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Today's News

  • Democrats pick Haga to run for treasurer

    INDEPENDENCE ― Robert “Kelly” Haga has been declared the Democratic Party’s candidate for the office of treasurer for Grayson County.
    There are several contenders for the office that will be left vacant by Junior Young, who will not seek re-election as treasurer. Haga will run against Republican Paula Carrico and independent candidates George R. “Dicky” Whitaker, Stephanie Brewer and Raymond L. “Pete” Hall Jr.

  • Wheatley sentenced in deputy shooting

    INDEPENDENCE — The man found guilty of shooting Grayson County Deputy Doug Waller in an incident that occurred in June 2012 will serve a total of 11 years in prison, after he was sentenced last Thursday in Grayson County circuit court.
    Gary Frank Wheatley, 45, of 3016 Skyline Highway in the Fairview community, was found guilty on one count of attempted first-degree murder, one count of aggravated malicious wounding and one count of use of a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony in his trial in May.

  • Pulaski man found guilty of manslaughter

    PULASKI — A Max Meadows man entered a no contest plea in Pulaski County Circuit Court last Friday, in connection with a Virginia 100 crash last September that killed a 26-year-old Hillsville woman.
    Dustin Keith Hodge, 24, was charged with involuntary manslaughter by direct indictment last November, two months after the Sept. 15, 2012, accident that killed Misty Dawn Davis, according to police reports and court records.

  • Carroll County Fair Gallery

    Scenes from the Carroll County Agricultural Fair, held Aug. 21-26 at the Southwest Virginia Farmers Market in Hillsville. For more information: carrollcountyvafair.org

  • Chaplain chosen, ministry forms at River North prison

    INDEPENDENCE — River North Correctional Facility is anticipated to provide a significant boost to local businesses and increase employment in Independence and Grayson County when it opens this fall, but another significant way it has already impacted the county is by unifying many area churches and religious groups with a common goal of ministering to inmates.

  • Three injured in I-77 crash

    AUSTINVILLE ― First responders rushed to the scene of a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 77 Monday afternoon, when a driver and two passengers received injuries after their car flipped multiple times near the 21 mile marker.

  • Readers' Hotline 8/19/13

    Warm but not dangerous

  • Don't be so quick to judge speed changes

    With the economy being in the shape that it’s in, the last thing anyone wants is a traffic ticket.
    So, it was easy to predict the onslaught of complaints and attacks towards the city’s Traffic Safety Committee for its recent request to lower speed limits on several streets in Galax, notably the stretch of blacktop that goes to the eastern limits of Galax, starting at Country Club Lane.
    The speed limit there used to be 45 mph, and the limit would then decrease to 35 mph going down the hill towards the western city limits.

  • Woman finds intruder in apartment

     

  • Traffic stop leads to drug arrest

     

    Joshua Lee Crockett, 31, of Galax was arrested and received several charges following a traffic stop on Aug. 2.
    Crockett was stopped by Officer Andrew Burnett for suspicion of driving under the influence, according to Galax Police Chief Rick Clark.
    After a series of field tests, Crockett was charged with DUI, possession of marijuana and felony possession of a schedule II substance.
    Crockett is being held in the New River Valley Regional Jail, and was to appear in the Galax General District Court.