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  • Dog stolen in burglary at animal shelter

    A dog quarantined for attacking another canine was stolen from the Galax-Carroll-Grayson Animal Shelter around 10:30 p.m. last Wednesday night.

    Someone broke in to the facility on Jan. 11 and left with the animal, according to Galax City Manager Keith Barker and Galax Police Capt. James Cox.

    The dog was a male blue pit bull that was accused of killing another dog.

  • Filing date nears for Carroll supervisor candidates

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — Three seats on the Carroll County Board of Supervisors will be up for election in May, and the filing date for Republican candidates is approaching.

    Three of the board’s six seats are up for election, in the Fancy Gap, Laurel Fork and Pipers Gap districts.

    The Fancy Gap District is represented by Phil McCraw, who has announced that he will not seek re-election. The Laurel Fork District is held by Josh Hendrick and the Pipers Gap District is held by Tom Littrell.

  • Grayson discusses property values, change to flood plain ordinance

    INDEPENDENCE — At its December meeting, the Grayson County Board of Supervisors heard an update from Danny Boyer of the Board of Equalization about property value reassessments.

    Boyer reported that the equalization board held five sessions, where it heard concerns and complaints and answered questions from taxpayers regarding their properties. Each taxpayer was given 10 minutes to present their case, and more time if they had multiple parcels of land to discuss.

  • Lawmaker's bills would tighten school discipline rules

    Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND — A trio of bills introduced in the state Senate this month would tighten rules on how public schools may discipline students, including limits on long-term suspensions and expulsions.

    Senate Majority Whip Bill Stanley Jr. (R-Franklin County) proposed the rules last week. If passed, they would:

    • Cut the maximum long-term suspension from 364 calendar days to 45 school days (SB 995).

  • Fire destroys Providence barn

    FRIES ― Fries and Galax firefighters responded to the scene of a barn fire on Providence Road in Fries last Tuesday.

    The call was to 243 Providence Road at 12:22 p.m. on Jan. 10, where firefighters battled a blaze that fully engulfed a barn owned by Timothy Luper.

    According to Fries Fire Chief Chad Stanley, Luper said he’d been operating a forklift and parked it in the barn near some hay. When he returned a short time later, the forklift and hay were on fire.

  • High-speed chase ends in crash

    Staff Reports

    A high speed chase in Carroll County on Jan. 9 resulted in the arrest of James Richard Grimes, 36, of Hillsville, who was wanted in the county for a probation violation, according to Sheriff J.B. Gardner.

    On Monday at approximately 7:50 p.m., Cpl. Joseph Holderfield of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office received information that a wanted person, possibly armed, had been seen in the Laurel section of the county operating a white Chevrolet Blazer that was possibly stolen.

  • Cana man charged with shooting wife

    Staff Reports

    CANA — A Cana man who allegedly shot his wife is now in custody in the New River Valley Regional Jail, according to Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner.

    The victim suffered a non-life-threatening injury.

    On Jan. 4 at 2:41 a.m., the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office received a call from Northern Surry Hospital in North Carolina, requesting deputies to respond to their emergency room for a female with a gunshot wound that had just come in.

  • Explosion at residence under investigation

    An explosion rocked a Carroll County home last week, cracking walls, knocking brick off the exterior and blowing out windows.

    One occupant was injured, and the cause of the blast is still under investigation.

    The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Wytheville Field Office are investigating the incident that occurred the morning of Jan. 12 in the 100 block of Old Mabry Place, near the intersection of Double Cabin Road.

  • Explosion injures residents of Carroll County house

    The Carroll County Sheriff's Office and Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation's Wytheville Field Office are investigating an explosion that occurred Thursday morning at a local residence.

    The incident occurred in the 100 block of Old Mabry Place near the intersection of Double Cabin Road.

  • Carroll board picks new leadership

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – New leaders were elected to lead the Carroll County Board of Supervisors at a reorganizational meeting held Monday.

    County Administrator Steve Truitt conducted the election.

    Joshua Hendrick, the outgoing chairman, nominated at-large member R.J. “Bob” Martin for chairman. He was approved by a 5-0 vote, with Martin voting for himself. He was vice-chairman last year.