Today's News

  • Woodlawn man killed in Tennessee crash

    HENDERSON COUNTY, Tenn. — A 45-year-old Woodlawn, Va., man was among the four people killed when a tractor-trailer struck a cow on Interstate 40 and set in motion a crash with two other vehicles Tuesday evening.
    Reports name Brian Lederer of Woodlawn as a passenger in the tractor trailer and the driver as Rodney Price, 49, from North Carolina, both of whom died after the incident, according to WTVF Channel 5 and other Tennessee news outlets.

  • Police say suspect took off after traffic stop

    HILLSVILLE — Confronted with a Monday afternoon traffic stop on U.S. 58 by a Hillsville police officer for nothing more significant than improper registration, a 49-year-old Woodlawn man decided to jackrabbit from the scene.
    Investigator Alan Gravley reported that he saw an improperly registered red 1999 Mitsubishi Mirage driven by Ronald Lee Davis and pulled it over at about 2:45 p.m. near Gardners Mill Road, according to an Hillsville Police Department news release.

  • Readers' Hotline 7/24/13

    Show me the money
    What happened to all the money they were going to put into the hospital? I noticed they put a new roof on it and it still is pouring water everywhere when I was up there visiting my family member. It looks like they are short on help to take care of patients or to register people. What is going on up there?

  • Oracle Institute project proceeds, fundraiser planned

    INDEPENDENCE — In between the unpredictable bouts of rain over the past several weeks, Oracle Institute founder Laura George is excited to see the dramatic changes at the site of the organization’s Peace Pentagon.
    The 7,500-square-foot building will finally put a roof over the interfaith organization in Grayson County. The pentagon’s five points are symbolic for the five major world religions: Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity and Islam.

  • Candidate seeks seat in Wilson District

    INDEPENDENCE — Arnold Peters of Troutdale has announced his candidacy for the Wilson District seat on the Grayson County Board of Supervisors in the Nov. 5 general election.
    The seat is currently vacant after Mike Maynard passed away last month.
    Peters will run as an independent against Democrat Kate Irwin and Republican Glen “Eddie” Rosenbaum.
    Peters, a deputy for the Grayson County Sheriff's Department, said he had been involved in some sort of public service work since 1986.

  • Grand jury will hear Anders' case

    INDEPENDENCE — A Grayson County man who was shot during an altercation with officers from the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department appeared in Grayson County General District Court on Monday for a preliminary hearing.
    Randy Lee Anders, 32, was charged with two felony counts of assault on a police officer, two counts of obstruction of justice and two counts of brandishing a firearm.
    Judge Randal Duncan bound Anders over for action by a grand jury on the two felony counts of assault on a police officer.

  • Record number of teams vie for BBQ glory

    Twenty-three barbecue teams from all over the country were lined up shoulder to shoulder last weekend for the first-ever dual competition at the 9th Annual Smoke on the Mountain contest in Galax.
    This year’s event featured both Memphis Barbecue Network and Kansas City Barbecue Society contests. The MBN winner in Galax is also named the Virginia state champion each year.

  • Updated: Firefighters battle blaze at Webb Furniture

    Galax firefighters responded to an incident at the Webb Furniture plant on Jackson Street about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday when a press there caught on fire.
    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department sought mutual aid from Hillsville and Independence fire departments after the reports of a machine burning came in at the chip board plant, said Galax Fire Chief David Hankley.

  • Taylor, MacInnis to marry

    Ronnie and Karen Taylor of Fries announce the engagement of their daughter, April Nicole Taylor, to Ian David MacInnis, son of Bran and Kim MacInnis of Christiansburg.

    Taylor is a graduate of Radford University and is employed by Brown, Edwards & Co. CPAs.
    MacInnis is a graduate of Radford University and is employed at the NRV Regional Jail.
    A December wedding is planned.  

  • Viers, Quesenberry united in marriage

    Brandon Quesenberry and Nicole Viers were married Nov. 17, 2012, at Blacksburg Baptist church.
    The reception was held at Lane Stadium’s south end zone section at Virginia Tech.

    Quesenberry is the son of Don and Cheryl Quesenberry of Hillsville. His grandparents are Clyde Lineberry of Hillsville and Darlene Quesenberry of Sylvatus.
    Viers is the daughter of Josh and Dreama Viers of Abingdon.
    The couple took a honeymoon cruise to the Western Caribbean.