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  • Storm brings down trees, causes property damage

    Caitlin Jennings said the May 9 storm caused damage to fences and trees at her home on Pine Knoll Drive in Galax, as shown in the photo she submitted.

    The high winds also destroyed a swing set and blew a trampoline from the front yard to the back, dropping it in the top of a pine tree.

    Trees were down all over the Twin Counties and the storm left thousands without power in the region.

  • Galax church stumped by missing tree mystery

    Dr. Tom Whartenby’s wife, Mary Elizabeth, was at Galax Presbyterian Church, where her husband is pastor, about three weeks ago, when she made an alarming discovery: the tree the planted 12 years ago in the churchyard was gone.

    A small copper beech purchased from Monticello, it was cut down and removed by someone with professional skill, as the trunk was cut smoothly across, almost level with the ground.

  • Underwood to serve 7 years in dog attack case

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County Courthouse was filled with tears last Thursday during the sentencing of John Terry Underwood II, 52, of Independence, who was charged in connection with the dog mauling death of a 15-month-old girl on the night of Jan. 6, 2016.

  • Carroll holds hearing on 2018 budget

    HILLSVILLE – Delinquent personal property taxes, trash pickup and a recreational facility were topics of discussion during the Carroll County Board of Supervisors’ meeting on the proposed county budget.

    The board held a public hearing on the budget at its regular May monthly meeting on Monday night. One citizen spoke during the hearing and another spoke about the budget during citizens’ time.

    The hearing brought Carroll citizen Jimmy Alderman to the floor. He had prepared a handout of his proposals to provide the board.

  • Hillsville police bust illegal gambling operation

    HILLSVILLE – Two North Carolina women face multiple charges in Carroll County after an investigation by the Hillsville Police Department led to the discovery of an illegal gambling operation.

    According to Hillsville Police Chief Wesley Yonce, his department discovered an illegal gambling site at the strip mall next to the Southwest Virginia Farmers’ Market at Interstate 77’s Exit 14 in Hillsville. The site was being operated inside a vape shop called Taste The Vape at 231 Farmers Market Road, Suite 6.

  • Car forced off road, flips over into creek

    Staff Report

    FRIES — Virginia State Police responded to a single vehicle accident May 3 on Fries Road, where a driver was reportedly run off the road by an unidentified motorist.

    According to investigating State Trooper R.B. Phipps, authorities were called to the scene at 3 p.m., where they found a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado, operated by David Horton, 47, of Fries, overturned and straddling a creek off the side of the road between the Country Convenience gas station and the Low Water Bridge.

  • Homeowner holds suspect at gunpoint

    Staff Report

    When police responded to a break-in call on April 21, they found the homeowner with a gun pointed at a man allegedly trying to steal his truck.

    Roy Lee Burris, 38, or Galax faces charges in Carroll County after allegedly attempting to break in to a residence on Lincoln Road in the Cliffview area.

    According to a report from Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner, members of his office responded to a call at approximately 11 p.m., reporting a breaking and entering in progress.

  • Judge declares mistrial in factory sabotage case

    HILLSVILLE — The trial of Corey Dean Hodges, charged with the 2016 vandalization of the Vaughan-Bassett Furniture factory in downtown Galax, has been moved to August, following a mistrial last Wednesday.

    Carroll County Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Philip Steele said that a juror “had problems that made him unable to sit on that panel.”

  • Carroll recognizes student achievements

    HILLSVILLE – As the school year comes to a close, many students and teachers were recognized for their outstanding accomplishments at the April regular monthly meeting of the Carroll County School Board. The meeting was held on April 11 in the second floor boardroom of the Carroll County Governmental Complex.

    Recognitions included:

  • Carroll holds hearing on hiring new school chief

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County School Board held a hearing April 11 to hear public comments on the upcoming appointment of a division superintendent for Carroll County Public Schools, following the July 1 retirement of Superintendent Dr. Strader Blankenship.

    One citizen spoke at the hearing and urged the board to look at “the small things” and the character of the candidates when it came to hiring a replacement.