Today's News

  • River North prisoners indicted


    INDEPENDENCE – Two prisoners at River North Correctional Center in Independence have been indicted by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury for charges that allegedly occurred inside the state prison.

    The grand jury, meeting July 24, returned several sealed indictments. The names were released following their arrests.

    Davin Michael Preston, 24, was indicted for tampering with or damaging fire protection equipment within the correctional facility.

  • Accidental equipment rollover results in Baywood death

    Staff Report

    A man mowing a residential lawn in Baywood was killed around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday when his lawnmower overturned down a steep slope, according to Chief Deputy Ashby of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office.

    Joshua Wayne Hash, 28, of Independence, an independent yard contractor, was mowing a yard for residents of Longview Lane when he attempted to mow along a steep embankment that led to a wooded hollow.

  • Local rainfall totals 5 to 13 inches

    Staff Report

    BLACKSBURG – The National Weather Service in Blacksburg issued a statement Sunday evening that outlined rainfall totals through the weekend’s weather event that affected the region.

    Locally, Carroll County registered 6.54 inches in northern Galax and 9.01 inches in the City of Galax. For Grayson County, 13.12 inches was reported in the Cumberland Knob area, 10.43 inches in Baywood, 8.33 inches in Independence and 5.19 inches in northern Elk Creek.

  • Magnolia fire's cause unknown

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE – The cause of a fire late Sunday night at the Magnolia plant in Hillsville was still undetermined on Monday.

    According to Assistant Chief Mike Musser, on Oct. 10 at 10:39 p.m. members of Hillsville Volunteer Fire Department were dispatched to the Magnolia plant at 265 Advanced Technology Drive.

    Hillsville VFD responded with a ladder truck, three engines, a heavy rescue truck and 22 personnel.

  • Firefighters offer safety tips

    Staff Report

    As the temperature drops outside and families turn to resources like fireplaces, bonfires, wood stoves and the like for warmth, discussions inevitably begin regarding the importance of fire safety.

    Local firefighters will stress important tips for preventing fires during National Fire Prevention Week, which takes places this week through Oct. 10.

  • Police: suspect bringing crack cocaine into Va.

    Staff Report

    LAMBSBURG – A Mount Airy, N.C., woman has been arrested and charged in relation to the sale and transport of drugs into Virginia.

    According to a report issued by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, a surveillance operation was conducted at the Loves Travel Center on Sept. 29. The travel center is located at Exit 1 off Interstate 77, just over the Virginia border from North Carolina.

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    Monument work
    When are they are going to resume work on the veterans’ memorial next to the Galax library? There has been no one working on it all summer.

  • Running of the Bowls

    INDEPENDENCE — This year’s Mountain Foliage Festival is sure to get the community geared up for fall with a variety of craft vendors, music, games and entertainment fit for everyone in the family.

    The 33rd Annual Grand Privy Race — an Independence tradition — begins at 11 a.m. Contestants in the race make their mad dashes towards the finish line in custom-built mobilized outhouses.

  • Turns 98

    Lelia C. Poe celebrated her 98th birthday with a party at Waddell Nusing Home Aug. 16 with her family.

    Special guest was her son, Bobby Poe from Edgewater, Md.