Local News

  • Arrests include escape, larceny and abduction

    Staff Reports

    A Woodlawn man charged with grand larceny now faces additional charges after police say he escaped from custody last week.

    According to a Galax Police Department report, Codie Nathaniel Fletcher, 19, was arrested on March 3 by Officer Terry Woods and charged with felony breaking and entering a dwelling with intent to commit larceny, felony grand larceny by stealing property valued at more than $200 (not from a person), two counts of misdemeanor revocation of suspended sentence and probation and misdemeanor contempt of court.

  • Hungry Farmer Restaurant closed after fire


    CANA – A popular Cana restaurant remains closed after an early morning fire last Friday caused an estimated $200,000 in damage.

    An employee spotted the fire in the basement of the Hungry Farmer Restaurant, located on U.S. 52, and called 911 at 5:06 a.m. on March 3.

    Richard Sowers, chief of the Cana Volunteer Fire Department, said it took firefighters about 10 minutes to bring the fire under control.

  • Delaware man charged with grand larceny

    Staff Reports

    A Delaware man has been arrested for grand larceny in connection with a vehicle theft that occurred on Feb. 22.

    While on patrol, Sgt. Jody Poole of the Galax Police Department discovered a vehicle that had been involved in an accident on East Center Street. There was no operator or occupant around the vehicle, which was discovered at 4:30 a.m., according to a police report.

  • Amendment fails, but final hope remains for SWVTC

    RICHMOND — Another General Assembly session has passed without a definitive answer about the fate of Virginia’s training centers for the disabled, but one final hope remains, thanks to a budget amendment.

    In developing a final budget, members of the Virginia Senate and House of Delegates included a new amendment that would direct the state to look at operating a full-time, albeit smaller, training center. The Southwestern Virginia Training Center in Hillsville and the Central Virginia Training Center in Madison Heights are set to close.

  • Reserve Blvd. crash causes injuries


    A two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Reserve Boulevard and Mountain View Avenue in Galax on Sunday at 3:24 p.m. left several people with unknown injuries and one refusal of treatment, but no fatalities, according to Galax Police Capt. James Cox.

  • Two file for Carroll School Board election


    HILLSVILLE – Two candidates have met the requirements and filed for the Carroll County School Board election on Nov. 7.

    Gina Hall has filed for the Fancy Gap District seat and Virgil Hall has filed for the Laurel Fork District.

    The Fancy Gap, Laurel Fork and Pipers Gap district seats are up for election on Nov. 7.

  • Woman airlifted after Woodlawn crash


    WOODLAWN – A Galax woman was involved in a single-vehicle accident last Friday after suffering an apparent medical problem.

    State Trooper R.D. Horton said Terry Conner, 56, was traveling west on U.S. 58 at 2:55 p.m. on March 3 when she ran off the right side of the highway, sideswiped a guardrail, crossed the median and both eastbound traffic lanes and struck an embankment.

  • Bills would have addressed distracted driving

    Landmark News Service and Capital News Service

    RICHMOND — Heather Munsterman of Manassas had her dream job as a police officer taken from her three years ago during a traffic stop when she was hit by a car going 40 mph.

    A student walking to get gas after running out on the way home from work was hit by a car going 60 mph.

    A mother and her baby were hit in a crosswalk. The baby died.

    Each of the drivers was distracted by a phone.

    Each quick glance at the device altered those Virginians’ lives.

  • Town could lower speed limit near trail

    INDEPENDENCE — With the construction of Grayson County’s new recreation trail in place, and the presence of nearby businesses, Independence is looking into a resolution to potentially lower the speed limit on the eastern side of town.

    During the Feb. 14 meeting of the Independence Town Council, Police Chief James Wagoner addressed the issue, saying, “With the new bike trail and walking trail being so close to the road, and the speed limit at 45-55 miles per hour, that scares me a little bit.”

  • Tractor-trailer overturns at Exit 1 on I-77

    LAMBSBURG — A Michigan truck driver caused a massive traffic jam Monday at Love’s Truck Stop, off Exit 1 northbound on Interstate 77 in Carroll County.

    Virginia State Trooper Duane Blackburn said the accident occurred at 4:50 p.m. on Feb. 27 when a 2013 Kenworth tractor-trailer was turning into Love’s. It flipped over on its right side, falling against a guardrail and partially blocking the driveway.