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Today's News

  • Fries man dies from injuries in crash

    A Fries man succumbed to his injuries on July 28 in Wake Forest Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, N.C., after initially surviving a crash on U.S. 58 last week.

    Jesse W. Crouse, 31, of Fries, was injured in a crash occurred at midnight on July 27 on 58, less than a mile west of Wendy Lane in Carroll County.

  • Grayson woman sentenced for health care fraud

     ABINGDON – Crystal Smith, a Troutdale woman who worked as a Consumer Directed Services Facilitator (CDSF) to assist elderly and disabled Virginia Medicaid recipients, was sentenced July 30 to four months in prison and ordered to pay $113,877 in restitution.

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  • Homicide investigation continues

    Investigators have not released any further information about the cause of death for a young woman found dead inside a barn off the New River Trail last week, but a search warrant for the property lists items recovered at the scene.

  • BRCC hosts member-guest tournament

    Pace Snow of Galax and Tyler Rutherford of Independence teamed up to win the highly competitive Blue Ridge Country Club Member-Guest golf tournament last weekend.

    Snow and Rutherford carded a 7-under-par 63 in Saturday’s best ball format tournament and followed it up with an 8-under 62 on Sunday for a 125 total.

    Second place went to the team of Brad Chambers of Galax and Andy Routh of Randleman, N.C. They shot a 6-under 64 on Saturday and 7-under 63 on Sunday for a 127 total.

    Two teams tied for third place.

  • Fant to run for second term

    INDEPENDENCE — Col. John Fant has announced that he will seek re-election and has been certified as an independent candidate for the Supervisor At Large seat in Grayson County.
    The seat is up for re-election Nov. 5. Fant is currently running unopposed, according to the State Board of Elections database.
    Col. Fant won the At-Large Supervisor seat in the Nov. 2015 general election.
    During his last campaign, his three major areas of focus were small business development, vocational education, and communications infrastructure.

  • Four charged in Galax for attempting to prevent arrest

    Four people have been charged with obstruction of justice in Galax for allegedly preventing a police officer from arresting a fugitive from justice.
    On July 16, Officer Tyler Houk observed a wanted subject enter a residence Eastview Street, according to a report from the Galax Police Department. Sgt. Shawny Jones, Officer Dakota Martin and Officer Eduardo Mata arrived as backup.

  • Two arrested in homicide case

    CARROLL —Two suspects have been arrested and charged in connection with a body that was discovered near the New River Trail last week.
    Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner confirmed last Thursday, July 26, that investigators obtained warrants for Kayla Ann Fulton and Codie Nathanial Fletcher, both with a Warren Lane address in Galax. The two were charged with the murder of 20 year-old Alexandra Dare Taylor.
    Fulton, 20, was charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder and the improper disposal of a human body.

  • Area players fill district, region softball spots

    Grayson County and Galax each had one player named to the first team in all-Mountain Empire District voting, while the Blue Devils had four second-team picks. Carroll County had one player named to the second team in all-Three Rivers District balloting.

    Ashlyn Brady was Galax’s representative on the MED and all-Region 1C first team as a shortstop. A senior, Brady led the Maroon Tide in nearly every offensive statistical category, including her .525 batting average (31-for-59), 20 runs scored, two home runs, four triples, six doubles and eight stolen bases.

  • Fake bills showing up in Hillsville are ‘movie money’

    HILLSVILLE – Local law enforcement is advising business owners and members of the community to use caution when accepting large bills during transactions, after a recent discovery of counterfeit “movie money” was discovered at businesses in the Hillsville area.