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  • Shelter warns of disease outbreak in cats

    Staff Report

    ROANOKE — A regional animal rescue shelter that serves Southwest Virginia — including the Twin Counties — has closed temporarily after nearly 40 cats tested positive for an infectious and sometimes fatal disease.

    According to a news release, on June 15, Angels of Assisi in Roanoke transferred in 38 cats and kittens from area shelters, many of them rural.

  • New schools in Grayson's 10-year plan

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County school system’s 10-year plan includes a new elementary school and new high school, along with smaller short-term goals, like improving teacher salaries.

    At the Grayson County School Board’s June 13 meeting, Schools Superintendent Kelly Wilmore updated the board on the plan.

    Wilmore highlighted several goals, including heating and cooling system improvements; a new turf athletic field; a new reading program; an improvement of teacher salaries; and, eventually, a new elementary school and high school.

  • Police seek suspect in theft of work truck

    Staff Reports

    Galax police are investigating a stolen vehicle and burglary of Ramey Plumbing & Electric, located on S. Main Street, on Monday evening.

    A white 2003 Ford F-150 pickup with Virginia license plates VME-9037 was stolen, along with chainsaws. The truck had “Ramey Plumbing and Electric” on the doors, and tool boxes on both sides and the front of the bed at the time of the theft.

  • W.Va. man injured when car goes under tractor-trailer

    A West Virginia man was airlifted due to injuries sustained in an accident on Interstate 77 in Carroll County on Tuesday. The man’s car became lodged underneath a tractor-trailer and was dragged more than 100 feet down the interstate.

    According to a report from the Virginia State Police, at 2:15 p.m. on June 21, officers were dispatched to an accident that occurred at the 5.9 mile marker in the northbound lane of I-77.

  • Factory vandalism, manslaughter suspects indicted

    HILLSVILLE – A Carroll County grand jury returned 87 indictments against 54 individuals on June 20.

    Included in the indictments were two charges against Corey Dean Hodges, 27, of Galax. Hodges’ charges of destruction of property and statutory burglary stemmed from a Feb. 3 incident at Vaughan-Bassett Furniture.

  • Parent seeks compassion for transgender students

    INDEPENDENCE ― A local parent addressed the Grayson County School Board during the June 13 meeting, regarding the board’s recent implementation of a school system policy that forces transgender students to use restrooms based on their birth gender, not the gender they identify with.

  • Grand larceny among recent Galax arrests

    Staff Report

    According to a report issued by the Galax Police Office, arrests last week included Bobby Lee Hawks, 29.

    Hawks, of Galax, was arrested by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office on June 14 at 7:16 p.m. and charged with breaking and entering with intent to commit a felony and felony grand larceny.

  • Four arrested by Galax police

    According to a report issued by the Galax Police Department, officers arrested four people for felonies in the city.
    Terry Dean Keene, 44, of Barren Springs, was arrested by Officer Drew Burnett on June 7 at 12:21 p.m. and charged with felony possession of Schedule I or II drugs, misdemeanor DUI (first offense), misdemeanor  possession of controlled paraphernalia and misdemeanor reckless driving with endangerment of life, limb or property.

  • Grayson to revisit county decal request

    By SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson Board of Supervisors has asked Treasurer Kelly Haga to revisit his proposal to discontinue county vehicle decals in favor of an annual fee, at a date no later than December of this year.
    The board approved the request at its June 9 meeting, following a staff recommendation to revisit the matter as part of the larger budget framework during the budget discussions and planning for fiscal year 2018.

  • Lazo says goodbye to Galax Council

    Councilman Robert Lazo received a commemorative plaque and a heartfelt farewell for his years on Galax City Council at the Monday, June 13 meeting.
    Mayor C.M. Mitchell called Lazo around the front of the council’s seating area and said, “Okay, I’m going to do this, and I’m going to try not to cry.”