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  • Ward receives medal from CIA

    LANGLEY — The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has awarded Carroll County native Steven Ward with the Career Intelligence Medal.

    The award, which is given for “a cumulative record of service which reflects exceptional achievements that substantially contributed to the mission of the Agency,” was presented to Ward during a ceremony at CIA Headquarters in Langley on April 16.

  • Hillsville passes 2015-16 budget

    HILLSVILLE — Details of Hillsville’s town budget were ironed out on Monday, with the town council’s approval of the budget for fiscal year 2015-16 and adjustments to the 2014-15 budget.

    Council began with a public hearing concerning budget adjustments for the current fiscal year, but no one spoke. A motion was later made to accept adjustments as presented, which was approved unanimously.

    Next on the agenda was the approval of the budget for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1.

  • Special agent: embezzled money spent on internet gambling

    A woman who pleaded guilty to embezzling approximately $1 million from a Hillsville law firm spent most of the stolen money on internet gambling, according to a U.S. Secret Service agent who investigated the case.

    A recent article in Virginia Lawyers Weekly revealed details of the case, based on an affidavit from U.S. Secret Service Special Agent Gregory A. Watson.

    On June 5, Patricia Ethel Chinault, 72, of Apopka, Fla., appeared for a hearing in the U.S. District Court in Abingdon. She was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison.

  • Driver to be charged in fatal wreck

    FLOYD — A Dugspur man was killed in a single-vehicle crash in Floyd County on Sunday, and the vehicle’s driver faces charges of DUI and manslaughter, according to media reports.

    Virginia State Police reported that James Colen Newman, 20, died at the scene.

    According to media reports, state police were called to a crash on Rock Church Road (Virginia 628), about a mile south of Buffalo Mountain Road (Virginia 758), on June 21 around 1 a.m.

  • Juvenile driver injured in Woodlawn crash

    WOODLAWN — A single-vehicle crash on June 18 at 4:35 p.m. saw one person transported to a medical facility, according to Virginia State Trooper R.B. Phipps.

    A 1989 Ford F250 driven by a juvenile on McGee Road in Woodlawn ran off the right side of the road, went into a creek, crossed it and hit the opposite bank, said Phipps. The female passenger was transported to Twin County Regional Hospital by Laurel Rescue.

    The truck was totaled, said Phipps, who could not yet discuss possible charges.

    He said intoxicants were not a factor.

  • Galax PD welcomes new police dog

    At the Monday, June 8 Galax City Council meeting, which is the last of this fiscal year, council took time to welcome Ajo, a 22-month old German shepherd, the new Galax Police Department’s dog.
    Ajo, presented by Sgt. Jacob Vaughan, is trained in drug detection, tracking and officer protection. Ajo came from the Four Winds Police Dog Centre, according to Chief Rick Clark, who helped introduce Ajo. “He’s a very, very valuable tool,” said Clark.

  • Picking out the banjo's place in music history

    American roots music was ignited by the collision of two cultures and their instruments — the fiddle from Northern Europe and the banjo from Africa.
    Like a flame traveling down a fuse, that spark lead to an explosion of unique sound that created the majority of American music heard today — old-time to bluegrass and folk; country and blues to rock ‘n roll; soul and R&B to hip-hop.

  • Final ballot set for Grayson election

    INDEPENDENCE — June 9 was the deadline for candidates to file for this year’s November general election in Grayson County.

    The county now has a total of 23 candidates running for open seats in local government offices this year.

    Nominees this year include a fairly even mixture of incumbents and new faces. Some of the seats up for grabs this year include commonwealth’s attorney, treasurer, sheriff, clerk of court, as well as seats on the Grayson Board of Supervisors and the school board.

  • Sen. Stanley looks back on term

    Sen. Bill Stanley (R-20th District), who is seeking re-election in the Nov. 3 election, recently talked to The Gazette about his current term and his plans for the future.

    Stanley represents the City of Galax and portions of Carroll County.

  • N.C. 89 closed for curve work

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) said on Monday that it has shut down N.C. 89 near Lowgap for two weeks.

    The road is scheduled to reopen June 29.

    The closure was postponed last month to allow students and teachers to continue using their regular routes to school.