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  • U.S. Cellular plans new Galax tower

    U.S. Cellular plans to build a new cell phone tower in Galax, on Valley Street at the V&M Recycling property.

    The use is permitted under the city’s zoning ordinance and is considered administrative approval only, but Galax City Council held a public hearing in March. No citizens spoke.

    “In speaking with our attorney, unless there is a specific violation of any portion of the cell tower zoning regulations, we cannot refuse the request,” noted City Manager Keith Barker at the March 13 meeting. The parcel is industrially zoned.

  • Carroll schools seek level funding

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County School Board is asking supervisors for the same amount of money it received this year.

    The board has approved its budget for fiscal year 2018 and presented it to the Carroll Board of Supervisors with a request for level county funding.

    The total budget is $42.9 million and the requested amount from the county is $11.2 million.

  • Shots fired, woman hit by vehicle in Fries

    FRIES — The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia State Police responded to a disturbance on Liberty Hill Road last Friday, when an argument over a child reportedly led to a suspect firing a gun and striking another person with the weapon; and that person hitting a woman with his car in an attempt to leave the property.

  • Carroll kicks off 175th anniversary events

    HILLSVILLE – Representatives of Carroll County hosted the first of many events to celebrate the county’s 175th anniversary on April 1.

    In attendance were members of the Carroll County Board of Supervisors, Hillsville Town Council and the Carroll County Historical Society, as well as citizens and local historians.

    Steve Truitt, county administrator, and Retta Jackson, Hillsville town manager, made welcome remarks and Bob Martin, chairman of the board of supervisors, told stories of Carroll County’s past.

  • It won't be as hard to find sellers' yards

    People holding yard sales in Galax will now be able to post signs directing potential buyers to their homes.

    Before, the city code only allowed yard sale signs to be displayed at the location of the yard sale, which prevented sellers from doing much promotion.

    Galax City Council held a public hearing on the amendments to the yard sale ordinance in March, and later voted to approve the changes.

  • Arrests include assault, larceny

    Staff Reports

    Recent arrests in Galax included assault, possession of burglary tools and larceny.

    According to a report issued by the Galax Police Department:

    • Josiah Tanner Williams, 24, of Galax, was arrested on March 21 by Officer Chris Hines and charged with felony parole violation and misdemeanor assault and battery.

    • Jamie Allen Sharpe, 38, of Galax, was arrested on March 22 by Sgt. Shawny Jones and charged with felony assault on a family member (third or more offense).

  • Chaplains honor fallen deputy

    The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and the family of a deputy who died in the line of duty received memorial plaques from the International Conference of Police Chaplains last week.

    The plaques honor Deputy Curtis Allen Bartlett, 32, who was involved in a fatal crash during a pursuit in Carroll County on March 9.

  • Sign of Respect

    Retired Galax Parks & Recreation Director Dave Nelson received a special honor from the Galax City Council at Monday night’s meeting: the road from South Main Street into Felts Park and the recreation center’s parking lot was renamed “Dave Nelson Drive.”

    Nelson was given a replica of the street sign for himself, as well as others for his family members and friends.

  • Man unhappy with Carroll's I-77 enforcement

    HILLSVILLE – A Michigan man facing charges in Carroll County threatened to bring legal action against the county in connection with law enforcement actions when he spoke to the Carroll County Board of Supervisors earlier this month.

    In his remarks, Keith Olson of Michigan alleged that the county is operating outside of the traditional framework for county government with its police enforcement efforts on Interstate 77.

  • Jury won't hear some of Keepers' statements

    Staff Report

    CHRISTIANSBURG – Judge Robert Turk ruled on Monday that only parts of Natalie Keepers’ testimony will be admissible due to improper interrogation techniques by police.

    Only information gathered during the first three hours of day one, and all of the second day of the two-day interrogation, will be allowed in her two-week jury trial, currently scheduled to start Feb. 5, 2018.