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  • Taxpayers have chance to appeal assessments

    INDEPENDENCE ― The Board of Equalization for Grayson County will hold several meetings from August through the beginning of September, to hear feedback from the public about this year’s real estate tax assessments.

    Tax reassessment letters have been mailed out, and by this time, property owners in Grayson County should be aware of any changes they should expect. Written or oral complaints of inequalities in real estate assessments will be considered by the board for increase, decrease or affirmation during these meetings.

  • Fugitive found, stolen lawn mower recovered

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — A man wanted by Galax police on outstanding warrants was arrested in Independence by Grayson County deputies, and received additional charges for possession of marijuana and a stolen lawn mower.

  • Car runs into house on Pipers Gap Road

    PIPERS GAP – A Fries man faces charges after an accident on Pipers Gap Road last Thursday, where the vehicle he was driving struck a house.

    The accident occurred across from Oakland Elementary School.

  • Police look into possible link between fight, man's death

    UPDATE:

    The Carroll County Sheriff's Office issued this news release on Aug. 1:

    "On July 16, 2016, there was an incident involving a group of individuals at Kanawa Valley, located in Dugspur, Virginia.  This incident resulted in a physical altercation.

  • Two charged with drug violations in Galax

    Staff Report

    According to the Galax Police Department, two men were charged with drug violations July 21 in separate incidents.

    Brandon Lee Evans, 30, of Galax was arrested on July 21 by Officer Darren Alley and charged with possession of methamphetamine.

    Alley was dispatched to a suspicious person call and identified Evans, who was acting erratically according to the report. The Galax Police K9 unit, Ajo, alerted on the vehicle that Evans was operating, and a quantity of methamphetamine was discovered.

  • Route 58 project continues in Galax

    Drivers on the stretch of Route 58 that runs through Galax from about Main Street to the western city limits should expect delays for the next week, said City Manager Keith Barker. Contractors are working on the road again.

    “They’re going to be milling the asphalt for one to three days,” said Barker, starting today, Monday, “and then replace paving along the whole route.”

    Traffic will be able to pass through, but will be restricted, as it was when trees were removed in an earlier phase of the project in spring.

  • Sales tax holiday set for Aug. 5-7

    Virginia will offer a sales tax holiday from Aug. 5-7 so that shoppers can purchase qualifying school supplies, clothing and footwear, emergency preparedness items and certain energy-efficient products without paying state and local sales tax.

    This two-day tax break is aimed to financially assist families for back-to-school shopping and encourage Virginians to take necessary precautions during hurricane season.

    Tax exempt items include:

  • Eisenhauer won't face capital murder charge

    Staff Reports

    CHRISTIANSBURG — A former Virginia Tech student will not face a capital murder charge in the killing of 13-year-old Nicole Lovell, whose body was found just outside Grayson County last year.

    Mary Pettitt, commonwealth’s attorney for Montgomery County, said Tuesday that investigators had not been able to prove that David Eisenhauer, 19, had sexual contact with Lovell.

  • Four vehicles involved in U.S. 52 wreck

    HILLSVILLE – A Galax man faces charges after a multi-vehicle accident on July 25 at Sunny Side Store on U.S. 52 in Hillsville.

    According to a report from Trooper R.D. Horton with the Virginia State Police, the accident occurred at 4:19 p.m. at the intersection of U.S. 52 and Route 675 (Westover Road) in front of the Sunny Side Store.

  • God's Pit Crew truck wrecks on I-77

    HILLSVILLE – A tractor-trailer carrying donation supplies for a children’s home hydroplaned on Interstate 77 in Carroll County on Tuesday, resulting in the closure of the northbound lanes. The truck was owned and operated by God’s Pit Crew.

    According to a release from the Virginia State Police, at 8:45 p.m. on July 26, troopers responded to a single-vehicle crash at the 12 mile-marker on I-77.