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Today's News

  • Galax police report arrests

    Staff Report

    According to a report issued by the Galax Police Department, recent felony arrests included drug violations, child abuse, grand larceny, assault and shoplifting.

    • Maribel Carillio Munoz, 31, of Galax, was charged on Aug. 23 at 8:04 p.m. by Officer Silverio Gonzales on two counts of felony abuse and neglect of children with reckless disregard.

  • Mail truck flips in Independence

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE ― State police and the Independence Volunteer Fire Department responded to an accident involving three vehicles on Wilson Highway Aug. 30, which resulted in a mail truck flipping onto its top.

    According to a report from Trooper R.B. Phipps of Virginia State Police, the wreck occurred around 7:15 a.m., when a car traveling on Wilson Highway stopped to turn onto Hardin Road, and a mail truck came around the curve at a high speed. The driver of the mail truck locked the brakes trying to stop in time and overturned.

  • Whitetop tour plan takes bumpy road to approval

    INDEPENDENCE — An application for a special use permit to open a sightseeing attraction in the Mouth of Wilson community was recently approved by the Grayson County Board of Supervisors.

  • Clinton leading Trump in Virginia poll

    Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND — Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton leads her Republican opponent, Donald Trump, by 16 percentage points among likely Virginia voters, according to a poll by Roanoke College.

    The survey showed Clinton leading 48 to 32 percent, with Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson receiving 8 percent.

    “There is no silver lining in this dark cloud for Donald Trump,” Harry Wilson, director of the school’s Institute for Policy and Opinion Research, wrote in an analysis.

  • Galax thumps Cats to go 2-0

    The Galax Maroon Tide wasted no time in sending Radford to its second loss in a row last Friday night with a 48-3 whipping of the Bobcats in a non-district contest played in Galax.

    Tide runningback Dougie Peoples, wearing No. 1 on his jersey, earned the honor with five touchdowns to spearhead the Tide’s impressive offensive show and timely stops by the defense.

  • Devils stop Cavaliers short

    INDEPENDENCE –– Seth Phillips and Tanner McPherson caught a combined 10 passes for 336 yards Friday. The biggest grab of the night may have been the one that didn’t add a single yard to Grayson County’s offensive total.

  • Wilson responsible for mountain music revival

    A legendary promoter and preserver of Americana music, the late Joe Wilson will be remembered again at this year’s Joe Wilson Memorial Festival at the Blue Ridge Music Center.

    Wilson — who lived in Fries in his later years, until his death last year — touched the lives of many performers, and some are playing at the festival to honor his memory. Among them is dobro player Jerry Douglas.

  • One injured in Woodlawn wreck

    A two-vehicle accident on Route 58 off of Wendy Lane in Woodlawn on Wednesday at 9:40 p.m. left one man with serious injuries, according to Virginia State Trooper J.R. Alderman.

    Michael Wayne Jackson, 39, of Wytheville, was driving a 2007 Honda Shadow motorcycle traveling east on 58 when a 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier driven by Benjamin Horton, 23, of Galax, attempting to head west, pulled into Jackson’s path. Jackson struck the driver’s side door of the Cavalier.

  • 'Rifle' was really a post, but man still faces charge

    INDEPENDENCE — A road rage incident in Independence on Wednesday morning prompted a lockdown of four schools in the Grayson County Public School system and the Nautilus plant, after a man reportedly brandished what appeared to be a firearm during an argument with a tractor-trailer driver.

    According to Independence Police Chief James Wagoner, officers received a call at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday regarding a “road rage” incident between Edward C. Foster, 32, of Canada, and Timothy C. Vaughan, 19, of Fries.

  • Suspects sought, schools on lockdown

    UPDATE:

    FROM GRAYSON SHERIFF'S OFFICE: SUBJECTS HAVE BEEN LOCATED

    We will have an update soon.

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County schools are on a lockdown this morning as a precaution, after a “road rage” incident in Independence that involved the brandishing of a weapon.