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Today's News

  • Three injured in 4-vehicle crash

    INDEPENDENCE — Three Grayson County residents were injured and a juvenile has been charged with reckless driving in a four-vehicle accident that occurred just west of Independence on April 9 around 4:30 p.m.

  • Coach resigns in wake of charges

    WYTHEVILLE — Howard S. Ingo, a former coach, teacher and administrator with Carroll County schools, has resigned from his coaching post at George Wythe High School after he was charged with  hazing and corporal punishment of a football player.
    Ingo, 47, was suspended with pay after he was charged in March.
    Grayson County Commonwealth’s Attorney Doug Vaught, the special proscutor in the case, said the two misdemeanor charges were filed after an investigation of complaints.

  • Anders plea deal falls through, trial to be set

    INDEPENDENCE — Randy Lee Anders will stand trial on two charges of assaulting police officers in an incident that occurred in April 2013, after no plea arrangement could be worked out in the case.
    Anders, 33, appeared in Grayson County Circuit Court last Friday, but Grayson Commonwealth’s Attorney Doug Vaught said no plea agreement could be reached.
    A trial date is to be set for Anders during docket call on April 25. A trial on the felony charges had been set for April 11, but were delayed as the plea deal was worked out.

  • H.E.R.O. Day planned for May 3

    HILLSVILLE — Citizens can witness first-hand all the work that goes into serving as a police, fire, rescue and 911 dispatcher by attending H.E.R.O. Day on May 3 at Carroll County Recreation Park.
    Civilians will even be able to participate in the emergency-themed obstacle course and 5K run, according to organizers.
    H.E.R.O. stands for Hearts Empowered to Rescue Others.

  • Carroll voters to use new paper ballot system

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County voters will soon have a new system of voting – paper ballots.
    It all started in 2007 when the General Assembly banned local governments from buying touch-screen machines when it came time to replace existing electronic systems. They also wanted a system that would provide a paper trail.
    Carroll County Registrar Kim Cloud said the county started using the touch-screen machines in 2005.

  • Jones facing drug charges after search

    A Galax man was arrested April 8 on an outstanding warrant concerning multiple drug charges.
    Dustin Jason Jones, 34, was arrested by Galax Police Officer Darren Alley at a business on E. Stuart Drive.
    Alley recognized jones as he exited a vehicle, and knew that a warrant was outstanding for Jones’ arrest, according to Police Chief Rick Clark.
    A search after his arrest turned up illegal narcotics, for which Jones was charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of a Schedule IV substance, Clark said.

  • Galax man charged with growing pot

    Ricky David Combs, 18, of Galax, was arrested April 13 and charged with manufacturing marijuana.
    Combs was charged after Galax police received a tip to visit his residence. After arriving at the residence, police discovered marijuana being grown and cultivated in a bedroom, according to a report from the police department.
    The arrest was made by officers Chris Hines and Darren Alley, the report said.
    Combs is being held in the New River Valley Regional Jail pending his appearance in Galax General District Court.

  • Town recaps 2013 accomplishments

    INDEPENDENCE — Independence Town Manager Jerry Hughes recently recapped town activities and accomplishments in 2013.
    The main focus for the year was on improvements to the town’s water lines and the recent installation of new water meters. The town’s public works department reported that the new meters have also had their share of problems, with about 20 of the 350 new meters being frozen and destroyed by the sub-zero temperatures during the winter.

  • SWVA Training Center honors volunteers

    HILLSVILLE — The annual Volunteer Appreciation Banquet on April 10 at the Southwestern Virginia Training Center sang the praises, quite literally, of community services provided to the residents there.
    Andrew Shannon, director of volunteer services and gospel singer himself, conducted the mostly musical recognition of more than 400 volunteers much like a revival.

  • Virginia 620 widening project begins