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  • Police make 5 felony arrests

    Staff Report

    Felony arrests reported by the Galax Police Department for January 10-24 included:

    • Ronald Vance Slater, 24, of Galax, arrested on Jan. 12 by Officer A.S. Bobbitt for felony probation violation;

    • Olyvia Christine Fraker, 22, of Raleigh, N.C., arrested on Jan. 13 by officer T.B. Jefferson for possession of controlled substance paraphernalia (misdemeanor) and two counts of felony possession of a schedule I or II controlled substance;

  • Art school closes due to threat

    The Galax Police Department is investigating a threat made against Chestnut Creek School of the Arts by an out-of-state caller who was traced to South Carolina.

    The threat, which led to the school's closing for the day, was apparently the result of a Facebook meme that is being attributed to one of CCSA's instructors.

    The meme – a picture with a caption – indicates that veterans or sufferers of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, should harm themselves, and has been circulated online among several veterans' groups.

  • VDOT contractor dies during snow removal in Grayson

    Staff Report

    TROUTDALE — A Virginia Department of Transportation worker was found dead in his truck during his shift last week after crews were dispatched to clear the roads of foot-tall snow accumulation.

    According to Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan, James Ford Rutherford, 50, of Flatridge, a contract snow removal worker for VDOT, was removing snow from Razor Ridge Road near Troutdale with his coworker, Ralph Russell, on Jan. 22 when the incident occurred.

  • State police respond to 71 snow-related incidents in division

    The Twin Counties were lucky this past weekend when Winter Storm Jonas hit and weather-related traffic incidents were kept to a minimum.

    According to Virginia State Police Sgt. Mike Musser, “We had a total of 71 incidents from Thursday through [Sunday] morning involving disabled vehicles and accidents. None of the accidents in Carroll and Grayson were serious.”

  • Cursing, adultery to remain illegal in Virginia

    Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND — Potty-mouths beware: Constitutional or not, it appears cursing in public will remain illegal in Virginia.

    Del. Michael Webert (R-Fauquier County) thought it might be time to get rid of the language in state law forbidding “profanely cursing or swearing in public.” It’s a Class 4 misdemeanor, punishable by a $250 fine.

  • Local road projects chosen for priority list

    By SHANNON WATKINS & SARA BLANKENSHIP, Staff

    Virginia’s new data-driven prioritization process scored nearly 300 transportation projects proposed by localities and regional planning bodies across the state, and a few local projects made the cut.

    The scoring is a key part of a new law, known as House Bill 2, developed on a bipartisan basis to invest limited tax dollars in the right transportation projects.

  • Galax seeks NFL grant for football field

    Galax High School’s capital fundraising campaign for the football field through NFL grants is bolstered by the fact that Coach Mark Dixon is a former player for the Miami Dolphins.

    “Believe me, it is very difficult to get a phone number that goes to the Miami Dolphins,” said Superintendent Bill Sturgill at the Galax School Board’s Jan. 12 meeting. “There’s not an email address on the website. The number is an answering machine, and calling it daily does not get you anywhere.”

  • Supervisors oppose new concealed carry rules

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors has unanimously adopted an official resolution in strong opposition to Attorney General Mark Herring’s decision to revoke concealed handgun permit recognition from 25 reciprocal states, effective Feb. 1.

  • Woman dies as result of fire

    Staff Reports

    INDEPENDENCE — Police say a woman found at the scene of a burning apartment on Thursday died as a result of injuries sustained from smoking while using oxygen.

    The Independence Volunteer Fire Department was sent to extinguish a fire at Grayson Manor Apartments on Nichols Drive at 2:01 a.m. on Jan. 21.

    Cpl. Matthew Adams of the Independence Police Department said the victim, Jessie Dancy, 71, was found in the apartment. He said the fire started as a result of Dancy smoking while using oxygen.

  • Crews respond twice to Woodlawn house fire

    WOODLAWN – Fire crews from Hillsville and Galax responded twice to a single house fire in Woodlawn on Thursday morning.

    According to Hillsville Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Chief Mike Musser, the first alarm for the fire was received at 4:45 a.m. Crews from HVFD and GVFD worked the scene on Mount Zion Road, off Coulson Church Road (Virginia 620), for about two hours.

    Crews left the scene and received the second alarm at roughly 7:30 a.m., said Musser. Both crews responded again to the blaze, which resulted in a total loss of the home.