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  • Delegate wants to abolish state taxes for poor localities

    A Southwest Virginia delegate is working on legislation to abolish state income taxes for 10 years in the poorest counties and cities, as a means of helping them get back on their feet economically.

    The legislation, if adopted, would apply to individuals, businesses and local governments in selected areas. Currently, it appears this would cover a large swath of Southwest Virginia, including the coalfields and possibly the Twin Counties.

    This would also, in theory, help reduce population loss and perhaps reverse it.

  • Driver passes out, hits rock wall

    Staff Report

    A single-vehicle accident at the intersection of East Stuart Drive/U.S. 58 and North Main Street in Galax at 8:14 a.m. on July 12 left damage to a stone wall at the front of a private residence, according to a report issued by the Galax Police Department.

    A 2017 Chevrolet Colorado driven by Lonazio Walls Garland, 69, of Sparta, N.C., was traveling east on 58 when the driver passed out and the vehicle struck a rock embankment.

    Garland and a minor in the truck received minor injuries. Both were transported by EMS for treatment.

  • Police: woman jumped 25 feet to escape

    Staff Report

    A Galax woman was arrested after attempting to escape her parole officer on July 21, according to a report issued by the Galax Police Department.

    Jennifer Ann Litteral, 38, was at the Adult Parole and Probation Office in Galax, located on the third floor of a downtown building, awaiting a drug screen pursuant to her arrest, which was already scheduled, the report said.

  • Harvey's influence still felt in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — Dr. Sidney Harvey, a former superintendent and educator with Grayson County Public Schools, passed away this week after a long illness.

    Harvey dedicated more than 40 years of service in education, many of those years with the Grayson County school system.

    Harvey served the county from 1964, when he came in as supervisor and later director of instruction. He served as the system’s assistant superintendent of instruction before he became superintendent in 1986. He served as the superintendent through 1995.

  • Suspicious car fire investigated

    A vehicle fire off of David Knob Road in Grayson County on Wednesday is considered suspicious by both Galax Fire Chief David Hankley and Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan.

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to the scene at 11:58 a.m., after two Davis Knob Road residents heard explosions and saw smoke coming from a wooded area up the road.

    According to Hankley, the explosions were the vehicle’s tires popping in the flames. Firefighters worked to control the blaze and quickly extinguished it.

  • Road project won't affect town park, courthouse

    INDEPENDENCE — A project to widen Independence’s main intersection has been changed so that will little impact on the town’s park and no effect on the Historic 1908 Courthouse property.

    The Grayson County Board of Supervisors invited Wytheville Residency Administrator Jeff Russell of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) to the July board meeting to discuss plans for widening the road for trucks at the U.S. 58/21 intersection.

  • Galax schools change attendance policy

    Galax schools are fighting chronic absenteeism with a change in policy that will require written permission for each time a student misses school.

    The Galax School Board approved the policy at the June 13 meeting, after Galax Elementary School’s Assistant Principal Emily Boyles outlined some of the changes.

    “The policy will be in all student handbooks,” said Boyles. “Also, a copy of the new policy will be sent home or mailed to all families. There will be copy of the policy on the district website.”

  • Report: healthcare jobs offer good pay, satisfaction

    Landmark News Service

    Take a look at any “best jobs” report and you’ll notice the health field usually makes a good showing.

    Becoming a doctor can be costly and timely, but there are other health careers that don’t require such a hefty investment.

  • Suspicious activity call results in drug charges

    Staff Report

    A Mount Airy, N.C., man has been arrested on drug charges in Galax, after officers were dispatched to Glendale Road on July 13 to investigate the behavior of two males acting suspiciously.

    “As Officer John Reavis approached the pair, he observed them discard a parcel underneath a parked vehicle,” a police report said. “During a subsequent investigation, both men were arrested.”

  • Wanted Carroll man surrenders to police

    A Carroll County native, who was wanted for attempted murder stemming from a shooting incident in Meadows of Dan, has turned himself in.

    Chet Craft Perdue, 22, is being held without bond in the Patrick County Jail.

    According to the Patrick County Sheriff’s Office, Perdue turned himself in around 2:30 a.m. on July 8.

    Perdue was charged with three felonies following a shooting that occurred on June 23 , according to Patrick County Sheriff Dan Smith.