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  • Beasley will enter plea on attempted murder charge

    Staff Reports

    HILLSVILLE – A Wythe County man charged with attempted capital murder of a Carroll County law enforcement officer and other crimes has a plea hearing set for February.

    Kevin Nelson Beasley, 27, of Austinville, was indicted by a Carroll grand jury in March, on multiple charges related to a September 2016 police chase and a three-day manhunt that spanned two counties.

  • Fatal stabbing charge sent to grand jury

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — The first-degree murder case against a Roanoke woman will be heard by a Carroll County Circuit Court grand jury on Dec. 11.

    Yashisca Dushawn Richardson Chapman, 39, is charged with allegedly stabbing to death Roland Eugene Clayton Jr., 51, of Roanoke, on June 22 at the Galax Motel.

    Clayton was found with multiple stab wounds on the floor of the motel’s Room 11 when police responded. Chapman was arrested at the scene.

  • Fire department says seatbelts saved lives

    FAIRVIEW — Police and first responders are calling the aftermath of a wreck on Skyline Highway in Grayson County miraculous, after a Galax woman and four children all escaped the incident with minimal injuries on Thursday.

    According to a Galax Volunteer Fire Department report, firefighters responded at 7:11 a.m. on Nov. 30 to a motor vehicle accident at 3186 Skyline Highway. Firefighters arrived to find a single vehicle that had veered off the roadway, stuck a tree and flipped onto its top. The impact of the crash had also ripped the engine from the vehicle.

  • Grayson auto tech program recertified

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Career and Technical Education (CATE) Center’s automotive technology program, which was previously placed under warning by the Virginia Department of Education, has now received full certification.

    Angie Lawson, principal of the CATE Center, announced the program’s certification to the Grayson County School Board during their monthly meeting on Nov. 13.

    “As you are aware, we were previously under warning; but the department of education gave us extra time to work on it,” Lawson said.

  • Littrell: delinquent taxes need to be collected

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – Pipers Gap Supervisor Tom Littrell brought up what he feels is a serious problem concerning Carroll County finances at the Nov. 14 board of supervisors meeting.

    Littrell said he voted in October to approve a revenue anticipation note after Carroll Treasurer Bonita Williams forecast that the cash flow would not be sufficient to meet the county’s financial obligations in the near future.

  • Friends form charity in memory of Ally & Ana

    One Christmas, Alyssa Kenny of Galax made sure that her friend’s kids wouldn’t go without presents.

    The friend “woke up one morning and Ally had told her to go outside and look in front of her door and she had mounds of toys everywhere for her kids,” said friend Bethany Ratliff, remembering the young woman’s generosity. Kenny’s mom “made stockings and Ally stuffed them with things for the kids.”

  • Man killed in Cana crash

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    CANA – A 23-year-old Lexington, N.C., man was killed Monday night in a single-vehicle accident on Fish Lake Road in Cana.

    The victim, Seth Paul Steed, was a passenger in a 1992 Nissan pickup truck that was traveling west on Fish Lake, about .3 of a mile from Wards Gap Road in Carroll County.

  • Christmas Fund begins mission to help 550 families

    Staff Report

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department is once again heading up an annual community project that helps those less fortunate.

    The department coordinates the Community Christmas Food Fund effort, but donations come from the public to fill “blessing boxes” of food. Volunteers also pack and deliver the hundreds of boxes before Christmas.

    The blessing boxes consist of two large boxes of staple foods that will help 550 recipients through a financially difficult time of year.

  • Wellness Center grant pays for trainer, equipment

    By D.T. CLARK, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll Wellness Center in now offering an expanded program of support for sufferers of diabetes and other chronic diseases.

    CWC has received a $65,471 grant from the Twin County Community Foundation, a local funding agency that awards grants to local non-profits and governments for the purpose of promoting the health, education and welfare of the citizens of Grayson and Carroll counties and the city of Galax.

  • Family loses home to fire

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department and a local church are helping a family of four that lost everything they owned, including their home, the day before Thanksgiving.

    The department responded to a structure fire at 10:48 a.m. on Nov. 22, at 100 Hillcrest Lane Lot 7.

    “Members arrived to find a fully involved mobile home with the wind driven fire spreading to a neighboring residence,” according to a fire department report.