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  • 'Trespass' pot operations a growing problem

    Staff Reports

    The Virginia Farm Bureau and police in Southwest Virginia are urging farmers to be on the lookout for marijuana “trespass grows” on their property.

    Among rows of corn and between hay bales all over the region, growers are planting marijuana without the land owners’ knowledge.

  • Hearts United plans Galax peace vigil

    What started as a prayer vigil to bring together law enforcement and the black community in a show of unity during a turbulent time has grown into a movement.

    Encouraged by the turnout and the positive reaction to the Peace Prayer Vigil in Hillsville on July 10, Pastor Daniel Harrison of Elk Spur Church in Fancy Gap has launched Hearts United. The group is planning a similar unity vigil on Sunday in Galax.

  • River access closed at Byllesby Dam

    Staff Report

    Appalachian Power will close access to the New River at Byllesby Dam in Carroll County to allow for completion of construction work.

    According to a release from John Shepelwich, media contact for Appalachian Power, the Byllesby portage and public boat ramp on the New River will be closed effective immediately. The closure began on July 19.

  • Fallen tree blocks North Main in Galax

    A large chunk of the old maple tree planted at the Galax Farmers’ Market fell on Wednesday afternoon around 2:30 p.m., blocking traffic but causing no injury.

    Officer Jason Hawks of the Galax Police Department was on hand to secure the area until the city could cut up the wood and haul it away.

  • Carroll proposes utility rate increases

    At the July 11 Carroll County Public Service Authority meeting, the PSA set a public hearing on Sept. 12 to hear comments on increases to residential and commercial water and sewer rates.

    “If we do not raise our water rates to some level, we will not be eligible for grants,” said authority member Tom Littrell.

    The meeting will take place at the Carroll Board of Supervisors’ conference room on the second floor of the Carroll County Complex (the site of regular PSA meetings) at 3 p.m.

  • Six vehicles involved in interstate crash

    Staff Reports

    A six-vehicle accident at the 5 mile marker of Interstate 77 southbound on July 12 at 1:30 p.m. resulted in one man being transported for treatment with injuries and hefty damage to the vehicles, but no casualties, according to Virginia State Trooper J.A. Vaughan.

  • Police: moped driver hit by car was on wrong side of road

    A two-vehicle accident Sunday on Davis Knob Road at 3:30 p.m. resulted in one person being airlifted for treatment of unknown injuries, said Virginia State Trooper R.B. Phipps.

    Chad Eric Montgomery, 37, of Ennice, N.C., was driving a moped on Davis Knob Road in the oncoming lane, on the wrong side of the road, when he came around a curve and struck a 2003 Ford Explorer driven by Sandra Hayes Fairfull, 65, of Galax, said Phipps.

  • Man dies after being struck on I-77

    Staff Report

    WYTHEVILLE – An Austinville man has died as a result of an accident that occurred on Interstate 77 on July 15. The man was attempting to cross the interstate on foot when he was struck by an oncoming vehicle.

  • Harper murder case won't proceed

    INDEPENDENCE ― George Albert Harper III, who was charged with first-degree murder in the 2002 shooting death of Brandon Billings, has pleaded guilty to two counts of perjury for giving conflicting testimony to Grayson County grand juries.

    As a result, the prosecution will not go forward with the murder charge against Harper and a charge for using a firearm in commission of a felony was amended to reflect one of the two perjury charges.

  • Lodge for sale as Galax Elks downsize

    Prospective commercial property buyers checking out local listings aren’t imagining things: the Galax Elks Lodge #2212 building is for sale.

    However, noted Elks Exalted Leader Jim Ward with a chuckle, the group as such has no plans to fade away.

    “We just have the building available if anyone’s looking,” said Ward. “We’re going to build a new building. We have plenty of land behind [the current site]. We just don’t need as much space.”