Local News

  • National Night Out brings community together

    Galax and Independence held their annual National Night Out events on Aug. 4, an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. The celebration is to help the public meet and become familiar with the local police force. NNO featured free hot dogs and drinks, and free music and games.

  • Car crashes into house in Independence

    Staff Reports

    INDEPENDENCE — A single vehicle crash in Independence left no injuries but quite a bit of property damage, when a driver fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into a residence.

    According to a report from Independence Police Cpl. Matthew Adams, the wreck occurred July 26 at 1:56 a.m., on North Independence Ave.

  • No injuries when car snaps utility pole

    Staff Reports

    A single-vehicle accident left no fatalities, but knocked down a utility pole on Glendale Road on Friday at about noon, according to Virginia State Police Sgt. Mike Musser.

    Musser fielded questions for Trooper S.M. Cochran, who was in charge of the scene.

    A 2014 Kia SUV driven by Danny Wayne Dalton, 54, of Hillsville, was traveling east on Glendale Road when he lost control of his vehicle and ran off the right side of the road, snapping a utility pole and stopping when he hit a tree in a residential yard, Musser said.

  • Fire causes minimal damage at Vaughan-Bassett

    Staff Reports

    A minor fire at the Vaughan-Bassett Furniture plant in Galax on Aug. 3 resulted in minimal damage, said Galax Fire 1st Lt. Therron Billings, who was in charge of the scene.

    The firefighters were summoned at 5:27 p.m., when a small fire was reported in the finishing room of the plant, said Billings. By the time the fire department arrived shortly thereafter, workers had already extinguished it.

  • Three charged in Fries assault

    Staff Reports

    FRIES — Police have released more information regarding an altercation in a Fries parking lot that resulted in a subject being struck by a vehicle and flown to the hospital for injuries.

    Charged with assault in the incident are Danny Roger Shinault, 47; Richard Franklin Shinault, 42; and Trisha Lynn Wheeler, 27. All are from Fries.

  • Laurel crash results in one fatality

    LAUREL — An investigation continues after a single-vehicle rollover resulted in one fatality in the Laurel section of Carroll County early Wednesday.
    According to a report from Trooper C.H. Campbell, Virginia State Police received a call about 1:30 a.m., reporting a single-vehicle crash along Virginia 741 (Stoneman Road), 0.2 mile north of Virginia 739 (Porterfield Road).
    Campbell said that a 2007 Jeep Wrangler with three people ran off of the right side of the road and overturned in an embankment, ejecting a female passenger.

  • Two men injured, charged with assault

    Staff Reports

    FRIES — Two people have been charged with assault after an escalating argument led to physical violence and a subject being struck by a vehicle in a Fries parking lot.

    The investigation is ongoing, and police indicated that additional charges could result.

    According to a report from Sgt. Doug Carner of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, police and emergency response teams were called to the parking lot across from BB&T in Fries, based on reports of an assault involving multiple subjects.

  • Va. Democrats: state should accept Medicaid money

    Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND — Virginia’s top Democratic leaders - the governor and two U.S. senators – say it’s time for Republican legislators to stop blocking the expansion of Medicaid in the state under the federal health care law.

    In a rare joint phone call with reporters on July 30, Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine used the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Medicaid program to make their case.

  • Carroll bus vandalism causes thousands in damage

    Staff Reports

    HILLSVILLE — Sorry, kids, but a few defaced buses won’t keep school from starting back this week in Carroll County.

    The Hillsville Police Department has charged two juveniles with vandalization and damaging property.

    According to a police report, officers were dispatched to the Carroll County High School bus garage on Virginia Street on July 16 at 8:32 a.m.

  • How can presidential candidates win in Va.?

    Landmark News Service

    With Virginia’s emergence as a presidential battleground, a report says the nominees won’t be able to rely solely on loyal Democrats or Republicans to win the state.

    They will need to build a coalition from seven distinct voter groups.

    “Whoever wins Virginia is not going to win even with all the ardent partisan warrior voters. They’ve got to go to the less-partisan middle,” said Quentin Kidd, director of Christopher Newport University’s Wason Center for Public Policy.