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Local News

  • Community cleans up after storms, tornado

    A violent storm — and a confirmed tornado — tore through the Twin Counties on Monday evening, uprooting trees, bringing down power lines and causing flash flooding throughout the area.

    Photos shared on social media showed barns demolished or flipped onto their tops, large trees across roadways or on top of houses and creeks churning over their banks.

  • Driver injured when car hits hydrant, overturns

    Staff Report

    A single-vehicle accident at 6:50 a.m. on Oct. 19 at the intersection of Cranberry Road and Nutmeg Lane left a driver with minor injuries, according to a report filed by Virginia State Trooper J.R. Alderman.

    A 2000 Pontiac Firebird driven by Timothy M. Albert, 22, of Galax, was traveling north on Cranberry when it ran off the road to the right, came back onto the road, ran off the road to the right again, struck a fire hydrant and overturned, ending up on Nutmeg Lane.

  • Fries still considering end to vehicle stickers

    FRIES — The Town of Fries is still considering a plan to eliminate vehicle decals.

    Grayson County Treasurer Kelly Haga attended council’s Sept. 3 meeting and provided information requested at an earlier meeting, concerning this year’s approval of replacing the county’s vehicle decals.

  • Police chase driver in stolen car

    A homeless man from North Carolina who stole a vehicle on Oct. 13 led three law enforcement agencies on a high-speed, multi-county chase before being caught, according to Sgt. T.S. Todd of Virginia State Police.
    According to a state police report, Daniel Ray Dockery, 34, identified as homeless, allegedly stole a 2006 Subaru Outback from a McDonald’s in Winston-Salem, N.C., on the morning of Oct. 13.

  • Two charged with possession

    FRIES — Two Fries residents have been arrested and charged in connection with the discovery of illegal substances and ammunition.
    According to a news release from the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, deputies and investigators were dispatched on Oct. 11, to conduct a search of 716 East Main Street in Fries.
    The search revealed approximately one half ounce of methamphetamine, marijuana, scales, baggies, and other drug paraphernalia, according to the report.
    Ammunition was also seized, the sheriff’s office confirmed.

  • Carroll PSA continues negotiations

    By Larry Chambers
    Staff

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Public Service Authority (PSA) staff is continuing negotiations with the City of Mount Airy, N.C., to purchase water to supply customers in the Cana area.
    Jessica Montgomery, executive director of the Carroll County PSA, told board members last Monday that the PSA staff was waiting on a final agreement from the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners.
    She said the water was needed for customers in Cana and 75 customers who live on Meadowbrook Road.

  • Baywood Fall Festival

    The Baywood Fall Festival was held Oct. 7, featuring a day full of fun family activities and a variety of competitions. The event included a pet show, a
    lumberjack competition, log-rolling, wheelbarrow races and archery. There
    were also a variety of kids’ crafts and activities, arts and crafts exhibits and vendor booths, music, food, and a special visit from Smokey the Bear.

  • Sowing the seeds

    GALAX — Since April 2016, Grayson LandCare and Church of the Good Shepherd have been hard at work on their vision, to offer a self-sustained resource for fresh produce and a hub for community service through a fully-stocked and multi-level garden, or “food forest.”

  • Hillsville man dies in parkway crash

    Staff Report

    The National Park Service has concluded its investigation of a fatal crash on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Galax on Oct. 7.

    Richard Luke Walker of Hillsville died at the scene, according to a report from Officer David Hynes of the park service. Cause of death was determined to be blunt force trauma to the head, according to Tracy Cooper, Western District Administrator of the Office of the Medical Examiner in Roanoke.

  • Spencer unopposed for Carroll school board

    HILLSVILLE — Incumbent member and current board chairman Brian E. Spencer is the only candidate for the Pipers Gap District seat on Carroll County School Board for this election.

    School board candidates are all considered independents and do not participate in a primary.

    Spencer has been on the school board for six years, serving all six years as chairman, and serves on the finance committee. He is a former member of the Carroll County Board of Supervisors.

    He also was unopposed in his re-election bid for his current three-year term in 2013.