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  • Police vehicles damaged in violent chase

    WOODLAWN — The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Woodlawn man Tuesday on multiple charges, following the violent pursuit of a driver who attempted to hit several vehicles while fleeing from law enforcement.

    Eric Michael Fulton, 38, of Laurel Mount Lane in Woodlawn, was charged with felony eluding law enforcement, two counts of assault on a police officer, two misdemeanor counts of destruction of property for damaging two police cars, resisting arrest, reckless driving and operating a vehicle with expired registration and expired inspection.

  • Four injured in head-on crash near Subway in Galax

    A two-vehicle accident tied up traffic and required four people to be transported for treatment of injuries on Tuesday at 5:42 p.m., according to Galax Police Capt. James Cox.

    The accident occurred when a blue 1992 Ford Escort, operated by Brian Keith Smith, 51, of Galax, was traveling east on East Stuart Drive/U.S. 58 at the Caldwell Street intersection. Police said he attempted to turn left onto Glendale and struck a tan 2000 Ford Expedition, operated by Steven Ray Dalton, 49, of Hillsville.

  • Mitchell no longer seeking appointment

    HILLSVILLE ― Billy Mitchell has withdrawn his application to serve on the Carroll County Planning Commission, after his nomination last month resulted in controversy among members of the community and other county officials.

    Mitchell, a former Carroll administrator, served time in federal prison after he was convicted in 1998 of embezzling more than $400,000 from the county and the Industrial Development Authority (IDA). The federal indictment against Mitchell included seven counts of embezzlement and 25 counts of money laundering.

  • Sheriff to run for 3rd term

    By DON RICHESON and LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — Thirteen Grayson County elected positions are up for grabs this year, but so far there is no stampede of official candidates.

    The only candidate to file paperwork to run so far is Sheriff Richard Vaughan, who is seeking another four-year term.

    Vaughan said he will run as an independent candidate and has secured the required 125 signatures from registered voters.

  • Two charged after traffic stop turns up drugs

    Two men face drug charges after traffic stops that occurred on Feb. 28 and March 1 in Galax.

    On Saturday, Jeffery D. Ray, 44, of Galax, was stopped by Sgt. Shawny Jones for an equipment violation. “It was determined that Ray’s privilege to drive had been suspended and that it was the second time he had been stopped that day for the same violation,” according to a report from the Galax Police Department.

    While Ray’s vehicle was being inventoried prior to towing, a quantity of marijuana and suspected methamphetamine was discovered.

  • Goad to announce candidacy

    HILLSVILLE — Gerald Goad will announce his candidacy for Clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Historic Carroll County Courthouse on Main Street in Hillsville.

    Goad is an online academic advisor at Wytheville Community College. He studied business and industry training at Old Dominion University, and also attended Wytheville Community College and Virginia Tech.

    If elected, Goad would fill the seat vacated by Carolyn Honeycutt, who announced her retirement earlier this year.

  • Oak Hall bringing 100 jobs to Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — Oak Hall Cap & Gown, a manufacturer of academic, judicial and religious apparel, will invest $1.2 million to establish a textile manufacturing operation in Independence.

    The company will renovate and up-fit an existing 85,000-square-foot facility — the old Robertshaw Controls building at 607 W. Main Street — and create 100 new jobs.

  • Two arrested for drug violations

    Two Galax men have been arrested and charged with violations of the Drug Control Act after a traffic stop on Feb. 25.

    According to a report from the Galax Police Department, Officer Drew Burnett stopped a vehicle driven by Michael Logan Weyant, 20, for operating without headlights. Burnett’s observations and investigation resulted in the recovery of suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, the report said.

  • Bill would have allowed prayer at government meetings

    RICHMOND — A Virginia Senate committee narrowly rejected a measure to authorize public prayers at government meetings — a common practice at town and city council, school board and county supervisors’ meetings in the Twin Counties.

    The Senate General Laws and Technology Committee killed the measure on an 8-7 vote.

  • Branch to update community on U.S. 58 project

    LAUREL FORK — Branch Highways, the contractor for the U.S. 58 widening project, will hold an information session for the Laurel Fork community on March 4.

    Pete Copes, Branch’s Construction Manager on the project, will speak at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Laurel Fork Community Center, according to Frances Tobler of the Senior Citizens Group of Laurel Fork, sponsor of the meeting.