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  • Safety checkpoint results in arrests

    Staff Report

    Two people are charged with drug possession after a routine traffic stop in Galax.

    Tari Lynn Thomas, 45, of Meadows of Dan, was arrested on Dec. 4 and charged with possession of methamphetamine, driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs and refusal to submit to a blood/breath test, according to a Galax Police Department report.

    Thomas was arrested by Officer Drew Burnett during a grant-funded traffic safety checkpoint.

  • Engine ripped out of car in South Main crash

    Staff Report

    A single-vehicle wreck across from the Kangaroo gas station on S. Main Street in Galax left one person with minor injuries, according to Galax Police Sgt. Jody Poole.

    A yellow 2000 Ford Focus, driven by Lee Arron Brackens, 34, of Galax, was traveling north on Main Street when he lost control of the vehicle and ran off the right side of the road down an embankment.

  • LOVEworks sign would be expression of affection in Fries

    FRIES — The Town of Fries will soon join nearly four dozen other localities in expressing a message that the state of Virginia is all about.

    During Fries Town Council’s Nov. 3 meeting, council member Marie Isom announced that the Tourism and Parks Committee was recently approved to design a display to include in LOVEworks, a statewide initiative involving creative displays of the word “love” in various state localities.

  • No Carroll projects in VDOT's $6.2 billion

    Landmark News Service and Staff Reports

    Despite having two high-profile highway projects underway in Carroll, the Virginia Department of Transportation received nothing for the county in a new federal funding package.

    Virginia will see $6.2 billion in federal transportation funding over the next five years after the U.S. Congress passed the $305 billion Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act last week. President Barack Obama is expected to sign the bill soon.

  • Boxwood blight could affect holiday greenery

    Staff Report

    A recent notice from the Virginia Cooperative Extension urges citizens to be aware of boxwood blight and the effect it could have on holiday greenery.

    According to the release, boxwood blight is described as a serious disease that can cause the complete defoliation of boxwood plants. The disease was first found in the Carroll County area of Virginia in 2011 and has since spread to other locations in Virginia.

  • Training center supporters conducting letter campaign

    HILLSVILLE – The Parent Advocacy & Advisory Council of Southwest Virginia (PAAC) is seeking the help of Twin County residents to participate in a letter writing campaign in support of keeping the Southwestern Virginia Training Center (SWVTC) open. The training center, located in Hillsville, is one of the largest employers in Carroll County, with nearly 500 people.

  • Grayson receives $760,000 for public safety

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Economic Development Authority recently received grants and loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to assist with fire/rescue programs and public safety for the county.

    The Grayson County EDA received $50,000 in grants to purchase police vehicles; and $710,000 in loans for fire, rescue and public safety.

  • GE Aviation to hold job fair in Galax

    GE Aviation of West Jefferson, N.C., will have a career fair Monday at Crossroads Institute of Galax related to the company’s plans to add 105 new jobs in phases by 2017.

    GE Aviation opened in Ashe County in 2007. A recent expansion of 80,000 square feet will lead to the new hiring at a pace of about 15 new employees per quarter.

    The Galax career fair at 1117 E. Stuart Drive is 2-6 p.m.

    The company has a $65 million investment in West Jefferson. It has 1,300 employees at sites in Durham, West Jefferson, Wilmington and Asheville.

  • Bench project sits well with city council

    Downtown Galax is already a great place to shop, eat, listen to music and view local art.

    Soon, it’ll be a great place to sit, as well.

    Galax City Council recently approved Chestnut Creek School of the Arts’ request for its latest public arts project — 10 decorative benches to be placed around town, from the New River Trail head to Felts Park.

    Chris Pollins-Shackelford of CCSA issued a request at council’s November meeting.

  • Felony charges include crime against animal

    Staff Report

    Two suspects were charged with felonies in unrelated incidents last week in Galax.

    According to a police report by Galax Officer T.B. Jefferson, William Menary Penn, 60, of Reidsville, N.C., was charged with felony bestiality — described by police as “inappropriate contact with a dog” — and trespassing after being forbidden to do so (a misdemeanor) on Nov. 26.

    Penn was taken to the New River Valley Regional Jail, where he is being held without bond.