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  • Two charged with felonies in Galax

    Staff Report

    There were two felony arrests last week in the city, according to a report issued by Galax Police Chief Rick Clark.

    Joshua Tyrone Coletrain was arrested on March 14 at 8:48 p.m. by Sgt. Jody Poole on an outstanding warrant from Carroll County. Subsequent to his arrest, Poole discovered Coletrain to have quantity of methamphetamine on his person.

    He was charged with felony possession of drugs and is being held in the New River Valley Regional Jail without bond.

  • Sidewalks, market, bike ride on council agenda

    A citizen recently spoke to Galax City Council about what she felt was the unsatisfactory condition of the sidewalk on her street.

    Diane Bermingham said last month that she and her husband moved to Galax from Fredericksburg and brought her 82-year-old mother with her. Bermingham lives on Parkwood Drive; her mother lives five doors down, she said.

  • Victim in double shooting dies; suspect caught

    Staff Reports

    A man wanted for shooting two people in Grayson County on Sunday morning was caught early Monday morning in North Carolina, after wrecking his car during a police chase.

    One of the shooting victims, Karen Cates, died.

  • Public's help sought in Galax homicide case

    Staff Report

    Galax Police Chief Rick Clark issued a statement Thursday morning saying that, “a person of interest has been identified, but no arrests have been made at this time” in the March 10 double homicide of Alyssa Kenny, 28, and her daughter, Anastasia Alley, 21 months.

  • Grayson sheriff's office moves to new home

    By SHAINA STOCKTON and LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office moved to its new home at the Grayson County Grubb Public Safety Building in Independence last Wednesday.

  • Carroll schools look back at 2015 successes

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County Public Schools had a year full of accomplishments in 2015, from meeting accreditation standards and upgrading security to receiving national recognition for its STEM lab.

    Dr. Mark Burnette presented the top stories and achievements to the Carroll County School Board at the March monthly meeting.

  • Grayson budget plan includes new teachers

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County School Board is still putting together the annual budget and, so far, the numbers look promising thanks in large part to contributions from the state.

    “I’ve seen a lot of budgets, and this is as good a one as I’ve ever seen,” said Superintendent Kelly Wilmore during the March 7 budget workshop session.

  • Driver charged in transit bus collision

    Staff Report

    A two-vehicle crash involving a District Three Transit bus at 11 a.m. on March 14 at the intersection of Main and Center streets downtown left multiple passengers injured, according to a report issued by the Galax Police Department.

    A 2010 Ford Escape, driven by Vickie Delores Carr, 63, of Claymont, Del., was traveling south on Main Street, when it struck the right front passenger section of a District Three Transit bus, driven by Ronald E. Tolley, 73, of Independence.

  • Double shooting in Fairview; suspect at large

    UPDATE:

    The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a double shooting in Fairview, which occurred Sunday morning.

    Authorities have not released the names of anyone shot, or their conditions.

    Law enforcement has identified the shooting suspect as Greyling Dwayne “Beany” Davis, 52, of Fries Road in Galax.

  • Development plans taking shape in Fries

    FRIES — Local developer Gus Hill hasn’t announced his plans for the 40-plus acres he recently bought in Fries, but an announcement is coming soon, according to the Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority.

    A news release from the authority says that discussions between the town, authority and Hill, a Fries native, “involved a restaurant, retail and recreational offerings.”