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  • $16 million lawsuit filed in Easter Sunday crashes

    UPDATED 4/6/14:

  • Cooley remembered for community involvement

    HILLSVILLE — Raleigh Cooley, a Navy veteran, lawyer and former mayor of Hillsville, passed away on Sept. 14 at age 90 at Wheatland Hills in Hillsville.

    Aside from his law practice, Cooley was known throughout the community for his accomplishments and involvement with a number of local groups. He is described by all who knew him as a man who was passionate and dedicated to what he believed in. To any organization he joined, he gave a hundred percent of his efforts.

  • Grayson saves by paying off debt early

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to pay off four loan notes early to save $510,000 in interest payments. The vote, which came during the supervisors Sept. 11 regular monthly meeting, is also expected to free up $52,000 a year in the county’s operating budget.

  • Three arrested after standoff with fugitive

    Three men were arrested Sept. 17 in Galax after a brief standoff with a fugitive wanted for crimes in Henry County.

    The Galax Police Department received information that Joshua Lee Cloud, 29, of Martinsville, was wanted by the Henry County Sheriff’s Office for armed robbery and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and that he was believed to be hiding at a Galax residence.

  • Tom Hanks, HBO making "Factory Man" miniseries

    UPDATED 9/18:

    It appears the best-selling book by Beth Macy about the life of Galax’s John Bassett in the furniture industry is headed for the TV screen.

    According to Deadline.com, an online magazine that covers the entertainment industry, The Playtone Company and HBO have bought broadcasting rights to “Factory Man,” and they intend to develop the book into a miniseries.

    The project lists Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman of Playtone as co-executive producers.

  • Man charged with assaulting officer

    UPDATED 9/18:

    Though there were reports of an active shooter inside a home just outside the Galax city limits Monday night, no shooter was found in an incident in which police said a responding Galax officer was assaulted.

    “911 took several hangup calls from a number,” said Galax Police Capt. James Cox. “Then, when they called one more time, the dispatcher couldn’t understand the caller.”

  • General Assembly reaches budget deal

    RICHMOND — Today, Governor Terry McAuliffe, Speaker Bill Howell, House Appropriations Committee Chairman Chris Jones, Senate Finance Co-Chairman Chuck Colgan and leaders from the General Assembly money committees announced they had reached a bipartisan agreement on how to tackle Virginia’s budget shortfall. The agreement will close $346 million this fiscal year and will address the $536 million gap for Fiscal Year (FY) 16.

  • Memorials look back at 9/11

    HILLSVILLE — Thirteen years later, the nation is still haunted by the memories of Sept. 11, 2001.

    Most people who are asked can give an exact recollection of where they were and what they were doing when they first heard about the attacks, and few have forgotten the terror, anger, sadness and loss that they felt when the images were forever seared into their memory.

  • New device will warn drivers of their speed

    INDEPENDENCE — Drivers with lead feet beware. If you have a hard time driving the speed limit, the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office has a new tool for reminding you to slow it down.

    The “speed trailer” is a lightweight, portable unit that is powered by a small battery and can be placed pretty much anywhere. A radar unit on wheels, the speed trailer flashes a display of passing drivers’ real-time speeds compared to the speed limit. The purpose of these devices is to reduce speeds and increase awareness of local speed limits.

  • Small plane crashes on I-77

    FANCY GAP — Police and rescue workers converged on the scene of a small plane crash on Interstate 77 in the Fancy Gap area on Wednesday afternoon.

    State police received a call at 1:12 p.m. on Sept. 10, and responded to I-77 southbound, near the 5.8 milemarker. They arrived to find a 1939 J-3 Cub, operated by Bernard Heimos, 67, of Laguna Niguel, Ca, nose-down in the median, down a steep, wooded embankment.