in the Nov. 7 election.

    Littrell recently discussed his qualifications, experience, accomplishments and future aims.

    “I am for progress,” stated Littrell. “If elected, I will undertake my board responsibilities with integrity, honesty, fairness and common sense.”

  • Learning & Playing Together

    INDEPENDENCE — School and county officials gathered at Fairview Elementary School this month, to celebrate the expansion of their playground and the inclusion of recreational equipment designed for students with special needs.

    The new play area will give students with and without special needs more of an opportunity to enjoy the playground together. The expansion, unveiled on Oct. 11, included a special swing that can accommodate a wheel chair; and sensory play panels.

  • Nofsinger pleads guilty in Carroll court

    HILLSVILLE — Richard Denny Nofsinger Jr. will spend the rest of his life in prison for killing an infant and her mother, after pleading guilty to charges of capital murder and first-degree murder.

    A plea agreement, accepted by prosecutors at the request of the victims’ family, removed the possibility of Nofsinger being sentenced to death.

  • Sage seeks Wilson District seat

    Rick Sage will appear on the ballot this November in the race for the Grayson County School Board’s Wilson District seat.

    Sage will face Betsy Shearin, with the winner filling the seat that will be vacated by Shannon Holdaway, who is not seeking another term. All school board candidates are independent.

    Sage’s father was born and raised in Grayson County; but being a self-proclaimed “military brat,” Sage grew up not just in Grayson, but all over the country and eventually overseas.

  • Driver who hit police chief's parents' home sentenced

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE ― A New York woman has pleaded guilty to three charges related to a police chase in March that ended when she crashed into the home of the Hillsville police chief’s parents.

    Anedra Yolanda Pace, 22, of Kenmore, N.Y., reportedly fled from police at a traffic stop on March 22 and lead officers on a chase into Hillsville. Pace’s BMW crashed into an outbuilding before hitting a neighboring house belonging to Don and Glenda Yonce ― Police Chief Wesley Yonce’s parents.

  • Community cleans up after storms, tornado

    A violent storm — and a confirmed tornado — tore through the Twin Counties on Monday evening, uprooting trees, bringing down power lines and causing flash flooding throughout the area.

    Photos shared on social media showed barns demolished or flipped onto their tops, large trees across roadways or on top of houses and creeks churning over their banks.

  • Driver injured when car hits hydrant, overturns

    Staff Report

    A single-vehicle accident at 6:50 a.m. on Oct. 19 at the intersection of Cranberry Road and Nutmeg Lane left a driver with minor injuries, according to a report filed by Virginia State Trooper J.R. Alderman.

    A 2000 Pontiac Firebird driven by Timothy M. Albert, 22, of Galax, was traveling north on Cranberry when it ran off the road to the right, came back onto the road, ran off the road to the right again, struck a fire hydrant and overturned, ending up on Nutmeg Lane.

  • Fries still considering end to vehicle stickers

    FRIES — The Town of Fries is still considering a plan to eliminate vehicle decals.

    Grayson County Treasurer Kelly Haga attended council’s Sept. 3 meeting and provided information requested at an earlier meeting, concerning this year’s approval of replacing the county’s vehicle decals.

  • Police chase driver in stolen car

    A homeless man from North Carolina who stole a vehicle on Oct. 13 led three law enforcement agencies on a high-speed, multi-county chase before being caught, according to Sgt. T.S. Todd of Virginia State Police.
    According to a state police report, Daniel Ray Dockery, 34, identified as homeless, allegedly stole a 2006 Subaru Outback from a McDonald’s in Winston-Salem, N.C., on the morning of Oct. 13.

  • Two charged with possession

    FRIES — Two Fries residents have been arrested and charged in connection with the discovery of illegal substances and ammunition.
    According to a news release from the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, deputies and investigators were dispatched on Oct. 11, to conduct a search of 716 East Main Street in Fries.
    The search revealed approximately one half ounce of methamphetamine, marijuana, scales, baggies, and other drug paraphernalia, according to the report.
    Ammunition was also seized, the sheriff’s office confirmed.