Today's News

  • Man dies after being struck on I-77

    Staff Report

    WYTHEVILLE – An Austinville man has died as a result of an accident that occurred on Interstate 77 on July 15. The man was attempting to cross the interstate on foot when he was struck by an oncoming vehicle.

  • Police: moped driver hit by car was on wrong side of road

    A two-vehicle accident Sunday on Davis Knob Road at 3:30 p.m. resulted in one person being airlifted for treatment of unknown injuries, said Virginia State Trooper R.B. Phipps.

    Chad Eric Montgomery, 37, of Ennice, N.C., was driving a moped on Davis Knob Road in the oncoming lane, on the wrong side of the road, when he came around a curve and struck a 2003 Ford Explorer driven by Sandra Hayes Fairfull, 65, of Galax, said Phipps.

  • Lodge for sale as Galax Elks downsize

    Prospective commercial property buyers checking out local listings aren’t imagining things: the Galax Elks Lodge #2212 building is for sale.

    However, noted Elks Exalted Leader Jim Ward with a chuckle, the group as such has no plans to fade away.

    “We just have the building available if anyone’s looking,” said Ward. “We’re going to build a new building. We have plenty of land behind [the current site]. We just don’t need as much space.”

  • Simultaneous wrecks block I-77 traffic

    Staff Reports

    A two-vehicle accident at 1:10 p.m. on July 12 at the 21 mile marker on Interstate 77 in Carroll County left one driver with non-life threatening injuries, according to Virginia State Trooper S.M. Phillips.

    It was one of two multi-vehicle wrecks that occurred at the same time that day on I-77.

    Jacob Dean, 35, of Max Meadows, was driving a 2003 Volkswagon Passat behind a 2016 Kenworth tractor-trailer driven by Joseph Dobbs, 36, of Apex, N.C., when Dobbs slowed due to a backup in traffic, according to the report.

  • Driver charged with DUI in trailer park wreck

    Staff Reports

    A two-vehicle accident at Hanes Road Trailer Park in Galax left one man with minor injuries on July 4 at 1:47 p.m., according to a report logged by the Officer John Reavis of the Galax Police Department.

    Lorne Pernell Linville left his residence in the park in a yellow 1997 Ford F-150 pickup and traveled west through the park. The report said he had a seizure, which caused the pickup to accelerate and run out of control.

  • Readers Hotline 7/20/16

    Not listening
    Why don’t the authorities go ahead and tell why these people get shot. [The victims] just can’t hear or don’t listen, or if one tells them “throw that gun down” if they don’t know what to do or don’t understand. I know what to do. I’d just throw the gun down.

    Social experiment

  • Currie, Fell to marry

    Robert and Mary Felicito of Mouth of Wilson announced the engagement of their son, Jason Fell, to Ellen Currie, daughter of Carlton and Haise Currie of Houston, Texas. 

    Fell is a 2001 graduate of Grayson County High School and a 2006 graduate of Virginia Tech with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.  
    Fell is employed by Halliburton Energy Services in Dallas, Texas.  

  • Taylors celebrate 50th anniversary

    Joe and Dorothy Taylor celebrated their 50th anniversary on June 24.
    The couple married June 24, 1966. They reside in Wytheville.

    They have a son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Karen Taylor of Independence; two grandchildren, Daniel Taylor and Colleen and husband Trent McMillion; and special family member, Pat Taylor.

  • Public record for 7/20/16 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record.  The listings are complete. The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing. For additional information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Circuit Court
    These sentences were recorded in September 2015 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Readers Hotline 7/18/16

    Follow the leader
    I just wanted to give all the local police officers a little notice. If you see me doing 80 mph in a school zone, do not pull me over and give me a ticket. After all, I am not doing this intentionally and I don’t have a willful disregard for the law. I am just in a big hurry to get to my daughter’s house. We need to talk about her wedding and yoga classes and things like that. And, officers, if you don’t understand, just go ask a prosecutor. Right now the prosecutor is meeting with my husband. She will explain it to you.