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  • Vaughan-Bassett closes after tanks vandalized

    Vandalism on Tuesday night at Vaughan-Bassett Furniture in Galax led to a temporary closure, according to a statement released by company president Doug Bassett.

    Galax Police Capt. James Cox said that “several officers are following up on leads,” but declined to comment further.

    Cox estimated damages were around $100,000.

  • Felony arrests include drug violations, assault

    Staff Reports

    There were three felony arrests last week in the city, according to the Galax Police Department:

    • Dawn Marie Williams, 34, of Galax, arrested on Jan. 25 by Officer J.G. Hawks for possession of controlled substances. Galax officers served Williams a warrant on behalf of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office.

    • Chasity Shanta Wagg, 25, of Galax, arrested on Jan. 27 by Detective J.B. Greer for the manufacture, sale or possession of controlled substances.

  • Virginia GOP cancels 'loyalty oath' for primary

    Landmark News Service

    State Republican Party leaders voted in Richmond on Saturday to ask the state to cancel a required party loyalty pledge in the March 1 GOP presidential primary.

    Roger Miles, a GOP state central committee member, said shortly after the unanimous voice vote that the party leaders are halting their plans because of “bad publicity.”

  • I-77 bridge closed at Exit 14 in Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE – Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews are working to repair the southbound lanes of the bridge at Exit 14 on Interstate 77 in Hillsville.

    As of Monday afternoon, both southbound lanes are closed and traffic is being diverted around the closure using the exit and entrance ramps of Exit 14, said a release from VDOT.

  • APCo warns of scam

    Staff Report

    Customers of Appalachian Power in West Virginia, Virginia and Tennessee continue to be targets of scam artists.

    According to APCo, the latest scam instructs customers to make an immediate payment or have their service disconnected. Customers are ordered to purchase prepaid debit cards, such as a Vanilla or Green Dot, and call a toll-free number to provide the card information.

  • Marriage license denial bill advances

    Virginia Senate Bill 40, now dubbed the “Kim Davis Bill,” was passed on to the full Senate for consideration after being approved by an 8-6 vote in the Courts of Justice Committee.

    The bill in its current form would allow clerks of court in Virginia to refuse to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple on religious grounds. It’s nickname comes from a Kentucky court clerk who famously refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples because it went against her religious beliefs.

  • Men wanted on grand larceny charges

    Staff Report

    Two men are wanted on pending grand larceny charges after allegedly taking digital cameras from Walmart in Galax.

    The Galax Police Department released photos and information on its Facebook page Friday.

    According to the report, the pair took several GoPro video cameras from the Galax store on Jan. 29 at approximately 6:30 a.m.

    Anyone with information as to the identity of the two suspects is asked to contact Galax police at (276) 236-8101. Officer Chris Hines is investigating.

  • UHaul trailer comes loose, hits vehicle on I-77

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE – Virginia State Police responded to an accident on Interstate 77 in Carroll County on Friday morning, involving a pickup pulling a UHaul trailer and another vehicle.

    According to a report by Trooper S.M. Phillips, an accident occurred at 11:55 a.m. around the 13.7 mile-marker of the southbound lane on I-77 on Jan. 29.

  • Missing girl's body found near Galax

    UPDATED 2:30 P.M.

    Staff Reports

    Blacksburg police held a news conference this afternoon to release further details about the death of Nicole Lovell. Some of the highlights:

    • The preliminary cause of death has been determined as stabbing. Montgomery County Commonwealth's Attorney Mary Pettitt said an autopsy is complete, but final results will not be available for several weeks.

  • Downtown benches are latest public art project

    There’s a lot to do in downtown Galax, and the city and merchants are always looking for new places for locals and visitors to go.

    The city’s next public art project will provide places to rest from all that activity.

    At the Jan. 11 meeting of Galax City Council, Chris Pollins, director of Chestnut Creek School of the Arts, brought out a large sketch of benches being made for placement around the city, with the Galax pick logo on them.

    She said a public art committee has so far suggested that the 10 benches be placed: