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  • Bolt to seek fourth term as Grayson commissioner

    INDEPENDENCE — Larry Bolt has announced his intentions to seek re-election as the Commissioner of the Revenue for Grayson County.

    Bolt has completed the necessary paperwork with the Grayson County Republican Party and plans to be the nominated candidate at the mass meeting on May 2, according to a news release.

  • Golf cart, lawn mower stolen from church

    A Galax woman and four juveniles are charged in connection with the theft of a golf cart and a riding lawnmower from a church.

    Brittany Walls, 19, has been charged with a series of offenses that occurred at the First Baptist Church of Galax. Four juveniles will be petitioned to appear in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court in connection with the offenses.

  • Man charged with intent to sell methamphetamine

    An Independence man was arrested April 17 on drug charges, according to a Galax Police Department report.

    Jackie Christopher Parsons, 37, was charged by Officer Drew Burnett, who encountered Parsons while trying to locate a person in an unrelated matter.

    Parsons is charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and possession of a Schedule IV drug.

    He was sent to the New River Valley Regional Jail on a secured bond, pending his appearance in Galax General District Court.

  • VDOT hears road work requests in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and the Carroll County Board of Supervisors held a joint public hearing on April 13, to receive public comments on the proposed secondary highway six-year plan for 2015-16 through 2020-21; as well as the secondary system construction budget for 2015-16.

  • Parks charged with shooting into home

    A Galax man is charged with shooting into an occupied dwelling and malicious wounding after an incident in Grayson County on April 14.

    Grayson County Sheriff’s Department investigators arrested Noah Parks, 18, of 112 Middleton Street in Galax, for shooting into an occupied residence, according to a report from Sheriff Richard Vaughan.

    The incident occurred at a mobile home on Carla Lane in the Fairview area at approximately 8:30 p.m.

  • Carroll budget proposal near $42M

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County citizens could be looking at a brand new series of tax rates this year, as county officials consider several tax changes to provide a balanced budget.

    Nikki Cannon, the county’s assistant administrator, presented the budget proposal at the Carroll County Board of Supervisors’ Monday meeting. Recommendations for this year’s budget included a reduction in the county’s real estate tax rate, an increase in the machinery and tools and personal property tax rates and the elimination of the farm machinery tax.

  • Wildlife experts: culling results in more coyotes

    Copyright 2015, The Roanoke Times. Used with permission.

    BLACKSBURG — The more coyotes you kill, the more you have.

    This biological quirk sets these relatively new Virginia residents apart from most other animals in the commonwealth’s forests, fields and even cities, according to Virginia Tech wildlife professor Marcella Kelly.

  • Motorcycle driver airlifted after crash

    HILLSVILLE — An Indian Valley man was airlifted following a motorcycle accident in front of the Wendy’s restaurant in Hillsville on April 11.

    According to a report from Hillsville Police Chief Wesley Yonce, officers were called to the scene of a two-vehicle accident that occurred at 5:30 p.m. The report said a 2014 Toyota Prius operated by Ben Cunningham of Elizabethville, Penn., was pulling out of the Wendy’s parking lot to go east on Carrollton Pike (U.S. 58), when it was struck by a 1974 Harley Davidson operated by Michael Lee Hubbard of Indian Valley.

  • Study: lower speed limits result in fewer wrecks

    After city council approved a controversial speed limit change for Galax back in 2013, Police Chief Rick Clark said the move is keeping citizens safer.

    In his annual report last month, Clark praised council members for lowering the limit. “I applaud you because of your actions,” he said at the meeting. “I appreciate your willingness to do the right thing, even when it wasn’t popular.”

  • Police: man left scene, hid after wreck

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    A Galax man faces four charges following a single-vehicle traffic accident.

    Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan said the sheriff’s office received a call around 4:40 p.m. on March 31 reporting a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Cardinal Road and Petty Road, just outside the Galax corporate limits.

    Vaughan was the first officer on the scene. He said neighbors described the vehicle as a white SUV, possibly a Chevy Trailblazer. The vehicle left the scene of the accident.