Local News

  • APCo chooses route for Galax project

    Appalachian Power has announced its proposed transmission line route for the Glendale Area Improvements Project in the Galax area.

    The route was determined after a review of future land use, environmental impacts and input gathered from property owners, APCo said in a news release last week.

  • Man to enter plea in child solicitation case

    INDEPENDENCE ― A plea and sentencing hearing has been set for James Michael Fantazier, who was charged in September 2017 with soliciting a minor via social media, allegedly through the abuse of public internet access at the local library.

    Fantazier is charged with possession of child pornography and use of communications systems to solicit a minor, according to the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Christmas Food Fund seeks to raise $30K

    Staff Report

    It’s time for the Community Christmas Food Fund again, “that time of year where you get to give, pack and deliver blessing boxes full of food to folks less fortunate in our area,” according to the event’s sponsor, the Galax Volunteer Fire Department.

    The blessing boxes consist of two large boxes of staple foods that will help recipients through a financially difficult time of year.

  • Shoppers encouraged to buy locally

    Staff Report

    This weekend offers lots of local gift-buying opportunities for savvy shoppers, says the Twin County Chamber of Commerce.

    Tomorrow is Small Business Saturday, and small, locally-owned businesses in the Twin Counties will open their doors to discounts, specials and holiday fare.

  • Six indictments unsealed in Grayson court


    INDEPENDENCE – Sealed indictments against six suspects have recently been unsealed in Grayson County Circuit Court, revealing charges that involve child abuse, a prisoner with a knife and stealing food from a military base.

    The grand jury met Oct. 26 and sealed several felony indictments until arrests could be made.

  • Carroll repeals utility non-user fees

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Board of Supervisors on Monday voted 4-2 to rescind the “non-user” fees that have been the subject of contention between citizens and government officials for several months.

    Citizens voiced concerns about being charged for county water services they didn’t want or receive.

    The meeting began with a review of factors leading up to the current situation.

  • Trial date set for suspect in river shooting

    INDEPENDENCE – A trial date has been set for a suspect charged in the July 14 malicious shooting of a man in Fries.

    According to the Virginia courts database, John Ford Gilliam of Woodlawn, who is charged with the use of a firearm in commission of a felony and malicious wounding resulting in permanent impairment, has a four-hour trial set in Grayson County Circuit Court on Jan. 24, 2019.

  • School board considers 6th grade wrestling

    INDEPENDENCE — At the November meeting of the Grayson County School Board, Superintendent Kelly Wilmore discussed some ideas to promote and support extracurricular activities.

    Wilmore began by outlining a plan to place a four-lane track around the former Baywood Elementary School building, for students and community members to enjoy. He explained to the board that the track would utilize acreage in front of and around the side of the building.

    Wilmore told the board that the school system is looking into grant funding opportunities to pay for the project.

  • Man charged for shooting near construction workers

    Staff Report

    Galax police recently handled calls involving a firearms violation and a fugitive from justice.

    On Nov. 5, Officer Silverio Gonzales and Sgt. Jody Poole of the Galax Police Department were dispatched to Alpine Place in the city regarding a male subject shooting near construction workers.

  • Va. helping citizens re-enter society after incarceration

    Staff Report

    Virginia has launched the state’s first online re-entry portal, which provides a “one-stop shop” to help citizens pick up their lives after incarceration.

    Attorney General Mark R. Herring recently announced the launch of VirginiaReEntry.org, a site that offers resources to help formerly incarcerated individuals return to their communities and lead successful lives.