Today's News

  • Isom to serve 8 years for manslaughter

    HILLSVILLE — Whitney Lee Isom will serve eight years of a 10-year sentence in prison for an amended charge of involuntary manslaughter in the 2013 shooting death of Kevin Heath Frazier.

    Isom, 29, was sentenced in Carroll County Circuit Court on Wednesday, following a lengthy hearing.

    She was originally charged by direct indictment in December 2013 with second-degree murder and use of a firearm in commission of a felony. The charges were placed after Frazier was shot and killed at 70 Rippey Hollow Road in Pipers Gap in October 2013.

  • Police seek help finding sex offender

    The Virginia State Police Sex Offender Unit is asking for the public’s help in locating a sex offender who has failed to re-register.

    Two warrants have been issued for Kenneth Daniel Townsend, 30, of Galax, for violation of probation and failing to re-register in December 2014, according to an alert issued by state police.

    He is described by the state police as African-American, brown eyes, 5’6” tall and weighing 170 lbs. His last known address was on Fifth Avenue in Galax, and police said they believe he is still in the Galax area.

  • Distracted by phone, police say driver crashed into ravine

    No injuries were reported in a single-vehicle accident on Interstate 77 on Monday, when a Charlotte, N.C., man reportedly lost control of his vehicle and flipped it after hitting guardrails on both sides of the road.

    According to a report from Virginia State Trooper J.R. Alderman, police and rescue units were called to the scene at approximately 12:30 p.m. on Jan. 5.

  • Hospital takes steps to contain spread of flu virus

    According to the Centers for Disease Control, the 2014-2015 flu season is well underway and flu activity is widespread or active in at least 43 states, with elevated activity in the south.

    In the interests of protecting patients and healthcare workers, Twin County Regional Hospital has announced temporary visitation guidelines to contain the spread of the flu virus in its facilities.

    These guidelines, which will begin immediately and remain in effect until the peak flu season passes, include:

  • Readers Hotline 1/7/15

    Too many holidays
    I have always believed there are too many holidays in the United States. The only holidays I recognize are Thanksgiving, Christmas and Veterans’ Day. That is enough and that is all we need.

    Not worth it

  • Public record for 1/7/15 edition

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    These marriage licenses were recorded in June in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

    Clarence Lee Thomas Jr., 45, and Ann Marie Babcock, 42, both of Fries.

    Mark Allen Bryant, 45, and Shawn Yvette Reddick, 39, both of Galax.

  • Dispatcher saves life on other end of line

    Tim Webb was working his routine shift as a communications officer at the Galax Police Department’s dispatch center on Dec. 29.

    It was around lunchtime, he said, and the call volume was picking up.

    Cheri Grable was in bed at Skyland Lakes near Fancy Gap, looking after her 17-month-old grandson, Aidan Paul Walker, lying next to her. Melissa, Cheri’s daughter and Aidan’s mother, was out getting medicine for him, as he was running a slight fever.

  • Alert officers catch church burglary suspect

    A New Mexico man wanted for the burglary of two New River Valley churches was caught last week after being recognized by two Galax Police Department communications officers.

    The suspect, Douglas Edward Miller, 42, of Taos, N.M., allegedly broke into the Dublin Church of God in December and stole $100; and also allegedly broke into two churches in central Radford. He was wanted by the police in both localities.

  • Man faces drug charges after task force search


    WHITETOP – A 54-year-old Whitetop man was recently arrested on several drug charges following an ongoing investigation.

    Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan said a search warrant was executed by members of the sheriff’s office and the Twin County Drug Task Force at 51 Robin Lane in Whitetop.

    Vaughan said the search warrant was the result of an ongoing investigation into alleged methamphetamine distribution in the Whitetop area of Grayson County.

  • McCraw named new Carroll supervisors' chairman

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Board of Supervisors and Public Service Authority (PSA) elected officers at organizational meetings held Monday.

    Phil McCraw, who represents the Fancy Gap District, was elected the new Board of Supervisors chairman. He was nominated by last year’s chairman, David Hutchins.

    Dr. Tom Littrell, who represents the Pipers Gap District, was elected vice-chairman after being nominated by Sam Dickson.