Local News

  • Grayson finds trash solution

    INDEPENDENCE — Holding true to a promise to find an alternative to a public-access Dumpster site at its Public Works Department, Grayson County has found a solution.

    County Administrator Jonathan Sweet said the county is now accepting household trash on Fridays and Saturdays in the Guynn Shopping Center.

    Sweet said the trash collection will be in conjunction with the county's recycling operation and will be at no additional cost to the tax payers.

  • Regional jail expansion nearly complete

    DUBLIN — In less than two months, the New River Valley Regional Jail will open at double its current size, allowing it to house hundreds more inmates and provide more than 100 additional jobs.

    An expansion at the jail that includes new housing units, a new kitchen and a new state-of-the-art security system is scheduled to be completed by Jan. 3. Renovations to administrative offices are expected to be finished sooner.

  • Grayson holding election recount

    INDEPENDENCE — Voters of the Wilson District in Grayson County will know which candidate will represent them for the next four years on the board of supervisors after an official recount is performed today, Friday, in the board room of the courthouse.

    Last month, the race for the Wilson District seat on the Grayson County Board of Supervisors came down to four votes. Republican incumbent Mike Maynard emerged with 529 votes, compared to Democratic challenger Kate Irwin's 525.

  • Suspect charged in break-ins

    HILLSVILLE — A 51-year-old Galax man has been charged with multiple counts of grand larceny and breaking and entering in connection with a string of incidents at storage buildings in Hillsville and Carroll County, according to Sheriff Warren Manning.

    Carroll deputies and Hillsville police officers obtained a search warrant Nov. 30 to open up a storage space in town rented by Billy Dean Caldwell, according to a press release. Deputy Charley Catron got the search warrant as part of the joint effort.

  • At long last, Fries awards roof bid

    FRIES — After years of fighting and months of negotiating bids, the Fries Recreation Center will get a new roof in early 2010.

    Fries Town Mayor Marie Isom signed the agreement with Dillon Construction of Galax to repair the roof on the aging building, after U.S. Cellular notified the town of the approved contract.

    In August, bids were received for the project after a four-year battle for permanent authority ended when the Federal Communications Commission dismissed all petitions to deny U.S. Cellular's tower placement across the New River from the town.

  • Suspect surrenders after firing shots

    HILLSVILLE — A 36-year-old Hillsville man faces charges after barricading himself in the Hillcrest Apartments on Nov. 27, according to a press release from the Hillsville Police Department.

    Police officers received a report at approximately 11:30 p.m. after the man had reportedly fired a weapon inside his apartment and barricaded the door with furniture to prevent anyone else from getting in.

    When officers arrived, they found the man's girlfriend and juvenile daughter had already fled the apartment.

  • Carroll dog owners won't roll over

    HILLSVILLE — A proposed trespassing ordinance for four-legged friends and a state dog tag reporting requirement has ruffled the fur of some animal owners in Carroll County.

    Several say they will attend Monday's Carroll Board of Supervisors meeting to make their feelings known.

    Concerned pet owners learned of the proposed ordinance to deal with nuisance dogs about the same time they received notifications regarding necessary dog tag purchases from the county treasurer.

  • Despite ban, no crackdown on lighting up

    Quietly, signs went up Tuesday signaling to customers that things had changed.

    On the first day of the state ban on smoking inside restaurants, police didn't storm into bars, snuffing out cigarettes and doling out $25 fines. And state officials didn't troll for lawbreakers, writing up health-code violations for restaurant owners to address.

  • Christmas celebrations


    The Galax Christmas Parade, with the theme “Music, Memories & Miracles,” will begin at 7 tonight, Friday, on North Main Street.

    The event will kick off with the Galax High School jazz band, beginning at 6:10 p.m., and the lighting of the Christmas tree in front of the Harold Snead Public Safety Building, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

    Pastor Tom Whartenby of Galax Presbyterian Church will say the blessing and Galax Mayor C.M. Mitchell will provide the greeting, before the countdown to the tree lighting.


  • Maynard wins recount

    INDEPENDENCE — Republican incumbent Mike Maynard will represent the Wilson District on the Grayson County Board of Supervisors for the next four years after a recount was held on Friday morning.

    According to Grayson Registrar Debbie Phipps: "nothing changed... all precincts were good throughout."

    The recount was requested by challenger Kate Irwin, who fell just four votes shy of Maynard in the general election held last month, 529 to 525.

    Because the difference was less than one-half of 1 percent, Grayson County paid for the recount.