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Today's News

  • Grayson launches sheriff’s app

    By SHAINA STOCKTON and ETHAN CAMPBELL
    Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office has launched a new app to keep the community in the loop about ongoing criminal cases and emergency situations in Grayson County as they develop.
    The app is now live, and is available for the public to download for free on Google Play for Android phones and the App Store for iPhones. Users should search for “Grayson County Virginia Sheriff’s Office” to find the app.

  • Crash knocks out power on Hebron Rd.

    Residents along part of Hebron Road were left temporarily without power on Wednesday when a vehicle struck a power pole at 12:05 p.m., according to Virginia State Police 1st Sgt. D.L. Reedy.
    A 2004 Mini Cooper, driven by Dakota McMeans, 22, of Woodlawn, was headed north in the 700 block of Hebron Road when he lost control of the vehicle, ran off the road to left, struck a fence, then struck a utility pole and overturned. The pole was damaged and fell across the road.
    McMeans suffered no apparent injury, and was wearing his seatbelt. The vehicle was totaled.

  • Walmart employee douses car fire

    A Walmart employee put out a vehicle fire that appeared to be electrical in origin in the store’s parking lot on Monday afternoon, according to Asst. Fire Chief Mark Burnett.
    He said that the driver was inside shopping when the fire broke out. “A Walmart employee extinguished the fire before we got here,” said Burnett, noting that there was no suspicion of arson, and that the vehicle is not totaled.

  • Commonwealth Senior Living resident turns 107

    HILLSVILLE - It is quite uncommon this day and time for one to live to see a century pass in their lifetime; however, one local resident of Carroll County, Louise DeHaven, has just celebrated her 107th birthday on Oct. 1, and was overjoyed with the experience.
    DeHaven, who currently resides at Commonwealth Senior Living, was willing to share her life experiences and lessons of longevity while enjoying the cozy atmosphere that the senior living home provides.

  • Passenger charged with first degree murder

    INDEPENDENCE — A passenger who was involved in the Oct. 10 two-vehicle crash on U.S. 58 in Independence, has been charged with first degree murder.
    According to an update from State Police First Sgt. Reedy on Tuesday afternoon, Steven Henry Williams, 37, of Independence turned himself in to authorities at the Virginia State Police (VSP) Area 25 office on Glendale Road in Galax, at 11:50 a.m. Tuesday.

  • Water fee debate leads to confrontation

    HILLSVILLE – Many derogatory comments by citizens resulted in rising tempers; and finally at the end of the hearing, a confrontation with a member of the Carroll County Board of Supervisors during their Oct. 15 meeting. 

  • Woodlawn man sentenced for sexual battery against child

    INDEPENDENCE — A Woodlawn man was recently sentenced in Grayson County Circuit Court for a sexual assault crime that was committed nearly a decade ago.
    A news release from the Grayson County Sheriff’s office states that Jason Dennis Kegley, 44, of Woodlawn, was sentenced on Sept. 20. A jury found Kegley guilty of aggravated sexual battery of a child under the age of 13 in June.

  • Livestock show and fair a success

    INDEPENDENCE — Following the success of this year’s Grayson County Fair, held in conjunction with the county’s 13th annual Youth Livestock Show, plans are already underway to continue this new partnership with another fair next year.
    At the Sept. 18 meeting of the Grayson County Board of Supervisors, Independence Farmers’ Market Manager Michelle Pridgen, presented information gathered from public surveys that were held during and after the fair.

  • Mother sentenced in child's death

    INDEPENDENCE — Fries resident Tanisha Ann Lineberry, charged with involuntary manslaughter in the 2017 death of her 3-year-old son, Jaylen Lineberry, received a suspended sentence of seven years in the Virginia Department of Corrections after pleading no contest in Grayson County Circuit Court last Thursday.

    Represented by attorney J. Tompkins, Lineberry entered the courtroom backed by members of her family members the morning of Oct. 11.

    Lineberry also faced a charge of child abuse resulting in serious injury.

  • Galax recovers from Hurricane Michael

    After Hurricane Michael departed the Twin Counties, it left extensive damage from floods and landslides in its wake.

    Animals evacuated Oct. 11 from the Galax Veterinary Clinic on Stockyard Road by firefighters are now safe in Mount Airy, N.C., according to Galax Fire Capt. Mike Ayers.

    The mudslide on Stockyard Road, above the clinic, brought down a power pole and caused its lines to fall onto the clinic, so the Galax Volunteer Fire Department evacuated both pets and staff from the building.