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  • Hillsville man dies after crash

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE – The Virginia State Police are currently investigating a motor vehicle accident that resulted in the death of a Carroll County man. The accident occurred on Nov. 11 on U.S. 52.

    According to a news release from Corinne Geller with the Virginia State Police, Trooper P.K. Cheek is investigating the two-vehicle crash that occurred around 7:45 a.m. on Friday on 52, less than a mile north of Route 685 (Skyview Road).

  • Fire departments battle blaze in Fries

    FRIES — The Fries and Galax fire departments were dispatched to a brush and outbuilding fire in Fries last Wednesday morning, when a trash burn from the night before rekindled the next day.

    According to a statement from Fries Fire Assistant Chief Jimmy Underwood, the departments were dispatched to Twin Pond Lane at 10:45 a.m. on Nov. 9.

    At the scene, the departments extinguished the fire that covered roughly two acres of land, as well as an outbuilding on the property. They were on scene for around an hour and a half.

  • Police: man attacks family with pepper spray

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — A Galax man was arrested after reportedly attacking relatives with pepper spray at their home, according to a report from the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office.

    Michael “Smurf” Haynes, 41, was arrested Nov. 6 at his home in Galax, and charged with two counts of simple assault and one charge of burglary, according to the New River Valley Regional Jail database.

  • Sheriffs say deputy pay qualifies for food stamps

    Staff Report

    The Virginia Sheriffs’ Association is requesting that the General Assembly and governor address the salary disparity that exists in sheriffs’ offices across the Commonwealth, according to a news release from the association.

  • Galax arrests include felony shoplifting, drug charge

    Staff Report

    According to a report released by the Galax Police Department, arrests last week included an alleged fraud attempt aimed at scoring prescription drugs and a shoplifting charge.

    Tabatha Jane Stevens, 35, of Galax, was arrested on Nov. 3 by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and charged with felony attempt to obtain drugs by fraud, deceit or misrepresentation; and a misdemeanor charge of giving a false report to a law enforcement officer about commission of a crime.

  • Voters reject one amendment, approve another

    Landmark News Service and Staff Reports

    State law forbids an employer from requiring union membership as a condition of employment.

    Voters in Virginia on Tuesday rejected a proposed amendment to enshrine that in the state constitution.

    Voters in the Twin Counties also voted “no” on the proposal.

    Virginia has had a right-to-work law since 1947 governing organized labor. The law forbids an employer from requiring union membership as a condition of employment.

  • Trump sweeps Twin Counties

    Staff Reports

    Republican candidates swept the ballots in all Twin County precincts by a significant margin in Tuesday’s election.

    Donald Trump took Galax, Carroll and Grayson easily; and Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-9th District) retained his seat in a three-way race, also winning in all three localities.

    Trump didn’t win Virginia or its electoral votes, but in other states across the nation, he gained the 270 total electoral votes needed to reach the White House.

  • Suspect crashes during police chase

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — An Independence man was arrested Saturday after reportedly fleeing from police signaling for a traffic stop.

    Anthony Allen Bobbitt, 35, of Independence, was charged with felony attempt to elude law enforcement, reckless driving, driving while suspended, improper registration and possession of a Schedule II drug (methamphetamine), according to a news release from Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan.

  • Murder charge certified to grand jury

    INDEPENDENCE – A charge of first-degree murder and three other felonies filed against Greyling Dwayne “Beany” Davis of Galax in the March 20 shooting death of Karen Cates will move to the Grayson County Grand Jury for certification.

    The ruling from the Grayson County General District Court at the conclusion of a preliminary hearing for Davis on Monday. Cates was Davis’ ex-girlfriend.

  • Anderson wins school board seat by 2 votes

    UPDATED:

    INDEPENDENCE — On Tuesday, only two votes separated the winner of the Grayson County School Board’s at-large seat from the candidate in second place.

    Tracy “Zeke” Anderson has been projected to win the four-way race, with 26.41 percent, or 1,822 total votes. Philip Vaughan, who holds the seat on an interim basis, received 24.38 percent, or 1,820 votes.

    The race was determined during a special election Tuesday, which was set after the death of former board member Tim Carico.