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Today's News

  • 'Bottom' project continues in Galax

    The Eastview Phase of the Bottom Area Project is moving along, according to Galax City Manager Keith Barker; five houses and at least three businesses are receiving the benefit of the program aimed at alleviating flooding and rehabilitating structures.

    “What we’re trying to do is, when we build a house, we have to either relocate the people or keep them in,” said Barker, on site at Meadow Street, where two new homes are being built.

    City Building Inspector Terry Atwell is working on “moving them back off from the road,” Barker said.

  • The nose knows: K-9 sniffs out drugs at traffic stop

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — A Grayson County sergeant arrested three individuals after a recent traffic stop turned up drugs and drug paraphernalia.

    According to a report from Sheriff Richard Vaughan, the arrests took place on Aug. 2. Sgt. Jason Carico was on routine patrol on Route 94, near Nuckoll’s Curve Road, when he observed a vehicle with a defective driver’s side headlight. He initiated a traffic stop near the intersection of 94 and Grinder’s Mill Road.

  • Carroll Fair continues this weekend

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Agricultural Fair continues this weekend, with homemade crafts and home-canned food, livestock shows, farm equipment on display, midway games, live music, wrestling and carnival rides

    The fair runs through Aug. 25 at the Southwest Virginia Farmers’ Market in Hillsville. Each day, there are exhibits in the Exhibit Hall, an FFA Barnyard near the Livestock Show Tent and demonstrations located throughout the fairgrounds.

    This weekend’s events include:

    Friday, 5–11 p.m.

  • Fugitive leads police on chase

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — An Ohio man has been apprehended in Independence, following two police chases in Yadkin County, N.C., and Grayson County on Monday morning.

    According to a report shared by Sgt. Matthew Adams on Tuesday, Dante Ridford, 23, of Canton, Ohio, has been arrested on seven charges stemming from a police chase along U.S. 21.

  • Carroll supervisors honor departing county administrator

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution at its Aug. 12 meeting recognizing Steve Truitt, former county administrator and executive director of the Carroll County Economic Development Authority, for countless hours of dedication in bringing economic development to the area.

    After resigning unexpectedly at the end of May, Truitt remained in office while aiding recently hired Interim Administrator Cellell Dalton during the transition.

  • Vaping suspected cause of lung injuries

    Staff Report

    The Blue Ridge Poison Center at University of Virginia Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have issued an alert about nearly 100 cases of lung illnesses that appear to be linked to vaping.

    The agencies say no deaths have been reported, “but many have experienced life-threatening symptoms and needed emergency hospital care.”

  • Library to be renovated in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Public Library will soon undergo a makeover as beautification plans are finalized by the Friends of the Library.

    Larissa Venzie of the Friends group recently presented plans for the library building to the Grayson County Board of Supervisors. She showed the board a concept drawing and summarized the projects they hoped to complete in the next year.

  • Elk Creek man needs kidney transplant to survive

    ELK CREEK — Two years ago, at age 19, Robert Fallon of Elk Creek was greeting life as a young adult.

    Just out of high school, he was employed and living independently for the first time; and like most young men his age, he believed the years ahead would involve career choices, higher education opportunities and other milestones that typically come with early adulthood. But, as it turned out, life had other plans.

  • Cox aims for excellence

    An archer from the Twin Counties brought home his third consecutive gold medal earlier this month after finishing first place in the State Games of America.

    An avid competitor, outdoorsman and former state forest warden, Arthur Cox aced the archery competition at this year’s national games on Aug. 4, and shared his story this week about the rewarding experiences that archery has brought him throughout his life, on and off the shooting range.

  • Man shot in head during landscaping argument

    A Galax man was arrested over the weekend after allegedly using a firearm during an altercation over landscaping work, which resulted in a Cana man being admitted to the hospital for a gunshot wound to the head.

    Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner reported that his office received a call on Aug. 10 at 11 a.m., advising that a man had just come into the emergency room at Twin County Regional Hospital in Galax suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. Deputy Josh Bowers responded and met with the victim, identified as 45-year-old Randy Combs of Cana.