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  • State trooper says motorcycle driver led him on chase

    HILLSVILLE — A Hillsville man was arrested on DUI and other traffic offense charges after allegedly fleeing from a Virginia state trooper and crashing his motorcycle on Bronco Road.

    The accident occurred on June 27 at 9:50 p.m., after Trooper Jerry Sowers encountered Daniel Paul Manning, 31, of Hillsville operating a 1998 Harley-Davidson motorcycle traveling south on Farmers Market Road at a high speed.

  • Galax adopts school budget

    Galax City Council voted to adopt the public school budget for 2014-2015 at its  June 10 meeting.
    School Superintendent Bill Sturgill noted that the budget presented by the school board was the most conservative of four possible spending plans.
    “It’d be nice to stand here with a budget from the state,” he said to council. “We know that we will have to rework a budget [after the General Assembly passes a state budget]. We are requesting level funding this year. We understand that it’s a tough economy.”

  • Vehicle wrecks on I-77 ramp

    HILLSVILLE — Police and rescue personnel responded to an accident July 1 on the mile marker 8 southbound ramp on Interstate 77.

  • Babysitter charged with teen's assault
  • Firefighter rescues girl from tree

    Though the Galax Fire Department was busy running its annual carnival at Felts Park, firefighters weren’t too occupied to carry on with their normal duties, as one young citizen found out Friday night.

    According to Capt. Mike Ayers, on July 27 at 6:26 p.m., the fire alarm was rung to summon available firefighters to help a 5-year-old girl on Crossridge Lane, who was stuck in a tree about 20 feet up. The report summoning the department stated that she was unhurt, but frightened and not able to climb down.

  • Grayson awarded $948K in grants

    RICHMOND – Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced last week more than $8.5 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for 13 projects in the state, $948,185 of which will go toward two projects in Grayson County.

    The two local projects receiving funding are the Nuckolls Curve community, where Grayson received $259,755 for water quality improvement; and the Town of Troutdale, which was awarded $688,430 for a housing rehabilitation project.

  • Four sought in passing of counterfeit bills

    HILLSVILLE — The Hillsville Police Department is on the lookout for four people suspected of passing counterfeit money at the Dollar General Store in Hillsville.

    According to a report from Sgt. Alan Gravley, two black females and two black males dressed as females entered the store on June 29, at approximately 5:30 p.m., where they passed off four counterfeit $100 bills.
    "The group appeared to be together," said Gravley, who received images of the suspects from the store's surveillance cameras.

  • Hillsville police chief resigns

    HILLSVILLE — When soon-to-be-former Chief Greg Bolen of the Hillsville Police Department posted a photo of himself posed as Captain America on Facebook, he wasn’t aware of the impact it would make — besides drawing out a few chuckles, likes and shares.

    “Anyone who knows me knows that I’m interested in comic books and superheroes, and I did this sort of thing to try to bring a different feel to [the department],” he said.

  • New state laws take effect July 1

    Several new state laws, passed by the 2014 session of the General Assembly, are likely to affect the daily lives of Virginia citizens. The state Division of Legislative Services put together a list of legislation that has been signed by the governor and, for the most part, will go into effect on July 1.

    Alcoholic Beverage Control

  • Galax native named state Director of Family Services

    “I think always my goal ever since I started is that we serve children and families at every point we touch their lives,” said Galax native Carl Ayers, of his career in social work.

    As Floyd County’s director of social services, he’s clearly made a good impression doing just that; the state is ready for him to assume his new position as the director of the Division of Family Services under the Virginia Department of Social Services.

    Ayers, a resident of Woodlawn, said he starts on July 10 and will relocate to Richmond.