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  • Hillsville still dealing with chief's departure

    HILLSVILLE — One week after the Hillsville Police Chief Greg Bolen announced that he would be resigning from his position, effective the week of July 14, there are no definitive plans in place to hire a new chief to fill the vacancy.

    Citing town politics and rumors about his possible firing as the reason behind his exit, Bolen turned in his notice on June 30 and took the slightly more than two weeks of vacation time he had built up.

  • Supervisor opts out of Wildwood vote

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County supervisors voted to provide the county’s share in a security bond for a Virginia Department of Transportation grant to construct an industrial access road to the future Wildwood Commerce Park in Carroll County, but one supervisor stood in the middle of the road in the decision, and abstained from the 4-0 vote.

  • Baywood wreck victim airlifted

    A 24-year-old Mount Airy, N.C., resident was airlifted to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center after wrecking his pickup truck in the Baywood area of Grayson County on July 4.

    According to Virginia State Trooper Jessie Tilson, Morgan Butler was speeding in his Chevrolet along Pleasant Grove Road near U.S. 58 when he lost control, veered off the right side of the road, plunged down an embankment and hit a tree. Tilson said the accident occurred around 6:15 p.m.

  • Burglar breaks into local tienda

    Security camera photos show a suspect who broke in to Disco Tienda Korita, located in the

    Magic Mart Shopping Center in Galax, on the night of July 2.

    Police say the person broke the door glass, entered the store and took a box of items. The suspect then fled on foot.

    If you have any information about this or other crimes, the Galax Police Department asks that you call (276) 236-8101.

    You may also text GALAX to TIP411 followed by your tip and remain anonymous.

  • Burglars attempt robberies at local cellular stores

    The Galax Police Department is investigating the burglary and attempted burglary of two U.S. Cellular stores, and police in other jurisdictions say the same suspects may have hit U.S. Cellular stores there, as well.

    According to police, at 6:38 a.m. on July 6, the suspects gained entry to the front door of the U.S. Cellular Store in the Food City Plaza in Galax. No property was taken and the suspects exited the store in less than two minutes.

  • Budget passes despite objections

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed its 2015 budget on June 25, despite a continued disagreement about one of the smallest budgeted expenditures: $8,300 allocated toward a roofing project at the Flatridge Community Center.

  • Pair charged with larceny, child endangerment

    HILLSVILLE — A Hillsville man and woman have been arrested on a number of charges, including larceny, breaking and entering and child endangerment, according to a report from the Hillsville Police Department.

    Capt. James Alderman, Sgt. Alan Gravley and officers Wesley Yonce, Billy Anau and Shannon Goad executed a search warrant on the residence of Annette Freeman, 29, and Arless Dalton Jr., 34, of Hillsville, on July 2.

  • State trooper says motorcycle driver led him on chase

    HILLSVILLE — A Hillsville man was arrested on DUI and other traffic offense charges after allegedly fleeing from a Virginia state trooper and crashing his motorcycle on Bronco Road.

    The accident occurred on June 27 at 9:50 p.m., after Trooper Jerry Sowers encountered Daniel Paul Manning, 31, of Hillsville operating a 1998 Harley-Davidson motorcycle traveling south on Farmers Market Road at a high speed.

  • Galax adopts school budget

    Galax City Council voted to adopt the public school budget for 2014-2015 at its  June 10 meeting.
    School Superintendent Bill Sturgill noted that the budget presented by the school board was the most conservative of four possible spending plans.
    “It’d be nice to stand here with a budget from the state,” he said to council. “We know that we will have to rework a budget [after the General Assembly passes a state budget]. We are requesting level funding this year. We understand that it’s a tough economy.”

  • Vehicle wrecks on I-77 ramp

    HILLSVILLE — Police and rescue personnel responded to an accident July 1 on the mile marker 8 southbound ramp on Interstate 77.