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  • Galax arrests include forgery, drug charges

    Staff Reports

    The Galax Police Department’s recent arrests included drug possession, forgery and a sexual offense that occurred at Walmart.

    David L. Glass, 19, of Galax, was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamines on Aug 7. Glass was charged by Officer John Reavis after a traffic stop, according to a police report.

  • Aggressive tax collections paying off

    HILLSVILLE – When the town began an aggressive effort to collect outstanding real estate and personal property taxes in April 2016, taxpayers owed Hillsville $184,000.

    Just over a year later, the town has collected 75 percent of the delinquent balance, said Hillsville Treasurer LeAnna Surratt. She reported on the progress of tax collection at Monday’s meeting of Hillsville Town Council.

    She said there is about $50,000 outstanding.

  • Local church taking stand against racism

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — After a violent confrontation between white supremacists and protestors resulted in one death and numerous injuries last weekend, a local church is planning a “Vigil for Peace and Justice” on Thursday night.

  • New equipment allows EMS to lift, transport heavier patients

    Staff Report

    A local EMS service is helping their employees help others by literally taking a burden off their backs.

    Galax-Grayson Emergency Medical Services (GGEMS), which serves Galax, Grayson County and the surrounding area, has recently purchased and implemented both the Stryker XPS bariatric EMS cot for the treatment of the obese, with a 700 lb. capacity; and the Transafe ramp and winch system, capable of lifting up to 2,700 lbs.

    This makes GGEMS the area’s only EMS bariatric transport provider of the morbidly obese.

  • New school chief, new schedule for Carroll schools

    HILLSVILLE — “It has been glorious,” said Dr. Shirley Perry of the welcome she’s received from the Carroll County school community.

    “I’ve been very well-received. Everyone has been so kind and welcoming, and here to say, ‘If you need me, let me know. I’m here to help any way that I can.’”

  • Area needs nurses to handle abuse cases

    A local group is seeking options for a forensic nurse examiners’ program to serve victims of sexual assault and child abuse in and around the Twin Counties.

    Now, victims must be transported outside the area to be examined, an added trauma on top of the one they’ve just experienced.

    It’s a long car ride — up to an hour — to a facility with nurses trained to collect evidence and perform a proper exam, which can be vitally important to prosecuting an offender.

  • Sen. Warner to meet with local leaders in Galax

    U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) will visit Galax on Wednesday to hear the primary needs and concerns of local government, community and business leaders.

    The meeting will be held in The Crossroads Institute’s conference room in Galax from 9:30-10:30 a.m. This is not a political gathering.

    Warner plans to deliver brief remarks on his work in Washington and will take questions from members of the community.

    Crossroads is at 1117 E. Stuart Drive in Galax.

  • Arrests include drug, firearm violations

    Staff Reports

    Drug and firearm violations were among the recent arrests in the City of Galax.

    Brittany Lee Farmer, 26, of Galax, was arrested on Aug. 6 by Officer Jeremiah Foutch and charged with possession of methamphetamine and marijuana.

    Farmer was arrested after a traffic stop conducted by Foutch, according to a police report. His observations during the stop resulted in a search of the vehicle.

    Farmer was transported to the New River Valley Regional Jail pending her appearance in the Galax General District Court.

  • Grayson welcomes new county administrator

    INDEPENDENCE — The July 13 meeting of the Grayson County Board of Supervisors was a transitional one, as the board and county staff publicly welcomed William “Bill” Shepley to his position as the new county administrator.

    Shepley began his new position on July 10.

    He will fill the position previously held by Jonathan Sweet, who resigned Jan. 15 to accept a position as Pulaski’s county administrator.

  • State police complete investigation of deputy's fatal crash

    HILLSVILLE — There will be no charges brought against the other driver in the two-vehicle crash that led to Carroll County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Curtis Bartlett’s death in March, according to local officials.

    Bartlett was responding to join a fellow deputy and a Virginia State Trooper in pursuit of a suspect when the crash occurred shortly after 10 p.m. on March 9. Bartlett had not yet reached the pursuit when he collided with a tractor-trailer making a left turn onto U.S. 58 from the Interstate 77 Exit 14 ramp in Hillsville.