Local News

  • Edwards in custody after police standoff

    Staff Reports

    Eric Donald Edwards, 39, of the Laurel community in Carroll County, was captured, arrested and taken into custody without injury to himself or others after a standoff that lasted about an hour on Thursday afternoon.

    Edwards was in a private home at the intersection of Fries Road and Trading Post Road, across from Cliffview Church of God around 2:30 p.m., according to Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner. He was with two residents who were his friends, but did not know about the authorities' search for him.

  • Three facing drug charges in Galax

    Staff Reports

    Three Galax men face drug charges after investigations by police and members of the Twin County Drug Task Force.

    Henry Lopez Aguilar, 23, was arrested on Nov. 3 by members of the task force while allegedly attempting to deliver a quantity of methamphetamine, according to a news release from the Galax Police Department.

  • Truck fire melts pavement, burns brush

    The fire that destroyed a tractor-trailer also melted asphalt and burned an embankment in the Elk Creek community of Grayson County on Nov. 11.

    The incident drew responders from all areas of the county.

    According to a report from Grayson County Deputy Jordon A. Johnson, a 2007 Freightliner, operated by Michael Myers of New York City, N.Y., was traveling on U.S. 21 to Bottomley’s in Elk Creek to pick up Christmas trees for transport.

  • Lights remind drivers to slow down near school

    The Carroll County School Board has seen a two-year project finally come to fruition at Oakland Elementary School with the installation of new school zone caution lights.

    The lights are the newest programmable technology from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles. A set was also installed at Carroll County Middle School in Hillsville.

  • Homeowner injured in debris fire

    A brush fire at Trapper Drive on Sunday caused apparently minor injury to one person, according to the Galax Volunteer Fire Department Capt. Mike Ayers.

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched at 7:34 p.m. to a debris burn that had gotten out of control and reached a wooded area on Trapper Drive. Firefighters arrived to find approximately half an acre involved. The fire was within a few feet of the residence. The burn involved not only vegetation, but tires, debris and animal sheds.

  • Carroll County issues burn ban

    HILLSVILLE – The Office of Emergency Services in Carroll County has issued a ban on burning and declared a local emergency due to extremely dry conditions. The ban went into effect at 8 a.m. on Nov. 14 and will remain in effect until further notice.

    According to a release from Everett Lineberry, emergency management coordinator for the county, the declaration is in response to fire hazard conditions that create extreme fire danger. With the already dry conditions the area is experiencing, there is no rainfall in weather predictions for weeks.

  • Driver charged in Hillsville collision

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE – A two-vehicle accident in Hillsville on Nov. 7 was a quick cleanup with no injuries, although one driver does faces charges.

    According to a report from Officer Bobby Melton with the Hillsville Police Department, the accident occurred at 4:35 p.m. at 1356 Carrollton Pike, the intersection of U.S. 58 and the Interstate 77 northbound off ramp at Exit 14.

  • Hillsville man dies after crash

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE – The Virginia State Police are currently investigating a motor vehicle accident that resulted in the death of a Carroll County man. The accident occurred on Nov. 11 on U.S. 52.

    According to a news release from Corinne Geller with the Virginia State Police, Trooper P.K. Cheek is investigating the two-vehicle crash that occurred around 7:45 a.m. on Friday on 52, less than a mile north of Route 685 (Skyview Road).

  • Fire departments battle blaze in Fries

    FRIES — The Fries and Galax fire departments were dispatched to a brush and outbuilding fire in Fries last Wednesday morning, when a trash burn from the night before rekindled the next day.

    According to a statement from Fries Fire Assistant Chief Jimmy Underwood, the departments were dispatched to Twin Pond Lane at 10:45 a.m. on Nov. 9.

    At the scene, the departments extinguished the fire that covered roughly two acres of land, as well as an outbuilding on the property. They were on scene for around an hour and a half.

  • Police: man attacks family with pepper spray

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — A Galax man was arrested after reportedly attacking relatives with pepper spray at their home, according to a report from the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office.

    Michael “Smurf” Haynes, 41, was arrested Nov. 6 at his home in Galax, and charged with two counts of simple assault and one charge of burglary, according to the New River Valley Regional Jail database.