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  • Mail truck flips in Independence

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE ― State police and the Independence Volunteer Fire Department responded to an accident involving three vehicles on Wilson Highway Aug. 30, which resulted in a mail truck flipping onto its top.

    According to a report from Trooper R.B. Phipps of Virginia State Police, the wreck occurred around 7:15 a.m., when a car traveling on Wilson Highway stopped to turn onto Hardin Road, and a mail truck came around the curve at a high speed. The driver of the mail truck locked the brakes trying to stop in time and overturned.

  • Whitetop tour plan takes bumpy road to approval

    INDEPENDENCE — An application for a special use permit to open a sightseeing attraction in the Mouth of Wilson community was recently approved by the Grayson County Board of Supervisors.

  • Clinton leading Trump in Virginia poll

    Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND — Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton leads her Republican opponent, Donald Trump, by 16 percentage points among likely Virginia voters, according to a poll by Roanoke College.

    The survey showed Clinton leading 48 to 32 percent, with Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson receiving 8 percent.

    “There is no silver lining in this dark cloud for Donald Trump,” Harry Wilson, director of the school’s Institute for Policy and Opinion Research, wrote in an analysis.

  • One injured in Woodlawn wreck

    A two-vehicle accident on Route 58 off of Wendy Lane in Woodlawn on Wednesday at 9:40 p.m. left one man with serious injuries, according to Virginia State Trooper J.R. Alderman.

    Michael Wayne Jackson, 39, of Wytheville, was driving a 2007 Honda Shadow motorcycle traveling east on 58 when a 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier driven by Benjamin Horton, 23, of Galax, attempting to head west, pulled into Jackson’s path. Jackson struck the driver’s side door of the Cavalier.

  • 'Rifle' was really a post, but man still faces charge

    INDEPENDENCE — A road rage incident in Independence on Wednesday morning prompted a lockdown of four schools in the Grayson County Public School system and the Nautilus plant, after a man reportedly brandished what appeared to be a firearm during an argument with a tractor-trailer driver.

    According to Independence Police Chief James Wagoner, officers received a call at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday regarding a “road rage” incident between Edward C. Foster, 32, of Canada, and Timothy C. Vaughan, 19, of Fries.

  • Suspects sought, schools on lockdown

    UPDATE:

    FROM GRAYSON SHERIFF'S OFFICE: SUBJECTS HAVE BEEN LOCATED

    We will have an update soon.

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County schools are on a lockdown this morning as a precaution, after a “road rage” incident in Independence that involved the brandishing of a weapon.

  • Murder suspect's record includes violence

    Staff Reports

    WYTHEVILLE — John R. Lewis is expected to appear in Wythe County General District Court on Thursday to be arraigned on charges including first-degree murder in the death of a local woman.

    No hearing date has been set, according to court records.

    Court records also reveal Lewis, 34, of Wytheville, has a criminal history that includes violent offences.

  • Boy hit by car in coma, recovering

    An 11-year-old child is still in the hospital recovering from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident while riding his bicycle last week.

    State police and other responders were called to the scene of an accident on Meadow Creek Road in the Grayson County community on Aug. 23. Joseph Randolph Poole, 11, had been hit by a car after riding his bike out of his driveway in front of the vehicle. The driveway was positioned in a blind curve, and police did not charge the driver in the accident.

  • Police chase ends in crash, assault

    Staff Report

    A police pursuit ended with a motorcycle crashing into a Grayson County deputy's car and a fight between the suspect and an officer.

    Around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, Grayson County Sheriff's Office deputies were involved in a chase with a subject on a motorcycle that began on Delhart Road. The pursuit ended on Justice Road in the Oldtown community near Galax.

    The suspect reportedly crashed his motorcycle in front of a Grayson patrol car, which then struck it. The suspect then fought with an officer.

  • Hillsville prepares for flea market crowds

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — Hillsville expects to draw more than 500,000 visitors this holiday weekend for the annual Labor Day Gun Show & Flea Market, and the town is offering some tips and information to help both locals and those attending.

    The market “consumes the entire town,” cautions the website hillsville.com. “Antique dealers, gun dealers and traders of all kinds make this one of the largest shows in the southeast.”