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  • Galax police capture man with 24 warrants

    Staff Reports

    A man with 24 outstanding warrants was captured Wednesday at 8 p.m. in Galax after officers retrieved him from a creek.

    Jonathan Thomas Choate, 32, of Sparta, N.C., was arrested after an incident on South Main Street, according to a Galax Police Department news release.

    “Officer Drew Burnett had observed the suspect involved in a suspicious activity while on patrol in West Galax,” the release said. “When Burnett stopped and returned to investigate his observations, the suspect had fled.”

  • Carroll could reclaim training center land

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – Doug Smith of Woodlawn presented an opportunity Monday night for the Carroll County Board of Supervisors to obtain usable land around the Southwestern Virginia Training Center, which is scheduled to close in less than two years.

  • Fries Town Council members sworn in

    FRIES ― New and returning members of the Fries Town Council were sworn in by Grayson County Circuit Court Clerk Susan Harrington during the July 7 meeting.

    Those re-elected in May include Richard Farmer, William Davis, JoAnn Gunter, Nancy Hawks and Marie Isom. New member Cynthia Grant and returning member Gary Sumner (who served in several aspects in the past, including mayor), were also welcomed at the meeting.

    At the end of the meeting, council voted on appointments for mayor, vice mayor and clerk/treasurer.

  • Galax has no plans for annexation

    An existing moratorium on city-initiated annexations and county declarations of immunity from annexation has been extended to 2024, thanks to legislation passed during the 2016 Virginia General Assembly session.

    According to a report issued by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, the law affects independent cities like Galax and surrounding counties, but not townships.

  • Community unites to pray for peace

    UPDATE: VIDEO ADDED

    HILLSVILLE — It was the morning after officers in Dallas were killed by a sniper, days after two black men were shot by police and the culmination of months of growing tension between police and the black community around the country.

    Pastor Daniel Harrison, a white pastor of Elk Spur Church in Fancy Gap, reached out to the Rev. Daryl Beamer, a black senior pastor at Bethany Baptist Church in Woodlawn with a simple question: “What do you want to do?”

  • School board to dedicate weight room to Carico

    INDEPENDENCE — Monday’s meeting of the Grayson County School Board was somber and thoughtful, as members discussed the best way to honor the memory of former at-large member Tim “T.T.” Carico, who died from injuries sustained in an accident last week.

    Carico’s empty seat was no longer decorated with his name plaque Monday night, and fellow members were vocal in the fact that the agenda would be short that evening.

  • Arrests include man charged with indecent exposure

    Staff Reports

    According to a report issued by the Galax Police Department, arrests last week included a case of indecent exposure.

    Justin Andrew Roten, 34, of Galax, was charged on July 5 at 1:40 a.m. by Officer Jason Hawks for felony indecent liberties (exposing genitals to children), misdemeanor actual or simulated masturbation and misdemeanor indecent exposure.

  • Time out for GHS football field work

    The new football field surface at Galax High School would not have been ready in time for the fall 2016 football season, owing to a narrow turnaround time for state permits, so school officials will wait until 2017 to begin work.

    Superintendent Bill Sturgill updated the Galax School Board at its June 9 meeting.

  • Grayson asks VDOT to add roads to project list

    INDEPENDENCE ― The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) says there is $2.86 million in the current six-year secondary road plan for Grayson County, but cautioned that it could change year by year.

  • Driver, others injured in Calloway crash

    Staff Reports

    A single vehicle accident on Friday at 1:58 p.m. on Calloway Street in Galax left one person seriously injured and three others with minor injuries, according to Galax Police Capt. James Cox, who was on scene.

    An SUV appeared to have driven off the road and ended up on its side with significant damage. The Galax Fire Department performed an extrication.