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  • Menu theft among recent Galax arrests

    Staff Reports

    Like restaurant menus, arrest reports contain familiar items you see time and time again. Drug arrests and parole violations are the staples, like meatloaf and mashed potatoes.

    But once in a while, a charge stands out, like an unexpected daily special.

    Among the typical crimes Galax police investigated recently was one that was distinctly different. An arrest report released by the department says that, on Aug. 19, police were called to Bogeys Restaurant to investigate the theft of 96 menus from the business.

  • Virginia facing state trooper shortage

    Landmark News Service

    Poor salaries and an unsustainable workload are prompting a surge of troopers to leave the Virginia State Police this year while applications continue to decrease, the agency’s commander wrote to employees.

    The details in a Sept. 16 memo from Col. W. Steven Flaherty to his department come as the state is facing a $1.5 billion shortfall in its two-year budget and the governor is looking for cuts from executive branch agencies.

  • Lead found in Fries water

    Staff Report

    FRIES ― The Town of Fries alerted residents this month that a recent test of the water system found elevated levels of lead in drinking water in some homes and buildings.

    Lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and children 6 years and younger.

    According to a news release from the town, lead was detected in water samples collected during a routine sampling in 2015 and again during special sampling in July.

  • Motorist transported for treatment

    Staff Reports

    A single-vehicle accident on Delhart Road in Baywood at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday left the driver with apparent non-life-threatening injuries, according to Virginia State Trooper J.D. Delp.

    A 1997 Ford Escort, driven by Sabrina B. Gaddy, 18, of Galax, was traveling Delhart towards Pipers Gap Road when she entered a curve on the road and tried to apply her brakes, said Delp. Her brakes did not respond correctly, and she crossed the middle of the road to the left side, striking a tree.

  • Galax man injured in motorcycle crash

    Staff Reports

    A single-vehicle motorcycle wreck on Peaks Mountain Road at 2:20 p.m. on Saturday left the driver with unknown injuries, according to the Virginia State Trooper C.M. Delp.

    A 2000 Harley-Davidson driven by James Paul Leprad Jr., 56, of Galax, was traveling on Peaks Mountain Road when he swerved to avoid hitting a deer, Delp said. Leprad was flung from the bike and landed beside the road next to a barbed-wire fence.

    He was transported by Baywood Rescue with unknown injuries, said Delp.

  • Carroll grand jury issues 103 indictments

    HILLSVILLE – A Carroll County grand jury met on Sept. 19 and returned a total of 103 indictments against 64 individuals.

    Included in those indictments were five charges against Jason Andrew Broderick, 34, of Adrian, Mich. Broderick was involved in a police chase in Hillsville on April 10 that resulted in the total loss of a Hillsville police vehicle.

  • Police car rammed, injured officer shoots at driver

    According to police reports, an Austinville man stole two cars; led officers on two chases, both ending in crashes, last Wednesday and Friday; rammed a Carroll deputy’s police car head-on and attempted to hit other officers; and fought with Wythe police when they attempted to arrest him.

    He is charged with several offenses, including attempted murder of a police officer.

    The Carroll officer, who was injured when his car was struck, shot at the driver as he sped away from the scene.

  • Absentee voting for presidential election underway

    Absentee voting is underway in Virginia for the Nov. 8 election.

    Qualified Virginia voters may vote absentee in-person at a local voter registration office or vote absentee by mail.

    To vote absentee, voters must meet one of 19 eligibility requirements listed on the Virginia absentee ballot application.

    In-person absentee voting is available at local voter registration offices Monday-Friday during regular office hours and on Saturdays Oct. 29 and Nov. 5.

  • Grayson school system plans for future

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County School Board reviewed and held a public hearing for the school’s comprehensive six-year plan at the Sept. 12 meeting.

    No one signed up to speak for the public hearing, but those present were given an overview of the plan as presented by Susan Funk, director of student learning.

    The plan — also shared with the public on the school system’s website — has five goals:

  • Galax stormwater fee meeting set for Monday

    What’s the new Stormwater Management Ordinance that the Galax City Council adopted in July 2014 worth?

    About $1.50 more on your residential water bill a month.

    Council voted to adopt the ordinance, which kicks in with the 2016 property tax invoices. The fee amounts to about $18 a year total for residences. Commercial establishments will also be affected, though to a similarly small degree.