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  • Police seek help finding sex offender

    The Virginia State Police Sex Offender Unit is asking for the public’s help in locating a sex offender who has failed to re-register.

    Two warrants have been issued for Kenneth Daniel Townsend, 30, of Galax, for violation of probation and failing to re-register in December 2014, according to an alert issued by state police.

    He is described by the state police as African-American, brown eyes, 5’6” tall and weighing 170 lbs. His last known address was on Fifth Avenue in Galax, and police said they believe he is still in the Galax area.

  • Distracted by phone, police say driver crashed into ravine

    No injuries were reported in a single-vehicle accident on Interstate 77 on Monday, when a Charlotte, N.C., man reportedly lost control of his vehicle and flipped it after hitting guardrails on both sides of the road.

    According to a report from Virginia State Trooper J.R. Alderman, police and rescue units were called to the scene at approximately 12:30 p.m. on Jan. 5.

  • Hospital takes steps to contain spread of flu virus

    According to the Centers for Disease Control, the 2014-2015 flu season is well underway and flu activity is widespread or active in at least 43 states, with elevated activity in the south.

    In the interests of protecting patients and healthcare workers, Twin County Regional Hospital has announced temporary visitation guidelines to contain the spread of the flu virus in its facilities.

    These guidelines, which will begin immediately and remain in effect until the peak flu season passes, include:

  • Dispatcher saves life on other end of line

    Tim Webb was working his routine shift as a communications officer at the Galax Police Department’s dispatch center on Dec. 29.

    It was around lunchtime, he said, and the call volume was picking up.

    Cheri Grable was in bed at Skyland Lakes near Fancy Gap, looking after her 17-month-old grandson, Aidan Paul Walker, lying next to her. Melissa, Cheri’s daughter and Aidan’s mother, was out getting medicine for him, as he was running a slight fever.

  • Alert officers catch church burglary suspect

    A New Mexico man wanted for the burglary of two New River Valley churches was caught last week after being recognized by two Galax Police Department communications officers.

    The suspect, Douglas Edward Miller, 42, of Taos, N.M., allegedly broke into the Dublin Church of God in December and stole $100; and also allegedly broke into two churches in central Radford. He was wanted by the police in both localities.

  • Man faces drug charges after task force search

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    WHITETOP – A 54-year-old Whitetop man was recently arrested on several drug charges following an ongoing investigation.

    Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan said a search warrant was executed by members of the sheriff’s office and the Twin County Drug Task Force at 51 Robin Lane in Whitetop.

    Vaughan said the search warrant was the result of an ongoing investigation into alleged methamphetamine distribution in the Whitetop area of Grayson County.

  • McCraw named new Carroll supervisors' chairman

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Board of Supervisors and Public Service Authority (PSA) elected officers at organizational meetings held Monday.

    Phil McCraw, who represents the Fancy Gap District, was elected the new Board of Supervisors chairman. He was nominated by last year’s chairman, David Hutchins.

    Dr. Tom Littrell, who represents the Pipers Gap District, was elected vice-chairman after being nominated by Sam Dickson.

  • Padgett remembered for decades of service

    Most residents of Carroll County couldn’t get away without knowing Guy Padgett.

    In fact, the former county treasurer was known as an avid people person, who never met a stranger.

    “Whenever he would see a stranger, he would walk right up to them and ask, ‘Do you know who I am?’ And if they didn’t know, he would tell them,” said Darrell Jennings, former Commissioner of Revenue for the county. “He was a true politician, and he loved people. Guy was one of a kind, that’s for sure.”

  • Five charged in Woodlawn break-in, vandalism

    WOODLAWN — Two adults and three juveniles have been arrested on numerous charges in connection with a break-in to the former Woodlawn School building in November 2014.

  • Police arrest four in Galax incidents

    Four people were arrested in three separate incidents in the city recently, according to reports from the Galax Police Department.

    Two Carroll County residents were arrested on Dec. 17 after Galax police responded to a reported shoplifting incident at the Dollar General on South Main Street.

    Officers Chris Hines and Darrell Alley responded to the call and arrested Jason Lee Blankenship, 33, of Woodlawn and Donita K. Osegueda, 45, of Hillsville. Officers charged them with possession of methamphetamine and possession of marijuana.