Local News

  • Man unhappy with Carroll's I-77 enforcement

    HILLSVILLE – A Michigan man facing charges in Carroll County threatened to bring legal action against the county in connection with law enforcement actions when he spoke to the Carroll County Board of Supervisors earlier this month.

    In his remarks, Keith Olson of Michigan alleged that the county is operating outside of the traditional framework for county government with its police enforcement efforts on Interstate 77.

  • Jury won't hear some of Keepers' statements

    Staff Report

    CHRISTIANSBURG – Judge Robert Turk ruled on Monday that only parts of Natalie Keepers’ testimony will be admissible due to improper interrogation techniques by police.

    Only information gathered during the first three hours of day one, and all of the second day of the two-day interrogation, will be allowed in her two-week jury trial, currently scheduled to start Feb. 5, 2018.

  • Four charged with burglary in Galax

    Staff Report

    Four people were arrested and charged in connection with a burglary on March 28 in Galax

    The Galax Police Department was notified by an off-duty Virginia State Police Special Agent that he was responding to suspicious activity at a residence on Glendale Road in the city, according to a police report.

    “Sgt. Jacob Vaughan and Officer Chris Hines responded and discovered that entry had been gained into a home while the resident was away. The state police agent had detained the suspects,” the report said.

  • Grayson VFW post seeks new members

    INDEPENDENCE ― Grayson County VFW Post #7726 is seeking new members to assist with continuing services for veterans and various community service projects throughout the area.

    The post is looking for membership growth with the VFW, as well as the VFW Auxiliary; and reminds the public that both older and younger members are needed, at any capacity they can serve.

  • BBB: hang up if caller asks ‘Can you hear me?’

    Staff Report

    The Better Business Bureau is warning consumers about an old scam with a new twist.

    The “Can You Hear Me?” scam has long been used to coerce businesses into purchasing office supplies and directory ads they never actually ordered, but now it’s targeting individual consumers, as well.

    In January, more than half of the reports to BBB Scam Tracker were about this one scam, the agency said in a news release.

  • Spikes end pursuit for N.C. suspect

    Staff Report

    Two individuals from Mount Airy, N.C. were arrested after a police chase in Carroll County on Sunday night. The man driving the vehicle faces multiple charges in both localities.

  • Bill lets women get 1 year of birth control

    Capital News Service

    RICHMOND - The Virginia General Assembly has passed legislation allowing pharmacists to provide women a full year of birth control pills at once if prescribed by a doctor.

    HB 2267, sponsored by Del. Eileen Filler-Corn (D-Springfield) and titled the Birth Control Access Act, has been sent to Gov. Terry McAuliffe to be signed into law.

    Women’s rights activists praised the measure’s passage. Many insurance policies currently limit women to a 90-day supply of birth control pills.

  • Galax, Grayson to collect hazardous waste Saturday

    Staff Report

    Grayson County Public Works and the City of Galax will also host a Household Hazardous Waste Collection and Personal Document Shredding on April 1.

    Event hours are 8 a.m.-noon at the Galax Public Works Department (300 Fair Street, Galax); and 1-4 p.m. at the Grayson County Public Works Department (1216 N. Independence Ave.).

  • Seats up for election in November


    INDEPENDENCE – So far, no candidates have filed to run in the Nov. 7 general election in Grayson County.

    The deadline for candidates to file is June 13.

    The school board and board of supervisors seats are both up for election in the Wilson and Elk Creek districts.

  • Fugitive in custody, missing girl found safe

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — A teen runaway from Galax is back home and the male fugitive she was with is in custody after a police chase in North Carolina that resulted in several charges.

    Wyndom Taylor Thornton, 23, of Galax, was arrested March 25 by the North Carolina Highway Patrol.