Public Safety

  • Area preparing for Hurricane Florence

    As Hurricane Florence intensifies and readies for impact on the east coast later this week, governors in Virginia and North and South Carolina have declared states of emergency.

  • Mount Rogers closes trails due to bear activity

    Grayson Highlands State Park, managed by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), has closed Wise Shelter in response to increased bear activity in the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area.
    The area remains open to day use, including hiking and horseback riding.

  • IVFD plans fundraisers for new vehicle

    INDEPENDENCE — The Independence Volunteer Fire Department recently welcomed a new addition to their fleet of vehicles, which will allow them to haul equipment to assist with fires and car wrecks.
    The new vehicle is a 2003 Spartan Custom Heavy Rescue. The department purchased it from Brindlee Mountain Fire Apparatus in Union Grove, Al. The vehicle will replace a 1999 F-850, which will be sold to another department.

  • Localities celebrate Building Safety Month

    INDEPENDENCE — The localities of Grayson County, Carroll County (and their towns) and the City of Galax celebrated Building Safety Month with a special event at Lowe’s Hardware in Galax last week.
    Building Safety Month is a worldwide campaign presented by the International Code Council, to raise awareness about critical safety issues from structural to fire prevention, plumbing and mechanical systems, and emergency efficiency.

  • Grayson Sheriff’s Office releases 2017 report

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office recently released their annual activity report, highlighting the department’s activities in 2017.
     According to report, deputies responded to a total of 8,403 calls for service, and 417 animal control calls. They served 5,681 warrants; 1,270 criminal and 4,411 civil; and recorded 118 felony charges, 81 drug charges, and 21 larceny and burglary charges.

  • Rescue squad requests help for new ambulance

    INDEPENDENCE — The Independence Rescue Squad is raising money to provide a grant match for the purchase of new ambulance.
    The squad was recently awarded a partial grant from the Virginia Office of Emergency Services’ Rescue Squad Assistance Fund. According to Captain Robby Wingate, the award will allow the rescue squad to replace the oldest of their three ambulances, a 1993 model. The last ambulance purchase for the squad was made in 2007.
    The grant requires a 20 percent match from the rescue squad, which totals $43,000.

  • Fire department introduces 2018 officers

    INDEPENDENCE — The Independence Volunteer Fire Department has approved its list of officers for 2018.
    According to the slate presented to the Independence Town Council during the Jan. 9 meeting, the following officers were approved by the members of the fire department: Chief Gary Hash, Assistant Chief Terry Osborne, Capt. Matthew Adams, 1st Lt. Mark Taylor, 2nd Lt. Dennis Bobbitt, 3rd Lt. Jeremy Walters, President Roger Hash, Secretary/Public Information Officer Jason Harris, Chaplain Eddie Hensdell and Treasurer Eddie Hensdell (an appointed position).

  • Alleghany sheriffs armed with Narcan

    By Larry Chambers

    SPARTA, N.C. – Deputies with the Alleghany County Sheriff’s Department recently completed training and are now armed with Narcan.
    Sheriff Bryan Maines said Narcan is an overdose reversal nasal spray. He described it “as a potentially lifesaving program.”
    Deputies have been using Narcan since mid-December.

  • Officers search for stabbing suspect

    The Grayson County Sheriff's Office and the Virginia State Police are searching for a suspect involved in a reported stabbing on Beech Grove Lane in Galax that occurred Tuesday afternoon.

    David Lee Combs, 39, of 2212 Beech Grove Ln., is a suspect in the incident, which occurred at 4 p.m. Tuesday, according to the sheriff's office. Officers were called to the residence, where they found a victim with minor wounds.

    Combs was last seen running into a wooded area near Beech Grove Ln., wearing a camouflage jacket.

  • Sheriff offers safety training for churches

    Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan announced Friday that his office will be offering free safety trainings for churches throughout the county.  
    The trainings have been available through the Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention Unit since 2014; however, recent events have spurred an increase in requests for the trainings, according to the sheriff.
    “The church shooting in Texas, which claimed 26 innocent lives and injured several others, have many church leaders concerned about their safety,” said Vaughan.