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  • Driver injured in head-on crash

    A head-on two vehicle crash on Virginia 89 near Snow Hill Road at 5:20 p.m. on July 24 caused one driver to be airlifted to Wake Forest Baptist Hospital, according to Virginia State Trooper K.D. Blackburn.

    A 2006 Volkswagen Rabbit, driven by Munoz Hugo Soto, 31, of Galax, was traveling along 89 when he came up to a vehicle that was stopped to turn into a private driveway. Soto attempted to pass the vehicle and struck a 1999 Ford Explorer, driven by Perrianne Young Cartee, 57, of Ennice, N.C.

  • Owner of burned car located, police still investigating

    The owner of a car that caught fire on a wooded path off Davis Knob Road last Wednesday has been identified by Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan.

    According to Vaughan, it belongs to John Lyle, a Galax-area resident.

    “We talked to him, and he advised us that his car broke down in that area,” explained Vaughan. “He slept in the woods that night,” before the fire, and left his car. “It caught fire at about noon the next day.”

  • Grayson grand jury indicts 26

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – A Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury indicted 26 people on 36 drug and other charges last Friday.

    The grand jury also sealed several indictments, which will be opened once those named have been arrested.

    Indictments included:

    • Timothy James Hicks was indicted on three charges, attempted statutory burglary, statutory burglary and statutory burglary in the night time.

  • Carroll will dedicate bridges to officers

    HILLSVILLE — Two bridges in Carroll County will be dedicated to local law enforcement officers who were killed in the line of duty.

    On Thursday, the U.S. 58 bridge over Snake Creek Road will be named “Sheriff Lewis Webb Memorial Bridge” and will be dedicated at 9:30 that morning.

    At 11 a.m., the bridge on 58 over Big Reed Island Creek will be named “Deputy Sheriff Emery Mabry Memorial Bridge.”

  • Delegate wants to abolish state taxes for poor localities

    A Southwest Virginia delegate is working on legislation to abolish state income taxes for 10 years in the poorest counties and cities, as a means of helping them get back on their feet economically.

    The legislation, if adopted, would apply to individuals, businesses and local governments in selected areas. Currently, it appears this would cover a large swath of Southwest Virginia, including the coalfields and possibly the Twin Counties.

    This would also, in theory, help reduce population loss and perhaps reverse it.

  • Driver passes out, hits rock wall

    Staff Report

    A single-vehicle accident at the intersection of East Stuart Drive/U.S. 58 and North Main Street in Galax at 8:14 a.m. on July 12 left damage to a stone wall at the front of a private residence, according to a report issued by the Galax Police Department.

    A 2017 Chevrolet Colorado driven by Lonazio Walls Garland, 69, of Sparta, N.C., was traveling east on 58 when the driver passed out and the vehicle struck a rock embankment.

    Garland and a minor in the truck received minor injuries. Both were transported by EMS for treatment.

  • Police: woman jumped 25 feet to escape

    Staff Report

    A Galax woman was arrested after attempting to escape her parole officer on July 21, according to a report issued by the Galax Police Department.

    Jennifer Ann Litteral, 38, was at the Adult Parole and Probation Office in Galax, located on the third floor of a downtown building, awaiting a drug screen pursuant to her arrest, which was already scheduled, the report said.

  • Harvey's influence still felt in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — Dr. Sidney Harvey, a former superintendent and educator with Grayson County Public Schools, passed away this week after a long illness.

    Harvey dedicated more than 40 years of service in education, many of those years with the Grayson County school system.

    Harvey served the county from 1964, when he came in as supervisor and later director of instruction. He served as the system’s assistant superintendent of instruction before he became superintendent in 1986. He served as the superintendent through 1995.

  • Suspicious car fire investigated

    A vehicle fire off of David Knob Road in Grayson County on Wednesday is considered suspicious by both Galax Fire Chief David Hankley and Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan.

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to the scene at 11:58 a.m., after two Davis Knob Road residents heard explosions and saw smoke coming from a wooded area up the road.

    According to Hankley, the explosions were the vehicle’s tires popping in the flames. Firefighters worked to control the blaze and quickly extinguished it.

  • Road project won't affect town park, courthouse

    INDEPENDENCE — A project to widen Independence’s main intersection has been changed so that will little impact on the town’s park and no effect on the Historic 1908 Courthouse property.

    The Grayson County Board of Supervisors invited Wytheville Residency Administrator Jeff Russell of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) to the July board meeting to discuss plans for widening the road for trucks at the U.S. 58/21 intersection.