Local News

  • Voter registration deadline is Oct. 13

    Tuesday is the voter registration deadline for the Nov. 3 general election.

    Eligible Virginians can use the Department of Elections online system available at elections.virginia.gov/register to check their registration status, update their information or register to vote for the first time.

  • Carico seeks at-large seat on Grayson school board

    Tim L. “T.T.” Carico has joined the race for the at-large seat on the Grayson County School Board during this year’s general election.

    Carico is running as an independent candidate for the seat against two other independent challengers: John K. Brewer and Robert Benish. The winner will fill the seat vacated by Gary Burris, who did not seek another term.

  • New Carroll board will pick next administrator

    HILLSVILLE – With several seats up for election in November, the Carroll County Board of Supervisors will wait until the new members take office in January to select a new county administrator.

    Supervisors held a special meeting Sept. 29 to discuss plans for hiring a new county administrator to replace Gary Larrowe, who will leave Dec. 31.

    Board Chairman Phil McCraw called the meeting to address how to start the process of replacing Larrowe.

  • 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.