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  • Dog's death raises questions about shelter procedures

    The euthanizing of a Carroll County dog at the Galax-Carroll-Grayson Animal Shelter caused controversy as animal rescue organizations inundated local officials with phone calls and emails over the course of a week.

    The dog, kept as a pet, was surrendered by its owner, said to be a Carroll County farmer, for killing a chicken or chickens owned by a neighbor, and described by animal rescue websites as a female named Molly.

  • School board fires back at county

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County School Board opened its meeting Tuesday with a detailed response to allegations posed the night before by the Carroll County Board of Supervisors, regarding a perceived under-budgeting of state funds.

    The school board had requested that the supervisors approve a $575,502 appropriation of additional state funds that were received based on the March 31 average daily membership (ADM) of students. The number of students went up, so Carroll received more money from the state.

  • Man killed in accident at Independence Lumber

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — An employee at Independence Lumber was pronounced dead at the scene, following an accident in the yard of the company’s firewood processing department on June 15.

  • Driver in custody after police pursuit

    Staff Reports

    A Galax man led Virginia State Troopers on both a vehicular and foot chase on June 7 before being apprehended, according to a report issued by 1st Sgt. Mike Musser from the Galax state police office.

    At approximately 1:25 p.m., state police Sgt. Scott Todd observed a 2015 Hyundai speeding while traveling eastbound on U.S. 58 near on the western end of Galax.

  • POLL: For Va. voters, it's a choice between 'lesser of the evils'

    Landmark News Service

    Virginia’s likely voters in the fall presidential election are split between the Republican and Democratic presumptive nominees, according to a recent poll.

    However, at least half of all voters said they have an unfavorable view of both candidates, according to The Roanoke College Poll.

    The May 9-17 landline and cellphone survey of likely voters found Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton each supported by 38 percent, with 11 percent choosing someone else and 11 percent unsure.

  • Nofsinger indicted by federal grand jury

    Staff Reports

    ABINGDON — Double homicide suspect Richard Denny Nofsinger Jr. made his initial appearance in federal court at a nine-minute hearing on Monday to answer for child sexual exploitation charges.

    The nine-minute hearing in the U.S. District Court in Abingdon was related to federal charges placed after Nofsinger was arrested in connection with the killings of a Galax infant and her mother.

  • Galax arrests include drugs, abduction, burglary

    According to a report released by the Galax Police Department, recent arrests included burglary, abduction, drug violations and a gun charge.
    Jerry Paul Tate, 52 of Galax was arrested by officers Mark Burnett and John Reavis on June 1 at 7:12 p.m. and charged with two counts of felony burglary at night to commit a felony; felony grand larceny stealing property, not from a person, valued at greater than $200; felony possession of controlled substances; felony possession of controlled substances paraphernalia; and misdemeanor petit larceny first offense.

  • Dickerson served as page in General Assembly

    In a photo taken in Richmond a few months ago, Galax Middle School’s Richard Dickerson is dressed in a good suit, smiling and getting ready to open a public door. He looks sharp, capable and ready for action.

  • Fries approves $1.39m budget

    FRIES — The Fries Town Council approved a balanced budget during their June 7 meeting; and bid farewell to council members Dawn Patton and Carolyn Jones, who will turn their seats over to Gary Sumner and Cynthia Grant in July.

  • Mother, daughter remembered at vigil

    A celebration of Anastasia Alley’s “first birthday in heaven” was held at Dannelly Park in Galax on Monday evening. The event, from 5 to about 9 p.m., was organized by Anastasia’s paternal grandmother, Lisa Alley.

    Alley, 21 months, and her mother, Alyssa Kenny, 28, were the victims of a double homicide on March 10 of this year. An arrest has been made in the case, but Galax Police Chief Rick Clark said the investigation is ongoing.