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  • Homeowner holds suspect at gunpoint

    Staff Report

    When police responded to a break-in call on April 21, they found the homeowner with a gun pointed at a man allegedly trying to steal his truck.

    Roy Lee Burris, 38, or Galax faces charges in Carroll County after allegedly attempting to break in to a residence on Lincoln Road in the Cliffview area.

    According to a report from Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner, members of his office responded to a call at approximately 11 p.m., reporting a breaking and entering in progress.

  • Judge declares mistrial in factory sabotage case

    HILLSVILLE — The trial of Corey Dean Hodges, charged with the 2016 vandalization of the Vaughan-Bassett Furniture factory in downtown Galax, has been moved to August, following a mistrial last Wednesday.

    Carroll County Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Philip Steele said that a juror “had problems that made him unable to sit on that panel.”

  • Carroll recognizes student achievements

    HILLSVILLE – As the school year comes to a close, many students and teachers were recognized for their outstanding accomplishments at the April regular monthly meeting of the Carroll County School Board. The meeting was held on April 11 in the second floor boardroom of the Carroll County Governmental Complex.

    Recognitions included:

  • Carroll holds hearing on hiring new school chief

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County School Board held a hearing April 11 to hear public comments on the upcoming appointment of a division superintendent for Carroll County Public Schools, following the July 1 retirement of Superintendent Dr. Strader Blankenship.

    One citizen spoke at the hearing and urged the board to look at “the small things” and the character of the candidates when it came to hiring a replacement.

  • Car runs into house on Tower Road

    A home on Tower Road in Galax was left needing extensive repairs after a car crashed into it, knocking out a large chunk of wall at 12:50 a.m. on April 27, according to Virginia State Trooper S. Kenney.

    A 2004 Ford Focus, driven by a juvenile, was traveling along Tower Road when he apparently swerved off the right side of the road to avoid a deer, said Kenney. The car went off the road and into the front of a private residence.

    Nobody was injured in the incident, but the car was totaled and the house suffered extensive damage.

  • Two charged in Baywood break-in

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Two suspects face several charges in connection with a break-in that occurred in the Baywood community on April 19.

    Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan said Hunter Wayne Dixon, 22, of Galax, and Toni Lynn Brown, 27, of Rich Creek, were arrested April 26 in Giles County.

    The suspects allegedly gained entry to a Baywood residence and took several firearms, jewelry and a 1997 Jeep Cherokee, according to the release.

  • Schools seek $4.4 million from Galax

    Galax City Public Schools are asking for $4.4 million in local money for fiscal year 2018, according to a request made by Schools Superintendent Bill Sturgill at the April 24 city council meeting.

    The school system’s budget is up 1.3 percent overall, according to documentation from the schools. Fiscal year 2018’s total budget is $15.6 million, up $202,248 from this year’s $15.4 million.

  • No injuries in Carroll bus crash

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE – A Carroll County school bus was involved in a two-vehicle accident on Tuesday. The bus was full of students at the time of the accident, but no injuries were reported.

    According to reports from Officer Shannon Goad with the Hillsville Police Department, crews were dispatched to the accident at 1691 Carrollton Pike around 4 p.m. on May 2. The accident occurred at the second traffic light after the Interstate 77 underpass on U.S. 58 West, heading towards Galax.

  • Ogle's fire ruled arson, suspect indicted

    By SHAINA STOCKTON and LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — A Wythe County man has been arrested and charged in connection with an apartment fire above the former Frogs Ogle’s Deli in Independence.

    According to Independence Police Chief James Wagoner, David Christopher Rose, 29, was indicted by a Grayson County Grand Jury on April 28. Indictments were sealed until his arrest.

  • Community fills need when church sinks money into hole repair

    Camp Zion Church of Galax will host a multi-church dinner and bake sale fundraiser on Friday at the Fairview Ruritan building, but not for themselves.

    In true Twin Counties fashion, they’re doing it to help out a neighbor.