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  • Man killed in sawmill accident

    FRIES — A worker at a lumber mill in Grayson County was killed during his shift on Wednesday morning.
    According to a report from Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan, members from his department and Fries Rescue Squad were called to C&B Lumber in Fries at 8:36 a.m.  
    The caller reported an accident at the facility. Upon arrival, officers found Dennis Carlie Johnson, 55, of Turkey Knob Road, deceased.

  • Senator backs zoning referendum bill

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson supervisors’ effort to put the future of zoning before county voters now has a sponsor in the General Assembly.
    A three-member majority of Grayson County supervisors voted Jan. 9 to direct county staff to pursue a special referendum vote on the issue of repealing the county’s zoning ordinance, which requires General Assembly approval.

  • Carroll man arrested after brush fires

    HILLSVILLE — An 18-year-old Sylvatus man has been charged with arson stemming from two brush fires on Jan. 26-27.

    Virginia State Police report that they investigated the brush fires in the vicinity of Double Cabin and Buckhorn roads in Carroll County — one of which occurred on Sunday, a day when Hillsville Fire Department members had to respond to multiple emergencies over an 11-hour span.

    The investigation resulted in two counts of arson against Bobby Eugene Wagner Jr., 18.

  • Woman charged with 25 felonies

    A Fries woman has been arrested on 25 felony charges, according to a Galax Police Department report.
    Tory Leigh Waller, 33, was arrested and charged with 24 counts of forgery in the city, on warrants obtained by Officer Darrin Alley.

    During the booking process at the police department, comments made by the accused caused Officer Anne Toney to investigate an automobile owned by Waller and being operated by two other individuals.

  • State police drop Hillsville police chief probe

     

  • Ideas pitched for Woodlawn's future

    HILLSVILLE — While most speakers at last Thursday’s special meeting on possible reuses for Woodlawn School wanted to see the current activities continue, a new idea emerged to turn it into a youth and community facility known as “The Cavalier Center.”

  • Woman charged in Sunday shooting

    HILLSVILLE — Friends have been sending a 48-year-old Hillsville man get-well messages and keeping him in their prayers since learning from the victim via Facebook that he had been injured in a Sunday shooting.

  • Bourne faces drug charges

    A Fries woman faces multiple drug charges after being stopped by a Galax officer on Tuesday.
    According to a report from Police Chief Rick Clark, Officer Drew Burnett stopped a vehicle on Allen Lane in Galax on Jan. 21 for a traffic violation.

  • Delegate off to a busy start

    RICHMOND — The newly minted 6th District representative in the House of Delegates reports working 15 hours a day in the General Assembly session, but Jeff Campbell (R) still had enough time to submit 18 bills for consideration.
    Campbell was elected in November 2013 to replace the retiring Anne B. Crockett-Stark. His district includes Wythe, Smyth and Carroll counties.

  • School prayer bill passes in Senate

    RICHMOND — A divided Virginia Senate’s approval of a bill to vouchsafe student prayer in schools and give forums for faith speech at school events signified the first cultural battle of the year in the General Assembly’s upper chamber.
    Sen. Bill Carrico’s SB 236 moves to the House of Delegates after it passed on a 20-18 vote after roughly 30 minutes of debate Tuesday when supporters lauded it as a religious freedom measure and foes called it an unnecessary endorsement of one faith tradition.