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  • Burglary plea hearing date reset

    INDEPENDENCE — A scheduled hearing in a case against Wyndom Taylor Thornton of Galax was continued earlier this month in Grayson County Circuit Court, at the request of Thornton’s attorney.

    Thornton was scheduled for a plea and sentencing hearing for charges related to a burglary in Independence earlier this year. Jonathon Venzie, who is representing Thornton, requested a new court date to give him more time to prepare.

  • Suspect violates protective order while in jail

    HILLSVILLE — Suspects under arrest are allowed one phone call while in custody, usually to contact a family member or maybe a lawyer.

    According to police, a Giles County man charged with assault and attempted abduction this week incurred another charge by using his call to contact his girlfriend, thereby violating a protective order.

  • Haynes wins Fancy Gap seat by 1 vote

    HILLSVILLE — Incumbent Joey Haynes hung onto the Fancy Gap seat on the Carroll County School Board by one vote in a recount on Wednesday.

    The final official tally was 500 to 499, according to results given by Carroll County Clerk of Circuit Court Gerald Goad.

    Phillip Berrier had petitioned for a recount after the Nov. 7 election results showed Haynes winning by a three-vote margin in what was initially a four-way race, including candidates Patricia Sebens and Gina Hall.

  • Three injured in Galax crash

    Galax Volunteer Fire Department and the Galax Police Department responded to a four-vehicle crash on Dec. 22 in the heavy pre-holiday traffic on East Stuart Drive, in front of BP and the Crossroads Institute.

    According to a GVFD report, firefighters responded to the call at 5:54 p.m., for a chain reaction crash at 1115 E. Stuart Drive.

    One person was extricated from a vehicle, three were transported to Twin County Regional Hospital by Galax-Grayson EMS and treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Four others refused treatment.

  • Police investigate Walmart larceny

    The man in this security camera picture allegedly entered Walmart in Galax on Dec. 23 and stole Nest electronic items, according to the Galax Police Department.

    If you know the identity of the suspect, please call the Galax police at (276) 236-8101. You may remain anonymous.

    Officer Mitchell Lineberry is investigating.

  • Scoots restaurant closing in Galax

    After about five years of service, Scoots, located in downtown Galax, is closing. Its last day of operation will be Saturday, according to Larry Brannock, operator of Scoots and former member of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department.

    He, along with his wife, former Twin County Regional Chamber of Commerce director Judy Brannock, have owned and run the Main Street restaurant, which offered dine-in lunch and dinner as well as catering; but now they’ve decided to step back and focus on retirement and family.

  • Galax arrests include assault, burglary, drugs

    Staff Report

    Recent arrests in Galax included burglary, assault, drug violations and carrying a concealed weapon.

    Galax police were dispatched to a residence on Dec. 3 after receiving a call that an armed individual had forced his way into a residence.

    According to a police report, Officer John Reavis responded and saw a vehicle matching the description of the suspect.

  • Hillsville receives $100,000 in grants

    HILLSVILLE — The Town of Hillsville has received two $50,000 grants from the Mount Rogers Planning District Commission, one for the Fancy Gap sewer project and the other for a generator at the wastewater plant.

    Town Manager Retta Jackson announced the grants at Hillsville Town Council’s Dec. 11 meeting.

    The sewer project grant resulted from Carroll County offering Hillsville the opportunity to treat some of the sewage it had been sending to Galax for treatment, said Mayor Greg Crowder.

  • Sears closing store in Woodlawn

    WOODLAWN — The Sears Hometown Store in Carroll County is closing on Jan. 15, after about 20 years of business, according to manager Bobby Davis.

    The store began in Galax, but in 2012 it moved to a new location at 30 Partridge Road, off U.S. 58 in Woodlawn.

    The approximately seven employees will be laid off. “It’s not the best time of year to be looking for a new job,” said Davis, who has been at the store for six years.

    The reason given by the Sears Corporation, he said, was “not enough support from the community.”

  • VDOT says you're merging into traffic the wrong way

    By JOANNE KIMBERLIN, Landmark News Service

    You hate me. I can feel it.

    Every time I roll by in the deserted lane next to you, heading to the front of the bottleneck, while you sit dutifully, lined up for the squeeze ahead.

    But here’s the thing. I’m only doing what traffic engineers want: the zipper merge – a tactic that could help ease interstate congestion, if only it didn’t make us feel so rude.