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  • Galax-Grayson EMS earns top state honor

    Staff Reports

    Galax-Grayson EMS (GGEMS) was one of only six agencies in the state, and the only one in Southwest Virginia, to receive recognition as an Agency of Excellence this year by the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services.

    The agency received this award at the Virginia EMS Symposium in Norfolk on Nov. 14.

    “I’m very proud,” said GGEMS Chief Ron Passmore. “It was a team effort. I’m very proud that we all pulled it together.”

  • Legislators push for more healthcare competition

    Landmark News Service
    RICHMOND — Republicans in the House of Delegates say they will push a legislative package this year designed to enhance competition in Virginia health care.
    Republicans said a series of bills, if passed, would phase out most state laws requiring what’s called a “certificate of public need” (COPN) for hospitals, surgery centers and medical-imaging services.

  • Virginia sex offender registery now online

    The Virginia State Police has completed and made available an online supplement to the registry for Virginia sex offenders.

    The supplement includes information on persons who were convicted of certain sexual offenses on or after July 1, 1980, and before July 1, 1994, who are not currently on the registry.

    The supplement is available to the public through the Virginia State Police website, at sex-offender.vsp.virginia.gov/sor.

  • Senator threatens bill to take away governor's security

    Staff Reports

    RICHMOND — Sen. Bill Carrico (R- Grayson County) has responded to Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s support of recent changes to the state’s gun permit laws with a threat to take away the governor’s armed guards.

    The governor’s office has called Carrico’s proposed legislation “a reactionary temper tantrum.”

    According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Carrico announced his wishes to revoke funding for the Virginia State Police unit responsible for protecting the governor.

  • Officers train to prevent escalation of violence

    Local police and school resource officers learned skills to defuse interactions with citizens that feel like they’re escalating to a physical level at a training session in Galax last week.

    Doug Cooley, director of the Southwest Criminal Justice Academy, shared insightful tips on how to peacefully enforce the law and resolve disputes.

  • Officer bitten by suspect during arrest

    Staff Reports

    HILLSVILLE – A woman wanted on several felony warrants allegedly bit an officer while being arrested last week.

    Sgt. Barry Lineberry with the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office arrested Lauren Markee Baker, 25, of Galax, on Dec. 30 in the Hebron community after a traffic stop. According to police reports, Lineberry saw Baker — who was wanted by multiple law enforcement agencies — driving on Hebron Road and made the stop.

  • Two charged with felonies in Galax

    Two felony arrests were made last week, according to Galax Police Department reports.

    Melissa Ann Taylor, 42, of Galax, was arrested for shoplifting on Dec. 23 by Officer A.M. Burnett. After her arrest, controlled substances were discovered in her purse. Taylor was charged with two counts of felony possession of Schedule I or Schedule II controlled substances.

  • Man charged with arson in mobile home fire

    HILLSVILLE – A Hillsville man is charged with arson after the investigation of a fire that occurred on Christmas Day.

    According to police reports, Hillsville Police Department Officer Bradley Hoffman and Virginia State Trooper Dean Horton responded to a structure fire at 340 East Grayson Street #14 at 4 p.m. on Dec. 25.

  • Galax native blazes path from military to cancer research

    By AMANDA J. ALLEN

    Public Relations Assistant, New River Community College

    DUBLIN — What does a cancer researcher look like? An intense-looking scientist in a white lab coat hunched pensively over a Petri dish, perhaps?

    Not quite — at least in the case of Michael Hodge of Galax.

    Hodge is a military veteran and New River Community College student who, with his ball cap, honors-society sweatshirt and friendly smile, blends right in among his fellow students.

  • Concealed carry decision under fire

    By SHAINA STOCKTON & SARA BLANKENSHIP, Staff

    and Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND — Virginia will no longer recognize concealed handgun permits from 25 states effective Feb. 1.

    Attorney General Mark Herring has called his decision “a common-sense step that can help make Virginians and our law enforcement officers safer by ensuring that our concealed carry laws and safety standards apply to everyone in Virginia, whether they are a resident or a visitor.”