Local News

  • Woodlawn crash injures two people

    Staff Reports

    WOODLAWN — Virginia State Police responded to a two-vehicle collision that occurred Tuesday night on Coulson Church Road (Virginia 620) in Carroll County, about one-tenth of a mile north of Senior Road, around 10 p.m.

    According to a state police report, a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt was traveling northbound on Coulson Church Road when the driver crossed the centerline and struck a 2004 Toyota Tacoma head-on. The Tacoma overturned on its side as a result.

  • Board votes down procedure change

    INDEPENDENCE — After a deadlock vote over a seat on the Grayson County Planning Commission in July, the Grayson Board of Supervisors this month discussed a change in their procedures for electing members to boards and commissions.

    Supervisor Kenneth Belton approached the board with a draft of procedure changes during the Aug. 13 meeting. Prior to the meeting, he had asked County Administrator Jonathan Sweet to come up with a set of procedure rules for appointing board members.

  • Candidate forums to be held in Grayson


    INDEPENDENCE – Candidates in the Nov. 3 general election in Grayson County will have the opportunity to participate in four political forums in September.

    The Grayson County Citizens for Better Schools will sponsor the forums, which will be held at 7 p.m. each night.

  • Men charged for drugs, fugitive warrant in Whitetop


    WHITETOP – The Grayson County Sheriff’s Department made two drug-related arrests in the Whitetop community recently.

    Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan said on Aug. 20, members of the sheriff’s office and the Twin County Drug Task Force arrested Donald Smith Turnmire, 39, of Whitetop.

    Vaughan said Turnmire was arrested for being a fugitive from justice with seven pending felony charges in Virginia and North Carolina.

  • Firefighters respond to backseat blaze

    According to Capt. Matthew Adams, the Independence Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a car fire on Grayson Parkway last week.

    On arrival, crews found a fire under the rear of the car and in the back seat area.

    Three fire trucks and 13 firefighters responded and extinguished the fire. Adams says firefighters believe the fire originated due to a transmission line break.

    The driver was able to escape the vehicle unharmed.

  • Kaine tours CCHS lab, Vaughan-Bassett plant

    U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.) made two Twin Counties stops on his way through Southwest Virginia last Thursday, visiting the STEM lab at Carroll County High School and the Vaughan-Bassett Furniture plant in Galax.

    The stops were part of Kaine’s swing through Virginia on U.S. 58.

    At the CCHS lab, Kaine saw several students demonstrate projects they’re working on. The STEM (Science, Technology, Education and Math) lab at CCHS had a strong agricultural focus, and a farm for its use.

  • River property hearing overflows

    INDEPENDENCE — The crowd spilled out the door and into the hallway of the Grayson County Courthouse boardroom on Aug. 18, as citizens arrived to address the Grayson Planning Commission about possible zoning ordinance changes to properties along the New River.

    The main purpose of the commission’s monthly meeting, as advertised in local papers earlier in the month, was to receive comments regarding “proposed text amendments” to the county’s zoning ordinance related to the shoreline recreation district of the county.

  • Construction firm based at Crossroads lands $6.5M contract

    On April 30, the few at Crossroads Institute who knew exhibited quiet satisfaction.

    Candor Construction Inc., a general contractor that three years ago entered the Crossroads incubator in Galax, had just landed a $6.5 million shopping center construction project in Morgantown, W.Va. “You don’t hear numbers that big in this building very often,” quipped one Crossroads board member.

  • Galax expanding court, police dispatch

    The W. Harold Snead Safety Building, home of the Galax Police Department and Galax General District Court, is getting an addition soon.

    “We borrowed the money in fiscal year 2015 and did a bond with the projects for the veterans’ memorial, the conversion of the old health department to the juvenile probation offices and the police department addition,” said City Manager Keith Barker, who noted that the expenditure was approved in the budget.

  • Crossroads celebrates successful decade

    Ten years ago, when the Crossroads Institute opened its doors, the goal was to bolster opportunities for education and economic development in the region.

    But what took place was something beyond what anyone expected. Not only did the facility succeed in giving local individuals a step up to higher education, and a wide range of employment opportunities, it also played a key role in uniting Galax, Carroll County and Grayson County in their shared goals of economic development.