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  • Hope House wants to buy women's shelter

    The Galax Hope House, having purchased its own main facility for homeless men, now turns its sights to its other project — a women’s shelter, with a pricetag of $30,000.

    Word of the shelter’s existence has been by necessity somewhat muted. Hope House keeps its location unmentioned, as so often women in need of its services also need a safe, secluded harbor from abusive partners or family who may be trying to locate them.

  • Suspect charged for fire threat

    Staff Reports

    INDEPENDENCE — A suspect has been arrested in the case of a suspicious fire on Greenville Road, according to Chief Deputy David Ashby of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office.

    The fire was reported on Dec. 8 at around 2:40 a.m.

    Roby Long, 23, of Independence, was arrested the following day at a residence on Hilltop Drive in Independence by two Virginia State Police special agents and a trooper.

  • Driver injured, airlifted after Carroll crash

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    WOODLAWN – A Hillsville man was seriously injured in a two-vehicle accident that occurred Tuesday morning on U.S. 58 near Harmon’s.

    According to a report by Virginia State Police 1st Sgt. Kevin Warsinsky of the Galax area office, Alvin Collette, 50, of Hillsville, was traveling east on 58 in a 2011 Kia Sorento when his vehicle collided with a 2005 Nissan Sentra driven by Martha Rivera-Sanchez, 40, of Galax.

  • 3 charged with drug violations

    Staff Reports

    Three people were arrested Dec. 5 on drug charges in the city, according to a report from the Galax Police Department.

    “Galax police, acting on a request from Grayson Sheriffs Office, went to a home located in the city to attempt service on a felony warrant from Grayson, said Chief Rick Clark. “Based on their observations, the Galax officers arrested the three after discovering methamphetamine and cocaine in the house, along with assorted drug paraphernalia.”

  • Carroll citizens can appeal property reassessments

    Staff Reports

    HILLSVILLE – Citizens of Carroll County should have received reassessment notices on property for the 2017 tax year. Those wishing to appeal their reassessments now have the opportunity.

    According to a press release from Michael Colavecchio with Wampler-Eanes Appraisal Group Ltd., the group contracted by the county to perform the reassessment, notices were mailed the week of Nov. 28 to all Carroll County property owners. The reassessment will affect taxes paid starting in December 2017.

  • Ayers named teacher of the year

    CANA – Leesa Moxley Ayers, the 2016 Carroll County Teacher of the Year, was surprised in her second grade classroom at St. Paul School on Dec. 8.

    Ayers, who was understandably confused when a group of school board members and school staff showed up at her classroom that afternoon, was overjoyed and excited to receive the honor.

    “Oh my gosh, oh thank you, oh my goodness,” were the sentiments Ayers kept repeating as Carroll County Schools Superintendent Dr. Strader Blankenship presented her with flowers and the award.

  • Huff indicted for involuntary manslaughter

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – Amanda Pearle Huff, 27, of Hillsville, was indicted by a Carroll County Circuit Court grand jury Monday on a charge of involuntary manslaughter that resulted in the death of a Max Meadows woman.

    The charge against Huff stems from a two-vehicle head-on crash that occurred at 4314 Danville Pike on March 26

  • Man pleads guilty to distributing veterinary medicine

    Staff Report

    ABINGDON – The former store manager of the Carroll County Cooperative pleaded guilty Friday in federal court to conspiring to defraud the U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA].

    Marlin Webb, 58, of Woodlawn, appeared in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Abingdon on Dec. 9, where he waived his right to be indicted and pleaded guilty to one charge of conspiracy.

  • House fire under investigation

    A residential fire on Greenville Road last week is under investigation.

    The early morning fire on Dec. 8 left massive damage but no injuries or deaths, according to Chief David Hankley of the Galax Volunteer Fire Department. No one was home at the time.

  • Community Food Fund passes halfway mark

    Staff Report

    The Community Christmas Food Fund Live Radio Broadcast and Auction Fundraiser on Dec. 4 at Walmart was a successful start to the fundraising effort.

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department’s goal is to raise $30,000 to purchase food to fill 1,100 food boxes for 550 area families in need. These families live in the eastern side of Grayson County, the City of Galax and the western side of Carroll County.