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  • Weevils enlisted to control growth of aggressive weeds

    The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services recently relocated hundreds of tiny weevils to a site in Grayson County, where an aggressive form of weed known as the “Mile-a-Minute” weed has been spotted.

    According to a news release from the agriculture department, the “Mile-a-Minute” weed is an extremely aggressive, barbed weed that quickly covers and chokes out other plants, shrubs and even trees as it grows. The pest’s name comes from its very rapid growth of up to six inches per day.

  • Architects make changes to GES plan

    Some changes have been made to the design of the Galax Elementary School expansion project.

    Yancey Powers of the WM2A architectural firm gave a brief update to members of the Galax School Board at their June 13 meeting.

    The firm’s designs encompass the renovation, extension and modernization of the existing school building.

  • Body found in store's restroom

    The body of an adult male was found in the men’s room of the Galax CVS store on Sunday, according to police.

    The Galax Police Department responded at 2:21 p.m. on July 2 after an employee found the body, according to Chief Rick Clark.

    The man was not a resident of the Twin Counties, said Clark, who declined to further identify him or discuss the circumstances of his death.

    Clark said no foul play is suspected, and the deceased’s family has been notified.

  • Arrests involve machete attack, stolen cars

    Recent arrests in Galax include a suspect charged with attacking a victim with a machete, while another case involved stolen vehicles.

    Galax police were dispatched to a reported assault at a residence on East Stuart Drive on July 1 shortly after noon.

    According to a police report, responding officers discovered a victim who had been assaulted with a machete. The victim was transported to Twin County Regional Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

  • New law allows online renewal of expired car registration

    Staff Report

    Vehicle owners with expired Virginia registrations can soon renew online and the online receipt will serve as proof of renewal until auto decals arrive.

    The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles will offer this new convenience for customers as a result of 2017 legislation that became effective July 1.

    In the past, only customers who renewed their vehicle registration online prior to expiration could print a receipt to serve as proof that the holder had extended the registration period.

  • Search warrant reveals homicide details

    A search warrant for a motel room in Galax reveals more details of a homicide that occurred there on June 22.

    Roland Eugene Clayton Jr., 51, of Roanoke, was found with multiple stab wounds on the floor of Room 11 of the Galax Motel when police responded at 10:27 p.m. Attempts to revive him proved unsuccessful, and Clayton was declared dead at 10:51 p.m.

    Yashisca Dushawn Richardson Chapman, 39, also of Roanoke, was arrested on the scene and charged with first-degree murder.

  • Firefighters respond to tractor rollover

    A man was airlifted Sunday afternoon after being removed from beneath a lawnmower than had rolled over on him on Pipers Gap Road, according to the Galax Volunteer Fire Department.

    According to GVFD Capt. Mike Ayers, Gene Rector was mowing the grass on his property at the edge of a steep embankment when “he hit a weak spot on the bank and rolled about 30 feet down the embankment.”

  • New state laws took effect July 1

    Landmark News Service

    Nearly 1,800 laws were passed during the 2017 General Assembly and many will affect our daily lives after taking effect July 1. Here are a few:

    Left lane fines

    Slower drivers who camp out in the left lane can be fined $100 (House Bill 2201). Del. Israel O’Quinn, R-Bristol, told WTOP radio the change would address “a particularly pervasive and ever-growing problem of cars going grossly under the speed limit in the left lane.”

  • Old Crow Medicine Show coming to music center

    Staff Report

    Old Crow Medicine Show is bringing a healthy dose of classic American roots music to the Blue Ridge Music Center on Aug. 27, along with rising stars Mipso and Amythyst Kiah.

    With an old-time string sound fueled by punk rock energy, Old Crow Medicine Show has influenced acts like Mumford & Sons and contributed to a revival of banjo-picking string bands playing Appalachian and Americana music.

  • Council honors police, scouts, water plant

    The water treatment plant, the police department and two Eagle Scouts received recognition at the June 12 Galax City Council meeting.

    Chief Rick Clark and Capt. James Cox were on hand to formally receive the Galax Police Department’s accreditation from Derrick Mays of the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services. This is the fifth such accreditation for the department.