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  • Millions of taxpayers face refund delay in 2017

    Staff Report

    As many as 15 million taxpayers could have their refunds delayed until at least Feb. 15 next year, according to an analysis by tax preparation company H&R Block.

    The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act now requires the IRS to hold refunds for returns claiming the earned income tax credit (EITC) and additional child tax credit (ACTC) until Feb. 15. Approximately 30 million taxpayers claim these credits, with half filing early, H&R Block said in a news release.

  • Power out after driver hits AEP pole

    A single-vehicle accident left the driver with apparently minor injuries after hitting a street sign and a power pole in the 100 block of Oldtown Street in Galax at 4:58 p.m. on Monday, according to the Galax Police Department.

    Lorene Jean Cline, 32, of Galax, was driving a 2013 Nissan Titan heading east on West Oldtown Street when she drove off the right side of the road, hitting a “No Parking” street sign and an AEP power pole, destroying it and leaving a live wire down.

  • Man charged with breakin in while armed

    Staff Reports

    Last week’s felony arrests in Galax included an armed man who broke in to an apartment.

    According to a report issued by the Galax Police Department, Paul Curtis Bond, 45, of Galax, was arrested on Dec. 3 by Officer Jason Hawks. Bond is charged with two counts of felony burglary (entering a house with intent to commit armed murder/rape/etc.) and misdemeanor intentional damage (valued at less than $1,000).

  • Career fair promotes local manufacturing jobs

    A Manufacturing Career Fair will be held on Dec. 13, 9 a.m.-noon, at The Crossroads Institute in Galax, put on by area workforce partner organizations and local businesses.

    The career fair is open to the public and registration is not required.

  • Fire destroys Greenville Road home

    Galax firefighters were on the scene of a house fire at 374 Greenville Road early Thursday morning, just outside the city limits in Grayson County.

    No one was home at the time. The property is a rental home owned by Conley Kyle.

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department was called to the scene at 2:37 a.m. Also responding were the Galax Police Department, Grayson County Sheriff's Office and Appalachian Power.

    Damage to the structure and interior was extensive, and firefighters are still working to determine the cause.

  • Seven hurt in wreck on interstate

    HILLSVILLE – The Virginia State Police are investigating an accident that involved multiple vehicles on Interstate 77 on Nov. 30. The accident resulted in seven injuries, although only five individuals accepted treatment.

    According to reports from state police, Trooper S.M. Cochran responded to an accident at 4:59 p.m. on I-77 in Carroll County. Cochran stated that a 2013 Dodge Charger was traveling northbound on the interstate when the accident occurred about 0.1 mile north of the Route 148 (Chances Creek Road) overpass. This location was around the 8.3-mile marker.

  • Woman charged for false report of armed robbery

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE – A Hillsville woman faces charges of embezzlement and obstruction of justice after allegedly calling in a report of a fake robbery.

    The incident occurred Sunday evening at a convenience store in Hillsville.

  • Vaughan requests recount

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Philip Vaughan of Fries, who finished a close second in the special election held Nov. 8 for the at-large seat on the Grayson County School Board, has filed a petition with the Grayson County Circuit Court asking for a recount of the votes.

    Vaughan lost to Tracy “Zeke” Anderson by two votes.

  • Roof was occupants' only escape from fire

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department rescued three occupants of an Oak Street residence — two adults and a child — who were trapped on a porch roof after climbing outside to escape a fire at the rear of their house on Monday morning.

    Two others escaped through the front door, and two through a bedroom window.

    Firefighters used ladders to help the people down from the roof. All seven occupants – four children from ages 6 to 14 and three adults – were safe and accounted for, though a dog perished in the incident.

  • Firefighters battle roof blaze at business

    A flue fire at Truck Services Enterprises Inc. in Galax on Monday a little after 5 p.m. left no damage or injuries, according to Capt. Mike Ayers of the Galax Volunteer Fire Department.

    The problem was caused when a waste oil furnace “happened to malfunction just a little bit, and it caused a bit of a flue fire,” said Ayers. “A stovepipe got so hot it actually lit a little bit of the roof.”

    Along with extinguishing it, firefighters cut off the furnace and employees of the business stayed to make sure there were no further problems.