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  • Council plans road projects

    Road projects were on the agenda at Galax City Council’s March 27 meeting, including work on Cranberry Road, possible funding for street paving and a sidewalk extension.

    After several months’ negotiation with the Virginia Department of Transportation, the city has signed engineering agreements with the Lane Group and the design of the Cranberry Road project has started.

    The road is to be widened and the curve straightened on the length of Cranberry that runs between Glendale Road and U.S. 58, beside the new Sheetz store.

  • Break-ins, assault among Galax arrests

    Staff Reports

    Two men are charged in separate incidents with breaking into Galax residences. One also faces an assault charge and the other allegedly broke in with the intent to commit assault, police said.

    According to a report issued by the Galax Police Department, James Oliver Johnson, 56, of Woodlawn, was arrested on March 27 by Sgt. Shawny Jones and charged with felony breaking and entering a dwelling at night, misdemeanor assault on a family member, misdemeanor assault and misdemeanor intentional damage to a monument amounting to less than $1,000.

  • Lewis indicted on murder charge

    Copyright 2017, Wytheville Enterprise

    Reprinted with permission

    MARION — During its March 28 quarterly session, a Smyth County grand jury handed down four indictments for a Wythe County man accused in the August 2016 hit-and-run killing of his ex-girlfriend and the attempted malicious wounding of her companion.

    The incident left 35-year-old Heather Michelle Clontz of Fries dead and 28-year-old Samuel David Lawson injured.

  • Baby injured in Dugspur wreck

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    DUGSPUR – A three-month-old baby was injured April 3 in a single-vehicle rollover accident that occurred on U.S. 221 in Carroll County near Dugspur.

    Virginia State Trooper S.M. Phillips said Kasey Fox, 25, of Floyd, was traveling north on 221 in a 2015 Subaru when she ran off the left side of the highway, struck an embankment and overturned.

    Fox was wearing her seatbelt and received minor injuries. Her 3-month-old son, who was strapped in a car seat, was injured.

  • Grayson faces more school budget cuts

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County School Board is facing a difficult budget year, as a lack of funding has lead members to consider some tough cuts; including money for the high school’s dual enrollment program, capital improvement projects and personnel reductions as staff retires.

    In addition to this year’s concerns, Schools Superintendent Kelly Wilmore warned the board about potential cuts in federal funding with the next budget; meaning that the administrators will need to plan ahead and seek alternative sources for funding.

  • Fire destroys home

    Staff Report

    A fire near Pipers Gap destroyed a home late Thursday night.

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department and other agencies responded to the fire at 76 Coal Creek Road.

    The cause is unknown at this time, and there are no injuries reported.

    We'll have more details when we receive a report from the fire department.

  • Burglary suspects in custody

    Staff Reports

    Two Galax men and a juvenile male have been charged with a series of burglaries that occurred between Feb. 24 and March 14.

    According to a report from the Galax Police Department, the adults arrested were Michael David Owens, 19, and Tyler Graham King, 23.

    The men are alleged to have committed four burglaries at two different locations in East Galax, said Police Chief Rick Clark.

    Property valued at more than $2,000 was reported stolen by the victims. A portion of the property has been recovered.

  • Motor home fire closes I-77 lanes

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    FANCY GAP – A motor home was destroyed by fire on Interstate 77 in Carroll County on Tuesday.

    The Hillsville Volunteer Fire Department responded to the call at around 4:30 p.m. at the northbound 7.7 mile marker on I-77 at Fancy Gap.

    The motor home was reportedly engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived on the scene. The cause of the fire was unknown.

    According to the Virginia State Police, the northbound lanes of I-77 were closed down while firefighters battled the fire.

  • Father charged in child's shooting

    Staff Report

    CANA – A Carroll County man has been charged in a March shooting incident that occurred in the Cana area of the county. The incident involved the shooting of a child and the man charged was the child’s father.

  • U.S. Cellular plans new Galax tower

    U.S. Cellular plans to build a new cell phone tower in Galax, on Valley Street at the V&M Recycling property.

    The use is permitted under the city’s zoning ordinance and is considered administrative approval only, but Galax City Council held a public hearing in March. No citizens spoke.

    “In speaking with our attorney, unless there is a specific violation of any portion of the cell tower zoning regulations, we cannot refuse the request,” noted City Manager Keith Barker at the March 13 meeting. The parcel is industrially zoned.