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  • Orba Alderman was council member, city engineer

    HILLSVILLE — Galax and Hillsville officials were deeply saddened by the loss of their former co-worker, volunteer and friend, Orba Owen Alderman last week.

    Alderman died at his home in Hillsville on Sept. 25 at age 78. He was a Virginia Tech graduate, a professional engineer and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

    Alderman served as a member and vice mayor for Hillsville Town Council for 12 years, before losing his seat to challenger David Young in 2012.

  • GVFD to silence siren at night

    The unmistakable sound of the Galax Fire Department’s siren now will only be heard during the day.

    Galax Fire Chief David Hankley said the department voted for the change after the city manager and some council members brought citizen complaints to their attention. For decades, the sound — much like an air raid siren — has been a rude awakening for downtown residents when it goes off at night.

    “We are going to curtail the use of the siren from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m.,” Hankley said.

  • Arrests made for drugs, truck theft in Galax

    The Galax Police Department reported arrests in three separate incidents in the past week — two drug cases and a stolen vehicle.

    According to a police report, William Michael Dye, 42, of Independence, was arrested on Sept. 19 at Twin County Regional Hospital after he was charged with possession of methamphetamine.

    “Police were summoned to the hospital after a nurse discovered a suspicious pouch that contained the suspected narcotics,” the report said.

    Dye was charged by Sgt. Shawny Jones and Officer Terry Woods.

  • Encounter with 'traveller' turns violent in Grayson

    Each year, members the secretive community of career criminals known as “Irish Travellers” depart their enclave in the South and spread out across the United States, looking for easy marks to hustle out of money, or using their timeless tactics of distraction to commit burglaries right under a homeowner’s nose.

  • Hurricane Hugo: 25 Years Later

    It has been 25 years since Hurricane Hugo ripped through the Blue Ridge Mountains with 125 mph winds, leaving devastation amounting to millions of dollars in its wake in the Twin Counties.

    The local area was spared any human cost, but the storm killed 26 people in the Caribbean and 11 more when it made landfall near Charleston, S.C., on Sept. 21, 1989.

    Tens of thousands of people in the U.S. and the Caribbean were left homeless.

  • Hillsville hires Hines as treasurer

    HILLSVILLE — LeAnna Hines of Grayson County was chosen as Hillsville’s new treasurer during town council’s meeting on Monday.

    Hines was selected after a special meeting was called by Hillsville Town Council on Sept. 18, where she and two other applicants were interviewed for the position.

    After nearly an hour and a half of deliberation in closed session on Monday, council returned to open session with their decision.

  • Police warn of 'distraction burglars'

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating three recent distraction thefts, according to Sheriff Richard Vaughan.

    The sheriff is requesting citizens to be on the lookout for two white males and one white female in a light blue or silver four-door sedan with a Georgia license plate.

  • Hillsville police phone system goes down

    HILLSVILLE — Hillsville Town Council approved $2,600 for a new phone system for the Hillsville Police Department last week, after a malfunction rendered the former system unusable.

    According to Hillsville Interim Police Chief Wesley Yonce, the phone system at the department malfunctioned beyond repair, at some point between the hours of 4 p.m. on Sept. 15, and 7 a.m. on Sept. 16.

    This was determined after the department had their phone service provider, Comcast, and their technology provider, Tech 109, inspect the system.

  • Local drug problems involve meth, Rx abuse

    By SHANNON WATKINS and SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff

    While Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced a series of initiatives to counteract recent increases in fatal heroin and prescription drug overdoses, these particular problems are felt less in Galax, according to Galax Police Chief Rick Clark.

  • Charges against former Carroll coach, teacher dropped

    WYTHEVILLE — A prosecutor has dropped all charges against a former football coach, teacher and administrator with Carroll County schools. The charges stemmed from a “hazing” incident involving an 11th grade football player.

    Howard S. Ingo, a former George Wythe High School football coach, was convicted in May of a “corporal punishment” violation, a Class 4 misdemeanor, and ordered to pay a fine of $100. He appealed the conviction.