Local News

  • No charges after car runs into bank

    The Galax Police Department has issued a formal report regarding a vehicle that crashed into the front of the BB&T on E. Stuart Drive on April 19.

    According to the report, a 1997 Chevrolet Lumina, driven by Bobby Don Spicer, 78, of Galax, was pulling into the parking lot directly in front of the main entrance when he tried to brake. Spicer apparently hit the gas pedal by mistake, driving forward over a cement barrier and into the building.

  • Crawford is county's new planning director

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson recently welcomed Will Crawford as the county’s new planning and community development director.

    Crawford will fill the empty seat left last December by Elaine Holeton, who served as the director for five years before accepting a new position with the Virginia Department of Transportation.

  • 'Tide Tags' reward responsibility

    “Tide Tags” are a highly sought-after reward among Galax Elementary School students, according to a group of teachers and administrators – April Gunn, Darla Robbins, Beth Hodges and Darla Wells – who presented the program in the Focus on Instruction segment of the Galax School Board meeting on April 11.

  • Witnesses differ on release options

    HILLSVILLE – A Michigan man who was found not guilty by reason of insanity on felony charges in Carroll County will remain in the care of a state hospital. This decision was made at a commitment hearing held on April 12 in Carroll Circuit Court.

  • Truck catches fire on U.S. 58

    A Hillsville man’s truck caught fire on Friday at 12:36 p.m., prompting him to pull over at 8638 Carrollton Pike, according to the Galax Volunteer Fire Department.

    The driver, who was alone in the vehicle, was traveling towards Galax when he noticed that the air conditioning system’s wiring in his 1990 Toyota pickup had started to smoke. He pulled over and managed to get out with his valuables and no apparent personal injury before the truck burst into flame.

  • Hillsville crash snaps pole, causes power outage

    A single-vehicle accident involving a power pole in Hillsville caused no injuries but left several homes without electricity for about three hours on April 19, according to Hillsville Police Officer Stephen Brady.

    A black 2010 Chevrolet Silverado pickup, driven by Jeremy Lee Wilson, 25, of Wrightsville, Ga., was coming down Big Red Drive when he approached a steep curve and, unable to stop or negotiate the turn, hit an Appalachian Power pole and broke it, Brady said.

  • Drug takeback set for April 29

    INDEPENDENCE ― The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office and the Independence Police Department will participate in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on April 29, with prescription drug dropoffs in multiple locations.

    The public is encouraged to turn in unused and out-of-date medications including prescription, over-the-counter and pet meds, for safe disposal at their nearest collection site. These items will be safely disposed of to prevent them from being misused, or from contaminating local water supplies as a result of improper disposal.

  • Fries plans first fair since 1950s

    FRIES — For the first time in nearly 70 years, the town of Fries has announced the arrival of a four-day fair for kids and adults to enjoy.

    The Fries Fun Fair will be held April 27-30, by the New River. Provided by Lisko Family Midway Amusements, the fair will feature a number of rides, game booths and food stations throughout the long weekend.

  • Grayson's eye in the sky

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson now has a handy eye in the sky available, thanks to a recent certification allowing the county to operate an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for mapping and other potentially life-saving uses.

  • County offers tax relief to seniors, veterans, disabled

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County is offering two tax relief programs that benefit local veterans, the elderly and the disabled.

    At the April meeting of the Grayson Board of Supervisors, Commissioner of the Revenue Larry Bolt talked about the county’s real estate tax relief program for the elderly and disabled. Passing around a handout for the program, Bolt explained that his office provides an initial questionnaire to the public, to give citizens an opportunity to see if they may qualify.