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  • Nonprofit live-streams committee hearings

    Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND — Ameratu Kamara unpacked her backpack and got to work early Friday morning.

    The only things she needed: a tripod, an iPod and Wi-Fi.

    Those are the tools of transparency.

    Within minutes, the junior criminal justice major and political science minor from Virginia Commonwealth University was prepared to do what the General Assembly has refused to do for years: video record, live-stream and archive a committee hearing.

  • Suspect tussles with officer after chase

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — A Hillsville man allegedly took police on a chase through icy streets and a yard on Jan. 8 before crashing his vehicle, fleeing on foot, hiding in a closet and then getting into a scuffle with the arresting officer.

    Eric Repass, 43, of 201 Weddle Street faces numerous charges, according to Hillsville Police Chief Wesley Yonce.

  • Four charged with thefts in Va., N.C.

    Copyright 2017, The Alleghany News

    Reprinted with permission

    SPARTA, N.C. — A drive-off at a gas station in Ennice started a winding road that led investigators to find stolen property from Galax, Va., and launch an investigation into other suspected criminal activity, according to Alleghany County Sheriff Bryan Maines.

  • Lawmaker pushes for guns in schools

    Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND — A state lawmaker has introduced a bill that would let school boards designate employees to carry concealed handguns on school property.

    It would require those carrying the weapons to receive training and certification, either through the state or the National Rifle Association.

  • 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.