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  • Seized drugs include marijuana gummy bears

    Staff Report

    FRIES — A routine traffic stop resulted in drug charges against an Ivanhoe man.

    According to a report from the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department, Deputy Ryan Gravely stopped a vehicle at the intersection of Stevens Creek Road and Sheep Grove Road in Fries for being improperly registered.

    Gravely detected an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, the report said. A search of vehicle revealed nearly a pound of marijuana, including cannabis gummy bears and drug paraphernalia.

  • VFW official commends Hillsville post

    HILLSVILLE – Members of the Grover King VFW Post 1115 welcomed 2017 Junior Vice Commander in Chief William J. “Doc” Schmitz for a ceremony and meal on March 21.

  • Northam signs 'Ashanti Alert' into law for missing, abducted adults

    Landmark News Service

    Gov. Ralph Northam signed a local lawmaker’s missing adult alert system bill into law last week.

    The “critically missing adult” alert would be sent out by the Virginia State Patrol for missing adults whose “whereabouts are unknown, who is believed to have been abducted and whose disappearance poses a credible threat to their health and safety.”

  • Drug lab explosion results in charges

    DUGSPUR – An investigation into a house explosion last year in Dugspur has led the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department to make two arrests, after spending several months deciphering the evidence discovering what caused the incident.

    The January 2017 explosion at a basement drug lab in a home on Old Mabry Place cracked walls and foundations, blew out windows and sent one man to the hospital with serious burn injuries.

  • Pastor leaves to continue son's mission

    Inspiration sometimes leads people in unexpected directions: Pastor Sam Bartlett of First Baptist Church of Galax announced recently that he will be leaving his position in order to promote his late son’s legacy, Police Fitness; and a career in public speaking to support that work.

    “Police Fitness, the nonprofit that we have started, has been very demanding of my time,” said Bartlett, “because there has been a tremendous amount of enthusiasm and interest about our mission, that the first responders be fit to serve.”

  • Grayson approves school budget

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County School Board approved its 2018-2019 school operating budget at its March 15 meeting in the amount of $22 million.

    Division Superintendent Kelly Wilmore said the budget contains a 2 percent raise for all school employees and renovations to buildings, including $75,000 for a new roof at the Grayson County High School auditorium, $11,000 for a new metal roof on the field house and $80,000 for the CATE Center renovations.

  • Three arrested in Galax

    Staff Report

    Drug charges and a grand larceny are among recent arrests made by the Galax Police Department.

    A Galax man, Andrew Rosca Bailey, 36, was arrested on March 26 and charged with grand larceny from Turman’s Hardwood Flooring.

    Officer Darren Alley, who investigated the reported theft, charged Bailey. Bailey is alleged to have stolen industrial equipment and disposed of it at a scrap metal dealer.

    He is being held in the New River Valley Regional Jail pending arraignment and appearance in Galax General District Court.

  • 50 years after death, locals look back at King’s legacy

    It has been 50 years since the loss of Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but his influence on society still reverberates today in the opportunities and access that he fought for.

    Killed by an assassin’s bullet on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tenn., King had accomplished so much in his 39 years ― leading marches from the streets of Selma to the nation’s capital to demand equal rights for all people, heading the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and winning the Nobel Peace Price.

  • Chase ends with crash, officer assault

    Staff Reports

    Caleb Michael Smith, 22, of Austinville, was arrested April 3 and charged after a pursuit that originated in Galax and went through parking lots, on the wrong side of the road and onto Interstate 77.

    Smith hit police cars, crashed his vehicle and allegedly assaulted an officer, according to a joint news release issued by the Galax Police Department, Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and Hillsville Police Department.

  • Grayson social services director charged

    Staff Report

    MARION — The director of the Grayson County Department of Social Services is facing multiple charges, following two incidents last month involving charges of intoxication.

    Anthony Glenn Isom, 31, of Marion, was charged by Grayson and Marion officers in the incidents, which occurred March 19 and 20.

    According to a report from Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan, a citizen called the sheriff’s office around 2 p.m. on March 19, reporting that they’d spotted a male subject walking, who appeared to be intoxicated.