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  • Woman dies as result of fire

    Staff Reports

    INDEPENDENCE — Police say a woman found at the scene of a burning apartment on Thursday died as a result of injuries sustained from smoking while using oxygen.

    The Independence Volunteer Fire Department was sent to extinguish a fire at Grayson Manor Apartments on Nichols Drive at 2:01 a.m. on Jan. 21.

    Cpl. Matthew Adams of the Independence Police Department said the victim, Jessie Dancy, 71, was found in the apartment. He said the fire started as a result of Dancy smoking while using oxygen.

  • Crews respond twice to Woodlawn house fire

    WOODLAWN – Fire crews from Hillsville and Galax responded twice to a single house fire in Woodlawn on Thursday morning.

    According to Hillsville Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Chief Mike Musser, the first alarm for the fire was received at 4:45 a.m. Crews from HVFD and GVFD worked the scene on Mount Zion Road, off Coulson Church Road (Virginia 620), for about two hours.

    Crews left the scene and received the second alarm at roughly 7:30 a.m., said Musser. Both crews responded again to the blaze, which resulted in a total loss of the home.

  • Con artists using jury duty scam to extort money

    Staff Report

    “We will come to your home, you will be handcuffed, and you will have to wear a jumpsuit.”

    Con artists are once again targeting the region with scam calls masquerading as law enforcement officers, claiming their targets missed jury duty and must pay or face arrest.

    One Roanoke woman told the Better Business Bureau that the caller claimed he was from the sheriff’s department and sounded very professional. At first she believed him.

  • State reptile could soon be a snake

    Landmark News Service

    Twice, the Eastern box turtle came up short in its crawl toward designation as Virginia’s official state reptile.

    This year, a creature of a different order will slither home with the prize if state Del. Brenda Pogge has her way.

    She’s betting on two other long-revered symbols of Virginia’s natural beauty and the passion of an 11-year-old boy to help win the fight.

  • Tips to keep pipes from freezing

    Freezing temperatures are here, and while you’re thinking about keeping your animals and tender vegetation safe, you should also be making sure frozen pipes won’t ruin your home.

    A frozen pipe can cause thousands of dollars of damage in a short period of time.

    These recommendations from State Farm could help:

    • Allow a slow drip from hot and cold faucets. This will relieve pressure on the system and allow water to circulate.

    • Open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to pipes.

  • Mirror plant fined for worker's death

    After meeting with the Virginia Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the American Mirror Company’s original eight citations related to a maintenance worker’s death were reduced to four, and the final fees exacted were $2,450, down from a projected $10,675.

    Benjamin Lee Hancock, 34, of Hillsville, died on July 23, 2014, when he became trapped in a piece of equipment at the company’s plant on East Stuart Drive in Galax, and suffocated, according to Galax Fire Chief David Hankley at the scene.

  • Commission reviews river lot rules

    INDEPENDENCE — After months of planning, debate and revision, the Grayson County Planning Commission presented a draft of amendments to the zoning ordinance regarding shoreline recreation district to the board of supervisors.

    The recommendations came at a public hearing Jan. 14.

  • Fatal wreck discovered in Lambsburg

    Staff Report

    LAMBSBURG – A delivery driver discovered an accident on Jan. 15 that resulted in the fatality of a Fancy Gap man.

    Trooper J.D. Delp with the Virginia State Police said they were contacted last Friday at 9:45 a.m. after a propane delivery driver found a vehicle over an embankment on Lambsburg Mountain. The discovery was made on Morningside Trail; a non-state maintained dirt road off of Virginia 620 (Lambsburg Road).

    Delp said the road went through a small, gated residential community on the mountain.

  • Tractor-trailer driver charged with DUI in I-77 crash

    Staff Report

    LAMBSBURG – A tractor-trailer ran off the side of Interstate 77 on Jan. 15 and the driver was charged with DUI.

  • One injured, no charges in crash

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE – Virginia State Police responded to a two-vehicle accident Jan. 14 on Stable Road, where emergency personnel had to use extraction equipment to free one of the drivers.

    According to police reports, at 3:05 p.m., a loaded 1997 Ford logging truck was making a lefthand turn from Sunnyside Road onto Stable Road, when a man driving a 2001 Dodge Dakota hit the truck on the left side.