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  • Two charged in paving scam

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — Two Fries men were recently arrested and charged with their alleged involvement in a scam business selling overpriced paving work to local citizens.

    According to Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan, Timothy Hamilton, 45, and Jonathan Hamilton, 18, of 64 Honey Lane were taken into custody for obtaining money by false pretenses and contracting without a license.

  • Independent candidate enters race for Congress

    Staff Report

    Kimberly Lowe of Brunswick County is running for the 9th Congressional District seat as an independent write-in candidate in the Nov. 8 election.

    The native Roanoker is a candidate in both the 5th and 9th Congressional districts.

  • Motorists often ignore bus safety

    INDEPENDENCE ― Last year, one bus driver for the Grayson County school system went to court five times to deal with offenses where drivers had passed the bus while it was stopped during a route.

    National School Bus Safety Week is Oct. 17-21, and the Grayson County Public School system is reminding citizens about the importance of obeying traffic laws ― particularly in the case of loading and unloading students from school buses.

  • Police: passenger grabs wheel, causes crash

    Staff Reports

    One passenger fled the scene of a single-vehicle accident Tuesday at 6:55 p.m. on Delhart Road and two others were transported for treatment of minor injuries, according to Virginia State Trooper P.K. Cheek.

  • Poll: Virginia voters still prefer Clinton

    Staff Report

    Hillary Clinton’s strong lead in Virginia over Donald Trump appears to be rooted solidly in voters’ opinions that she is more qualified to be president than Trump on temperament, experience and key issues, including military and foreign policy issues, according to a survey released Wednesday by the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University.

  • Menu theft among recent Galax arrests

    Staff Reports

    Like restaurant menus, arrest reports contain familiar items you see time and time again. Drug arrests and parole violations are the staples, like meatloaf and mashed potatoes.

    But once in a while, a charge stands out, like an unexpected daily special.

    Among the typical crimes Galax police investigated recently was one that was distinctly different. An arrest report released by the department says that, on Aug. 19, police were called to Bogeys Restaurant to investigate the theft of 96 menus from the business.

  • Virginia facing state trooper shortage

    Landmark News Service

    Poor salaries and an unsustainable workload are prompting a surge of troopers to leave the Virginia State Police this year while applications continue to decrease, the agency’s commander wrote to employees.

    The details in a Sept. 16 memo from Col. W. Steven Flaherty to his department come as the state is facing a $1.5 billion shortfall in its two-year budget and the governor is looking for cuts from executive branch agencies.

  • Lead found in Fries water

    Staff Report

    FRIES ― The Town of Fries alerted residents this month that a recent test of the water system found elevated levels of lead in drinking water in some homes and buildings.

    Lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and children 6 years and younger.

    According to a news release from the town, lead was detected in water samples collected during a routine sampling in 2015 and again during special sampling in July.

  • Motorist transported for treatment

    Staff Reports

    A single-vehicle accident on Delhart Road in Baywood at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday left the driver with apparent non-life-threatening injuries, according to Virginia State Trooper J.D. Delp.

    A 1997 Ford Escort, driven by Sabrina B. Gaddy, 18, of Galax, was traveling Delhart towards Pipers Gap Road when she entered a curve on the road and tried to apply her brakes, said Delp. Her brakes did not respond correctly, and she crossed the middle of the road to the left side, striking a tree.

  • Galax man injured in motorcycle crash

    Staff Reports

    A single-vehicle motorcycle wreck on Peaks Mountain Road at 2:20 p.m. on Saturday left the driver with unknown injuries, according to the Virginia State Trooper C.M. Delp.

    A 2000 Harley-Davidson driven by James Paul Leprad Jr., 56, of Galax, was traveling on Peaks Mountain Road when he swerved to avoid hitting a deer, Delp said. Leprad was flung from the bike and landed beside the road next to a barbed-wire fence.

    He was transported by Baywood Rescue with unknown injuries, said Delp.