Today's News

  • Mount Rogers closes trails due to bear activity

    Staff Report

    MOUTH OF WILSON — Grayson Highlands State Park, managed by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), has closed Wise Shelter in response to increased bear activity in the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area.

    The area remains open to day use, including hiking and horseback riding.

  • Mother to enter plea in child’s death

    INDEPENDENCE — Tanisha Ann Lineberry has been scheduled for a plea and sentencing hearing in Grayson County Circuit Court, for charges she received in the 2017 death of her young son.

    According to court documents, Lineberry faces two charges: involuntary manslaughter and abuse of a child resulting in serious injury. She is set to enter a plea on Oct. 11.

    Her plea hearing was rescheduled from its original date, Aug. 23.

  • Danger alert lifted, dam work continues

    PIPERS GAP — Carroll County emergency officials on Friday cancelled a flooding alert related to a potential dam failure in the Pipers Gap community, after pumping nearly 1.5 million gallons of water out of a privately owned pond.

    The potential dam failure could have affected more than a dozen property owners nearby, and police began evacuating residents last Thursday.

  • ‘Rolling Thunder’ defendant to serve 22 years

    ABINGDON — Only one of the 24 people charged as a result of the Operation Rolling Thunder investigation remains to have their day in court, following a sentencing hearing earlier this month.

    Sanson P. Rodriguez, 58, of Lexington, N.C., who pleaded guilty in April to drug conspiracy charges, will serve 22 years in federal prison. He was sentenced in federal court in Abingdon on Aug. 8.

  • Residents evacuated due to imminent dam failure

    UPDATE: 8/31/18, 12:25 P.M.

  • NWS warns of flooding, dam failure in Carroll

    The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning, which says there is danger of a dam break in southwestern Carroll County, and some residents of Pipers Gap Road are being forced to evacuate.

    The alert says the warning is in effect until 9:30 p.m. Thursday.

    “At 3:31 p.m., local emergency management reported the imminent failure of an unnamed dam just north of Pipers Gaps Road in southwest Carroll County,” the warning stated. “The dam has not undergone a complete failure yet, but is considered to be in imminent danger."

  • Grayson boys, Tide girls win at Carroll XC meet

    HILLSVILLE –– Galax topped Grayson County for the team win while Carroll County runners took the top three spots in the girls’ race of a cross country meet last Wednesday at Hillsville Elementary School.

  • Cavaliers sweep Cougars

    HILLSVILLE –– With Patrick County hanging close, Carroll County zoomed away with huge rallies in all three sets and claimed a 3-0 win over the Cougars, 25-16, 25-13, 25-15 in a nondistrict volleyball match Monday.

  • Something To Do from 8-31-2018


    Twin County Cinema III, Galax, (276) 236-7469, www.southeastcinemas.com.

    • Slender Man (PG-13)

    • Crazy Rich Asians (PG-13)

    • The Meg (PG-13)


  • Cockerhams to celebrate anniversary


    Bill and Betty Jo Cockerham


    to celebrate


    Bill and Betty Jo Cockerham of Baywood will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary Aug. 31.

    They were married Aug. 31, 1958, at Mount Sinai Baptist Church in Pipers Gap.

    The late Rev. Fred Jennings officiated the ceremony. They were the first couple Rev. Jennings married.

    They have three children, nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.