Local News

  • EMS offers variety of career opportunities

    “When you see an ambulance parked in someone’s driveway and people are inside, and it’s not going anywhere, the paramedics aren’t lounging around in there playing a hand of cards. They’re working on the patient.”

    Galax-Grayson EMS Chief Ron Passmore would like to see some myths about what goes on in ambulances dispelled. He’d also like to see the public made aware of the local education and employment opportunities in his field.

  • 9/11 memorial service to be held in Galax

    “There were people in their homes who were terrified that this was the end of the world. I mean, this was it for us, you know? It was a scary time.”

    Stephanie Rinehart recalls her life on Sept. 11, 2001, when she was a Washington, D.C., resident.

    “Greg was actually at work near the Pentagon. It’s always been a kind of very emotional thing for us,” she said, referring to her husband. “I remember I was at home the morning it happened, and living that close to D.C., we thought we were under attack.”

  • Hiss-teria? Snakes reported in store

    FANCY GAP — The Dollar General store in Fancy Gap has re-opened after reports of snakes being found inside the business on Labor Day weekend resulted in the store closing for a day and a half.

    Reports on social media claimed that employees had found everything from a few rat snakes to a den of copperheads. However, representatives from the chain would not comment as to what kind or how many snakes were actually found.

  • Firefighters respond to Weddle St. blaze

    HILLSVILLE — Hillsville and Galax firefighters teamed up against a structure fire on Weddle Street in Hillsville on Wednesday afternoon.

    Fire and rescue teams were dispatched to 294 Weddle Street around 1 p.m. for a possible structure fire. On arrival, teams found heavy smoke and flames showing.

    Carroll County EMS was the first group to arrive on scene, according to Hillsville Fire Department Chief Donnie Spangler. A primary search of the residence found no signs of anyone inside the home.

  • Water park idea doesn't float in Fries

    FRIES — Despite a positive initial reaction from town officials, it appears a proposed water park and foster home will not fit with Fries’ master plan and the town’s former mill site next to the New River.

    The woman spearheading the project expressed surprise at Fries Town Council’s change of opinion, after she spent several months planning it out.

    Moving into a new term, members of the Fries Town Council and the town’s new mayor, Richard Farmer, had a lot to tackle at their Sept. 2 meeting.

  • Hillsville man wins $5M in Virginia Lottery

    HILLSVILLE — Imagine being able to choose between receiving a total of $5 million in annual payments over 30 years or a lump sum of $2.7 million before taxes.

    Kenny Sharpe of Hillsville didn’t have to imagine it. That’s the choice he won when he scratched a winning ticket in the Virginia Lottery’s $5,000,000 Cash Blowout game. He selected the cash option.

    Sharpe became the game’s first top-prize winner with a ticket he bought at E-Z Stop, at 105 West Stuart Drive in Hillsville.

  • Grayson participates in food drive

    INDEPENDENCE — AARP Virginia and organizations across Virginia are calling upon communities to help supply food banks during a statewide community food drive September 8-15.

    Grayson County TRIAD and the Grayson County Extension Office will collect food at Food City in Independence on Sept. 12 from 8-11 a.m. for local food pantries to help combat hunger.

  • APCo sets Grayson power outage date

    Appalachian Power has scheduled a power outage for several areas in Grayson County on Sept. 14.

    Customers in the Grayson County region can expect an outage lasting as long as 12 hours, while line crews perform repairs and upgrade critical equipment.

    During the outage, some Appalachian customers will lose service for approximately six hours, starting at 6 a.m. that day. Others could lose power for up to 12 hours.

  • Missing man found dead in Floyd

    HILLSVILLE — The Stokes County (N.C.) Sheriff’s Office has resolved the case of a missing Danbury, N.C., man who had been traced through the town of Hillsville, according to the missing persons report.

    Capt. Thomas Sands of the sheriff’s office confirmed on Wednesday that Jon Robert Lagergren had been found dead in Floyd, Va. No foul play is suspected.

  • Deputy recovering from gun accident

    INDEPENDENCE — A deputy with the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office is recovering after accidentally shooting himself in the hand while removing a magazine from his gun Aug. 24.

    The deputy, Eric Testerman, received only minor injuries in the incident, which happened about 12:30 p.m. in the sheriff’s office patrol office, Sheriff Richard Vaughan reported.