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  • Water fee debate leads to confrontation

    HILLSVILLE – Many derogatory comments by citizens resulted in rising tempers; and finally at the end of the hearing, a confrontation with a member of the Carroll County Board of Supervisors during their Oct. 15 meeting. 

  • Livestock show and fair a success

    INDEPENDENCE — Following the success of this year’s Grayson County Fair, held in conjunction with the county’s 13th annual Youth Livestock Show, plans are already underway to continue this new partnership with another fair next year.
    At the Sept. 18 meeting of the Grayson County Board of Supervisors, Independence Farmers’ Market Manager Michelle Pridgen, presented information gathered from public surveys that were held during and after the fair.

  • Passenger charged with first degree murder

    INDEPENDENCE — A passenger who was involved in the Oct. 10 two-vehicle crash on U.S. 58 in Independence, has been charged with first degree murder.
    According to an update from State Police First Sgt. Reedy on Tuesday afternoon, Steven Henry Williams, 37, of Independence turned himself in to authorities at the Virginia State Police (VSP) Area 25 office on Glendale Road in Galax, at 11:50 a.m. Tuesday.

  • Galax recovers from Hurricane Michael

    After Hurricane Michael departed the Twin Counties, it left extensive damage from floods and landslides in its wake.

    Animals evacuated Oct. 11 from the Galax Veterinary Clinic on Stockyard Road by firefighters are now safe in Mount Airy, N.C., according to Galax Fire Capt. Mike Ayers.

    The mudslide on Stockyard Road, above the clinic, brought down a power pole and caused its lines to fall onto the clinic, so the Galax Volunteer Fire Department evacuated both pets and staff from the building.

  • Mother sentenced in child's death

    INDEPENDENCE — Fries resident Tanisha Ann Lineberry, charged with involuntary manslaughter in the 2017 death of her 3-year-old son, Jaylen Lineberry, received a suspended sentence of seven years in the Virginia Department of Corrections after pleading no contest in Grayson County Circuit Court last Thursday.

    Represented by attorney J. Tompkins, Lineberry entered the courtroom backed by members of her family members the morning of Oct. 11.

    Lineberry also faced a charge of child abuse resulting in serious injury.

  • Crash victims in critical condition

    INDEPENDENCE — Virginia State Police reported Friday that six individuals were still hospitalized and one has died following a two-vehicle crash on U.S. 58 in Independence on Oct. 10.

    Senior Trooper J.A. Vaughan is still investigating the incident, which occurred at 4:45 p.m. on 58, less than a mile west of Route 702.

  • WCC, Foundation announce health scholarships

    Staff Report

    The Twin County Community Foundation recently announced the establishment of the Twin County Community Foundation Scholarship Program through the Wytheville Community College Educational Foundation.

  • Crash, flood result in I-77 problems

    Two incidents occurred Wednesday evening on Interstate 77 in Carroll and Wythe counties due to inclement weather conditions.

    According to reports from the Virginia State Police, the first incident occurred at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 10, when a tractor-trailer traveling in the northbound lanes around mile marker 21 near Austinville ran off the road and crossed the median into the southbound lanes, striking a second tractor-trailer tanker and a passenger vehicle.

  • Hurricane Michael causes chaos in Twin Counties

    Staff Reports

    Unexpectedly severe weather from Hurricane Michael left much of the Twin Counties underwater on Thursday, causing flooding and mudslides, collapsing roadways and necessitating the rescue of people and animals from the hardest hit areas.

    The heavy rains created a high risk for vehicle accidents by washing debris into roadways and damaged businesses and homes.

  • Teen killed, 6 injured in Grayson crash

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — A teenager from Independence was killed in a two-vehicle crash on U.S. 58 in Independence, which also resulted in multiple injuries on Wednesday afternoon.

    According to a news release from the Virginia State Police, Senior Trooper J.A. Vaughan is investigating the crash, which occurred at 4:45 p.m. Oct. 10 on 58, less than a mile west of Route 702.

    According to the report, a 2014 Nissan Rogue was traveling east on 58 when it crossed the center line and struck head-on a westbound tractor-trailer.