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  • Four arrested by Galax police

    According to a report issued by the Galax Police Department, officers arrested four people for felonies in the city.
    Terry Dean Keene, 44, of Barren Springs, was arrested by Officer Drew Burnett on June 7 at 12:21 p.m. and charged with felony possession of Schedule I or II drugs, misdemeanor DUI (first offense), misdemeanor  possession of controlled paraphernalia and misdemeanor reckless driving with endangerment of life, limb or property.

  • Grayson to revisit county decal request

    By SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson Board of Supervisors has asked Treasurer Kelly Haga to revisit his proposal to discontinue county vehicle decals in favor of an annual fee, at a date no later than December of this year.
    The board approved the request at its June 9 meeting, following a staff recommendation to revisit the matter as part of the larger budget framework during the budget discussions and planning for fiscal year 2018.

  • Lazo says goodbye to Galax Council

    Councilman Robert Lazo received a commemorative plaque and a heartfelt farewell for his years on Galax City Council at the Monday, June 13 meeting.
    Mayor C.M. Mitchell called Lazo around the front of the council’s seating area and said, “Okay, I’m going to do this, and I’m going to try not to cry.”

  • Dog's death raises questions about shelter procedures

    The euthanizing of a Carroll County dog at the Galax-Carroll-Grayson Animal Shelter caused controversy as animal rescue organizations inundated local officials with phone calls and emails over the course of a week.

    The dog, kept as a pet, was surrendered by its owner, said to be a Carroll County farmer, for killing a chicken or chickens owned by a neighbor, and described by animal rescue websites as a female named Molly.

  • School board fires back at county

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County School Board opened its meeting Tuesday with a detailed response to allegations posed the night before by the Carroll County Board of Supervisors, regarding a perceived under-budgeting of state funds.

    The school board had requested that the supervisors approve a $575,502 appropriation of additional state funds that were received based on the March 31 average daily membership (ADM) of students. The number of students went up, so Carroll received more money from the state.

  • Man killed in accident at Independence Lumber

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — An employee at Independence Lumber was pronounced dead at the scene, following an accident in the yard of the company’s firewood processing department on June 15.

  • Driver in custody after police pursuit

    Staff Reports

    A Galax man led Virginia State Troopers on both a vehicular and foot chase on June 7 before being apprehended, according to a report issued by 1st Sgt. Mike Musser from the Galax state police office.

    At approximately 1:25 p.m., state police Sgt. Scott Todd observed a 2015 Hyundai speeding while traveling eastbound on U.S. 58 near on the western end of Galax.

  • POLL: For Va. voters, it's a choice between 'lesser of the evils'

    Landmark News Service

    Virginia’s likely voters in the fall presidential election are split between the Republican and Democratic presumptive nominees, according to a recent poll.

    However, at least half of all voters said they have an unfavorable view of both candidates, according to The Roanoke College Poll.

    The May 9-17 landline and cellphone survey of likely voters found Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton each supported by 38 percent, with 11 percent choosing someone else and 11 percent unsure.

  • Nofsinger indicted by federal grand jury

    Staff Reports

    ABINGDON — Double homicide suspect Richard Denny Nofsinger Jr. made his initial appearance in federal court at a nine-minute hearing on Monday to answer for child sexual exploitation charges.

    The nine-minute hearing in the U.S. District Court in Abingdon was related to federal charges placed after Nofsinger was arrested in connection with the killings of a Galax infant and her mother.

  • Galax arrests include drugs, abduction, burglary

    According to a report released by the Galax Police Department, recent arrests included burglary, abduction, drug violations and a gun charge.
    Jerry Paul Tate, 52 of Galax was arrested by officers Mark Burnett and John Reavis on June 1 at 7:12 p.m. and charged with two counts of felony burglary at night to commit a felony; felony grand larceny stealing property, not from a person, valued at greater than $200; felony possession of controlled substances; felony possession of controlled substances paraphernalia; and misdemeanor petit larceny first offense.