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  • APCo warns of scam

    Staff Report

    Customers of Appalachian Power in West Virginia, Virginia and Tennessee continue to be targets of scam artists.

    According to APCo, the latest scam instructs customers to make an immediate payment or have their service disconnected. Customers are ordered to purchase prepaid debit cards, such as a Vanilla or Green Dot, and call a toll-free number to provide the card information.

  • Marriage license denial bill advances

    Virginia Senate Bill 40, now dubbed the “Kim Davis Bill,” was passed on to the full Senate for consideration after being approved by an 8-6 vote in the Courts of Justice Committee.

    The bill in its current form would allow clerks of court in Virginia to refuse to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple on religious grounds. It’s nickname comes from a Kentucky court clerk who famously refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples because it went against her religious beliefs.

  • Men wanted on grand larceny charges

    Staff Report

    Two men are wanted on pending grand larceny charges after allegedly taking digital cameras from Walmart in Galax.

    The Galax Police Department released photos and information on its Facebook page Friday.

    According to the report, the pair took several GoPro video cameras from the Galax store on Jan. 29 at approximately 6:30 a.m.

    Anyone with information as to the identity of the two suspects is asked to contact Galax police at (276) 236-8101. Officer Chris Hines is investigating.

  • UHaul trailer comes loose, hits vehicle on I-77

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE – Virginia State Police responded to an accident on Interstate 77 in Carroll County on Friday morning, involving a pickup pulling a UHaul trailer and another vehicle.

    According to a report by Trooper S.M. Phillips, an accident occurred at 11:55 a.m. around the 13.7 mile-marker of the southbound lane on I-77 on Jan. 29.

  • Missing girl's body found near Galax

    UPDATED 2:30 P.M.

    Staff Reports

    Blacksburg police held a news conference this afternoon to release further details about the death of Nicole Lovell. Some of the highlights:

    • The preliminary cause of death has been determined as stabbing. Montgomery County Commonwealth's Attorney Mary Pettitt said an autopsy is complete, but final results will not be available for several weeks.

  • Downtown benches are latest public art project

    There’s a lot to do in downtown Galax, and the city and merchants are always looking for new places for locals and visitors to go.

    The city’s next public art project will provide places to rest from all that activity.

    At the Jan. 11 meeting of Galax City Council, Chris Pollins, director of Chestnut Creek School of the Arts, brought out a large sketch of benches being made for placement around the city, with the Galax pick logo on them.

    She said a public art committee has so far suggested that the 10 benches be placed:

  • Galax firefighters extinguish vehicle blaze, flue fires

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department extinguished a vehicle fire on Hanks Street around 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

    Firefighters arrived to find a car fully engulfed in flames within two feet of an outbuilding. GVFD members pulled a line from Engine 3 and extinguished the blaze before it ignited the structure. The vehicle was a total loss, but no injuries were reported.

    The Galax Police Department also assisted at the scene.

    The GVFD extinguished a flue fire in a structure on Mallory Road at 7:04 a.m. on Jan. 19, according to Capt. Mike Ayers.

  • Legislators give training center bill another try

    RICHMOND – A bill has been introduced into the 2016 General Assembly that would prevent two of Virginia’s training centers from closing, including the one in Carroll County.

    The Carroll County Board of Supervisors is looking at other ways to keep the doors open for developmentally disabled residents and nearly 400 workers, should the state follow through with its plans to close it.

  • School, instructor threatened after social media posts

    By SHANNON WATKINS

    Staff

    The Galax Police Department is investigating a threat made against Chestnut Creek School of the Arts on Tuesday by a caller who was traced to South Carolina.

    The threat, which led to the school’s closing for the day, was apparently the result of a Facebook meme that is being attributed to one of CCSA’s instructors. (The school reopened the next day but continued to field calls and messages about the social media posting.)

  • Flag bill doesn't fly in Va. Senate

    Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND — As it has for more than 150 years, the Civil War divided friends again on Jan. 20, this time in a legislative hearing.

    After a discussion about whether the Sons of Confederate Veterans should be allowed to have a Confederate battle flag on license plates, the state Senate Transportation Committee voted 6-3 to reject the idea.

    SB45, sponsored by 40th District Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson County), would have removed the prohibition of a flag logo on the organization’s special-interest plates.