Today's News

  • 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.

  • Sage qualifies for 1A state tournament

    ABINGDON – One stroke in golf can determine who wins first or second place.

    That was the case Monday when the George Wythe Maroons finished with a team score of 357 to edge Thomas Walker by one stroke, 358.

    Patrick Henry and Eastside tied for third with a 369, the Galax Maroon Tide was fifth with a 371, Twin Valley sixth, 374, Auburn seventh, 379 and Radford eighth, 403.

  • Giles erupts to down Tide

    PEARISBURG –– A handful of little things in the first two quarters allowed Giles to squeak through to halftime with a one-point lead. A handful of big things early in the second half helped the Spartans race away into what would prove to be an insurmountable lead.

  • 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.

  • Readers Hotline 10/5/15

    Local cardiac care
    After reading about the $4 million renovation to the Twin County Community Hospital, I was wondering if it will ever be possible for them to upgrade to a heart treatment wing at the hospital so that people who have heart attacks and heart surgery don’t have to be sent to Winston.

  • 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.

  • Haynes runs for Oldtown seat on Grayson school board

    This year’s race to fill seats on the Grayson County School Board will include Diane Haynes on the ballot for the Oldtown District.

    Haynes, who is running unopposed as an independent candidate, has an extensive history teaching in the Grayson County school system. Her career in education began in 1975. At that time, her bachelor’s degree from Radford University allowed her to teach students from grades 4-8.

  • 'Bottom' residents say city project keeping property dry

    The Bottom, Galax’s flood-prone neighborhood next to Chestnut Creek, has almost seen the completion of its renewal.

    After the recent heavy rains, its residents and businesses are closer to knowing if the city’s work was successful.

    The Bottom Area Project was designed to keep flooding out of the low-lying Galax neighborhood, typically one of the worst places for water to clog up streets and damage homes. The total project is from Caldwell Street west to Chestnut Creek, and includes Meadow, Givens and Shaw streets, along with several side streets.

  • Tip leads police to fugitive in Carroll

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE – A man who has been a fugitive from justice since 2013 was located in Carroll County last week.

    According to a police report, Jose Cruz Ruiz, 29, was arrested by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office after officers received information that Ruiz might be found at a residence on Fries Road in the county.

    Authorities received the tip from a person in the community and Ruiz was taken into custody without incident.

  • Truckers' parade raises $7,100

    Locals cheered on the roadsides for the line of trucks traveling U.S. 58 this year for the ninth annual Truckers Parade Against Cancer on Sept. 19.

    According to event organizer Cindy Dixon, 60 trucks participated in the parade this year, raising $7,100 for the local Relay for Life events. Proceeds from these relays are given to the American Cancer Society.

    “It was a very successful day. There were so many people on the roadsides, holding signs and cheering,” Dixon said, noting that plans are already underway for next year’s parade.