Local News

  • Grayson SOLs show improvement

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County Public Schools are celebrating a continued climb in Standards of Learning test scores, after receiving news that six out of seven schools in the system were fully accredited based on the 2015-16 results.

  • Nichols faces 38 child porn charges

    HILLSVILLE — Brandon Lee Nichols, 24, of Woodlawn, was arrested on Monday by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and charged with 38 counts of felony possession of child pornography, according to the Hillsville Police Department’s Det. Robert S. Martin.

    Martin led the investigation as part of his efforts with Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children (SOVA ICAC), a federal task force comprised of multiple cooperating federal, state and local agencies.

  • Three hurt in Cana accident

    CANA — A two-vehicle accident on Sept. 17 at 7:55 a.m. on Paul’s Creek Road in Cana left three people injured, according to a report filed by Virginia State Trooper R.D. Horton.

    Sara Johnson, 27, of Cana, was driving a 2014 Honda Civic along Paul’s Creek near Flower Gap Road when she crossed the middle line and struck a 2001 Isuzu Rodeo driven by Patty Marsh, 46, also of Cana, according to the report.

    Damages were estimated at $10,000 to Johnson’s car and $6,500 to Marsh’s car.

  • Businesses thanked for contributions to school

    INDEPENDENCE — Two local individuals and their companies were recognized by the Grayson County Board of Supervisors this month for their contributions to assist the school system with the football stadium bleachers renovation project.

    Proclamations were approved and presented by the board to Randall Eller and Independence Lumber, and to Gus Hill and Hill’s Coal and Trucking, during the regular monthly meeting on Sept. 15.

    “These two companies contributed a lot to the bleacher project,” said County Administrator Jonathan Sweet.

  • Carroll County leads manhunt on Mount Zion Road



    CARROLL – A manhunt is still underway in Carroll County after a suspect driving a stolen car fled from law enforcement and hit a deputy head-on in the process.

    The deputy then shot at the suspect, whose identity is not known at this time. Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner said a small amount of blood was recovered from inside the stolen vehicle and will be sent for DNA analysis.

  • Galax waits to see if lottery plan wins approval

    Galax could receive up to $160,000 in additional state funding per year if a plan goes forward to return some revenue from Virginia Lottery sales to localities.

    In August, City Manager Keith Barker said he received a request for support from a group of Virginia mayors who want legislation passed by the General Assembly that would reallocate some of the lottery funds.

  • Firefighters receive grant for new equipment

    INDEPENDENCE — The Independence Volunteer Fire Department will receive $180,381 in federal funding to buy new air packs and turnout gear.

    The money is from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant program.

  • City to hold info meeting on new stormwater fee

    Staff Report

    A public information meeting regarding Galax’s new Stormwater Management Ordinance will be held on Sept. 26.

    City staff will provide general information on the program and the annual stormwater utility fee charge that will be included with Galax residents’ 2016 property tax invoices.

    Staff will also provide a short presentation on the program and development of the stormwater utility fee charge. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer period for the public.

  • Grayson gets $700K for housing rehab

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County has been awarded a $700,000 grant in support of the Eagle Bottom Housing Rehabilitation Project.

    The announcement came Sept. 16, in a notification on behalf of Gov. Terry McAuliffe, from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, according to a news release from the county on Friday.

    The money will come in the form of a Community Development Block Grant.

  • Vaughan wants to carry on predecessor's school goals

    INDEPENDENCE — Philip Vaughan, interim at-large member of the Grayson County School Board, has filed as a candidate in a special election Nov. 8 for the remainder of the term, following the sudden death of Vaughan’s friend and former board member Tim “T.T.” Carico.

    Vaughan, a Fries native and graduate of the school system, was selected by the board in August to serve as the at-large member for the remainder of the year. The special election will determine who holds the spot for the next three years, beginning in 2017.