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  • Study: lower speed limits result in fewer wrecks

    After city council approved a controversial speed limit change for Galax back in 2013, Police Chief Rick Clark said the move is keeping citizens safer.

    In his annual report last month, Clark praised council members for lowering the limit. “I applaud you because of your actions,” he said at the meeting. “I appreciate your willingness to do the right thing, even when it wasn’t popular.”

  • Police: man left scene, hid after wreck

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    A Galax man faces four charges following a single-vehicle traffic accident.

    Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan said the sheriff’s office received a call around 4:40 p.m. on March 31 reporting a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Cardinal Road and Petty Road, just outside the Galax corporate limits.

    Vaughan was the first officer on the scene. He said neighbors described the vehicle as a white SUV, possibly a Chevy Trailblazer. The vehicle left the scene of the accident.

  • Probe of suspect's death completed

    CANA — Further details have been released regarding a police chase that ended with the death of a suspect on April 8 in Cana.

    According to a news release from Corinne Geller, public relations director for the Virginia State Police, the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office initiated a pursuit of a vehicle that refused to stop for a deputy shortly before 9:45 a.m. on April 8. The man reportedly fled authorities first in a vehicle, then on foot. He ran behind a residence before shooting and killing himself.

  • Teen injured in farming accident

    HILLSVILLE — Virginia State Police responded to a farm accident in Hillsville on April 7, which resulted in the injury of a local teen.

    According to First Sgt. Mike Musser, state police responded to the scene on Freemont Road, where “a young man who had a round bale of hay on a truck, exited his vehicle to open a gate. The truck started to roll off, and as he was attempting to stop it, the truck pinned him.”

  • Interstate crash results in injuries, missing dog

    AUSTINVILLE — A couple from North Carolina suffered non-life-threatening injuries following a single vehicle accident on Interstate 77 in Austinville last Thursday.

    According to a report on scene from State Trooper S.M. Cochran, police were called to the 22 mile marker on I-77 North, after a truck and camper crashed on the interstate at approximately 12:05 p.m. on April 9.

    “The lady was driving the vehicle, and the trailer started swaying back and forth and she lost control,” Cochran said.

  • Gardner seeks 2nd term as sheriff

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner has confirmed that he will run for a second four-year term in the November general election.

    Gardner, a Republican, was first elected to serve as the county’s sheriff in 2012.

    Throughout his current term, Gardner says that the sheriff’s office staff has worked with one another and the community to create a number of beneficial programs and practices for the betterment of the county, and that he would like the opportunity to continue those efforts.

  • Herring talks security, law enforcment issues in Galax

    It’s a staple complaint that any government above a local level “doesn’t care about the little guy,” but this isn’t always true.

    Putting paid to the saying, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring came to the Galax City council chambers for a public safety roundtable involving the City of Galax and Carroll, Grayson, Patrick and Smyth Counties.

  • Deadline approaches for Cliffview water project sign-up

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Public Service Authority (PSA) will sign up customers for the new Cliffview public water project on April 14 at the Cliffview Church of God.

    Representatives of the PSA will be at the church from 3-8 p.m. for signup and to collect connection fees, according to a news release from the county.

    Anyone living in the Cliffview project area can save $500 if they sign up before the deadline of April 15.

  • Man dead after shooting self during police chase

    CANA — A police chase in Cana ended in one death on Wednesday morning, when a man reportedly fled authorities — first in a vehicle, then on foot — behind a residence before shooting himself.

    According to a news release from Corinne Geller, public relations director for the Virginia State Police, the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office initiated a pursuit of a vehicle that refused to stop for a deputy shortly before 9:45 a.m. on April 8.

  • Art school draws more to Galax

    Chestnut Creek School of the Arts is seeing more revenue and attracting more people to Galax, according to a yearly report given at Galax City Council’s March 23 meeting.

    CCSA Executive Director Chris Pollins-Shackelford told council that the school has continued to increase its revenue from sales, classes and donations since last year, which also followed their aim to increase exposure.