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  • Murder charges filed in dog attack death

    Staff Reports

    INDEPENDENCE — The babysitters whose dog killed an infant in their care last week now face second-degree murder charges, in addition to felony child neglect.

    The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office filed the new charges on Wednesday after an investigation of the Jan. 6 incident, which resulted in the death of 15-month-old Payton Lyrik Sawyers.

  • Drugs found during shoplifting arrest

    Staff Report

    On Dec. 30 at approximately 11:30 p.m., Galax Officer Jeremiah Foutch was called to Walmart by Officer Tyler Houk, who was off-duty, in regards to a possible shoplifter.

    According to a police report, upon arrival Foutch spoke with loss prevention employee Lavenda Young, who stated that she had observed a male suspect walking through the store concealing goods in a Walmart bag.

  • Sutherland new chair of Grayson supervisors

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors elected officers and reviewed rules of procedure during an organizational meeting Jan. 4 at the Matthews State Forest Meeting Center.

    County Administrator Jonathan Sweet asked for nominations to elect a chair for the board. Supervisor Kenneth Belton nominated Supervisor Brenda Sutherland. After Sutherland accepted the nomination, and no other nominations were cast, the motion was approved by all members present.

  • A Citizen's Guide to the 2016 General Assembly

    Landmark News Service & Staff Reports

    Professional lobbyists aren’t the only ones who can have a voice at the General Assembly in Richmond. Thanks to the Internet, you can see what legislators are up to and share your opinions.

    Here’s a guide to the basics for this year’s session, which begins Jan. 13 and runs through February

    Do Your Homework

    Become familiar with the legislation beyond what you read or hear.

  • Will vulture bill fly in Assembly?

    Sen. Bill Carrico (R-40th District) of Grayson County plans to introduce a bill addressing the problem of black vultures during the General Assembly session that starts this week.

    Areas of the Twin Counties, particularly Galax, have seen huge flocks of the birds roosting in trees and on rooftops and circling in the skies for the past couple of years.

    Despite efforts to drive them off, the vultures stubbornly remain.

  • Feeling Lucky? What to do if you win the lottery

    Wednesday’s multi-state Powerball lottery jackpot is expected to reach a record $1.4 billion. The following column offering advice on what to do if you are a significant lottery winner was provided by Ken Diggs, a spokesman for State Farm Insurance in Tennessee.

    We all dream of winning the Powerball or Mega Millions, but you are more likely to be bitten by a shark or struck by lightning in your lifetime.

  • N.C. man arrested after standoff in Cana

    Staff Reports

    CANA – A Mount Airy, N.C., man was arrested after a five-hour standoff with police in Cana on Tuesday.

    According to a report from Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner, deputies from his office, deputies from the U.S. Marshals Service and troopers with Virginia State Police arrested Dale Thomas Willard, 37, after the standoff.

  • Tractor-trailer turns over on Coulson Church Road

    An accident involving a truck hauling stone occurred today, Jan. 11, around 1 p.m. at the intersection of Coulson Church Road and Rescue Road in Carroll County.

    Tyler Lane Cassell, 25, of Mount Airy, N.C., was driving a truck for McCraw Trucking when the vehicle overturned on the passenger side. Cassell was transported from the accident by ambulance, but the nature of his injuries are not known at this time.

  • Police chief: concealed weapon decision won't cause many changes

    Law enforcement officials and many gun owners have expressed their opposition to Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring’s decision that, as of Feb. 1, the state will no longer recognize concealed carry handgun permits from 25 other states.

    Herring said these states — including the border states of North Carolina, Tennessee, and Kentucky — have criteria for concealed carry permits that are more lax than Virginia’s requirements.

  • Suspect took $1,000 worth of teeth-whitening products

    Staff Reports

    Given the nature of the theft, it’s surprising that a suspect in a teeth-whitening kit theft didn’t smile in his mug shot.

    On Jan. 7, Galax police were called to investigate a shoplifting at CVS. Officer Darrin Alley responded and discovered that a male subject had fled the store with more than $1,000 in teeth whitener kits. The suspect left on foot and no vehicle was seen.