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  • Brown to serve 12 years for child porn

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE – A Hillsville man who pleaded guilty to 12 counts of possessing child pornography will spend one year in prison for each crime, followed by a decade of probation.

    The case is one of three brought to a Carroll County grand jury through the efforts of a Hillsville police detective and the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

  • Long sentenced for arson, burglary, extortion

    INDEPENDENCE — Roby Long of Independence, charged last December in a suspicious fire on Greenville Road, has pleaded guilty to a number of charges in Grayson County Circuit Court.

    In July, Long entered a plea of guilty for charges of arson, destruction of property, burglary and extortion. According to the court, he was sentenced on the same day for all four convictions.

  • Galax could add site for recycling

    The City of Galax will continue working on a project that would give citizens a place to bring materials for recycling.

    City Manager Keith Barker said at the Sept. 11 meeting of Galax City Council that “We have had some interest from citizens in recycling. We were looking at recycling some trash downtown,” but he did not know where that would be held.

  • Coulson convicted of malicious wounding

    INDEPENDENCE — Travis Dale Coulson, indicted earlier this year on multiple charges involving a car chase in Galax — which caused another driver to crash through a house — was found guilty in Grayson County Circuit Court for aggravated malicious wounding and destruction of property.

    He was sentenced to spend more than 20 years in prison.

  • Counties get grants for security equipment

    Staff Report

    Carroll and Grayson counties are among the 104 localities awarded a total of $6 million in School Security Equipment Grants from the state, to help protect students and teachers.

    Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced the grant awards last week.

    Carroll County received $87,520 for the Carroll County Education Center; Carroll County High; Carroll County Middle; Fancy Gap, Gladesboro, Gladeville, Hillsville, Laurel and Oakland elementaries and St. Paul School.

  • Oct. 16 is deadline to register to vote in November election

    Staff Report

    Oct. 16 is the deadline to register to vote in Virginia’s Nov. 7 general election.

    The simplest way to apply to register to vote or to update address information is to visit the Virginia Department of Elections website at elections.virginia.gov.

    To complete this online application process, eligible citizens must provide their Virginia DMV customer identifier number, displayed on DMV-issued identification cards or drivers’ licenses.

  • Chapters Bookshop wins national award

    Chapters Bookshop, located in downtown Galax, is a winner of the national 2017 Children’s Book Week Contest.

    In celebration of the 98th anniversary of Children’s Book Week, 705 libraries, schools and bookstores were invited in May to enter a national display contest around the theme of “One World, Many Stories.”

  • Suspect caught in river after pursuit

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — An Independence man was recently arrested on various charges, following a vehicle pursuit that ended on foot after the driver reportedly drove through a metal gate into a river lot, according to a report from the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office.

    Jason Scott Cornett, 34, of 4721 Pleasant Grove Road in Independence, has been charged with felony DUI (third offense in less than 10 years), felony attempt to elude law enforcement, reckless driving and a hit-and-run.

  • Investigator raising domestic violence awareness

    FRIES — When Sgt. Doug Carner, Internet Crimes Against Children investigator for the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, arrived at Fries Town Council last week, he explained that his purple shirt signified domestic violence awareness.

    October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, but for Carner it’s a year-round focus of his job — an area of law enforcement that he feels should be improved.

  • Local couple survives Las Vegas shooting

    The band was just a few songs into their set when the shooting started.

    From a hotel room above them, a man opened fire into the crowd, turning a night of celebration into a massacre.

    Among those in the crowd were Travis Sizemore and his girlfriend, Melissa Wall.

    Sizemore is the manager of Grant’s grocery store in Galax, a fan of country music performer Eric Church and a survivor of the Oct. 1 mass shooting in Las Vegas.