Local News

  • Rescuers train for disaster

    HILLSVILLE — When emergency personnel from multiple agencies arrived Saturday morning on the scene of a grisly accident between a school bus and a pickup with an intoxicated driver, they found multiple victims scattered on the ground and in the bus, covered in blood.

    They faced lives hanging in the balance, a hazardous materials spill and distraught parents.

    Thankfully, it was all a simulation designed to prepare rescuers for the worst, held on Carroll County High School's driver education lot above the football field.

  • Sign change could lure customers off highway

    Tourists coming to Galax this summer may get better directions to attractions off the beaten path of U.S. 58, if city council decides to implement a permanent off-premises signage program.

    That would direct traffic flow to food and lodging establishments located more than 100 feet off of East Stuart Drive/U.S. 58, council members discussed during Monday's meeting.

  • Funds dry up for Carroll pool

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll's public pool might be a victim of the weak economy in the short term, but county supervisors still hope to improve recreational offerings in the long term, says board Chairman David Hutchins.

    The recession means less revenue for Carroll on a number of fronts, like state aid to localities dropping by $132,742, expected lower sales and real estate tax collections and extra costs for services the county has to absorb.

  • New Grayson school slips further behind schedule

    INDEPENDENCE — Bad news continues for the Grayson School Board regarding the new school under construction in the western end of the county.

    Bill Ring, clerk of the works for the school's building projects, dropped the bomb during the school board's meeting May 12 — the new projected completion date is now February 2010.

  • One of two I-77 shooting suspects in custody

    UPDATED 5/5/09

    WYTHEVILLE — One of two men being sought by Virginia State Police for shooting at several tractor-trailers on Interstate 77 in April is now in custody.

    Emilio Rubio-Gonzalez, 24, of Kernersville, N.C., was arrested today, Tuesday, in Calera, Ala.

  • Swine Flu: Panic or Pandemic?

    Two confirmed cases of swine flu had been reported in Virginia as of last Friday, and the Mount Rogers Health District is preparing to address an outbreak, should one occur.

    Health officials recommended that the public take precautions against the spread of the disease.

    The two confirmed cases are an adult male from eastern Virginia and an adult female from central Virginia. They both had traveled to Mexico, had mild illnesses and are recovering well, according to state health officials.

  • Crossroads to offer bachelor, master degrees

    Even as more Wytheville Community College students fill classes at the Crossroads Institute in Galax, educational opportunities there continue to expand.

    Crossroads Executive Director Oliver McBride said last week that the educational and entrepreneurial facility has a plan to add select bachelor and master degrees through New College Institute of Martinsville to go along with the associate degrees offered by the community college.

    These include degree tracks that will not only serve individuals’ needs, but the community’s, as well.

  • Bank robbery suspect gets life in prison

    An Arkansas man charged with robbing the Whitetop branch of Grayson National Bank on May 8, 2008, was convicted in Baxter County Circuit Court on April 23 of robbing the Gassville, Ark., bank on Nov. 18, 2008.

    The jury deliberated only five minutes before finding Richard Joseph Bauer, 70, guilty of one count of aggravated robbery and four counts of kidnapping – one for each bank employee that he admitted to tying up.

    Circuit Court Judge John Putman sentenced Bauer to 40 years for the robbery conviction and life in prison for each kidnapping charge.

  • Two Carroll men safe after river incident

    FRIES — Fries Fire Department, New River Trail State Park Police, Carroll County deputies responded and more were called in a report of two in trouble in the New River near Buck Dam. Fortunately, the rescuers weren't needed.

    Though the report to authorities identified those who fell out of a canoe and got submerged in the water just upstream from Buck Dam as children, the two involved were men who pulled themselves out of the water.

  • Child injured in dog attack

    A 4-year-old child received severe injuries to the leg last Saturday, after being attacked by a pit bull on Webster Street in Galax, according to the Galax Police Department.

    The child was transported to Twin County Regional Hospital and then to Roanoke Memorial to undergo surgery for injuries suffered in the attack.

    An adult, Tyonda Dashonda Ravenell, was also injured in the attack and was treated and released at TCRH.