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  • Man pleads guilty to distributing veterinary medicine

    Staff Report

    ABINGDON – The former store manager of the Carroll County Cooperative pleaded guilty Friday in federal court to conspiring to defraud the U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA].

    Marlin Webb, 58, of Woodlawn, appeared in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Abingdon on Dec. 9, where he waived his right to be indicted and pleaded guilty to one charge of conspiracy.

  • House fire under investigation

    A residential fire on Greenville Road last week is under investigation.

    The early morning fire on Dec. 8 left massive damage but no injuries or deaths, according to Chief David Hankley of the Galax Volunteer Fire Department. No one was home at the time.

  • Community Food Fund passes halfway mark

    Staff Report

    The Community Christmas Food Fund Live Radio Broadcast and Auction Fundraiser on Dec. 4 at Walmart was a successful start to the fundraising effort.

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department’s goal is to raise $30,000 to purchase food to fill 1,100 food boxes for 550 area families in need. These families live in the eastern side of Grayson County, the City of Galax and the western side of Carroll County.

  • United Way providing students weekend meals

    Staff Report

    In Southwest Virginia, one in four children live in poverty and more than half are on a free or reduced lunch program, according to data shared by United Way of Southwest Virginia.

    To assist these students, the organization partners with sponsoring organizations to provide nutritious weekend meals.

  • 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.