Local News

  • Bill could lower some prescription drug costs

    Capital News Service

    RICHMOND – A bill aimed at helping customers pay the lowest price possible on prescription drugs is headed to Gov. Ralph Northam for his signature.

    Identical bills have been passed by the House and Senate.

  • Rally honors victims, calls for gun law reform

    HILLSVILLE – A group of concerned citizens gathered together Sunday to let their freedom of speech ring across Hillsville, while they marched along Main Street and U.S. 58 advocating for the reform of current firearm laws.

    The Rev. Kevin Campbell of Hillsville Presbyterian Church and the Rev. Amanda Moore of Hillsville Christian Church led the gathering.

  • Grayson to connect falls with rec park

    INDEPENDENCE ― Land recently purchased by Grayson County will connect the waterfall property on Powerhouse Road, a popular stop for tourists and locals in Independence, to the Grayson County Recreational Park.

    According to a recent announcement, the county bought around 11 acres of land in Independence, which previously separated the falls from the recreational park, from a private landowner for $160,000.

  • Fire consumes home in Fries

    FRIES — A Fries resident escaped a fire at her home on Sunday, which firefighters say resulted in extensive damage to one bedroom, and heat and smoke damage throughout the rest of the structure.

    According to a Fries Volunteer Fire Department report, the crew was dispatched March 4 at 3:33 a.m. to Broom Lane in Fries.

    The crew was joined on scene by members of the Galax Volunteer Fire Department, and together they were able to extinguish the blaze.

  • Galax man charged with meth possession

    Staff Report

    A Galax man was arrested and charged on Feb. 26 for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, according to a report from the Galax Police Department.

    Officer Dakota Martin was advised by a citizen that two occupants of a vehicle in a parking lot were acting in a strange manner. Martin, along with Officer Terry Woods, responded and found a vehicle operated by Jerry Wayne Evans, 34.

    After a short investigation, Martin arrested Evans. He was also charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

  • Five sentenced for drug conspiracy

    Staff Report

    ABINGDON — Five local people were sentenced to prison last week, resulting from a federal investigation into a local methamphetamine distribution network.

    The charges resulted from a joint federal, state and local investigation called Operation Rolling Thunder.

    They were sentenced in the Western District of Virginia Federal Court in Abingdon, on charges of conspiracy to distribute meth. All pleaded guilty last year to the drug charges.

  • Dixon brings new ideas to chamber

    “It’s funny; when you say my name, the first question that comes out of peoples’ mouths is, ‘Do you spell it Dickson or Dixon?’ I kind of know I’m at home,” said Beth Dixon, the new Twin County Chamber of Commerce director, in her office.

    Dixon introduced herself at the first February Galax City Council meeting and has spent most of her days meeting, greeting and building relationships around the area. With a crisp speaking voice, friendly tone and high-energy approach to her job, Dixon immediately makes a good impression.

  • Bill targets those driven to distraction by cell phones

    Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND — Virginia may be on its way to rewriting its texting and driving law – instead replacing it with an expanded distracted driving law.

    The proposed law says any use of a cellphone that “substantially diverts the driver’s attention from the operation of the motor vehicle is guilty of distracted driving.”

  • Local senators support bill banning sanctuary cities

    Capital News Service

    RICHMOND — A bill to ban sanctuary cities in Virginia advanced to the Senate floor Feb. 27 on a 7-6 committee vote that split along party lines.

  • Burglary suspect caught on trail camera

    HILLSVILLE – Several felony warrants have resulted in indictments by Carroll County Circuit Court regarding a series of repetitive burglary offenses.

    The first of these incidences occurred back on Nov. 9, when a local business was broken into and an array of items were taken.

    Hillsville Police Department (HPD) has been investigating the situation, and after a second reported burglary at the same address on Jan.14, law enforcement decided to set up surveillance at the location to gain additional information.