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  • Galax arrests include felony larceny, drug possession

    Two people are charged with felony larceny for a break-in in Galax last week.

    According to a Galax Police Department report, Sgt. Mark Burnett and officers John Reavis and Tyler Houk responded to a report of suspicious activity on Mill Street.

    “While they were investigating, Houk observed three individuals flee from a residence in an obvious attempt to avoid detection,” Chief Rick Clark. said. “He gave chase and ultimately detained the three after a short foot chase.”

  • 10 Carroll roads set for improvement

    HILLSVILLE – Ten roads in Carroll County should receive improvements this year, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation’s proposed six-year road plan.

    Representatives from VDOT were present at the April 10 meeting of the Carroll County Board of Supervisors to discuss the plan and hold a public hearing on road improvements in the county.

  • Crash flips vehicle onto parked car

    HILLSVILLE – A wreck in Hillsville on Tuesday sent one woman to the hospital and caused significant damage after her car flipped over upside down onto a parked vehicle.

    The accident occurred shortly after noon at 300 North Main Street in Hillsville.

  • Independence apartment fire investigated

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — The Independence Volunteer Fire Department responded to a structure fire in the former Ogle’s Restaurant building Saturday.

    According to a report from the fire department, the department arrived at the building on South Independence Avenue on April 15 at 11:47 p.m. At the scene, firefighters discovered flames coming out of two windows on the second floor of the building.

  • Enrollment down at WCC

    Enrollment at Wytheville Community College has dropped slightly from last year – 2,359 as opposed to the previous 2,434, WCC President Dr. Dean Sprinkle said in his annual report to Galax City Council.

    At the April 10 council meeting, Sprinkle said 225 students this year are from Galax, compared to 240 the year before; and 70 Galax High School students took dual enrollment classes for college credit, down from 74 last year.

  • Advice you can take to the bank

    INDEPENDENCE ― In today’s economy, having money often isn’t enough.

    Being able to manage what you have is the key, and a new service in the Twin Counties has empowered an agent to help people stabilize and improve their finances.

    Family and Consumer Sciences Agent Demi Sexton, an employee of the Virginia Cooperative Extension, provides financial planning services for residents of Grayson and Carroll counties and the city of Galax through a new position was created by a partnership between Extension and United Way of Southwest Virginia.

  • Hicks charged with multiple break-ins

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — An Independence man was charged in connection with multiple break-ins last week, when a deputy responded to a residence where a suspect had reportedly gained entry.

    Timothy James Hicks, 34, of 2875 Riverside Drive, was charged with three counts of breaking and entering, trespassing and destruction of property.

    According to Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan, Deputy Seth Cutshall responded to reports of a break-in in progress at Eagle Bottom Road in Fries on April 11 at approximately 6:15 a.m.

  • Fancy Gap fire burns 12-15 acres

    Staff Report

    A brush fire on Fancy Gap Highway in Carroll County required the presence of several local fire departments on April 10.

    The Cana Volunteer Fire Department was the lead agency, calling in assistance from the Hillsville and Galax volunteer fire departments, and standby help from firefighters in Barren Springs, Laurel Fork, Mount Airy, N.C., and Franklin County, N.C., as well.

  • IRS may call after all

    The Internal Revenue Service has changed the way it deals with overdue taxes, and that means third party collection agencies may now call you on the phone.

    “Like the IRS, Better Business Bureau is concerned this change might lead to scammers trying new ways to trick people,” the BBB said in a news release last week.

  • Vetoes upheld at assembly session

    Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND — At veto ceremonies, Gov. Terry McAuliffe often calls himself the “brick wall” against what he calls bad bills delivered by the Republican-controlled General Assembly.

    GOP lawmakers didn’t have enough sledgehammers to break down that wall during a recent one-day session in which lawmakers handled budget amendments and addressed the governor’s vetoes.