Local News

  • Ambulance involved in Cana wreck

    Staff Report

    CANA – An ambulance with Cana Volunteer Rescue was involved in an accident early Wednesday morning along U.S. 52.

    According to police reports, the accident occurred at 12:11 a.m. on Oct. 7. A 2009 Toyota Corolla was traveling northbound on 52, about .01 mile north of Tabb Lane, when the driver fell asleep at the wheel and veered off the right side of the road. The driver, Cody Gregory Sapp, 23 of Cana, overcorrected and crossed the centerline where he struck an ambulance.

  • River North prisoners indicted


    INDEPENDENCE – Two prisoners at River North Correctional Center in Independence have been indicted by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury for charges that allegedly occurred inside the state prison.

    The grand jury, meeting July 24, returned several sealed indictments. The names were released following their arrests.

    Davin Michael Preston, 24, was indicted for tampering with or damaging fire protection equipment within the correctional facility.

  • Mount Vale wreck raises questions

    Staff Report

    A hit and run Friday on Mount Vale Road left more questions than answers, and at least one party injured, according to Virginia State Trooper C.W. Keesling.

    Around 1 p.m. on Oct. 2, a 1998 Ford Windstar driven by Bernadette Sargeant of Fries was traveling on Mount Vale Road, headed towards Virginia 89, when it was sideswiped by an unknown driver in a 2012 Toyota Corolla headed in the opposite direction.

  • Local rainfall totals 5 to 13 inches

    Staff Report

    BLACKSBURG – The National Weather Service in Blacksburg issued a statement Sunday evening that outlined rainfall totals through the weekend’s weather event that affected the region.

    Locally, Carroll County registered 6.54 inches in northern Galax and 9.01 inches in the City of Galax. For Grayson County, 13.12 inches was reported in the Cumberland Knob area, 10.43 inches in Baywood, 8.33 inches in Independence and 5.19 inches in northern Elk Creek.

  • Firefighters offer safety tips

    Staff Report

    As the temperature drops outside and families turn to resources like fireplaces, bonfires, wood stoves and the like for warmth, discussions inevitably begin regarding the importance of fire safety.

    Local firefighters will stress important tips for preventing fires during National Fire Prevention Week, which takes places this week through Oct. 10.

  • Magnolia fire's cause unknown

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE – The cause of a fire late Sunday night at the Magnolia plant in Hillsville was still undetermined on Monday.

    According to Assistant Chief Mike Musser, on Oct. 10 at 10:39 p.m. members of Hillsville Volunteer Fire Department were dispatched to the Magnolia plant at 265 Advanced Technology Drive.

    Hillsville VFD responded with a ladder truck, three engines, a heavy rescue truck and 22 personnel.

  • Accidental equipment rollover results in Baywood death

    Staff Report

    A man mowing a residential lawn in Baywood was killed around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday when his lawnmower overturned down a steep slope, according to Chief Deputy Ashby of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office.

    Joshua Wayne Hash, 28, of Independence, an independent yard contractor, was mowing a yard for residents of Longview Lane when he attempted to mow along a steep embankment that led to a wooded hollow.

  • Police: suspect bringing crack cocaine into Va.

    Staff Report

    LAMBSBURG – A Mount Airy, N.C., woman has been arrested and charged in relation to the sale and transport of drugs into Virginia.

    According to a report issued by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, a surveillance operation was conducted at the Loves Travel Center on Sept. 29. The travel center is located at Exit 1 off Interstate 77, just over the Virginia border from North Carolina.

  • Haynes runs for Oldtown seat on Grayson school board

    This year’s race to fill seats on the Grayson County School Board will include Diane Haynes on the ballot for the Oldtown District.

    Haynes, who is running unopposed as an independent candidate, has an extensive history teaching in the Grayson County school system. Her career in education began in 1975. At that time, her bachelor’s degree from Radford University allowed her to teach students from grades 4-8.

  • 'Bottom' residents say city project keeping property dry

    The Bottom, Galax’s flood-prone neighborhood next to Chestnut Creek, has almost seen the completion of its renewal.

    After the recent heavy rains, its residents and businesses are closer to knowing if the city’s work was successful.

    The Bottom Area Project was designed to keep flooding out of the low-lying Galax neighborhood, typically one of the worst places for water to clog up streets and damage homes. The total project is from Caldwell Street west to Chestnut Creek, and includes Meadow, Givens and Shaw streets, along with several side streets.