Local News

  • Two special elections set for November


    INDEPENDENCE – Not only will Grayson County and Troutdale voters go to the polls on Nov. 8 to elect a president and 9th District congressman, but they will also have two special elections.

    One of the special elections is to fill the unexpired term of the late Tim “T.T.” Carico on the Grayson County School Board. Carico, the at-large member on the board, died July 6 of injuries he received in an ATV vehicle accident.

  • Carroll honors veteran on final ride home

    HILLSVILLE – After 63 years, a veteran of the U.S. Army returned home on Aug. 31, and the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and members of the Grover King VFW Post #1115 were on hand to serve as escort and to show their respect.

    According to Sheriff J.B. Gardner, the department was contacted by the North Carolina Patriot Guard to assist in the escort of the remains of Pvt. Virgil Adkins, who had been missing in action since 1953.

  • Court unseals Nofsinger search warrant

    A search warrant issued by the Galax Police Department in May contains a list of items apparently possessed by double homicide suspect Richard Denny Nofsinger Jr.

    Among the array of items cataloged are a rubber clown mask, baby clothes, women’s underwear and red-stained men’s clothing.

  • Driver airlifted after Creekview wreck

    A single-vehicle accident on Creekview Road in Galax at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 3 resulted in the driver being airlifted to Wake Forest Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, N.C., according to Virginia State Trooper J.D. Delp.

    A white 2004 Ford F-150 pickup driven by Brannan Phillips, 22, of Hillsville, was headed westbound on Creekview Road in a white Ford F-150 pickup when he took a downhill curve at what appeared to have been a high rate of speed, Delp said.

  • Galax police report arrests

    Staff Report

    According to a report issued by the Galax Police Department, recent felony arrests included drug violations, child abuse, grand larceny, assault and shoplifting.

    • Maribel Carillio Munoz, 31, of Galax, was charged on Aug. 23 at 8:04 p.m. by Officer Silverio Gonzales on two counts of felony abuse and neglect of children with reckless disregard.

  • Mail truck flips in Independence

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE ― State police and the Independence Volunteer Fire Department responded to an accident involving three vehicles on Wilson Highway Aug. 30, which resulted in a mail truck flipping onto its top.

    According to a report from Trooper R.B. Phipps of Virginia State Police, the wreck occurred around 7:15 a.m., when a car traveling on Wilson Highway stopped to turn onto Hardin Road, and a mail truck came around the curve at a high speed. The driver of the mail truck locked the brakes trying to stop in time and overturned.

  • Whitetop tour plan takes bumpy road to approval

    INDEPENDENCE — An application for a special use permit to open a sightseeing attraction in the Mouth of Wilson community was recently approved by the Grayson County Board of Supervisors.

  • Clinton leading Trump in Virginia poll

    Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND — Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton leads her Republican opponent, Donald Trump, by 16 percentage points among likely Virginia voters, according to a poll by Roanoke College.

    The survey showed Clinton leading 48 to 32 percent, with Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson receiving 8 percent.

    “There is no silver lining in this dark cloud for Donald Trump,” Harry Wilson, director of the school’s Institute for Policy and Opinion Research, wrote in an analysis.

  • One injured in Woodlawn wreck

    A two-vehicle accident on Route 58 off of Wendy Lane in Woodlawn on Wednesday at 9:40 p.m. left one man with serious injuries, according to Virginia State Trooper J.R. Alderman.

    Michael Wayne Jackson, 39, of Wytheville, was driving a 2007 Honda Shadow motorcycle traveling east on 58 when a 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier driven by Benjamin Horton, 23, of Galax, attempting to head west, pulled into Jackson’s path. Jackson struck the driver’s side door of the Cavalier.

  • 'Rifle' was really a post, but man still faces charge

    INDEPENDENCE — A road rage incident in Independence on Wednesday morning prompted a lockdown of four schools in the Grayson County Public School system and the Nautilus plant, after a man reportedly brandished what appeared to be a firearm during an argument with a tractor-trailer driver.

    According to Independence Police Chief James Wagoner, officers received a call at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday regarding a “road rage” incident between Edward C. Foster, 32, of Canada, and Timothy C. Vaughan, 19, of Fries.