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  • Hillsville hires Hines as treasurer

    HILLSVILLE — LeAnna Hines of Grayson County was chosen as Hillsville’s new treasurer during town council’s meeting on Monday.

    Hines was selected after a special meeting was called by Hillsville Town Council on Sept. 18, where she and two other applicants were interviewed for the position.

    After nearly an hour and a half of deliberation in closed session on Monday, council returned to open session with their decision.

  • Police warn of 'distraction burglars'

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating three recent distraction thefts, according to Sheriff Richard Vaughan.

    The sheriff is requesting citizens to be on the lookout for two white males and one white female in a light blue or silver four-door sedan with a Georgia license plate.

  • Hillsville police phone system goes down

    HILLSVILLE — Hillsville Town Council approved $2,600 for a new phone system for the Hillsville Police Department last week, after a malfunction rendered the former system unusable.

    According to Hillsville Interim Police Chief Wesley Yonce, the phone system at the department malfunctioned beyond repair, at some point between the hours of 4 p.m. on Sept. 15, and 7 a.m. on Sept. 16.

    This was determined after the department had their phone service provider, Comcast, and their technology provider, Tech 109, inspect the system.

  • Local drug problems involve meth, Rx abuse

    By SHANNON WATKINS and SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff

    While Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced a series of initiatives to counteract recent increases in fatal heroin and prescription drug overdoses, these particular problems are felt less in Galax, according to Galax Police Chief Rick Clark.

  • Charges against former Carroll coach, teacher dropped

    WYTHEVILLE — A prosecutor has dropped all charges against a former football coach, teacher and administrator with Carroll County schools. The charges stemmed from a “hazing” incident involving an 11th grade football player.

    Howard S. Ingo, a former George Wythe High School football coach, was convicted in May of a “corporal punishment” violation, a Class 4 misdemeanor, and ordered to pay a fine of $100. He appealed the conviction.

  • Cooley remembered for community involvement

    HILLSVILLE — Raleigh Cooley, a Navy veteran, lawyer and former mayor of Hillsville, passed away on Sept. 14 at age 90 at Wheatland Hills in Hillsville.

    Aside from his law practice, Cooley was known throughout the community for his accomplishments and involvement with a number of local groups. He is described by all who knew him as a man who was passionate and dedicated to what he believed in. To any organization he joined, he gave a hundred percent of his efforts.

  • Grayson saves by paying off debt early

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to pay off four loan notes early to save $510,000 in interest payments. The vote, which came during the supervisors Sept. 11 regular monthly meeting, is also expected to free up $52,000 a year in the county’s operating budget.

  • Three arrested after standoff with fugitive

    Three men were arrested Sept. 17 in Galax after a brief standoff with a fugitive wanted for crimes in Henry County.

    The Galax Police Department received information that Joshua Lee Cloud, 29, of Martinsville, was wanted by the Henry County Sheriff’s Office for armed robbery and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and that he was believed to be hiding at a Galax residence.

  • Tom Hanks, HBO making "Factory Man" miniseries

    UPDATED 9/18:

    It appears the best-selling book by Beth Macy about the life of Galax’s John Bassett in the furniture industry is headed for the TV screen.

    According to Deadline.com, an online magazine that covers the entertainment industry, The Playtone Company and HBO have bought broadcasting rights to “Factory Man,” and they intend to develop the book into a miniseries.

    The project lists Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman of Playtone as co-executive producers.

  • Man charged with assaulting officer

    UPDATED 9/18:

    Though there were reports of an active shooter inside a home just outside the Galax city limits Monday night, no shooter was found in an incident in which police said a responding Galax officer was assaulted.

    “911 took several hangup calls from a number,” said Galax Police Capt. James Cox. “Then, when they called one more time, the dispatcher couldn’t understand the caller.”