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  • State deals with budget shortfall

    Staff Report

    RICHMOND — Gov. Terry McAuliffe presented his amendments to the 2016-2018 biennium budget to members of the Senate Finance, House Appropriations and House Finance committees on Dec. 16.

  • Officer assault suspect in custody

    Staff Reports

    The Galax Police Department responded to a report of a fight in progress involving a metal pipe at 12:16 a.m. on Dec. 20, according to a report released by Capt. James Cox.

    Officer Trevor Jefferson arrived at the intersection of McArthur Street and Painter Street and located Daniel Tyree Lester, 29, of Galax, on foot. While Jefferson was speaking to Lester, the man allegedly assaulted Jefferson and attempted to flee.

  • Firm chosen for GES renovation design

    After a second round of presentations, the Galax City School Board has decided to use architectural and engineering firm WM2A to design an expansion of the elementary school.

    The three firms who were left after the first round of presentations – WM2A, RRMM and OWPR – all had outlines for renovating the existing Galax Elementary School site while making additions for a larger student body, but the board decided that WM2A had the best overall plans.

  • No injuries in Carroll wreck

    Staff Report

    A two-vehicle accident on Danville Pike in Carroll County at 3:50 p.m. on Dec. 19 left no injuries but heavy damage to the automobiles, said Sgt. Scott Todd of the Virginia State Police.

    A 1998 Ford SUV driven by Donna Beckley, 66, of Fancy Gap, was headed west when it crossed the double solid line and struck a 2011 Land Rover SUV driven by Lorrie Mann, 58, of Meadows of Dan, head-on.

  • VSP reports multiple crashes on I-77 Monday

    Staff Reports

    Fog and heavy traffic contributed to three pile-ups in the Fancy Gap area of Interstate 77 in Carroll County on Monday.

    Only minor injuries, but major vehicular damage, occurred in a multi-vehicle accident at the 6.3 mile marker in the southbound lane of I-77 the morning of Dec. 26, according to Virginia State Trooper C.M. Delp.

  • Clinic renovation part of plan to fight mold

    After receiving complaints filed via the Virginia Department of Labor about possible mold contamination, Carilion Clinic of Galax proceeded to test the facility and is developing a plan to address it, according to a report released by the company.

    On Nov. 3, the practice got a notice from Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regarding an employee complaint about a possible mold problem and the building’s indoor air quality. The clinic is home to family and internal medicine practices.

  • Planning director leaving Grayson for VDOT job

    INDEPENDENCE ― Elaine Holeton, Grayson County’s planning and community development director, has resigned her position to accept a new job with the Virginia Department of Transportation.

  • Officers to train in community policing

    The Galax Police Department received two grants, one for $25,726 and another $17,244, from Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s “Policing in the 21st Century” initiative.

    The department was one of 36 to receive a grant from the more than $756,000 in funding approved by the Criminal Justice Services Board in Richmond. The money supports training and equipment to enhance the department’s community inclusive policing efforts.

  • Candidates for governor unknown to most voters

    Landmark News Service

    A poll released Dec. 14 by Quinnipiac University showed that candidates for Virginia governor in 2017 are not well known in the early stage of the campaign.

    Sixty-six to 88 percent of respondents didn’t know enough about the candidates to form an opinion, the poll found.

    Among Republican voters, 57 percent were undecided. Among those with an opinion, political strategist Ed Gillespie led with 24 percent, followed by U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman with 10 percent.

  • Police seek burglary suspect

    Staff Report

    The Galax Police Department is investigating a burglary that occurred the night of Dec. 18.

    The white male suspect entered a vacant business in the Twin County Plaza (Magic Mart) Shopping Center and attempted entry into an adjoining business, according to a police report.

    The suspect was in front of the shopping center at approximately 8:30 p.m., then went to the rear of the building. He fled the scene at approximately 10:45 p.m., police said.