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  • Galax homicide investigation continues

    Staff Reports

    Investigation continues into the March 10 slayings of Alyssa Kenny, 28, and her daughter Anastasia Alley, 21 months, amid a long wait ahead for evidence to be fully processed, according to Galax Police Chief Rick Clark.

    Clark said Wednesday it would be several weeks, if not months, before reports come in from the state medical examiner in Roanoke, or from state crime lab analysis of other physical evidence.

  • Carroll continues search for new administrator

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Board of Supervisors hopes to begin the initial interview process for a new county administrator soon.

    “There has been a consensus reached across the board that we will be conducting interviews in the near future,” Board Chairman Joshua Hendrick said at the March 14 meeting.

    Hendrick said that out of the 32 applications received, the board has selected a list of potential candidates they would like to interview. The position will remain open until filled, so applications are still being accepted.

  • Two injured in Baywood crash

    A single-vehicle wreck at 1:40 p.m. on March 17 at the intersection of U.S. 58 and Baywood Store Road left two passengers injured, according to Virginia State Trooper T.S. Todd.

    A 2016 Volkswagen Beetle, driven by Yuexin Li, 23, of Durham, N.C., was traveling east on 58 when she attempted to turn right onto Baywood Store Road. According to Todd, Li was going too fast to negotiate the turn, ran off the road to the left, went through several mailboxes, down an embankment and came to rest at the bottom, but did not overturn.

  • Davis charged with first-degree murder

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, SHAINA STOCKTON and SHANNON WATKINS, Staff

    A man wanted for allegedly shooting two people in Grayson County on Sunday morning was caught in the early hours of Monday morning in North Carolina, after wrecking his car during a police chase.

    One of the shooting victims, Karen Cates, 41, died.

  • Two charged with felonies in Galax

    Staff Report

    There were two felony arrests last week in the city, according to a report issued by Galax Police Chief Rick Clark.

    Joshua Tyrone Coletrain was arrested on March 14 at 8:48 p.m. by Sgt. Jody Poole on an outstanding warrant from Carroll County. Subsequent to his arrest, Poole discovered Coletrain to have quantity of methamphetamine on his person.

    He was charged with felony possession of drugs and is being held in the New River Valley Regional Jail without bond.

  • Sidewalks, market, bike ride on council agenda

    A citizen recently spoke to Galax City Council about what she felt was the unsatisfactory condition of the sidewalk on her street.

    Diane Bermingham said last month that she and her husband moved to Galax from Fredericksburg and brought her 82-year-old mother with her. Bermingham lives on Parkwood Drive; her mother lives five doors down, she said.

  • Victim in double shooting dies; suspect caught

    Staff Reports

    A man wanted for shooting two people in Grayson County on Sunday morning was caught early Monday morning in North Carolina, after wrecking his car during a police chase.

    One of the shooting victims, Karen Cates, died.

  • Public's help sought in Galax homicide case

    Staff Report

    Galax Police Chief Rick Clark issued a statement Thursday morning saying that, “a person of interest has been identified, but no arrests have been made at this time” in the March 10 double homicide of Alyssa Kenny, 28, and her daughter, Anastasia Alley, 21 months.

  • Grayson sheriff's office moves to new home

    By SHAINA STOCKTON and LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office moved to its new home at the Grayson County Grubb Public Safety Building in Independence last Wednesday.

  • Carroll schools look back at 2015 successes

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County Public Schools had a year full of accomplishments in 2015, from meeting accreditation standards and upgrading security to receiving national recognition for its STEM lab.

    Dr. Mark Burnette presented the top stories and achievements to the Carroll County School Board at the March monthly meeting.