Local News

  • Meat van merchants arrested in Grayson

    Staff Report

    ELK CREEK — Two North Carolina men were charged last week in Elk Creek for reportedly selling meat door-to-door, which is in violation of a county ordinance, according to the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office.

    According to a news release, Christopher Alley, 23, of High Point, N.C., and Devin Carter, 23, of Greensboro, N.C., were taken into custody for violation of the county ordinance governing itinerant merchants.

  • Two arrested after chase in stolen car

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — Two suspects were arrested on several charges, including eluding police and possession of methamphetamine, after a high-speed chase on Interstate 77 on Dec. 27, according to a report from Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner.

  • Court to hear motions in Lovell murder case

    Staff Report

    CHRISTIANSBURG — As Natalie Keepers prepares for four days of motions hearings this month, her attorney wants a judge to throw out incriminating statements she made to police during the investigation of Nicole Lovell’s death.

    Lovell, 13, of Blacksburg, was killed in January 2016 and her body was found just outside Grayson County.

  • Sheriff says shooting result of domestic dispute

    Staff Report

    A Carroll County woman has been charged with malicious wounding, following a shooting incident at a residence on Fries Road Jan. 3.

According to a news release from Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner, the sheriff’s office received a call about a possible shooting at 2873 Fries Road, in the Cliffview Community near Galax, at 3:23 a.m. on Tuesday.

  • Car run off road, crashes into house

    Staff Reports

    Travis Dale Coulson, 37, of Galax has been taken into custody by the Galax Police Department after chasing a man in a car off of Greenville Road and causing the other driver to crash into a home at the corner of Kenbrook Drive, according to Chief Rick Clark.

    The pickup truck Coulson was driving also crashed at the corner of Kenbrook and Greenville. He was taken into custody at the scene.

  • School board looks back on 2016 progress

    INDEPENDENCE — During Schools’ Superintendent Kelly Wilmore’s monthly report December, he summarized the work that had been done throughout the school system over the past year.

  • Brannock departs as chamber director

    After a long and industrious run, Judy Brannock is retiring as executive director for the Twin County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

    Brannock stepped down at the end of 2016 after 15 years at the chamber. The chamber’s executive board will meet to appoint an interim director to serve until a full-time director is hired.

    “I am leaving, number one, to see my grandsons more often,” explained Brannock in an interview with The Gazette.

  • Recount confirms win for Anderson

    INDEPENDENCE — A recount to determine the winner of the Nov. 8, 2016, special election for the Grayson County School Board’s at-large member has determined that candidate Tracy “Zeke” Anderson, who led in the initial results by two votes, actually won the seat by 11 votes.

    The recount was held Dec. 27, 2016, in the Grayson County Circuit Court. A petition for the recount was filed by Philip Vaughan of Fries on Nov. 30. Vaughan finished second in the election for the seat, out of four total candidates.

  • Police: crash involved stolen car

    Staff Report

    A head-on collision on Meadow Creek Road near Davis Knob in Grayson County, which totaled both vehicles, involved a stolen car and one subject fled the scene, according to Virginia State Trooper D.A. Phipps.

    A 2003 GMC pickup, driven by James Ford, 74, of Galax, was traveling along Meadow Creek Road when a 2003 Mazda Tribute, driven by Taylor Nathaniel Tower, 30, of Fleming Island, Fla., crossed the road and struck him head-on.

  • Will pot law go up in smoke?

    Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND — A month after saying he was open to studying the decriminalization of marijuana, the top elected Republican in Virginia has formally asked a key legislative commission to look into the issue.

    State Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment had opposed decriminalization in the past.

    But during a Nov. 1 appearance in Norfolk, he said: “I think it’s absolutely crazy that we continue to lock people up for possession of a modest amount of marijuana.”