Local News

  • Carroll deputy involved in crash

    Staff Report

    PIPERS GAP – A Carroll County Sheriff’s Department deputy was involved in a single-vehicle accident while responding to a call earlier this month.

    According to police reports, on Oct. 6 at 7:05 p.m., Deputy Brant Bottomley was responding to a breaking and entering in progress call on Pipers Gap Road. While traveling down Virginia 608 (Coal Creek Road) about one-tenth of a mile north of Virginia 815, Bottomley ran off the left side of the road in a curve, hit a patch of wet grass and slid into a power pole.

  • Fadden, Hawks vie for court clerk job

    Five candidates are in the running for Clerk of Court in Carroll County in this November’s general election. Among those candidates are Barbara Fadden, a 10-year veteran employee of the clerk’s office, and B.P. “Phil” Hawks, an occupational therapist who previously served two-and-a-half years as a deputy clerk.


  • Market, farmers to benefit from $80,000 USDA grant

    INDEPENDENCE — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded the Independence Farmers Market a $82,414 grant with the goal of increasing overall access to locally grown foods and, in turn, spurring production of produce in Independence and surrounding areas.

    The money is from the Farmers Market Promotion Program, funded through the Farm Bill Agricultural Act of 2014, according to a news release from Grayson LandCare.

  • Two injured in crash

    Staff Reports

    Multiple injuries occurred in a two-vehicle accident on Cliffview Road Sept. 19 around 4:45 p.m., according to Virginia State Trooper C.M. Delp.

    A maroon 2005 Ford Freestar SUV driven by Delana Hensley, 57, of Woodlawn, was traveling on Cliffview just south of Virginia 837 when the vehicle slowed to make a right turn. Her vehicle was struck in the rear by a blue 1993 Chevrolet S10 pickup driven by Joshua McLamb, 22, of Galax. Hensley ran off the right side of the road and into a private yard.

  • Grayson to expand trail system in town

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County administration has invited the public to attend an open house for the Enhancement Trail on Oct. 19 from 4-6 p.m.

    Construction drawings and conceptual sketches of the Enhancement Trail will be on display in the board room of the Grayson County Courthouse, located at 129 Davis Street in Independence. County staff will be available to discuss the project and answer any questions that the public may have.

  • Galax police release arrest reports

    The Galax Police Department recently released a report of arrests for the period of Sept. 28 to Oct. 9, including drug and traffic offenses, assaults and shoplifting.

    Sept. 28:

    • Kristopher James Adams, 26, shoplift: conceal goods valued less than $200 (second offense); swearing or intoxicated in public.

    Sept. 29:

    • Tyvonda Ravenell, malicious wounding.

    Sept. 30:

    • Christopher Lee Beasley, 37, robbery;

  • Shinault in running for Providence board seat

    INDEPENDENCE — Randy Shinault has announced his campaign to fill the Providence District seat on the Grayson County School Board in this year’s general election.

    Shinault, an independent candidate, is running against incumbent Wynn Combs, who is also an independent.

    A graduate of Fries High School, Shinault received degrees from Wytheville Community College and Clinch Valley College of the University of Virginia (now called UVA-Wise).

  • Woman charged with aggravated assault

    Staff Reports

    A Galax woman has been charged with aggravated assault and is being held without bond in the New River Valley Jail.

    According to the Galax Police Department, officers were summoned to a reported assault on Oct. 6 that is alleged to have occurred on Eastview Street. Officers discovered Teresa Lynn Edwards, 43, of Galax, suffering from head and facial injuries.

  • Illegal card readers found at gas station

    Staff Report

    Police say that two Florida men based out of North Carolina are allegedly responsible for placing card readers – devices that record transaction information and allow forgers to use credit card numbers fraudulently – on gas pumps in Galax.

    The suspects are in police custody, according to Nick Hawks of the Alleghany County (N.C.) Sheriff’s Office.

  • Grayson candidates quizzed at Chamber forum

    INDEPENDENCE — Fourteen candidates in this year’s Grayson County general election introduced themselves and their campaigns to the community during a candidate forum at Grayson County High School on Oct. 6.

    Hosted by the Twin County Chamber of Commerce, the forum organized a series of questions for each candidate, presented by a panel made up of Chamber President Marty Hall, Executive Director Judy Brannock, Executive Attorney Raquel Lyons and Vice President Zach Dotson. Questions pertained to the offices sought by each candidate.