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  • Gun control and the Virginia governor's race

    Landmark News Service

    Jeanette Richardson was at a neighbor’s house for a New Year’s Eve party in 2004 when she heard gunshots.

    She returned home to find that her 18-year-old son, Patrick Wyatt McKinley, had been shot to death in the street. The gunman had been attending a party elsewhere in the neighborhood, and neither she nor her son knew him.

    But he attacked her son, home on break from college in Florida, after the teenager asked one of the gunman’s friends to move his car from in front of their house.

  • Galax school spending questioned

    A stringent cross-examination of the Galax school system’s proposed budget for the next fiscal year led the May 8 Galax City Council meeting.

    A public hearing for the budget was the first item under old business; there were no public speakers.

    The $15.1 million school budget — with $3.99 million in local operating funds and no debt service — was passed by all council members who were present. John Garner was absent.

  • Car flips on Elkhorn, minor driver injured

    A single-vehicle wreck last on May 17 at 7 p.m. on Elkhorn Road in Galax left the driver with only minor injuries but the car flipped over, according to Virginia State Trooper K.D. Blackburn.

    A 2000 Ford Mustang, driven by a minor, was traveling on Elkhorn when the driver caught up to a slower-moving vehicle. The Mustang corrected left, overcorrected to the right, ran off the road, struck a sign and rotated, struck an Appalachian Power pole on the passenger’s side, then rotated back around, rolled onto its top and came to a stop.

  • Who are the worst drivers on the road?

    A new report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety finds that young millennials are the riskiest drivers – but none of us is really setting a good example.

    According to the study, almost 90 percent of young millennials – defined as those between the ages of 19-24 — engaged in at least one risky behavior behind the wheel in the past 30 days, earning the top spot of worst behaved drivers in the U.S.

  • Event will raise awareness of missing man

    HILLSVILLE — Family and friends of a man missing for more than a decade will come together next month in Hillsville to raise awareness about his disappearance.

    At the event at the Hillsville VFW post, they will be joined by The AWARE Foundation, a non-profit agency that promotes safety awareness and assists in the location of and advocacy for the missing and endangered.

  • Recent arrests include drug violations

    Staff Reports

    Drug violations were among the charges resulting from arrests last week in the City of Galax.

    Agustin Ricardo Rodriguez, 29, of Galax, was arrested on May 15 by Officer Silverio Gonzales and charged with felony selling, giving or distributing marijuana.

  • CCHS grads take next step

    HILLSVILLE — More than 280 Carroll County seniors took their first steps towards life after high school at commencement exercises May 20.

    A full grandstand of parents, grandparents, family and friends watched the ceremony, which took place at Tommy Thompson Field.

  • Fries budget plan includes tax increase

    FRIES ― Fries Town Council members met last week to discuss the details of their $1.4 million dollar budget for fiscal year 2018; which now includes a proposed 3-cent tax rate increase and other increases for water and sewer rates.

    On May 16, council members discussed the need for these increases; which mainly include funding for projects like upgrades to the town’s water plant. In an interview with Town Clerk Jill Hill after the budget workshop, she noted that the proposed tax increase would be the first in 13 years.

  • Trial date set for Connell

    INDEPENDENCE — Terra Lynn Connell, charged in the 2016 dog attack death of a 15-month-old girl, has been scheduled for a two-day jury trial in Grayson County Circuit Court on Oct. 5 and 6.

    Connell, 30, was indicted by a grand jury in October on four charges, including possession of ammunition for a firearm after having been convicted of a felony; murder in the second-degree; failure to contain a vicious dog resulting in serious human injury; and abuse or child neglect.

  • Students explore career options

    Staff Report

    Grayson County 4-H partnered with several businesses in the Galax area and the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office for a Career Immersion event for 40 students.

    The event offered these students an opportunity to experience local careers and learn about their possibilities before graduation.