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  • Berrier could file grievance over voter ID decision

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — An unsuccessful candidate for the Fancy Gap District seat on the Carroll County School Board says he is considering filing a grievance with the state board of elections over a ballot that was counted even though the voter only had a copy of their ID.

    Phillip Berrier of Cana petitioned for a recount after the Nov. 7 election results showed incumbent Joey Haynes winning by a three-vote margin in what was initially a four-way race. After a recount on Dec. 27, Haynes retained the seat by a single vote.

  • GVFD saves home while delivering food boxes

    Not only do the Christmas Community Food Fund boxes help fight hunger in Twin Counties homes, they sometimes save houses, as well.

    According to Galax Fire Chief David Hankley, the delivery of one food box resulted in a “Christmas miracle.”

    Originally not home, Hankley noted, the occupant returned once she remembered Dec. 24 was delivery day for the boxes. Delivery volunteers had knocked on the door and started to leave when she got back.

  • Burglary plea hearing date reset

    INDEPENDENCE — A scheduled hearing in a case against Wyndom Taylor Thornton of Galax was continued earlier this month in Grayson County Circuit Court, at the request of Thornton’s attorney.

    Thornton was scheduled for a plea and sentencing hearing for charges related to a burglary in Independence earlier this year. Jonathon Venzie, who is representing Thornton, requested a new court date to give him more time to prepare.

  • Suspect violates protective order while in jail

    HILLSVILLE — Suspects under arrest are allowed one phone call while in custody, usually to contact a family member or maybe a lawyer.

    According to police, a Giles County man charged with assault and attempted abduction this week incurred another charge by using his call to contact his girlfriend, thereby violating a protective order.

  • Haynes wins Fancy Gap seat by 1 vote

    HILLSVILLE — Incumbent Joey Haynes hung onto the Fancy Gap seat on the Carroll County School Board by one vote in a recount on Wednesday.

    The final official tally was 500 to 499, according to results given by Carroll County Clerk of Circuit Court Gerald Goad.

    Phillip Berrier had petitioned for a recount after the Nov. 7 election results showed Haynes winning by a three-vote margin in what was initially a four-way race, including candidates Patricia Sebens and Gina Hall.

  • Three injured in Galax crash

    Galax Volunteer Fire Department and the Galax Police Department responded to a four-vehicle crash on Dec. 22 in the heavy pre-holiday traffic on East Stuart Drive, in front of BP and the Crossroads Institute.

    According to a GVFD report, firefighters responded to the call at 5:54 p.m., for a chain reaction crash at 1115 E. Stuart Drive.

    One person was extricated from a vehicle, three were transported to Twin County Regional Hospital by Galax-Grayson EMS and treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Four others refused treatment.

  • Police investigate Walmart larceny

    The man in this security camera picture allegedly entered Walmart in Galax on Dec. 23 and stole Nest electronic items, according to the Galax Police Department.

    If you know the identity of the suspect, please call the Galax police at (276) 236-8101. You may remain anonymous.

    Officer Mitchell Lineberry is investigating.

  • Scoots restaurant closing in Galax

    After about five years of service, Scoots, located in downtown Galax, is closing. Its last day of operation will be Saturday, according to Larry Brannock, operator of Scoots and former member of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department.

    He, along with his wife, former Twin County Regional Chamber of Commerce director Judy Brannock, have owned and run the Main Street restaurant, which offered dine-in lunch and dinner as well as catering; but now they’ve decided to step back and focus on retirement and family.

  • Galax arrests include assault, burglary, drugs

    Staff Report

    Recent arrests in Galax included burglary, assault, drug violations and carrying a concealed weapon.

    Galax police were dispatched to a residence on Dec. 3 after receiving a call that an armed individual had forced his way into a residence.

    According to a police report, Officer John Reavis responded and saw a vehicle matching the description of the suspect.

  • Hillsville receives $100,000 in grants

    HILLSVILLE — The Town of Hillsville has received two $50,000 grants from the Mount Rogers Planning District Commission, one for the Fancy Gap sewer project and the other for a generator at the wastewater plant.

    Town Manager Retta Jackson announced the grants at Hillsville Town Council’s Dec. 11 meeting.

    The sewer project grant resulted from Carroll County offering Hillsville the opportunity to treat some of the sewage it had been sending to Galax for treatment, said Mayor Greg Crowder.