Local News

  • Fugitive arrested in Cana

    CANA – A North Carolina man has been charged with two felonies and a misdemeanor after allegedly threatening residents of a home in Cana with a hammer.

    According to a report from Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner, Sgt. Justin Haga and Dep. Trevor Carico responded to a call on Horizon Drive in the Cana area at 4:20 a.m. on Tuesday. The call was in reference to an individual who “was out of control and threatening the residents at the home with a hammer,” Gardner said.

  • School budget would restore teachers

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County School Board is working on a promising draft of the school budget for fiscal year 2016-17, which would add back teachers in positions previously cut and includes money for projects like new bleachers at the high school.

    The board met Feb. 22 for a budget draft presentation, and discussed this year’s strategy for compiling the numbers and the main goals for funding.

  • Whitetop man still missing after 3 months


    WHITETOP – A big question being asked in western Grayson County is: what happened to John Wingler Sr.?

    Wingler, 74, was last seen on Nov. 11, 2015, at his home at 46 Dolinger Road in Whitetop. He is considered endangered due to medical conditions.

    Numerous searches by Grayson County and surrounding counties’ sheriffs’ departments have turned up nothing. A helicopter was also used in an aerial search of the Whitetop area but found no trace of Wingler.

  • Firefighters burn to learn

    “What we don’t want to do is have the tank to explode,” said Capt. Mike Ayers of the Galax Volunteer Fire Department on Sunday, as local firefighters hit a flame-spewing liquid propane tank with water to cool it down.

    “Shrapnel from the tank could go two to three blocks away,” he said. “That’s what we are here training to be able to stop.”

  • Last-minute primary voting tips

    Landmark News Service

    Finally. After months of listening to presidential candidates and their supporters, today Virginia voters get to have their say. Here are some last-minute tips for Virginia’s presidential primary.

    Plenty of time to vote: Polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. Don’t worry about a long line if you get there just before 7. If you’re in line at 7, the law says you must be allowed a ballot.

  • More voters participating in Republican primary

    HILLSVILLE – As of 10 a.m. on Super Tuesday, votes in the Republican presidential primary far outweighed the Democratic votes in Carroll County.

    According to Kim Cloud, director of elections and general registrar in Carroll County, 1,217 voters had cast a ballot in the Republican primary. By contrast, only 277 voters had chosen to vote in the Democratic primary.

    Updates will be provided throughout the day by the polling locations.

    Polls close at 7 p.m.

  • Virginia Primary Results 2016

    Unofficial results of March 1 dual primary, from Virginia State Board of Elections:



    • Ben Carson — 8% (340)

    • Ted Cruz — 18% (815)

    • John Kasich — 4% (169)

    • Marco Rubio — 16% (731)

    • Donald Trump — 54% (2,412)


    • Hillary Clinton — 57% (600)

    • Bernie Sanders — 42% (445)

  • Two charged with felonies last week

    According to a report issued by the Galax Police Department, there were two felony arrests last week.

    Terry Jean Brenis, 36, of Galax, was arrested on Feb. 26 at 9 a.m. by Officer Silverio Gonzales, on charges that included felony possession of Schedule I-II controlled substances, felony possession of firearms while in possession of drugs, misdemeanor assault and battery of a family member and misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance.

  • One driver injured, another charged with DUI in crash

    A two-vehicle accident on U.S. 58 on Sunday at 5:14 p.m. left one driver with minor injuries and a DUI charge for the other, according to a report issued by the Galax Police Department.

    A 1999 GMC Sonoma, driven by Thomas A. Tucker, 71, of Galax, was traveling north on Waugh Drive and crossed 58, running into the right front driver’s side fender of a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu driven by Stacey Hope Frazier, 42, of Fries, which was traveling west on 58.

  • Truck ends up in creek

    A two-vehicle accident left a pickup truck fitted with a snowplow stuck on a creek embankment on Cliffview Road around 10 a.m. on Feb. 29. Involved were a blue pickup truck and a dark green SUV.

    At the scene, where a man was led away in handcuffs by Galax police, Sgt. Jacob Vaughan said he was in charge of the investigation, but there were no injuries.

    No other information was available at press time on Monday.