• Preliminary hearing set for Fries shooting suspect

    John Ford Gilliam, charged in a shooting near Fenders Curve in Grayson County July 14, has a preliminary hearing scheduled in Grayson County General District Court on Sept. 24.
    Gilliam, 47, of Woodlawn, was charged with aggravated malicious wounding and use of a firearm in commission of a felony, after officers say he was involved in a confrontation that resulted in a man being shot in the arm.

  • Circuit Court Clerk receives positive audit

    INDEPENDENCE — The office of the Grayson County Circuit Court Clerk was recently commended following an audit of activity between April 1, 2017 through March 31.
    According to an official letter from the Auditor of Public Accounts, no issues involving internal control and the office’s operations were found during the audit.

  • Eisenhauer to serve 50 years for murder


    BLACKSBURG — David Eisenhauer will serve 50 years in prison for the 2016 abduction and murder of 13-year-old Nicole Lovell of Blacksburg and concealing her body.
    The case had local connections — Eisenhauer has family in the Galax area, and Lovell’s body was hidden in a spot on Route 89 in Surry County, N.C., just south of the city.
    Eisenhauer, 20, was sentenced by Judge James Turk in the Montgomery County Circuit Court on June 26, at the end of a one-day hearing.

  • Mailbox vandals charged in Grayson

    The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office reported Monday that two arrests have been made in an investigation of multiple reports of mailbox vandalism throughout the county.
    In the early morning hours of May 14, deputies arrested suspects Ethan Jackson, 18, of Independence; and Dustin Testerman, 18, of Fries. Both were charged with vandalizing mailboxes in Grayson County.
    According to the sheriff’s office, several residents have been reporting damaged mailboxes in recent months.

  • Indictments unsealed in Grayson

    By Larry Chambers

    INDEPENDENCE – Sealed indictments against eight suspects were recently unsealed in Grayson County.
    A Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury indicted the suspects on April 27 and sealed the indictments until each suspect was arrested.

    The list includes:
    Jason Lee Bourne, Fries – four charges for the sale, gift or distribution of a schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine).

  • Alleghany investigators uncover drug operation

    By Larry Chambers

    SPARTA, N.C. –Alleghany County Sheriff’s Department investigators recently conducted an undercover operation in which a controlled purchase of methamphetamine (meth) was made.
    Sheriff Bryan Maines said the purchase was made from Elijah Paul Bowman, 49. No address was available.

  • Three suspects charged with forgery, theft

    TROUTDALE — Three suspects from Tennessee were apprehended last week, after officers say they attempted to cash forged checks at Skyline National Bank in Troutdale.
    According to a news release from Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan, Sgt. Rhonda Halsey responded to the Skyline Bank branch in Troutdale on April 9, for a call about suspicious individuals attempting to cash checks through the drive through window.

  • Carico estate files $5M wrongful death suit

    INDEPENDENCE — The family of Timothy “T.T.” Carico has filed a $5 million civil claim against a Minnesota ATV manufacturing company Polaris Industries; and Hilltop Cycle, Inc., a Wythe County company that offers off-road vehicle repair services.

  • Isom receives new public intoxication charge

    Anthony Isom, Grayson County Department of Social Services’ director, has received another charge of public intoxication according to a recent incident report filed in the City of Galax.
    According to Galax Police Chief Rick Clark, Isom received the charge April 3 at approximately 8:50 a.m. The officer on scene was Silverio Gonzales.
    Isom was transported to New River Valley Regional Jail, where he has since been released on bond.

  • Galax man arrested, stolen car recovered

    FRIES — A Galax man was charged in connection with a stolen vehicle, after a caller related to the vehicle’s owner reportedly spotted him driving in the area last Thursday.
    Jacob Walker Lynch, 30, of 870 Savannah Road Galax, has been charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, according to a news release from Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan.