Local News

  • Carroll Circuit Court awarded grant to preserve records

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County Circuit Court has been awarded grant funds from the Circuit Court Records Preservation Program through the Library of Virginia.

    In August, Carroll received a total of $11,730 towards the restoration of three older records books that could be lost to deterioration — Deed Book 6 (1857-1859); Order Book 3 (1852-1858) and Order Book 5 (1861-1867).

  • Board addresses treasurer spending probe

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson Board of Supervisors has issued a statement regarding an ongoing investigation of spending by the county treasurer’s office.

    At their Nov. 9 meeting, supervisors presented a letter, penned by the county’s legal counsel on their behalf, in response to recent news reports concerning an investigation of Treasurer Kelly Haga’s expenditures, which has been turned over the Virginia State Police.

  • Emergency scam targets military families

    Staff Report

    We just celebrated Veterans Day, a time when most people honor those who’ve served their country in the military, but the Better Business Bureau warns that some unscrupulous scammers are doing just the opposite.

    BBB Scam Tracker reported last week that it is seeing reports of an emergency scam (sometimes called the “grandparents scam”) that targets military families.

    Here’s how the scam works:

  • Lewis convicted of killing Fries woman

    Copyright 2017, Wytheville Enterprise

    Reprinted with permission

    MARION — A Wythe County man awaits a sentencing hearing in Smyth County Circuit Court following his Alford plea earlier this month, to a second-degree murder charge in the death of his ex-girlfriend.

    John Randolph Lewis, 35, was convicted in the hit-and-run attack that left 35-year-old Heather Michelle Clontz dead and 28-year-old Samuel David Lawson injured.

  • Combs arrested after failing to surrender

    Staff Report

    A suspect involved in an altercation at a home in Grayson County last week — who promised to turn himself in to police, but didn’t — has been taken into custody by the Galax Police Department.

    David Lee Combs, 39, of Beech Grove Lane, is a suspect in an incident Nov. 14 on Beech Grove Lane, where officers responded at approximately 4 p.m. to a report of a self-inflicted stab wound.

  • Grayson working to bring in health center

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson Board of Supervisors has agreed to partner with the Grayson County Senior Advocacy Committee, in an effort to bring a Federally Qualified Health Center to the county.

  • City council votes on vehicle-related issues

    By D.T. CLARK, Staff

    Issues of vehicles and where to put them held the attention of Galax City Council members at their regular monthly meeting on Nov. 13.

    Once again addressing an on-going issue, council voted unanimously to make some changes to the city’s parking and traffic ordinance. The changes give authority to the city manager to, with council’s confirmation, set the amount of parking fines and establish a method of informing drivers or vehicle owners of parking violations.

  • Carroll considers school bus proposal


    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll School Board has approached county supervisors with a proposal to buy five buses at a special price.

    County Administrator Steve Truitt told the Carroll Board of Supervisors about the proposal at its meeting Nov. 14.

  • Man charged with felony child abuse

    Staff Report

    FRIES — A Fries man was recently charged in connection with an ongoing investigation of child abuse by the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office.

    A news release from the sheriff’s office confirmed that Xavier Tyquane Kyle, 21, was arrested and charged with felony child abuse. He is scheduled for a hearing in Grayson County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court on Nov. 28.

  • Galax will create recycling station

    By D.T. CLARK, Staff

    The City of Galax will soon have its own convenience station for residents to recycle cardboard, plastics, newspaper and aluminum.

    Galax City Council voted during its Nov. 13 meeting to have a site prepared on Fair Street, beside the public works department and across from the regional animal shelter. City Manager Keith Barker pointed out that this site is accessible and already has a concrete pad, which would significantly reduce the expense of setting up the station.