Today's News

  • 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.

  • Readers Hotline 10/7/15

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Public record for 10/7/15 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 information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in November of 2014 in the Galax General District Court Office, Galax. Sentences may be appealed:

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.