Local News

  • New state laws took effect July 1

    Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND — New state laws and changes to the law passed by the General Assembly and signed by the governor went into effect July 1.

    They include changes to the legal age to marry, a law prohibiting smoking in cars with kids and protections against stalkers and domestic abusers. There’s even a law that allows you to hunt some wild game with a slingshot.

    Here’s a look at some of the new laws and changes, compiled from the Virginia Division of Legislative Services:

  • Galax arrests include two felonies

    Staff Report

    According to a report issued by the Galax Police Department, arrests the week of June 19-June 26 included two felonies.

    Erik Donald Harriman, 38, of Galax, was arrested on June 21 at 10:31 p.m. by Officer Trevor Jefferson and charged with felony assault.

  • Homeowner asks town to extend historical district

    HILLSVILLE — The owner of a home in downtown Hillsville wants the town to extend its historical district to include his property.

    John Johnson owns property at 173 South Main St., a home built by the Early family in 1915. Over the years, it has been home to others of historical significance to the town, including Dr. Cox, Bill Copeland, a preacher and Judge Brett Geisler, he said at Hillsville Town Council’s June 13 meeting.

    It’s “arts and crafts” architectural style also make the home historic, he added.

  • Grayson schools eliminate $900K deficit

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Public Schools administration announced Wednesday that in one year, a previous $900,000 deficit in the school budget has been eliminated using a series of cuts and savings methods.

    This announcement came one week after the Grayson County School Board’s close-out meeting for the year. At that time, there was an estimated remaining deficit of $8,715.53, with the possibility for receiving more funding before the end of June.

  • Galax police investigate burglary

    Staff Report

    Galax police are investigating a burglary at Roses Discount Store on June 18.

    According to a police report, two suspects entered the store at 6:15 p.m. “An older black male wearing a red plaid shirt and shorts shopped while a second black male forced entry into a room and committed a larceny of cash,” the report said.

    Both suspects were previously observed at R.J.’s Pizza around 5:30 p.m. and Tlaquepaque restaurant around 6 p.m.

  • Split vote on budget with tax hike

    HILLSVILLE – In a 3-2 split vote on Monday night, the Carroll County Board of Supervisors approved and appropriated the fiscal year 2016-2017 budget for the county, which will raise real estate taxes by 2 cents to 68 cents

    The board scheduled this second June meeting with the purpose of approving and appropriating the budget and setting the tax rates and levy. The real estate tax was the only tax affected in the vote and other tax rates remained the same.

  • Trail rider dies after being thrown from mule


    TROUTDALE – A 61-year-old Bristol woman was killed June 23 when she was thrown by a mule on national park property in western Grayson County.

    Lt. Todd Perkins of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department said Michelle Childress was riding the mule with some friends in a remote area, near Cabel and Wilson Creek trails.

    Perkins said something evidently spooked the mule, causing it to go down an embankment. Childress was thrown off the mule and hit her head in the accident that occurred about 11:20 a.m.

  • Police recover stolen truck, suspect in custody

    Staff Reports

    An Independence man is charged in connection with a burglary at Ramey Plumbing & Heating and the theft of a work truck.

    According to police reports, someone broke in to the business on South Main Street last week and stole a white 2003 Ford F-150 pickup, along with chainsaws.

    The Galax Police Department released photos of the suspect, taken from security cameras, and on June 22 received information from the Independence Police Department about the suspect’s identity.

  • Audit looks at consolidation of postal facilities

    Staff Report

    The U.S. Postal Service Office of the Inspector General has begun a review of the consolidation of the Roanoke mail processing operations into the Greensboro processing and distribution center, which would affect the delivery of mail in the Twin Counties.

  • VDOT projects underway in Carroll

    Staff Reports

    The Virginia Department of Transportation has issued a list of ongoing summer road projects that motorists in Carroll County should be aware of.

    These include projects on Interstate 77, Route 58 and various improvements and maintenance on roads in the county. According to the release, VDOT advises motorists that work schedules and construction project timelines are always subject to change and weather dependent.

    Motorists should be aware of the possibility of VDOT crews on the roadways at all times.