Local News

  • Fire consumes home in Fries

    FRIES — A Fries resident escaped a fire at her home on Sunday, which firefighters say resulted in extensive damage to one bedroom, and heat and smoke damage throughout the rest of the structure.

    According to a Fries Volunteer Fire Department report, the crew was dispatched March 4 at 3:33 a.m. to Broom Lane in Fries.

    The crew was joined on scene by members of the Galax Volunteer Fire Department, and together they were able to extinguish the blaze.

  • Galax man charged with meth possession

    Staff Report

    A Galax man was arrested and charged on Feb. 26 for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, according to a report from the Galax Police Department.

    Officer Dakota Martin was advised by a citizen that two occupants of a vehicle in a parking lot were acting in a strange manner. Martin, along with Officer Terry Woods, responded and found a vehicle operated by Jerry Wayne Evans, 34.

    After a short investigation, Martin arrested Evans. He was also charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

  • Five sentenced for drug conspiracy

    Staff Report

    ABINGDON — Five local people were sentenced to prison last week, resulting from a federal investigation into a local methamphetamine distribution network.

    The charges resulted from a joint federal, state and local investigation called Operation Rolling Thunder.

    They were sentenced in the Western District of Virginia Federal Court in Abingdon, on charges of conspiracy to distribute meth. All pleaded guilty last year to the drug charges.

  • Dixon brings new ideas to chamber

    “It’s funny; when you say my name, the first question that comes out of peoples’ mouths is, ‘Do you spell it Dickson or Dixon?’ I kind of know I’m at home,” said Beth Dixon, the new Twin County Chamber of Commerce director, in her office.

    Dixon introduced herself at the first February Galax City Council meeting and has spent most of her days meeting, greeting and building relationships around the area. With a crisp speaking voice, friendly tone and high-energy approach to her job, Dixon immediately makes a good impression.

  • Bill targets those driven to distraction by cell phones

    Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND — Virginia may be on its way to rewriting its texting and driving law – instead replacing it with an expanded distracted driving law.

    The proposed law says any use of a cellphone that “substantially diverts the driver’s attention from the operation of the motor vehicle is guilty of distracted driving.”

  • Local senators support bill banning sanctuary cities

    Capital News Service

    RICHMOND — A bill to ban sanctuary cities in Virginia advanced to the Senate floor Feb. 27 on a 7-6 committee vote that split along party lines.

  • Burglary suspect caught on trail camera

    HILLSVILLE – Several felony warrants have resulted in indictments by Carroll County Circuit Court regarding a series of repetitive burglary offenses.

    The first of these incidences occurred back on Nov. 9, when a local business was broken into and an array of items were taken.

    Hillsville Police Department (HPD) has been investigating the situation, and after a second reported burglary at the same address on Jan.14, law enforcement decided to set up surveillance at the location to gain additional information.

  • Senator: too much risk in expanding Medicaid

    RICHMOND — The question of whether to expand Medicaid in Virginia has been a point of contention in this year’s General Assembly session, and state legislators are having a hard time reaching a compromise.

  • Galax has three spots to fill on school board

    The Galax City School Board will have three seats up for grabs this year, not two, as Board Member F. Stewart Merdian is moving for work and will leave his position open.

    Galax City Council appoints school board members after receiving letters of interest from candidates. The seats held by board members Ray Kohl and Helen Kyle are up for appointment this year, with their current terms expiring June 30.

    Kohl is seeking reappointment, but Kyle is not; other candidates have expressed interest in serving, as well.

  • Fries fire investigated

    Staff Report

    FRIES — A structure fire is under investigation by the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, after Fries Volunteer Fire and Rescue responded to a home on Feb. 23.

    According to Fries Fire Chief Chad Stanley, the fire department was dispatched to 228 Green Valley Road, the home of Melissa Crigger, at approximately 4:03 a.m.

    On arrival, the crew “found heavy smoke showing from the structure, with fire on the basement steps,” said Stanley.

    Damage to the structure was estimated at $500, Stanley said.