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  • Apartment arson trial delayed for mental exam

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — David Christopher Rose, a Wythe County suspect charged in connection with an apartment fire above the former Ogle’s Deli in Independence, had his trial put on hold until he can receive a mental examination.

    A trial in Grayson County Circuit Court had been set for November.

    According to court records, Rose’s trial has been rescheduled. The court will reconvene to hear the results of the examination on Feb. 8, 2018.

  • Firefighters save family's Christmas

    At a structure fire on Dec. 9, the Galax Volunteer Fire Department did not need to rescue any residents – but they did save as much of their Christmas as possible.

    Firefighters responded to a structure fire on Peaks Mountain Road in Galax at 3:56 p.m. and found fire coming through a wall on the back side of the house, with heavy smoke pushing through all of the eaves.

    Additional crew was summoned to help control the blaze. Firefighters noticed a Christmas tree with presents stacked all around. They split forces and moved the presents to safety outside.

  • Fire a reminder to use heaters safely

    A structure fire on Lawrence Street in Galax at 11:46 p.m. on Dec. 10 caused damage to a home, according to Galax Fire Capt. Mike Ayers.

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department responded and found heavy fire blowing out of the house’s back right bedroom windows, along with heavy black smoke.

    The lone occupant was determined to be out of the home. Once the fire was extinguished with two lines, firefighters dealt with the damage.

  • Final push planned to keep center open

    The Southwestern Virginia Training Center is slated to close in June 2018, but those who want to save the mental health facility have not given up hope.

  • SWVA has most bridges, culverts in 'poor' condition

    Capital News Service

    It’s difficult to avoid driving over a bridge in Virginia, and motorists often don’t give them a second thought.

    Drivers are unaware that some of the structures they have come to trust are in a troubling state, especially in the southwestern part of the commonwealth.

  • Grayson grand jury indicts 8

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Sealed indictments against eight suspects have been opened and those charged have been arrested in Grayson County.

    A Grayson Circuit Court grand jury met Oct. 27 and handed down the indictments for drug violations and other charges. Some were sealed until arrest warrants could be served.

    The unsealed indictments included:

  • Feds to sentence 21 on drug charges

    ABINGDON – Following a federal investigation, 21 defendants have entered guilty pleas related to the distribution of methamphetamine and firearms possession in Southwest Virginia and North Carolina.

    U.S. Attorney Rick A. Mountcastle said Tuesday that Operation Rolling Thunder — an investigation conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and local law enforcement — has resulted in the dismantling of a meth trafficking organization in the region.

  • Chapman indicted on murder charge

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE – A Roanoke woman was indicted on a charge of first-degree murder by a Carroll County Circuit Court grand jury that met Monday in Hillsville.

    Yashisca Dushawn Richardson Chapman, 39, allegedly stabbed Roland Eugene Clayton Jr., 51, of Roanoke, on June 22 at the Galax Motel.

    When Galax police arrived on the scene of the stabbing, Clayton was found on the floor in Room 11 with multiple stab wounds. Officers found three knives in the room, one of which was in Clayton’s chest.

  • Ministry moving out of Galax, expanding services

    As of Jan. 1, PUSH Ministries is moving from downtown Galax to Fairview in order to offset operating costs and make more room in its budget for helping others, according to Jill Burcham, the organization’s pastor and founder.

    Sitting at her desk near the front door of their current location, huddled near a space heater, Burcham said that while the owner of their spot on Main Street had been very generous in donating the space for several years, they were now going to start charging rent.

  • Anthem policy change won't affect local patients

    Twin County residents can rest assured that Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield policy changes coming in March 2018 will not affect their ability to access imaging services, according to Anthem media contact Scott Golden.

    Beginning in March, the insurance provider — which is the only one available in Southwest Virginia still participating in the Affordable Care Act federal marketplace — will require enrollees to go to free-standing facilities for MRIs and CT scans, instead of having the procedures done at hospitals.