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  • IDA vacancy, budget, fire committee on Carroll agenda

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Board of Supervisors has tabled the appointment to the Industrial Development Authority for the third month in a row.

    The board has had a vacancy since the end of January.

    According to authority minutes, Benny Robinson resigned from the IDA effective in January. This was announced at the meeting held on Feb. 7 and a motion was made by Andy Jackson to accept Robinson’s resignation. Roger Wilson seconded the motion and Robinson’s resignation was accepted with a unanimous vote.

  • Trial date set for Grayson homicide

    INDEPENDENCE – A trial date has been set for Greyling Dwayne “Beany” Davis, who is charged in the 2016 shooting death of his ex-girlfriend.

    According to the Grayson County Circuit Court database, Davis is scheduled for a three-day jury trial, beginning Aug. 23.

    Davis was indicted on four charges by a Grayson grand jury in January: kill and murder, malicious shooting, possession of a firearm after having been convicted of a violent crime and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony (subsequent offense).

  • Arrests include break-in, drug charges

    Staff Reports

    Among recent arrest reports from the Galax Police Department were charges against a man who allegedly broke in to an apartment with intentions to harm a resident.

    Daniel Lee Bise, 58, of Galax, was arrested on April 28 at 2 a.m. by Sgt. Jacob Vaughan and charged with felony breaking and entering in the night into a dwelling with intent to commit unarmed assault and battery.

  • Church gets to root of mystery

    Within a week, what could be dubbed “The Mystery of the Copper Beech” has been solved – though only part of the answer is public knowledge.

    A few weeks ago, Galax Presbyterian Church discovered that its copper beech tree, planted in the site’s front yard for its centennial in 2005, was missing. It had been cut off cleanly, almost level with the ground, and taken away.

    There was concern among some church members, and puzzlement among all; who would do this, and why?

  • Cars overturn in two recent crashes

    Two single-vehicle accidents left their drivers, both of whom were alone, with minor injuries and totaled cars, according to Virginia State Trooper C.H. Campbell.

    The first, on May 5 at 9:50 p.m., took place on Pipers Gap Road, when a 1996 Toyota Forerunner, driven by Ashley Lanier, 27, of Galax, ran off the right side of the road. Lanier overcorrected, crossed over the road and struck an embankment. The Toyota ended up on its side at the top of the embankment.

  • Council hears safety concerns at Life Center

    A resident of Galax who spoke to city council at its April 24 meeting declared that he and his wife did not feel safe after Life Center residents had shown up on their property.

    David Stone addressed Galax City Council about what he considered an invasion of his home’s safety. He informed council that twice within the past two months, residents of the Life Center of Galax, a drug and alcohol rehab center, had knocked on his family’s door.

  • Grayson gets rid of vehicle decals

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors has approved a motion to discontinue the county’s vehicle decals, following a public hearing in April.

    Though no one signed up to speak during the hearing, Treasurer Kelly Haga shared that he’d heard many positive reports from citizens who have visited his office.

    “As we’ve gone through this year’s decal season, [citizens] seem to be overwhelmingly in favor of doing away with it,” Haga told the board.

  • Three spring scams to avoid

    As bright springtime flowers bloom, so do new dark, weed-like scams, warns the Better Business Bureau. Scammers will be going door-to-door with plans to rip off local residents for services from discounted food deliveries to repairing weather damaged shingles. The BBB advises consumers that now is the time to be on your guard.

    Door-to-Door Meat Selling Scams

  • Storm brings down trees, causes property damage

    Caitlin Jennings said the May 9 storm caused damage to fences and trees at her home on Pine Knoll Drive in Galax, as shown in the photo she submitted.

    The high winds also destroyed a swing set and blew a trampoline from the front yard to the back, dropping it in the top of a pine tree.

    Trees were down all over the Twin Counties and the storm left thousands without power in the region.

  • Galax church stumped by missing tree mystery

    Dr. Tom Whartenby’s wife, Mary Elizabeth, was at Galax Presbyterian Church, where her husband is pastor, about three weeks ago, when she made an alarming discovery: the tree the planted 12 years ago in the churchyard was gone.

    A small copper beech purchased from Monticello, it was cut down and removed by someone with professional skill, as the trunk was cut smoothly across, almost level with the ground.