Local News

  • Benish runs for at-large seat on school board

    INDEPENDENCE — Dr. Robert Benish has joined this year’s political race to fill the at-large supervisor seat on the Grayson County School Board.

    Benish is one of three independent candidates vying for the seat this year. John K. Brewer and Tim L. “T.T.” Carico also will be listed on the ballot this November.

    The winner will fill the seat vacated by Gary Burris, who did not seek another term.

    Benish, trained in gastroenterology, has served Grayson County, Galax and surrounding communities for 28 years.

  • Hospice, home health celebrate decades of care

    Twin County Home Health recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, along with Twin County Hospice, which commemorated its 20th anniversary.

    Home Health Director Kippy Anderson and Hospice Director Larissa Baker took a few minutes to talk about their organizations’ impact on the area.

    Home Health focuses on providing care for homebound patients who are unable to leave without great effort; Hospice focuses on end-stage care for terminal patients.

  • Driver ends up in yard after Independence crash

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — An Independence man received minor injuries last Wednesday morning after his vehicle crashed into a ditch on Main Street in Independence, trapping him inside.

    According to a report from Independence Police Cpl. Matthew Adams, authorities were dispatched at 8:19 a.m. to 179 W. Main Street on Sept. 23.

  • Traffic pattern to change on U.S. 58 in Carroll

    The U.S. 58 improvement project will require a traffic pattern change Tuesday and Wednesday in the Carroll County portion between Laurel Fork and Meadows of Dan.

    Weather permitting, drivers can expect a change Tuesday in the traffic pattern between Virginia 618 (Pine Branch Road) and Virginia 780 (Turnip Patch Road).

    Traffic will be routed to a newly-constructed section of the westbound lanes for approximately 2.25 miles.

  • Gov. McAuliffe welcomes new industries

    It was a historic day for state and local leaders and the community on Monday, when a crowd of nearly 200 individuals gathered to celebrate two large businesses that recently made their home in Grayson County.

  • Riverside wreck requires extraction

    Staff Reports

    A single-vehicle accident around 9 p.m. on Monday on Riverside Drive in Galax required the assistance of the Galax Volunteer Fire Department to extract the driver, according to Capt. Mike Ayers.

    The accident occurred just past Nuckolls Curve Road. Firefighters arrived to find a Chevrolet Corvette upside down in the road with a single occupant heavily entrapped, with part of the dashboard pinning one of the driver’s legs.

  • Larrowe leaving as Carroll adminstrator

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County Administrator Gary Larrowe announced last Thursday that he would be resigning his post effective Dec. 31.

    Larrowe has served as county administrator in Carroll since 2005, and has served as the county’s chief economic development officer and executive director of the Public Service Authority (PSA), Industrial Development Authority (IDA) and Carroll County Natural Gas System.

  • Armed suspect dead after officer-involved shooting in Grayson

    State police are investigating a fatal shooting involving a Grayson County deputy on Sept. 23.

    The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office has identified the subject, who police say died at the scene after producing a gun and firing at a deputy, as Kenneth Ray Pinter Jr., 45, of Comers Rock Road in Troutdale.

    The deputy involved has not been named by authorities.

  • Driver killed in Grayson head-on crash

    Staff Report

    Virginia State Police are investigating a vehicle fatality that took place last Friday in Grayson County.

    According to a police report, the crash occurred Sept. 18 at 3:40 p.m. on U.S. 58, less than a mile east of Old Bridle Creek Road.

    According to the report, a 2000 Chevrolet Malibu was traveling east on 58 when it ran off the right side of the road. The driver overcorrected, causing the car to cross back onto the road and strike head-on a westbound 1998 Ford F-150 pickup truck.

  • Hospital plans $4.4M interior renovation

    Staff Report

    Twin County Regional Hospital, an affiliate of Duke LifePoint Healthcare, has announced a $4.4 million interior renovation plan to modernize the facility and improve patients’ stays.

    Planned changes include fresh paint and new flooring to the main entry areas, major corridors and patient rooms, as well as updated furnishings. Space in patient rooms will have, according to a report released Monday by TCRH, “better utilization of space and enhanced lighting, as well as modern décor.”