Local News

  • A Citizen's Guide to the General Assembly

    Professional lobbyists aren’t the only ones who can have a voice at the General Assembly in Richmond. Thanks to the Internet, you can see what legislators are up to and share your opinions.

    Here’s a guide to the basics for this year’s session, which runs from Jan. 14 through Feb. 28.

    Do Your Homework

    Become familiar with the legislation beyond what you read or hear.

  • Fries urged to focus on tourism

    FRIES — The Town of Fries is looking at opportunities to expand as a tourist attraction.

    Town council used the majority of its Jan. 6 meeting to discuss several options for bringing more traffic into the town, and attracting new businesses and residents.

    Kitty Barker, development specialist for partnership alliance marketing for Virginia Tourism Corporation, arrived at last Tuesday’s meeting to discuss development and marketing strategies related to tourism.

  • VFW's mission: recruit America's newest veterans

    HILLSVILLE — A new satellite group is being formed within the Grover King VFW Post 1115 in Hillsville.

    Mike Lara, a Marine Corps Veteran of the and one of the newer members of Post 1115, has been named coordinator and chairman for the “Young Guns” organization of the post, according to a news release.

    “We are really excited about launching this venture,” Lara said. He had suggested the formation of the group during the VFW’s monthly meeting in December, and it seemed that a large majority of the members present were in favor.

  • Man airlifted from wreck in Ivanhoe

    An Ivanhoe man who suffered serious injuries was airlifted from the scene of a two-vehicle crash on Ivanhoe Road on Thursday.

    According to a report from Virginia State Police Trooper S.M. Phillips, units were dispatched at around 2:35 p.m. on Jan. 8, on reports of a two-vehicle accident on Ivanhoe Road.

    A 2000 Blazer operated by Frank Tidwell, 56, of Ivanhoe, was traveling north when it ran off of the right shoulder of the road about .02 mile north of Virginia 601, and skidded broadside into oncoming traffic.

  • Police seek help finding sex offender

    The Virginia State Police Sex Offender Unit is asking for the public’s help in locating a sex offender who has failed to re-register.

    Two warrants have been issued for Kenneth Daniel Townsend, 30, of Galax, for violation of probation and failing to re-register in December 2014, according to an alert issued by state police.

    He is described by the state police as African-American, brown eyes, 5’6” tall and weighing 170 lbs. His last known address was on Fifth Avenue in Galax, and police said they believe he is still in the Galax area.

  • Distracted by phone, police say driver crashed into ravine

    No injuries were reported in a single-vehicle accident on Interstate 77 on Monday, when a Charlotte, N.C., man reportedly lost control of his vehicle and flipped it after hitting guardrails on both sides of the road.

    According to a report from Virginia State Trooper J.R. Alderman, police and rescue units were called to the scene at approximately 12:30 p.m. on Jan. 5.

  • Hospital takes steps to contain spread of flu virus

    According to the Centers for Disease Control, the 2014-2015 flu season is well underway and flu activity is widespread or active in at least 43 states, with elevated activity in the south.

    In the interests of protecting patients and healthcare workers, Twin County Regional Hospital has announced temporary visitation guidelines to contain the spread of the flu virus in its facilities.

    These guidelines, which will begin immediately and remain in effect until the peak flu season passes, include:

  • Dispatcher saves life on other end of line

    Tim Webb was working his routine shift as a communications officer at the Galax Police Department’s dispatch center on Dec. 29.

    It was around lunchtime, he said, and the call volume was picking up.

    Cheri Grable was in bed at Skyland Lakes near Fancy Gap, looking after her 17-month-old grandson, Aidan Paul Walker, lying next to her. Melissa, Cheri’s daughter and Aidan’s mother, was out getting medicine for him, as he was running a slight fever.

  • Alert officers catch church burglary suspect

    A New Mexico man wanted for the burglary of two New River Valley churches was caught last week after being recognized by two Galax Police Department communications officers.

    The suspect, Douglas Edward Miller, 42, of Taos, N.M., allegedly broke into the Dublin Church of God in December and stole $100; and also allegedly broke into two churches in central Radford. He was wanted by the police in both localities.

  • Man faces drug charges after task force search


    WHITETOP – A 54-year-old Whitetop man was recently arrested on several drug charges following an ongoing investigation.

    Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan said a search warrant was executed by members of the sheriff’s office and the Twin County Drug Task Force at 51 Robin Lane in Whitetop.

    Vaughan said the search warrant was the result of an ongoing investigation into alleged methamphetamine distribution in the Whitetop area of Grayson County.