Local News

  • Pedestrian hit by tractor trailer on interstate dies from injuries

    State police responded to a tractor trailer accident on I-77 North Wednesday night that resulted in one fatality, when a pedestrian reportedly walked into the right travel lane, where he was hit by a tractor trailer.

    According to a report from Special Agent Russell Edwards on Thursday, police were called to the 19.8 mile marker of the interstate at approximately 8:18 p.m., on reports of a tractor trailer striking a pedestrian in the right travel lane of the interstate.

  • Town: communication breakdown with internet provider

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — Communities that offer fast Internet speeds gain advantage over those that do not. Businesses are considered more likely to move to and remain in such places, because it makes it easier to send and receive today’s larger computer files.

  • Fries Rec Center undergoing changes

    FRIES — Members of a new Fries Recreation Center Board were slated to begin their terms in January, but before that could happen, the former members disbanded the board and dissolved the 501c3 non-profit organization that ran the center.

    The facility is a center in more than name — housing town offices, recreational activities, sports programs, meeting areas, a swimming pool and a library, it’s the hub of daily life for many in Fries.

  • Fire on Kenbrook leaves no one harmed


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    A fire on Kenwood Drive in Galax Tuesday night left some personal property damage but nobody injured, according to Galax Assistant Fire Chief Mark Burnett.


    According to Burnett, the firefighters were sent out at 7:43 p.m. When they arrived, they found approximately 10 people in the yard, only one of whom spoke English.

  • Elk Creek collision sends two to hospital

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    ELK CREEK — A two-vehicle Grayson County crash sent two to the hospital on Jan. 28.

    The 12:30 p.m. Elk Creek Parkway (U.S. 21) wreck occurred when a 2014 Kia Soul driven by Ronald K. Garrett, 69, of Crockett, attempted to pass a 1977 Ford F-150 pickup driven by Wanda Galyean Wampler, 76, of Galax, according to a report by Virginia State Police Trooper D.A. Phipps.

  • HVFD receives grant to replace fire truck

    HILLSVILLE — The Hillsville Volunteer Fire Department received a $3,500 grant from Walmart to assist in the replacement of a fire truck lost to a crash and the implementation of a new honor guard.

    Galax Walmart manager Todd Taylor and Community Involvement Coordinator Pam Chamberlain presented the check to Fire Chief Donnie Spangler on Jan. 9.

  • Honeycutt retiring after 23 years as court clerk

    HILLSVILLE — Soon after she was elected, Circuit Court Clerk Carolyn Honeycutt worked numerous late hours during a murder trial involving the death of a two-year-old child.

    The trial took place outside the old courthouse in Hillsville, and was scheduled for a handful of days. However, the amount of evidence and deliberation kept Honeycutt at work late into the night.

    “Not sure if many people know this, but the last person to finish at the courthouse is usually the clerk,” said Honeycutt, who is retiring after more than two decades in office.

  • Chase results in dozens of charges

    The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office arrested two men after a traffic stop turned into a car chase through several yards and a field, resulting in numerous property damages.

    The incident took place on Thursday at approximately 8:48 p.m. According to a press release from Sheriff J.B. Gardner, Deputy Jake Worrell was conducting a traffic stop on U.S. 52 in Cana on Jan. 29 when he observed a 1990 Hyundai approach him.

  • Police investigate LJS break-in

    The Galax Long John Silver’s reported a break-in Friday morning.

    According to Galax Police Chief Rick Clark, a side window was shattered by the burglar or burglars sometime before 8 a.m. on Jan. 30, and an undisclosed amount of cash was stolen. The restaurant on East Stuart Drive was unoccupied at the time, he said.

    Clark said there was no footage of the incident and no suspects have been identified yet.

    Corporate representatives of Long John Silver’s declined to comment, as the theft is still being investigated.

  • Volunteers will help with insurance enrollment

    HILLSVILLE — Volunteers with Commonwealth Covered, a project sponsored through Enroll Virginia, will visit Carroll County this week to discuss enrollment options through the Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Marketplace.

    Feb. 15 is the deadline to enroll in a health insurance plan for 2015, and families who wait too long to sign up or choose to opt out of coverage will receive a tax penalty for the year.