Local News

  • Road tractor catches fire at Independence Lumber

    Staff Reports

    INDEPENDENCE – A road tractor at Independence Lumber Company was unoccupied on July 31 when an engine fire called a quick response to the scene.

    According to Independence Fire Department Capt. Matthew Adams, firefighters were dispatched at 2:17 a.m. to Independence Lumber. Four trucks and 10 firefighters arrived on scene, where they found the tractor portion of a tractor-trailer completely involved.

  • Fries looks for new home for mill bell

    FRIES — A plan to relocate the historic Fries bell has hit a snag, as town council members question the status of the primary location they had in mind.

    The big bell called workers to the Washington Mills in Fries for decades. It was taken down when the old cotton mill was demolished several years ago.

    In July, Council Member Marie Isom said that a town marketing plan created by Kitty Barker called for getting the old mill bell on a new foundation where everyone could enjoy it.

  • Prosecutor probes school finances


    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County Commonwealth’s Attorney Doug Vaught on Friday confirmed that he has been consulted “regarding allegations involving the Grayson County School system,” specifically financial records and accounting.

    Vaught said in a statement sent to local newspapers that an investigation is underway.

  • National Night Out brings community together

    Galax and Independence held their annual National Night Out events on Aug. 4, an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. The celebration is to help the public meet and become familiar with the local police force. NNO featured free hot dogs and drinks, and free music and games.

  • Car crashes into house in Independence

    Staff Reports

    INDEPENDENCE — A single vehicle crash in Independence left no injuries but quite a bit of property damage, when a driver fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into a residence.

    According to a report from Independence Police Cpl. Matthew Adams, the wreck occurred July 26 at 1:56 a.m., on North Independence Ave.

  • No injuries when car snaps utility pole

    Staff Reports

    A single-vehicle accident left no fatalities, but knocked down a utility pole on Glendale Road on Friday at about noon, according to Virginia State Police Sgt. Mike Musser.

    Musser fielded questions for Trooper S.M. Cochran, who was in charge of the scene.

    A 2014 Kia SUV driven by Danny Wayne Dalton, 54, of Hillsville, was traveling east on Glendale Road when he lost control of his vehicle and ran off the right side of the road, snapping a utility pole and stopping when he hit a tree in a residential yard, Musser said.

  • Fire causes minimal damage at Vaughan-Bassett

    Staff Reports

    A minor fire at the Vaughan-Bassett Furniture plant in Galax on Aug. 3 resulted in minimal damage, said Galax Fire 1st Lt. Therron Billings, who was in charge of the scene.

    The firefighters were summoned at 5:27 p.m., when a small fire was reported in the finishing room of the plant, said Billings. By the time the fire department arrived shortly thereafter, workers had already extinguished it.

  • Three charged in Fries assault

    Staff Reports

    FRIES — Police have released more information regarding an altercation in a Fries parking lot that resulted in a subject being struck by a vehicle and flown to the hospital for injuries.

    Charged with assault in the incident are Danny Roger Shinault, 47; Richard Franklin Shinault, 42; and Trisha Lynn Wheeler, 27. All are from Fries.

  • Laurel crash results in one fatality

    LAUREL — An investigation continues after a single-vehicle rollover resulted in one fatality in the Laurel section of Carroll County early Wednesday.
    According to a report from Trooper C.H. Campbell, Virginia State Police received a call about 1:30 a.m., reporting a single-vehicle crash along Virginia 741 (Stoneman Road), 0.2 mile north of Virginia 739 (Porterfield Road).
    Campbell said that a 2007 Jeep Wrangler with three people ran off of the right side of the road and overturned in an embankment, ejecting a female passenger.

  • Two men injured, charged with assault

    Staff Reports

    FRIES — Two people have been charged with assault after an escalating argument led to physical violence and a subject being struck by a vehicle in a Fries parking lot.

    The investigation is ongoing, and police indicated that additional charges could result.

    According to a report from Sgt. Doug Carner of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, police and emergency response teams were called to the parking lot across from BB&T in Fries, based on reports of an assault involving multiple subjects.