Today's News

  • 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.

  • Backpack Buddies lift burden of hunger

    “You guys, please eat something!” Stephannie Dees, one of five directors for a Backpack Buddies group – there are about 13 separate groups, locally, she says – yells at her volunteers across Galax Presbyterian Church’s Warwick Hall.

    The volunteers crowd around the hall’s kitchen window, where snacks of pimento cheese and chicken salad have been set out. It’s a bit before noon and everyone’s just spent the majority of an hour stuffing sacks with food donations.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.