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  • 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.”

  • Police continue investigation in double homicide

    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 and her daughter, Anastasia Alley.

    "The Galax Police Department has dedicated all necessary resources to this investigation in an affort to bring closure to the family. The family, even in their grief, has expressed their desire that whomever is responsible get the help they need," said Clark.

  • Courthouse threat linked to inmate

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, Virginia State Police and special investigators responded to the Grayson County Courthouse on Wednesday, when the Circuit Court Clerk’s office received a threatening letter that also contained an unknown substance.

    The investigation has centered around an inmate at the state prison in Grayson as a suspect.

    According to a news release from Sheriff Richard Vaughan, members of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office responded to the courthouse at 10:40 a.m. on March 16.

  • Old bank building coming down in Galax

    The familiar sight of the old Carter Bank & Trust building in downtown Galax will soon be no more, according to City Manager Keith Barker.

    The Martinsville-based company’s local site is, said Barker, “finally being torn down after about five years of discussion with [Worth Carter Jr., chairman of the bank board] and his staff. The roof has fallen in and the building is not salvageable. I do not know their intent beyond this, except to remove the building, seed and get grass to grow.”