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  • Burglary suspects face new charges

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – A Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury returned 10 indictments against a Galax man and a Rich Creek woman in connection with the alleged breaking and entering of a home in the Baywood community on April 19.

    The grand jury met April 28 and issued 117 indictments against 64 suspects. Several of the indictments were sealed until arrests were made.

  • Shots fired at officer during pursuit

    HILLSVILLE – A Wytheville man faces a lengthy list of charges following a chase on May 11 in Carroll County, including two counts of attempted capital murder of a police officer.

    Most of the 32 charges against Eric Sean Repass, 44, of Blue Sky Drive in Wytheville, appear to be related to several stolen property incidents in the Weddle Street and Howlett Street areas of Hillsville, and the chase that led to his arrest.

  • Fries awarded for hosting alternative spring breakers

    FRIES — The Fries Community Center recently received the VFC Alternative Break Virginia Host Site Award, which was presented last month during the Water is Life luncheon in Roanoke on April 19.

    The award was announced during the May 2 Fries Town Council meeting.

    “We were recently voted the best host site for the schools that we host here in Fries,” said Mayor Richard Farmer. “It is a very nice and humbling award.”

  • Fugitive captured after police chase

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — Local police were involved in the pursuit and capture of an Ohio man wanted for armed robbery on May 11. A passenger in the vehicle is also charged.

    According to a Hillsville Police Department report, Chief Wesley Yonce was on routine traffic patrol on Interstate 77 at Exit 14 when he stopped a Volkswagon Jetta with Ohio tags.

  • Fire destroys Austinville home

    Three local fire departments rushed to the scene of a house fire Monday night on Pickett Drive in Austinville, which destroyed most of the home.

    The Hillsville Volunteer Fire Department, Carroll Fire & Rescue and Galax Volunteer Fire Department all responded to a fully involved structure fire at 7:28 p.m. on May 15 and spent approximately 3.5 hours working to put the blaze out.

  • Rex concert featues old-time, Irish traditions

    The Rex Theater will host the best of old-time and Irish music on Tuesday for a special concert and CD release.

    Old-time musical traditions in the Blue Ridge Mountains have musical roots from many places in the world. Scots-Irish settlers to the area brought their music over a 150 years ago and influenced the sound of old-time music here today. This concert brings together two traditions of Irish and old-time music and two great bands: the Galax Bogtrotters and Irish musicians Randal Bays, Owen Bays and John Coyne.

  • 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?