Public Safety

  • New Sheriff’s Office could open in March

    By Larry Chambers

    INDEPENDENCE – Renovations are continuing at the Grayson County Grubb Public Safety Building in Independence and if everything goes as planned, it could open on March 16.
    The Grayson County Economic Development Authority (EDA), at the direction of the Board of Supervisors, purchased the building in December to relocate and house the sheriff’s department and dispatch.

  • VDOT to replace stoplights

    HILLSVILLE – The Virginia Department of Transportation began installing safety improvements to traffic signals in the area the week of Feb. 1 and will continue installation over the next six months.

  • Fries Fire Department receives grant for smoke detectors

    FRIES — Fries Volunteer Fire and Rescue recently received a grant from the Firefighters Charitable Foundation, a nationwide foundation that assists fire victims and volunteer fire department, for the purchase and installation of free smoke detectors in their coverage area.

  • Valentine's Day wreck totals vehicle



    BAYWOOD — A single vehicle wreck in the westbound lane of Grayson Parkway near the Baywood Market & Deli on Sunday at about 2:45 p.m. left a driver and passenger with unknown injuries, according to Virginia State Trooper J.A. Vaughan.

    George Burkett, 79, of Speedwell, was driving a 2006 GMC pickup truck, with his wife as passenger, when the crash occurred.

  • GGEMS earns top state honor

    Galax-Grayson EMS (GGEMS) was one of only six agencies in the state, and the only one in Southwest Virginia, to receive recognition as an Agency of Excellence this year by the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services.
    The agency received this award at the Virginia EMS Symposium in Norfolk on Nov. 14.
    “I’m very proud,” said GGEMS Chief Ron Passmore. “It was a team effort. I’m very proud that we all pulled it together.”

  • Federal funds will help Grayson fight drugs

    Carroll and Grayson counties and the City of Galax have been named High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas by a federal agency, but local law enforcement isn’t taking that designation as a negative.
    While the name carries a certain stigma, it’s something they’ve been actively seeking.
    The designation, granted by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), enables each county and the city to receive federal resources to improve drug control efforts and coordinate between federal, state and local law enforcement.

  • Sheriff’s office requests assistance locating fugitives

    The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office has advised that citizens should be on the lookout for suspicious individuals going door to door attempting to solicit work.
    The notice comes on the heels of a recent news release from Martinsburg, W.V., where the Mountain State Fugitive Task Force is requesting assistance from the public in locating fugitives Saul Williams of Inwood, W.V., Early Nicholson III of Gerrardstown, W.V., William Nicholson of Gerrardstown, W.V., and Albert Stanley of Martinsburg, W.V.

  • Fire Prevention 101

    The Independence Volunteer Fire Department visited Independence Elementary School on Oct. 7 for a discussion with students about fire safety.
    Elementary students were given a brief lecture about the importance of installing smoke detectors in every room of the house, especially the bedrooms. Fire Captain Matthew Adams told the students that batteries should be checked for smoke detectors twice a year.

  • Sheriff's office looks into break-ins

    ELK CREEK – Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan is seeking information concerning a rash of break-ins that have occurred in the Elk Creek community in recent weeks.

    Vaughan said Monday in a news release that investigators have determined that the unknown suspect or suspects have gained entry into unoccupied homes through unlocked doors and windows. The occupants were gone only for a short period of time when items were removed from their residences.

    There have also been several thefts of unsecured ATV’s reported in the area.

  • Sheriff reports on June activities

    The Grayson County Sheriff’s Department answered 691 calls for service during June, according to a report provided to the board of supervisors.

    Sheriff Richard Vaughan said deputies issued 27 traffic citations and five warnings, conducted 327 investigations, served 95 criminal warrants and served 706 civil papers.

    Vaughan said deputies conducted 1,363 closed business checks, 330 open business checks and 180 church checks; conducted 195 directive patrols and assisted first response/rescue squads 11 times.