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  • Lawmaker's bills would tighten school discipline rules

    Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND — A trio of bills introduced in the state Senate this month would tighten rules on how public schools may discipline students, including limits on long-term suspensions and expulsions.

    Senate Majority Whip Bill Stanley Jr. (R-Franklin County) proposed the rules last week. If passed, they would:

    • Cut the maximum long-term suspension from 364 calendar days to 45 school days (SB 995).

  • Fire destroys Providence barn

    FRIES ― Fries and Galax firefighters responded to the scene of a barn fire on Providence Road in Fries last Tuesday.

    The call was to 243 Providence Road at 12:22 p.m. on Jan. 10, where firefighters battled a blaze that fully engulfed a barn owned by Timothy Luper.

    According to Fries Fire Chief Chad Stanley, Luper said he’d been operating a forklift and parked it in the barn near some hay. When he returned a short time later, the forklift and hay were on fire.

  • High-speed chase ends in crash

    Staff Reports

    A high speed chase in Carroll County on Jan. 9 resulted in the arrest of James Richard Grimes, 36, of Hillsville, who was wanted in the county for a probation violation, according to Sheriff J.B. Gardner.

    On Monday at approximately 7:50 p.m., Cpl. Joseph Holderfield of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office received information that a wanted person, possibly armed, had been seen in the Laurel section of the county operating a white Chevrolet Blazer that was possibly stolen.

  • Cana man charged with shooting wife

    Staff Reports

    CANA — A Cana man who allegedly shot his wife is now in custody in the New River Valley Regional Jail, according to Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner.

    The victim suffered a non-life-threatening injury.

    On Jan. 4 at 2:41 a.m., the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office received a call from Northern Surry Hospital in North Carolina, requesting deputies to respond to their emergency room for a female with a gunshot wound that had just come in.

  • Explosion at residence under investigation

    UPDATED 1/17/17:

    From Virginia State Police:

  • Explosion injures residents of Carroll County house

    The Carroll County Sheriff's Office and Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation's Wytheville Field Office are investigating an explosion that occurred Thursday morning at a local residence.

    The incident occurred in the 100 block of Old Mabry Place near the intersection of Double Cabin Road.

  • Carroll board picks new leadership

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – New leaders were elected to lead the Carroll County Board of Supervisors at a reorganizational meeting held Monday.

    County Administrator Steve Truitt conducted the election.

    Joshua Hendrick, the outgoing chairman, nominated at-large member R.J. “Bob” Martin for chairman. He was approved by a 5-0 vote, with Martin voting for himself. He was vice-chairman last year.

  • Firefighters say recent calls a reminder to clean flues, chimneys

    The cold and snow last weekend kept neither the threat of fire or the response of the Galax Volunteer Fire Department at bay, according to a report issued by Capt. Mike Ayers.

    On Jan. 7 at 8:44 p.m., firefighters responded to a structure fire at 324 Bee Line Drive. Members arrived in the sub-zero wind chill to find a flue fire and proceeded to close the dampers on the stove, check the house for fire that had escaped the flue, and use ladders to reach the roof in the snow to check the flue itself.

  • Fire damages Galax apartment

    Staff Report

    Two families were displaced by an apartment fire on Jan. 11 in Galax.

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched last Wednesday at 3:45 p.m. to a reported structure fire at 405 Givens Street, according to Capt. Mike Ayers.

    Firefighters arrived to find a two-story apartment building with fire blowing out of the windows on the front and right of the structure. The building housed two apartments upstairs and one (under renovation and unoccupied) downstairs.

  • Arrests include drugs, break-ins, assault

    Staff Reports

    A Sparta, N.C., man arrested in Galax last month is also the suspect in a crash involving a stolen car.

    Taylor Nathaniel Tower, 30, of Sparta, N.C., was arrested on Dec. 29 by the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office for felony breaking and entering with intent to commit assault and battery, and larceny and felony grand larceny (stealing property not from a person valued at more than $200).