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  • $16 million lawsuit filed in Easter Sunday crashes

    UPDATED 4/6/14:

  • VSP, VDOT urge motorists to avoid travel

    UPDATED 3:45 P.M. In a traffic update from the Virginia State Police, Virginians are being asked to be extra cautious of icy road conditions with the dropping temperatures and to continue to avoid unnecessary travel. The update reminded motorists to be aware that bridges freeze first.

  • Carroll teacher charged with sex offense

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE – A Carroll County teacher has been arrested and charged with a felony regarding indecent liberties with a child under 18 years of age.

    According to a news release from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, Jeff. D. Sexton, 51, was arrested on a Class 6 felony based on substantiated evidence received from an anonymous report.

    The Carroll County High School website currently lists Sexton as a World History teacher.

  • Dog mauling case sent to grand jury

    INDEPENDENCE — The felony cases against John Terry Underwood and Terra Lynn Connell, both charged in the Jan. 6 dog attack death of 15-month-old Payton Lyrik Sawyers, will move on to consideration by the grand jury, following a preliminary hearing Tuesday at the Grayson County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.

  • Governor names Galax fire chief to state board

    David Hankley, Galax Volunteer Fire Department chief and the city’s commissioner of the revenue, has been appointed to the Virginia Fire Services Board by Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

    The board is a policy-making group within the Virginia Department of Fire Programs and consists of 15 appointed positions to represent the fire service organizations throughout the commonwealth, as well as the general public. Hankley was chosen to represent the Virginia Municipal League.

  • Fries woman dies after being run over by truck

    Staff Reports

    A Fries woman died Aug. 24 after being run over by a truck, and the driver — who left the scene — is charged with first-degree murder.

    Virginia State Police Trooper W.B. Deskins responded to a fatal crash in Smyth County at 8:50 a.m. last Wednesday.

  • Interstate accident results in fatality

    Staff Report

    The Virginia State Police is investigating a fatal crash that occurred last Thursday morning on Interstate 77.

    According to a release from Corinne Geller, public relations director for the state police, at 9:21 a.m. on Aug. 25, Trooper P.K. Cheek responded to a single-vehicle crash on I-77 near Exit 1 in Carroll County, near the North Carolina border.

  • Carroll can borrow $2M, if needed

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution authorizing a revenue anticipation note for up to $2 million, but county staff hopes to not have to use it.

    The money would be used for general operating funds during times in the fiscal year when revenue is typically slow, and the county would only borrow what is needed, not to exceed $2 million.

    Later in the fiscal year, when tax revenue and other payments start coming in, the county would be able to pay the money back.

  • Grayson turns school probe over to state police

    INDEPENDENCE — More than a year after the extent of the Grayson County Public Schools’ budget crisis was revealed, the Grayson County Board of Supervisors has turned over an investigation into the cause of the extreme shortfalls to the Virginia State Police.

    The board completed its investigation of the school system’s budget problems on July 27. It included a forensic audit that covered three years of school finances. Some findings have been turned over to state police and commonwealth’s attorney’s office.

  • Child on bicycle hit by car

    An 11-year-old child was airlifted to Wake Forest Baptist Hospital in North Carolina, after being struck by a car Tuesday evening while riding a bicycle on Meadow Creek Road.

    
According to Virginia State Trooper R.B. Phipps, officers and rescue personnel were dispatched to Meadow Creek Road, 1.5 miles west of Davis Knob in Grayson County, at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 23. Upon arrival, responders found an accident involving the minor and a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt, operated by Heather Sizemore, 25, of Galax.