Local News

  • 3 departments respond to Elk Creek fire

    Staff Report

    ELK CREEK ― Three local fire departments were dispatched to a fully-involved structure fire last Thursday morning, using more than 16,000 gallons of water to extinguish the blaze.

    According to a report from Assistant Chief Roger Watson of the Elk Creek Volunteer Fire Department, the department was called to 523 Falls Road at 12:40 p.m. on Jan. 5. Upon arrival, firefighters found the residence fully engulfed in flames.

  • Citizen's Guide to the 2017 General Assembly

    Landmark News Service

    Professional lobbyists aren’t the only ones who can have a voice at the General Assembly in Richmond. Thanks to the internet, you can see what legislators are up to and share your opinions.

    Here’s a guide to the basics for this year’s session, which begins Jan. 11 and runs through February

    Do Your Homework

    Become familiar with the legislation beyond what you read or hear.

  • Flu virus at widespread levels in Virginia

    Landmark News Service and Staff Reports

    If it seems like everyone around you is wheezing and sneezing, it’s not your imagination.

    The flu is at the widespread level in Virginia.

    The commonwealth achieved that viral state at the tail end of December, according to statistics kept by the Virginia Department of Health.

    That’s earlier than last year when the high flu season didn’t arrive until February.

  • Weekend snow causes crashes in Twin Counties

    Snow caused questionable road conditions this past weekend in the Twin Counties and beyond. According to Sgt. T.S. Todd from the Galax area office of the Virginia State Police, troopers responded to 15 accidents and 25 disabled or stuck vehicles this weekend, most of them on Friday evening when what amounted to six inches of snow started falling.

  • Help sought for wreck victims

    MOUTH OF WILSON ― Two fundraising campaigns have been created to assist a local couple injured in a single-vehicle crash on Dec. 29, 2016.

    According to a report from the Virginia State Police, the accident occurred on Dec. 29, along Route 58 in the Rugby area. A 2002 Dodge pickup truck operated by Codey Grimes, 20, of Independence, was traveling through the area when he lost control of the vehicle, according to the police report.

  • Gun fired during dispute

    Staff Report

    A Galax man was charged Jan. 1 in a domestic dispute that reportedly led to a weapon being fired inside a Pipers Gap residence.

    According to a report from Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner, Sgt. Cody Edwards investigated a domestic dispute in the Pipers Gap section of Carroll County on Jan. 1.

  • Carroll looks to N.C. for water source


    CANA – One of the projects on the drawing board this year for the Carroll County Public Service Authority (PSA) is to provide public water to the Meadowbrook community in Cana.

    One idea is to drill more wells while another, and possibly the cheapest route, is to buy water from neighboring Mount Airy, N.C.

  • Police: driver fled I-77 traffic stop

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — A driver from Ohio was charged on New Year’s Eve after allegedly fleeing from a traffic stop on Interstate 77, according to a report from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department.

    Sgt. Cody Edwards observed a black four-door vehicle with Ohio tags on I-77 at the 9 mile marker, traveling 90 mph in a 65 mph zone shortly after 5 p.m. on Dec. 31, 2016. Edwards activated his emergency lights in an attempt to stop the vehicle.

  • Truck overturns in Grayson

    Staff Report

    A single-vehicle accident on Jefferson Highway in Grayson County resulted in minor injuries, when the driver of a Penske truck reportedly lost control of the vehicle and turned on its side.

    According to a report from Rugby Fire and Rescue Capt. Phillip Adams, the rescue squad responded to the scene of the accident at 1:45 p.m. on Dec. 8. Responders found a Penske Truck on its side blocking the road.

    The driver, Lee Michael Hamilton, 67, of Jefferson, N.C., was charged with failure to maintain control of the vehicle.

  • Driver, passenger charged in Carroll

    Staff Report

    A Mooresville, N.C. man was recently arrested on charges of driving under the influence at a traffic stop, and a passenger in the vehicle received charges for drug possession, according to a news release from Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner.

    According to the release, Deputy Jason Newman was on patrol on U.S. 58 on Dec. 23 at approximately 9:30 p.m., when he received a call from an off-duty deputy.