Local News

  • Carroll fugitive captured after chase

    Virgil L. Richardson, 44, wanted on an outstanding felony warrant, was apprehended Wednesday evening in Galax in a joint effort by the sheriffs’ offices of Grayson and Carroll counties and the Galax Police Department, according to Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner and Galax Police Capt. James Cox.

    Richardson had been spotted earlier in the evening near the Watson’s Auto lot on East Stuart Drive in Galax. When Galax officers responded to reports of a suspicious male, Richardson allegedly fled the scene into the Glendale Trailer Park.

  • Hillsville will be hopping during flea market

    HILLSVILLE — Travelers heading to the annual Hillsville Flea Market and Gun Show during Labor Day weekend should be prepared for considerable traffic delays, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).

    The town’s popular event will be held Sept. 4-7. People not attending the flea market and gun show are encouraged to avoid the area altogether.

  • Shipping study could help with Wildwood marketing

    Determining the cost of shipping freight from Wildwood Commerce Park could help in marketing the regional industrial site.

    Ken McFadyen, executive director of the Blue Ridge Economic Development Authority (BRCEDA), which oversees Wildwood, recently spent a day in Cleveland meeting with three site selection firms, he told authority members at their Aug. 24 meeting.

  • Crash involved underage driver

    Staff Reports

    HILLSVILLE – State police say the driver in an Aug. 30 wreck that injured three people was only 14 years old.

    All those injured were minors.

    Hillsville Fire Department, Carroll County Fire & Rescue, the Carroll Sheriff’s Department and Virginia State Police responded to a single-vehicle crash Sunday on U.S. 221. The incident happened between Hillsville and Dugspur, just north of Poplar Hill Road.

  • Celebrating a decade of making a difference

    Crossroads Institute held its 10-year anniversary celebration Aug. 25 with a video presentation, words from new director Brenda Sutherland and refreshments. The event started at 10 a.m. and lasted about 90 minutes.

    The video focused on “success stories” from those who have been helped by the institution’s business incubator at Crossroads, including Steve Winesett of Candor Construction, Travis Belton and Joanie Newman of Moog-Galax and Leigh Ann Richardson of Vital Supply in Wytheville.

  • Sheriff's office gets grant for police cars

    Staff Reports

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office was recently awarded grants for two patrol vehicles.

    According to Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan, the $50,000 grant funds were supplied by the USDA Rural Development in Wytheville.

  • After 100 years, VFW Auxiliary admits men

    HILLSVILLE — There is no longer a “Ladies Auxiliary” for the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, as the veterans’ organization adapts to today’s military, in which more and more women are serving.

    That will not affect the very active and popular “support” organization for the Grover King VFW Post 1115 in Hillsville. The organization is now known as the “VFW Auxiliary” and membership is now open to men, said Donald Trausneck of Post 1115.

  • 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.