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  • Police say hitchhiker borrowed, wrecked car

    A hitchhiker passing through from Ohio wrecked a borrowed car last week in Galax, according to Virginia State Police.

    On Aug. 21 at 5 p.m., Frank L. Conway of Columbus, Ohio, ran off the right side of Meadow Creek Road just past Mount Vale Church in Galax, went over a small bank and struck a tree, according to Trooper Cameron Keesling, who attended the scene.

  • Gravley remembered for influence on town

    HILLSVILLE — The town of Hillsville was devastated last week by news of the death of Randall Gravley, former Hillsville mayor and community activist.

    He died Thursday in Pulaski County at age 65.

    Gravley served a total of eight years on Hillsville Town Council ― four as a member, and four as mayor during 2004-2008.

    He was owner of Nuckolls Drug for 32 years. He was also a leader in the founding of Carroll Wellness Center and president of its board of directors.

  • Stokes County authorities believe missing N.C. man traveled through Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE — The Stokes County (N.C.) Sheriff’s Office is searching for a Danbury, N.C., man who has recently passed through the Town of Hillsville, according to a missing persons report.

    
An alert posted online by Stokes Sheriff Mike Marshall said that Jon Robert Lagergren was last seen on Aug. 22, at 1175 Line Road in Sandy Ridge, N.C.

    His home address is 1080 Hole Road in Danbury.

  • Cana man faces DUI, hit and run charges

    CANA — A Cana man was arrested Aug. 23 following a hit-and-run crash involving three vehicles.

    Virginia State Police responded to Flowers Gap Road, near the intersection of Paul’s Creek Road, in Cana at 6 p.m. last Saturday, after hearing reports of a multi-vehicle accident in that area.

    According to the police report, Daniel Eric Brame, 34, was operating a 1999 Jeep Cherokee on Flowers Gap when he entered a curve and allegedly sideswiped a 2006 Nissan, operated by Marlie Samuel Jones, 72, of Cana.

  • Hillsville names West interim treasurer

    HILLSVILLE — An interim treasurer has been elected to fill the seat left by Judy Bolt earlier this month.

    During Hillsville Town Council’s Aug. 25 meeting, members elected Sandra West to take the seat temporarily as they look for a permanent replacement.

    Judy Bolt, the town’s former treasurer and administrative assistant, announced her resignation earlier this month. Her last day was Aug. 19.

    Bolt will be taking over a new position with the City of Galax, as human resources director.

  • Holdaway charged with arson in Pinecrest fire

    Arson and burglary charges have been filed against a Galax man in connection with an Aug. 21 fire that destroyed a portion of Pinecrest Apartments in Galax, police said.

    Philip Allen Holdaway, 34, was charged by Officer Drew Burnett and Sgt. Jody Poole with burglary and intent to commit arson.

    Holdaway is also charged with arson involving a fire at the same location that was discovered March 24, 2013, and extinguished, according to a spokesman for Galax Police Chief Rick Clark.

  • Hillsville mourns loss of former mayor

    HILLSVILLE - Former Hillsville mayor Randall Gravley died Thursday in Pulaski County. He was 65.

  • Carroll fire departments receive $500,000 grant

    HILLSVILLE – Fire departments in Carroll County will all share in a grant recently awarded to the county by the Department of Homeland Security.
    County Administrator Gary Larrowe announced that the county received $500,400 in Round 15 of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program, the largest amount awarded to any locality in the state.
    In Round 15, Virginia was awarded $754,160 in total funds through the Department of Homeland Security Grant program. Carroll County will receive 66 percent of the total state allotment.

  • Lambsburg woman charged with prescription forgery

    HILLSVILLE - The Hillsville Police Department has arrested a Lambsburg woman on multiple charges, after she allegedly tried to forge a prescription at Hillsville's CVS on Aug. 21.
    According to a news release from Sgt. Alan Gravley, he and Interim Chief Wesley Yonce responded to a call to CVS Pharmacy in Hillsville on Aug. 21, where an employee was requested assistance in reference to a possible forged prescription.
    Once at the scene, Gravley arrested Sherrie Hines, 52, of Lambsburg, for forging a prescription, and possession of Xanax, a Schedule IV drug.

  • Defense submits suppression brief in Jones case

    A court brief filed on behalf of Matthew Steven Jones seeks to suppress a photographic identification procedure that was used in accusing him of the first-degree murder of his girlfriend, Desia Rae George of Fries.

    The brief was filed in Grayson County Circuit Court through his attorney, Karen Boyer of Hillsville.

    George, 33, was reported missing on April 16, 2013. Her body was found weeks later in a ditch beside Brush Creek Road. A witness said she saw Jones near the area at night around the same date and spoke with him before continuing on her way.