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Today's News

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • WCC, Foundation announce health scholarships

    Staff Report

    The Twin County Community Foundation recently announced the establishment of the Twin County Community Foundation Scholarship Program through the Wytheville Community College Educational Foundation.

  • Crash victims in critical condition

    INDEPENDENCE — Virginia State Police reported Friday that six individuals were still hospitalized and one has died following a two-vehicle crash on U.S. 58 in Independence on Oct. 10.

    Senior Trooper J.A. Vaughan is still investigating the incident, which occurred at 4:45 p.m. on 58, less than a mile west of Route 702.

  • Hurricane Michael causes chaos in Twin Counties

    Staff Reports

    Unexpectedly severe weather from Hurricane Michael left much of the Twin Counties underwater on Thursday, causing flooding and mudslides, collapsing roadways and necessitating the rescue of people and animals from the hardest hit areas.

    The heavy rains created a high risk for vehicle accidents by washing debris into roadways and damaged businesses and homes.

  • Teen killed, 6 injured in Grayson crash

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — A teenager from Independence was killed in a two-vehicle crash on U.S. 58 in Independence, which also resulted in multiple injuries on Wednesday afternoon.

    According to a news release from the Virginia State Police, Senior Trooper J.A. Vaughan is investigating the crash, which occurred at 4:45 p.m. Oct. 10 on 58, less than a mile west of Route 702.

    According to the report, a 2014 Nissan Rogue was traveling east on 58 when it crossed the center line and struck head-on a westbound tractor-trailer.

  • Crash, flood result in I-77 problems

    Two incidents occurred Wednesday evening on Interstate 77 in Carroll and Wythe counties due to inclement weather conditions.

    According to reports from the Virginia State Police, the first incident occurred at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 10, when a tractor-trailer traveling in the northbound lanes around mile marker 21 near Austinville ran off the road and crossed the median into the southbound lanes, striking a second tractor-trailer tanker and a passenger vehicle.

  • Officers test mettle on Police Fitness course

    More than 50 teams gathered this past weekend to compete in a challenging 3-mile Police Fitness Challenge obstacle course to honor the legacy of Deputy Curtis Bartlett.

    Competitors from local and surrounding law enforcement agencies were put to the test Oct. 6 during the morning challenge, while maneuvering over 30 obstacles throughout a rugged mountainous and wooded terrain on the Bartlett farm in Fairview.

  • Plans for training center property

    Local leaders are making plans to utilize the now-vacant property in Carroll County once occupied by the Southwestern Virginia Training Center.

    The state-run residential mental health facility for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities ceased operation Aug. 21 after more than 40 years and the last residents was moved out about a week later.

    The residents have found new homes in the community, but the future of the site is in question.