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  • Machete attack charge reduced to misdemeanor

    Staff Report

    Santos Hernandez, 22, charged with felony aggravated assault in a July incident involving a machete, appeared in Galax General District Court on the morning of Aug. 21.

    Hernandez was there to answer to charges of misdemeanor public intoxication and swearing, two counts of misdemeanor obtaining documents to make false statements (false ID) and misdemeanor attempted malicious wounding. The attempted malicious wounding was a felony, but was later reduced to the misdemeanor charge.

  • Old Crow Medicine Show a musical remedy for the soul

    By the time Old Crow Medicine Show takes the stage of the Blue Ridge Music Center on this Sunday evening, the crowd has already been treated to a couple hours of tunes, from the soulful acoustic blues of Amythyst Kiah to the country-folk-pop fusion of Mipso.

    But when the Crows finally perch behind their instruments and lead vocalist Ketch Secor launches into “Tell It To Me,” the crowd of more than 2,700 on the amphitheater’s hillside is electrified.

    These guys are rock stars, no matter what kind of music they play.

  • VDOT warns of heavy flea market traffic

    HILLSVILLE — Travelers heading to the annual Hillsville Flea Market and Gun Show during Labor Day weekend should be prepared for considerable traffic delays.

    The town’s popular annual event will be held Sept. 1-4. People not attending the show are encouraged to avoid the area altogether.

  • Tractor-trailer, two vehicles crash in Galax

    Staff Reports

    A wreck on East Stuart Drive near Taylorwood Drive in Galax at 10 p.m. on Saturday left two people with minor injuries, caused power outages and left traffic at least partly blocked by an overturned tractor-trailer through 1 p.m. on Sunday, according to a report issued by the Galax Police Department.

  • State police investigating Carroll commissioner

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County Commissioner of the Revenue Frances Zimmerman, 56, of Hillsville, was charged by the Virginia State Police with three counts of computer invasion of privacy.

    According to a state police press release on Aug. 24, “the charges stem from the illegal accessing of protected information from a state government database and then disseminating that protected information to another individual.”

    State police said the investigation began in April, but did not say what kind of information was accessed or to whom it was given.

  • Woman shot after alleged machete attack

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE ― An Independence woman was arrested Friday after she was reportedly shot at a residence by the homeowner; who told police she was damaging property and threatening them with two machetes.

    On Aug. 25 at 11:09 a.m. authorities responded to a report of a shooting on Fulton Road near Independence.

    According to a report from Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan, deputies found Kathy Hines, 59, of Fulton Road laying in her neighbor’s driveway with a gunshot wound to the shoulder.

  • Woman shot at residence, airlifted

    INDEPENDENCE ― Police and rescue workers responded to a report of a shooting Friday morning at a residence on Fulton Road in Independence.

    EMTs transported a 59-year-old woman who was shot once in the left shoulder, according to police reports. A landing zone for a medical helicopter was set up at Grayson Express off U.S. 58 and the woman was flown out for treatment.

    Police responded to a call that said an intruder had been shot at the residence.

    The Grayson County Sheriff's Office is handling the investigation.

  • Mistrial declared in murder case

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County Circuit Court Judge Lee Harrell declared a mistrial on Wednesday in the murder case of Greyling Wayne “Beany” Davis.

    Davis, of Galax, allegedly shot two people in the Fairview section of Grayson County in 2016. His ex-girlfriend, Karen Cates, 41, died; David Patton was wounded.

    Davis’ trial for first-degree murder was set to begin Aug. 23. The declaration came at the request of Davis’s defense attorney, Jonathon Venzie, and was agreed to by Grayson County Commonwealth’s Attorney Doug Vaught.

  • Hodges found not guilty of factory sabotage

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – It took a grand jury about 10 minutes Wednesday to decide the fate of a Galax man accused of causing $1 million in damages through sabotage of a furniture plant.

    Cory Dean Hodges, 28, was charged with statutory burglary and destruction of property following an incident that occurred at Vaughan-Bassett Furniture in Galax on Feb. 3, 2016.

  • Va. voters could help decide fate of Confederate monuments

    Landmark News Service

    Lawmakers in Virginia will have an opportunity next year to decide whether to make it easier for local governments to remove Confederate monuments, to clarify the law to make it more difficult to do so, or to leave the law as it is.

    Statewide elections in November could help determine if the law changes.