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  • Bleacher removal begins at GCHS

    INDEPENDENCE — The scene is already shifting at Grayson County High School, as the long-awaited plan to replace the condemned football bleachers began with demolition on March 15.

    Demolition of the concrete bleachers started at 8:30 a.m. that day, and the community was invited to stop by the field and witness the backhoe crushing the existing structure into a pile of rubble.

  • Afterschool program gets kids excited about reading

    “To sum it up, so far in our year, we’ve seen students who have never before been excited about school showing up excited about staying after school,” said Galax Middle School teacher Sheila Ramey, who made a presentation about the 21st Century grant-funded afterschool reading program at the March 8 Galax School Board meeting.

    The program is the same that led to last semester’s trip to Biltmore, after 7th graders spent seven consecutive Mondays after school reading “Serafina and the Black Cloak.”

  • Head-on collision results in fatality

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — A woman is charged with DUI in a two-vehicle accident that occurred around 1:30 p.m. Friday on U.S. 58, resulting in a fatality.

    According to a report by Trooper R.D. Horton with the Virginia State Police, authorities responded to a call at 4314 Danville Pike, about .03 mile east of Bent Nail Rd (Route 666), a head-on collision with entrapment.

  • Judge sets $1M bond in fatal shooting case

    Staff Reports

    Greyling Dwayne “Beany” Davis, charged in the first-degree murder of Karen Cates at her Grayson County home, the malicious wounding of David Patton and other offenses across two states, appeared in Alleghany County District Court on Tuesday to answer to charges in North Carolina and to appoint a lawyer.

    Police said Davis, 52, was an estranged boyfriend of Cates.

    Davis was served the first-degree murder warrant on Tuesday morning. He also faces two outstanding fugitive warrants in Virginia.

  • Galax homicide investigation continues

    Staff Reports

    Investigation continues into the March 10 slayings of Alyssa Kenny, 28, and her daughter Anastasia Alley, 21 months, amid a long wait ahead for evidence to be fully processed, according to Galax Police Chief Rick Clark.

    Clark said Wednesday it would be several weeks, if not months, before reports come in from the state medical examiner in Roanoke, or from state crime lab analysis of other physical evidence.

  • Carroll continues search for new administrator

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Board of Supervisors hopes to begin the initial interview process for a new county administrator soon.

    “There has been a consensus reached across the board that we will be conducting interviews in the near future,” Board Chairman Joshua Hendrick said at the March 14 meeting.

    Hendrick said that out of the 32 applications received, the board has selected a list of potential candidates they would like to interview. The position will remain open until filled, so applications are still being accepted.

  • Two injured in Baywood crash

    A single-vehicle wreck at 1:40 p.m. on March 17 at the intersection of U.S. 58 and Baywood Store Road left two passengers injured, according to Virginia State Trooper T.S. Todd.

    A 2016 Volkswagen Beetle, driven by Yuexin Li, 23, of Durham, N.C., was traveling east on 58 when she attempted to turn right onto Baywood Store Road. According to Todd, Li was going too fast to negotiate the turn, ran off the road to the left, went through several mailboxes, down an embankment and came to rest at the bottom, but did not overturn.

  • Davis charged with first-degree murder

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, SHAINA STOCKTON and SHANNON WATKINS, Staff

    A man wanted for allegedly shooting two people in Grayson County on Sunday morning was caught in the early hours of Monday morning in North Carolina, after wrecking his car during a police chase.

    One of the shooting victims, Karen Cates, 41, died.

  • Two charged with felonies in Galax

    Staff Report

    There were two felony arrests last week in the city, according to a report issued by Galax Police Chief Rick Clark.

    Joshua Tyrone Coletrain was arrested on March 14 at 8:48 p.m. by Sgt. Jody Poole on an outstanding warrant from Carroll County. Subsequent to his arrest, Poole discovered Coletrain to have quantity of methamphetamine on his person.

    He was charged with felony possession of drugs and is being held in the New River Valley Regional Jail without bond.

  • Sidewalks, market, bike ride on council agenda

    A citizen recently spoke to Galax City Council about what she felt was the unsatisfactory condition of the sidewalk on her street.

    Diane Bermingham said last month that she and her husband moved to Galax from Fredericksburg and brought her 82-year-old mother with her. Bermingham lives on Parkwood Drive; her mother lives five doors down, she said.