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  • Man charged with defrauding coyote bounty program

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — A Galax man has been charged for allegedly collecting bounty money on coyotes killed outside Grayson County.

    According to Grayson General District Court records, James Edward Lawrence, 32, was charged by Game Warden Jason Harris with fraud (obtaining money by false pretense in excess of $200).

    For the past several months, the Grayson Board of Supervisors has been operating a bounty program for coyotes. According to county records, 238 coyotes have been turned in for the $40 bounty.

  • Caviness held for abduction, assault

    HILLSVILLE — A Hillsville man faces charges of abduction, domestic assault and brandishing a firearm after allegedly trapping his wife inside their house during a domestic dispute.

  • Crash on Country Club leaves one fatality

    According to a press release issued by the Galax Police Department, at 1:20 p.m. on Saturday, April 4, Galax police were called to a motor vehicle crash on Country Club Lane, south of Woodland Avenue.

  • Historical society receives donations for Allen house

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Historical Society and supporters of the Sidna Allen House met at the historic Carroll County Courthouse on Wednesday to announce donations totaling $14,000 for a fund dedicated to the preservation of the landmark home.

    During the event, society members and donors discussed the status and future plans for the Sidna Allen home, located on U.S. 52 south of Hillsville.

  • Grayson gets unit for drug disposal

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — If you need to dispose of expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs or other medications, Grayson County officials encourage you to use a special collection bin installed last week in the main front lobby area of the sheriff’s office.

    The steel drop box is one of 1,000 being awarded to police departments around the country through a joint program of CVS/pharmacy and The Partnership at Drugfree.org.

  • VDOT adds cameras on dangerous I-77 section

    The Virginia Department of Transportation has added 15 new traffic cameras on Interstate 77 to its 511Virginia.org travel information system and will add nine more in coming months.

    The cameras’ views can be seen online at the 511Virginia.org website, which provides live information about road conditions and traffic congestion.

    The cameras’ locations on I-77 are between the North Carolina state line and mile marker 14 in Carroll County.

  • Stanley to seek re-election

    FRANKLIN COUNTY — Sen. William M. “Bill” Stanley Jr. (R-20th District), Virginia Senate majority whip, announced on March 27 that he is seeking reelection.

    Having filed more than twice the number of signatures required to qualify for the ballot under Virginia law, Stanley has already secured the Republican nomination. His name will appear on the ballot as the Republican nominee in the Nov. 3 general election.

    Stanley represents the City of Galax and portions of Carroll County.

  • Carroll upgrades emergency dispatch center

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Sheriff’s Department is putting the finishing touches on a new dispatch center renovation project on the lower floor of the Carroll County Governmental Complex in Hillsville.

    Sheriff J.B. Gardner said the new center is “state of the art” and contains the very latest in radio technology equipment.

    Gardner said the old dispatch office was outdated and didn’t provide adequate space for a dispatcher to handle their daily duties.

  • Man charged for indecent liberties with minor

    A 38-year-old man was arrested and charged March 29 with indecent liberties with a child under 15 years of age, according to a report from the Galax Police Department.

    A warrant was issued for Eddie Dale Privett of Galax on March 26, and police used social media to circulate a photo of him online.

    On Sunday, police said Privett approached a residence in Carroll County and stated he had been living outside for days, was homeless and seeking food.

  • Motion denied in Jones case

    UPDATED 4/2/15:

    INDEPENDENCE — A motion to set aside a verdict finding Matthew Steven Jones guilty in the first-degree murder of his girlfriend, Desia Rae George, was denied Tuesday, after new evidence failed to convince the judge that the trial would have had a different outcome.