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  • One year later, Whitetop man still missing

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    WHITETOP – A Whitetop man has been missing for more than a year, and police still have no clues to his disappearance.

    John William Wingler Sr., 74, was last seen around 5 p.m. on Nov. 11, 2015, at his home at 46 Dolinger Road. He was reported missing to the sheriff’s department on Nov. 12.

  • Cotton catches fire at Magnolia

    HILLSVILLE – Emergency crews responded to a fire at Magnolia in Hillsville on Friday morning. The fire resulted in minimal damage and did close a portion of the textile plant for some time.

    According to 1st Lt. Andy Utt with the Hillsville Volunteer Fire Department, crews were notified at 10:50 a.m. of a fire at 1 Advanced Technology Drive in Hillsville. Once on the scene, crews saw heavy smoke coming from a bay door on the side of the building.

  • Cana brush fire results in fatality

    UPDATED 5:30 P.M.

    CANA – A woman is dead following a brush fire in Carroll County on Friday.

    According to Carroll Sheriff J.B. Gardner, there was a fire reported on Meadowbrook Road in Cana that resulted in the death of one person.

    Deputy Brant Bottomley with the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office identified the woman as 92-year-old Anna May Thomas.

  • Charges include drug possession, grand larceny

    Staff Reports

    According to a report issued by the Galax Police Department, arrests last week included drug possession, felony shoplifting and grand larceny.

    Hank Levi Choate, 21, of Galax, was arrested on Nov. 12 by Officer Darrin Alley and charged with two counts of felony possession of Schedule I or II drugs; felony possession of a half an ounce to five pounds of marijuana with intent to sell, give or distribute; and misdemeanor DUI (first offense).

  • Center cultivates agricultural education

    INDEPENDENCE — The outdoor picnic area of Grayson County’s new hub for agricultural development was filled with local government officials, representatives of local agencies and citizens for a lively celebration on Nov. 15.

    The event was held in honor of the county’s recent announcement that the first phase of the Grayson Agricultural and Technical Education (GATE) Center has been completed.

  • Edwards in custody after police standoff

    Staff Reports

    Eric Donald Edwards, 39, of the Laurel community in Carroll County, was captured, arrested and taken into custody without injury to himself or others after a standoff that lasted about an hour on Thursday afternoon.

    Edwards was in a private home at the intersection of Fries Road and Trading Post Road, across from Cliffview Church of God around 2:30 p.m., according to Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner. He was with two residents who were his friends, but did not know about the authorities' search for him.

  • Three facing drug charges in Galax

    Staff Reports

    Three Galax men face drug charges after investigations by police and members of the Twin County Drug Task Force.

    Henry Lopez Aguilar, 23, was arrested on Nov. 3 by members of the task force while allegedly attempting to deliver a quantity of methamphetamine, according to a news release from the Galax Police Department.

  • Truck fire melts pavement, burns brush

    The fire that destroyed a tractor-trailer also melted asphalt and burned an embankment in the Elk Creek community of Grayson County on Nov. 11.

    The incident drew responders from all areas of the county.

    According to a report from Grayson County Deputy Jordon A. Johnson, a 2007 Freightliner, operated by Michael Myers of New York City, N.Y., was traveling on U.S. 21 to Bottomley’s in Elk Creek to pick up Christmas trees for transport.

  • Lights remind drivers to slow down near school

    The Carroll County School Board has seen a two-year project finally come to fruition at Oakland Elementary School with the installation of new school zone caution lights.

    The lights are the newest programmable technology from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles. A set was also installed at Carroll County Middle School in Hillsville.

  • Homeowner injured in debris fire

    A brush fire at Trapper Drive on Sunday caused apparently minor injury to one person, according to the Galax Volunteer Fire Department Capt. Mike Ayers.

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched at 7:34 p.m. to a debris burn that had gotten out of control and reached a wooded area on Trapper Drive. Firefighters arrived to find approximately half an acre involved. The fire was within a few feet of the residence. The burn involved not only vegetation, but tires, debris and animal sheds.