Local News

  • Sebert Sisson, former Hillsville mayor, dies at 97

    HILLSVILLE — Sebert Sisson, the former mayor of Hillsville and a citizen who was always heavily involved with bettering his community, passed away on June 23 at the age of 97.

    Hillsville Town Council members took a moment to remember Sisson at their meeting that evening, just after they had heard about his passing.

    Council Member Greg Yonce asked those in attendance to keep Sisson’s family in their prayers. In February, Yonce selected Sisson and wife, Ruth, as his choice for the town’s Citizen of the Month award.

  • Independence man arrested on drug charges

    An Independence man was arrested for possession of a Schedule II drug on June 20, according to a report from the Galax Police Department.
    Officer Jacob Vaughan stopped Brian Patrick Graff, 29, for a traffic infraction. Vaughan’s observations caused him to conduct further investigation, which resulted in the discovery of Dilaudid, a Schedule II narcotic, and drug paraphernalia.
    Graff was released on bond pending his appearance in Galax General District Court.

  • Jackson to remain as consultant

    HILLSVILLE - Former town manager Travis Jackson began his new part-time position with the town as a temporary special consultant on May 16.

  • Growing the Economy: Officials call SWVA Farmers Market a model facility


    Southwest Virginia Farmer's Market is a success story that has become a model for other markets, as it generates between $20 and $30 million in revenues each year, and has successfully partnered with local grocers such as Food City.
    Federal officials paid a visit to the Hillsville market and other local farmer's markets in the Twin Counties on June 17 to discuss the opportunities that local food systems have in creating jobs, improving community health and boosting economic growth.

  • Grayson schools receipts missing

    INDEPENDENCE — An audit of Grayson County Public Schools’ 2012-13 school year activity fund revealed that several purchases lacked receipts, according to a report to the Grayson County School Board at its June 9 meeting.

  • Mayor Crowder Enters Plea To Disorderly Conduct

    BRISTOL – Hillsville Mayor Greg Crowder entered an Alford plea to an amended charge of disorderly conduct before the Bristol Circuit Court on Friday, and has received a four-day jail sentence, according to a news release.
    Crowder was originally charged with impersonating an ABC agent, and was found guilty by the Bristol General District Court and sentenced to 90 days in jail with 60 days suspended and a $500 fine.

  • Police say man lead them on chase after fleeing traffic stop

    Blue Ridge Parkway police and local law enforcement worked together to halt a driver who fled from a park ranger after a traffic stop on June 13, according to police reports.

    Zachary Montgomery, 22, of Laurel Fork was operating a Black Honda Civic at 7:16 p.m. last Friday, when he was stopped by an officer employed by the National Park Service (NPS).

    According to a statement from Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner, whose department assisted during the incident, Montgomery then fled the scene with the ranger in pursuit.

  • N.C. men charged in US Cellular burglary

    Two North Carolina men have been arrested in Guilford County, N.C., and are charged in connection with a burglary and larceny at the US Cellular Store located in the Walmart shopping center in Galax.

    According to a police report, Galax Officer Anne Toney responded to a burglar alarm at the store on April 3 and discovered that the business had been broken into. The owners reported that cell phones valued at more than $10,000 had been taken.

  • Five arrested in Galax on drug charges

    Two men were arrested on June 15 and charged with conspiracy to sell or distribute drugs.

    According to a police report, Justin Grant Turner, 33, of Sparta, N.C., and Terrence Stevenson, 37, of Galax were arrested by Sgt. Shawny Jones in the Walmart shopping center parking lot.

    Turner was charged with driving after his operator’s license had been suspended and conspiracy to violate the Drug Control Act to sell or distribute marijuana. Stevenson was charged with conspiracy to violate the Drug Control Act to sell or distribute marijuana.

  • Grayson needs last-minute budget fix

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County will have to make some adjustments to its proposed 2015 budget, following the long-awaited passage of Virginia’s state budget by the General Assembly last week.

    The Grayson County Board of Supervisors and county staff have been working diligently for months on a proposed 2015 county budget, but had to estimate how much funding the state would provide.