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  • Tips to keep pipes from freezing

    Freezing temperatures are here, and while you’re thinking about keeping your animals and tender vegetation safe, you should also be making sure frozen pipes won’t ruin your home.

    A frozen pipe can cause thousands of dollars of damage in a short period of time.

    These recommendations from State Farm could help:

    • Allow a slow drip from hot and cold faucets. This will relieve pressure on the system and allow water to circulate.

    • Open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to pipes.

  • Mirror plant fined for worker's death

    After meeting with the Virginia Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the American Mirror Company’s original eight citations related to a maintenance worker’s death were reduced to four, and the final fees exacted were $2,450, down from a projected $10,675.

    Benjamin Lee Hancock, 34, of Hillsville, died on July 23, 2014, when he became trapped in a piece of equipment at the company’s plant on East Stuart Drive in Galax, and suffocated, according to Galax Fire Chief David Hankley at the scene.

  • Commission reviews river lot rules

    INDEPENDENCE — After months of planning, debate and revision, the Grayson County Planning Commission presented a draft of amendments to the zoning ordinance regarding shoreline recreation district to the board of supervisors.

    The recommendations came at a public hearing Jan. 14.

  • Fatal wreck discovered in Lambsburg

    Staff Report

    LAMBSBURG – A delivery driver discovered an accident on Jan. 15 that resulted in the fatality of a Fancy Gap man.

    Trooper J.D. Delp with the Virginia State Police said they were contacted last Friday at 9:45 a.m. after a propane delivery driver found a vehicle over an embankment on Lambsburg Mountain. The discovery was made on Morningside Trail; a non-state maintained dirt road off of Virginia 620 (Lambsburg Road).

    Delp said the road went through a small, gated residential community on the mountain.

  • Tractor-trailer driver charged with DUI in I-77 crash

    Staff Report

    LAMBSBURG – A tractor-trailer ran off the side of Interstate 77 on Jan. 15 and the driver was charged with DUI.

  • One injured, no charges in crash

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE – Virginia State Police responded to a two-vehicle accident Jan. 14 on Stable Road, where emergency personnel had to use extraction equipment to free one of the drivers.

    According to police reports, at 3:05 p.m., a loaded 1997 Ford logging truck was making a lefthand turn from Sunnyside Road onto Stable Road, when a man driving a 2001 Dodge Dakota hit the truck on the left side.

  • Federal funds will help fight drugs

    Staff Reports

    Carroll and Grayson counties and the City of Galax have been named High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas by a federal agency, but local law enforcement isn’t taking that designation as a negative.

    While the name carries a certain stigma, it’s something they’ve been actively seeking.

  • Galax man facing indecent liberties charge

    Staff Report

    Jose Elias Sanchez-Menjivar, 21, of Galax, was arrested Jan. 12 at 8:15 a.m. by Officer A.M. Burnett, according to Galax Police Chief Rick Clark. Menjivar is alleged to have had inappropriate sexual contact with a minor child.

    A parent brought the child to the police department on the arrest date, according to a police report.

    Sanchez-Menjivar was charged with a felony (taking indecent liberties with a child) and three misdemeanors (assault and battery, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and sexual battery).

  • Judge: GOP can require 'loyalty oath' in primary

    Landmark News Service

    A federal judge’s ruling Thursday in Richmond clears the way for state election officials to send out absentee ballots that include a Republican loyalty pledge.

    Judge Hannah Lauck denied a request for a preliminary injunction blocking the use of the loyalty pledge in Virginia’s March 1 GOP presidential primary.

    The ruling was issued one day after Lauck heard arguments in her courtroom.

    Virginia does not register voters by party and allows anyone to participate in a primary election.

  • Car hits house, wreck results in DUI charge

    Staff Report

    A single-vehicle accident resulted in a DUI arrest on Jan. 11, when Officer Drew Burnett was dispatched to the intersection of Parkwood Drive and McArthur Street in Galax, according to a Galax Police Department report.

    A 2012 GMC SUV driven by Regina Leigh Ayers, 42, of Galax, left the road, struck the home of Debbie Baker-Puckett and appeared to knock the foundation in approximately one inch, the report said. Ayers then allegedly backed off the house and into the front porch, also destroying a boxwood bush.