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  • $16 million lawsuit filed in Easter Sunday crashes

    UPDATED 4/6/14:

  • Three charged in theft, grand larceny cases

    Three people were arrested last week on charges including theft of auto parts and grand larceny from a construction company.

    A North Carolina man has been arrested and charged with a series of thefts that occurred in Galax.

    Carl Ray Poole, 45, was arrested by Senior Police Officer John Reavis on March 19, after a traffic stop. According to a Galax Police Department reports, Poole was observed pulling a utility trailer without tags or lights.

  • Report: crime down in Galax

    The Galax Police Department handled 39,629 calls in 2014, both emergency and non-emergency in nature — not including phone calls for information — and recorded 21,213 calls for service.

    Galax Police Chief Rick Clark, now in his 14th year in the position, recently gave his annual report to Galax City Council.

    The department reported 1,192 total crimes, which is a 11.6 percent decrease from 2013.

  • Wreck on 89 causes multiple injuries

    On March 26 at approximately 5:02 p.m., Galax police received a report of a crash at the intersection of Camp Zion Road and South Main Street (Virginia 89), said Galax Police Captain James Cox.
    A 1991 Chevrolet pickup, operated by Jeremy William Shaffer, 28, of Ennice, N.C., was traveling east on Camp Zion Road. As he approached the intersection the pickup's brakes failed, according to Cox.
    A 1995 GMC van, operated by Warren Coolidge Lowe, 91, of Galax, was traveling south on Main Street and struck Shaffer’s vehicle as it crossed Main, said Cox.

  • Historical society to announce Sidna Allen House plans

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Historical Society will make a public announcement on April 1 at 10:30 a.m. at the historic Carroll County Courthouse in Hillsville, to make a public announcement regarding the status of and plans for the historic Sidna Allen house.

  • Galax men, two others, killed in Kentucky crash

    BOURBON COUNTY, Ky. — A two-vehicle collision killed four people last Friday afternoon in Bourbon County, Ky., including two men from Galax. Javier Henriquez, 22, and Julio Barrios, 38, both of Galax, died at the scene.

    For more, read the story HERE in the Lexington Herald-Leader.

  • Grayson helps fund Oak Hall expansion

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County has agreed to provide up to $615,000 for upgrades to the old Robertshaw building in Independence as the town looks to welcome a production facility for Oak Hall Cap & Gown later this year.

    Deputy County Administrator Mitch Smith – filling in for County Administrator Jonathan Sweet during this month’s board meeting – brought the memorandum of understanding to supervisors for approval.

  • Hillsville names Yonce new police chief

    HILLSVILLE — After eight months of searching for the right candidate to wear the Hillsville police chief’s badge, the town council finally traced their steps right back to where they started.

    Deliberations ran late into the evening at Monday’s Hillsville Town Council meeting. After more than two hours in closed session, members reconvened at 10:10 p.m. to announce that Wesley Yonce, who served the department as interim chief for the past eight months, had been picked to fill the position permanently.

  • Willing Partners to close store in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE— Freezing and flooding over the winter have resulted in the decision to close the Willing Partners thrift shop in Independence, according to Executive Director Kathy Cooley.

    The local nonprofit organization has served the area for more than 15 years with thrift stores in Galax and Independence and a food bank. The thrift stores have provided supplemental revenue for the ministry to operate the food bank and provide crisis intervention to families in need.

  • Police seize cocaine, pills and marijuana

    HILLSVILLE — An Asheboro, N.C., man was arrested on several drug charges last week, when a traffic stop turned up 3.5 pounds of marijuana and a stash of cocaine, prescription pills and cash.

    According to a report from Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner, Cpl. Rocky Dalton stopped a 2002 Nissan for speeding on Interstate 77 on March 16. “Dalton observed the driver move a small bag from the console of the car. When questioning the driver about the bag, [Dalton] detected the smell of marijuana coming from the car.”