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  • Suspects charged with officer assault, escape attempt

    Staff Reports

    Galax police handled three recent cases involving the assault of an officer, an attempted escape from custody, illegal drugs and burglaries.

    On July 24, Arley Jason Simpkins, 29, of Galax, was arrested by Capt. James Cox on several charges, according to a police department report.

  • Fiddlers flocking to Galax for weeklong festival

    Staff Reports

    Galax’s population will soar in the coming week, as thousands of fiddlin’ fans descend on the city. Felts Park will open its gates at 7 a.m. Sunday for the 80th Annual Old Fiddlers’ Convention. The competition opens Monday night and lasts through Aug. 8.

    Most of the convention’s expected 1,300 campers will show up Sunday to set up camp.

  • Elk Creek man charged in crash that injured troopers

    Staff Reports

    An Elk Creek man was charged in connection with a crash that injured two Virginia state troopers Tuesday on Interstate 81 in Pulaski County.

    At approximately 5:30 a.m., a tractor-trailer traveling north on I-81 became disabled and had to stop along the left shoulder and travel lane at mile marker 96.

  • Galax/Carroll relay raises $71,000

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County High School’s football field once again served as a battleground for a community intent on eliminating the threat of cancer.

    A total of 135 registered participants gathered for this year’s Galax-Carroll Relay for Life event last Saturday, where they raised more than $71,000 for the American Cancer Society, to assist in the ongoing search for a cure.

  • Virginians split on Confederate flag ban

    Landmark News Service

    Virginians are split over whether the Confederate battle flag should no longer be allowed on specialty license plates, according to a poll released Monday.

    The telephone survey of voters by Quinnipiac University found that 46 percent wanted the flag removed from state tags and 45 percent did not. Nine percent were undecided or didn’t know.

  • I-77 safety signs to be installed this summer

    FANCY GAP — Motorists traveling Interstate 77 will notice new signs and weather detection stations being installed in Carroll County between mile markers 0 and 15 to inform them of changing traffic and weather conditions on Fancy Gap Mountain.

    A total of 76 signs of various types and three additional weather detection stations will be put in place this summer in support of the active traffic and safety management system.

    The signage includes regular static signs, electronic message boards and variable speed limit signs.

  • Traffic change coming to U.S. 58

    A traffic pattern change for the U.S. 58 traffic project in Carroll County will go into effect Thursday.

    Weather permitting, the new pattern will begin at U.S. 58 and Virginia 653 (Dust Trail Road) and extend about .7 mile, then connect back into the current travel lane at .5 mile west of Virginia 638 (Dugspur Road).

    Traffic is being placed on a newly constructed section of the eastbound lane in order to construct the westbound lanes.

    The U.S. 58 improvements are being made in Carroll, Floyd and Patrick counties.

  • Two charged for drug paraphernalia

    Two people were arrested in Galax last week after a police canine alerted on their vehicle during a traffic stop.

    Sgt. Shawny Jones and Officer Jeremiah Foutch stopped a vehicle operated by Ronald E. Byrd, 33, of Fries, for improper registration, according to a Galax Police Department report. The officer’s observations caused them to request Sgt. Jacob Vaughan and a police canine trained in narcotics detection.

  • Woman meets canine rescuer

    FRIES — A Fries woman is safe and sound thanks to search efforts from local authorities and a bloodhound’s skilled nose, after she went missing from her home earlier this month.

    On July 13 at approximately 8:40 a.m., members of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia State Police responded to Honey Dew Lane in Fries, to a report of a missing senior citizen.

  • Truck crashes into barn on Cranberry

    A single-vehicle wreck in the 2000 block of Cranberry Road left no injuries but apparently extensive property damage on July 21 at 1:15 p.m. according to Virginia State Trooper S.M. Cochran.

    A truck hauling an open trailer, driven by Randolph Shawn Turman, 42, of Dugspur, headed away from E. Stuart Drive, came around a curve too fast, the trailer jackknifed and pushed the truck off the road into a small barn, said Cochran.