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  • Body found in stolen vehicle on parkway

    A North Carolina man was found dead inside a car at a Blue Ridge Parkway overlook on Aug. 3, the same day the vehicle was reported stolen.
    The Carroll County Sheriff’s Department reports that a witness saw the car parked at the Sugarloaf Overlook, near parkway milepost 204, for several hours. The witness found that suspicious, and called police.
    Carroll Sheriff J.B. Gardner said that when deputies responded, they found the body of Michael Jackson Willard, 43, of Mount Airy, N.C., in the car.

  • COLD CASES: Investigator looks into unsolved crimes

    HILLSVILLE — Criminals always leave something behind at the scene, and it’s up to the police to find it.
    That’s been Hillsville Police Department’s Sgt. James Alderman philosophy over the years. If he takes his time at a crime scene and “walks the grid,” examining the place carefully, the town investigator can spot the essential clues.

  • Storms cost APCo $37 million

    More than a month after a windstorm caused record power outages, Appalachian Power Co. has put a price tag on restoring electricity to its Virginia customers — $37 million.
    It’s still too soon to say whether the costs of repairing downed power lines will be passed on to customers in the form of a rate increase, a spokesman for the utility said this week.

  • New pool would take planning

    A fact-finding mission by Carroll County officials to Randolph Park’s pool found the recreational facility well planned and popular.
    Various representatives of Carroll, including Board of Supervisors Chairman Sam Dickson and Recreation Director Sam McLendon, recently explored the park in Pulaski County to gauge how the pool works.
    The visit came as enthusiasm builds among Carroll County citizens for a similar recreational effort close to home.

  • Grayson man dies in crash

    A Grayson County man died in a single-vehicle wreck when his pickup truck hit a tree near Elk Creek on Aug. 3.
    Allen Wayne Brown, 44, of Elk Creek, lost control of his 2006 Chevrolet Silverado extended-cab pickup and ran off the right side of Comers Rock Road about 11 p.m. on Aug. 3. The driver overcorrected, crossed both lanes and struck a tree head-on.
    Brown was not wearing a seat belt and was partially ejected from the vehicle, according to Virginia State Trooper Jerry Sowers.

  • Property rights question will be on Nov. ballot

    RICHMOND — Gov. Bob McDonnell last month signed legislation intended to protect the property rights of Virginia citizens.
    House Bill 5 and its companion Senate Bill 240 provide for a referendum for a constitutional amendment to protect private property rights on the Nov. 6, 2012 ballot.
    Two other property rights bills signed by McDonnell, HB1035 and SB437, provide clear definitions for the terms “lost profits” and “lost access” and how to determine the amount of just compensation.

  • Downtown Galax belongs to fiddlin' fans Sunday morning

    Galax’s population will soar in the coming week, as thousands of fiddlin’ fans descend on the city.
    Felts Park will open its gates at 7 a.m. Sunday for the 77th Annual Old Fiddlers’ Convention. The competition opens Monday night and lasts through Aug. 11.
    Most of the convention’s expected 1,300 campers will show up Sunday to set up camp.
    Locals who aren’t convention-bound should avoid the place altogether or choose alternate routes, Galax police advise.

  • UPDATED: National Night Out returns Aug. 7

     

  • New officer breaking down barriers

    A young Galax police officer learned a hard lesson when his mom showed him some tough love in middle school, completely changing the direction he was headed.
    Silverio Gonzales, whose family came to Virginia from Mexico, hated middle school and did just enough to get by.
    When he told his mom he didn’t want to go to school anymore, she sent him to Florida to pick oranges.
    “She taught us that education is the most important thing we can do for ourselves,” said Gonzales, who just joined the Galax Police Department as its first bilingual officer.

  • Relay for Life raises $62,324

    A total of 526 people on 37 teams participated in the 2012 Galax-Carroll Relay for Life, held July 27 at the Carroll County High School track.

    The teams raised a total of $62,324 for cancer research. The event began at 6 p.m. with a survivors’ lap and continued throughout the night, ending with a closing ceremony at 2 a.m. Saturday.