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  • Parks charged with shooting into home

    A Galax man is charged with shooting into an occupied dwelling and malicious wounding after an incident in Grayson County on April 14.

    Grayson County Sheriff’s Department investigators arrested Noah Parks, 18, of 112 Middleton Street in Galax, for shooting into an occupied residence, according to a report from Sheriff Richard Vaughan.

    The incident occurred at a mobile home on Carla Lane in the Fairview area at approximately 8:30 p.m.

  • Carroll budget proposal near $42M

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County citizens could be looking at a brand new series of tax rates this year, as county officials consider several tax changes to provide a balanced budget.

    Nikki Cannon, the county’s assistant administrator, presented the budget proposal at the Carroll County Board of Supervisors’ Monday meeting. Recommendations for this year’s budget included a reduction in the county’s real estate tax rate, an increase in the machinery and tools and personal property tax rates and the elimination of the farm machinery tax.

  • Wildlife experts: culling results in more coyotes

    Copyright 2015, The Roanoke Times. Used with permission.

    BLACKSBURG — The more coyotes you kill, the more you have.

    This biological quirk sets these relatively new Virginia residents apart from most other animals in the commonwealth’s forests, fields and even cities, according to Virginia Tech wildlife professor Marcella Kelly.

  • Motorcycle driver airlifted after crash

    HILLSVILLE — An Indian Valley man was airlifted following a motorcycle accident in front of the Wendy’s restaurant in Hillsville on April 11.

    According to a report from Hillsville Police Chief Wesley Yonce, officers were called to the scene of a two-vehicle accident that occurred at 5:30 p.m. The report said a 2014 Toyota Prius operated by Ben Cunningham of Elizabethville, Penn., was pulling out of the Wendy’s parking lot to go east on Carrollton Pike (U.S. 58), when it was struck by a 1974 Harley Davidson operated by Michael Lee Hubbard of Indian Valley.

  • Study: lower speed limits result in fewer wrecks

    After city council approved a controversial speed limit change for Galax back in 2013, Police Chief Rick Clark said the move is keeping citizens safer.

    In his annual report last month, Clark praised council members for lowering the limit. “I applaud you because of your actions,” he said at the meeting. “I appreciate your willingness to do the right thing, even when it wasn’t popular.”

  • Police: man left scene, hid after wreck


    A Galax man faces four charges following a single-vehicle traffic accident.

    Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan said the sheriff’s office received a call around 4:40 p.m. on March 31 reporting a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Cardinal Road and Petty Road, just outside the Galax corporate limits.

    Vaughan was the first officer on the scene. He said neighbors described the vehicle as a white SUV, possibly a Chevy Trailblazer. The vehicle left the scene of the accident.

  • Probe of suspect's death completed

    CANA — Further details have been released regarding a police chase that ended with the death of a suspect on April 8 in Cana.

    According to a news release from Corinne Geller, public relations director for the Virginia State Police, the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office initiated a pursuit of a vehicle that refused to stop for a deputy shortly before 9:45 a.m. on April 8. The man reportedly fled authorities first in a vehicle, then on foot. He ran behind a residence before shooting and killing himself.

  • Teen injured in farming accident

    HILLSVILLE — Virginia State Police responded to a farm accident in Hillsville on April 7, which resulted in the injury of a local teen.

    According to First Sgt. Mike Musser, state police responded to the scene on Freemont Road, where “a young man who had a round bale of hay on a truck, exited his vehicle to open a gate. The truck started to roll off, and as he was attempting to stop it, the truck pinned him.”

  • Interstate crash results in injuries, missing dog

    AUSTINVILLE — A couple from North Carolina suffered non-life-threatening injuries following a single vehicle accident on Interstate 77 in Austinville last Thursday.

    According to a report on scene from State Trooper S.M. Cochran, police were called to the 22 mile marker on I-77 North, after a truck and camper crashed on the interstate at approximately 12:05 p.m. on April 9.

    “The lady was driving the vehicle, and the trailer started swaying back and forth and she lost control,” Cochran said.

  • Gardner seeks 2nd term as sheriff

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner has confirmed that he will run for a second four-year term in the November general election.

    Gardner, a Republican, was first elected to serve as the county’s sheriff in 2012.

    Throughout his current term, Gardner says that the sheriff’s office staff has worked with one another and the community to create a number of beneficial programs and practices for the betterment of the county, and that he would like the opportunity to continue those efforts.