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  • New officer would reach out to at-risk youth

    “Youth at risk” is a phrase that’s familiar to parents, teachers and anyone who works with students and young people in general.

    It can mean they’re at risk for anything from drugs and alcohol to not getting critical life skills to unemployment after graduation to general delinquency.

  • Scammer posing as AEP threatens late fees, disconnects

    Local authorities are warning citizens about a potential phone scam in the area, following several reports of a scammer claiming to work for Appalachian Power Company (APCo) or American Electric Power (AEP) and demanding immediate payments from customers over the phone.

  • Single-car wreck on Glendale

    A single-car wreck on Glendale Road on Tuesday afternoon left the vehicle resting against a tree around 2:13 p.m. on Tuesday, January 20 across from Monta Vista Cemetery.

    According to Galax Police Captain James Cox, A 2004 Ford Focus, operated by Brook Williams, 23, of Galax, was traveling west on Glendale Road. The vehicle left the left side of the road, struck a ditch and overturned, said Cox.

    Williams, along with a passenger, Gary Williams, 22 , were both transported to Twin County Regional Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, Cox said.

  • Two-car accident on Glendale damages cars, no people

    A two-automobile wreck on Glendale Road on Galax left no apparent injuries but some damage to both vehicles at about 2:20 p.m. on Tuesday, January 20.

    According to Galax Police Captain James Cox, a 2006 Chrysler Town & Country van, driven by Barbara Knowles, 72, of Meadows of Dan, was entering Glendale Road from Valley Street, when she pulled into the path of a 2006 Dodge Ram 2500, operated by Charles Delp, 54, of Galax.

  • Fire damages Galax garage

    A garage owned by Thelma Russell on Longview Lane in the Baywood area, caught fire around noon on Jan. 15.

    Family members were home, but not in the garage, said Galax Fire Chief David Hankley.

    The small, detached masonry outbuilding had a woodstove inside and was in use as a two-car garage. The roof collapsed at the Galax Fire Department’s arrival, said Hankley.

    He said the woodstove is suspected as the cause.

  • Cana men charged in multiple car thefts

    Two Cana men have been charged by the Galax Police Department in connection with the theft of two vehicles in Galax on Jan. 12.

    Nathaniel Steven Edwards, 19, and Phillip Oneal Edwards Jr., 24, were arrested on Jan. 14 in Mount Airy, N.C., according to a press release from the Mount Airy Police Department.

  • Hutchins files to run for re-election

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – Two-term member David Hutchins has announced plans to seek the Republican nomination for a third term on the Carroll County Board of Supervisors in the May 16 primary.

    Hutchins so far is the only candidate to file for the Sulphur Springs District seat on the board. The deadline to file is Jan. 26.

    He has run unopposed in the previous elections held in 2007 and 2011. He was appointed to fill an unexpired term in 2006.

  • Board splits on coyote bounty expansion

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County Board of Supervisors decided to double the size of the county’s coyote killing program and will add an additional $5,000 to the $5,000 it earlier earmarked for rewards.

  • Three charged in separate incidents

    Three Galax men are in police custody on three separate incidents in the city.

    According to a news release from the Galax Police Department, Maurice Antwan Harris, 42, of Galax was arrested on Jan. 13.

    Harris was wanted by Galax police for three counts of distribution of marijuana after being indicted by a Carroll County grand jury in December 2014.

    Evidence recovered from Harris at the time of his arrest resulted in his arrest for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, the news release said.

  • Fire damages Hillsville home

    HILLSVILLE — The Hillsville Volunteer Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 387 Baker Mines Road last week, when a flue fire led to flames getting trapped between the walls of the structure.

    According to Hillsville Fire Chief Donnie Spangler, firefighters were called to the home, owned by Richard Allison, on Jan. 7 at approximately 11:58 a.m. Upon arrival, they found the structure involved.