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  • Wreck on 89 causes multiple injuries

    On March 26 at approximately 5:02 p.m., Galax police received a report of a crash at the intersection of Camp Zion Road and South Main Street (Virginia 89), said Galax Police Captain James Cox.
    A 1991 Chevrolet pickup, operated by Jeremy William Shaffer, 28, of Ennice, N.C., was traveling east on Camp Zion Road. As he approached the intersection the pickup's brakes failed, according to Cox.
    A 1995 GMC van, operated by Warren Coolidge Lowe, 91, of Galax, was traveling south on Main Street and struck Shaffer’s vehicle as it crossed Main, said Cox.

  • Historical society to announce Sidna Allen House plans

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Historical Society will make a public announcement on April 1 at 10:30 a.m. at the historic Carroll County Courthouse in Hillsville, to make a public announcement regarding the status of and plans for the historic Sidna Allen house.

  • Galax men, two others, killed in Kentucky crash

    BOURBON COUNTY, Ky. — A two-vehicle collision killed four people last Friday afternoon in Bourbon County, Ky., including two men from Galax. Javier Henriquez, 22, and Julio Barrios, 38, both of Galax, died at the scene.

    For more, read the story HERE in the Lexington Herald-Leader.

  • Grayson helps fund Oak Hall expansion

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County has agreed to provide up to $615,000 for upgrades to the old Robertshaw building in Independence as the town looks to welcome a production facility for Oak Hall Cap & Gown later this year.

    Deputy County Administrator Mitch Smith – filling in for County Administrator Jonathan Sweet during this month’s board meeting – brought the memorandum of understanding to supervisors for approval.

  • Hillsville names Yonce new police chief

    HILLSVILLE — After eight months of searching for the right candidate to wear the Hillsville police chief’s badge, the town council finally traced their steps right back to where they started.

    Deliberations ran late into the evening at Monday’s Hillsville Town Council meeting. After more than two hours in closed session, members reconvened at 10:10 p.m. to announce that Wesley Yonce, who served the department as interim chief for the past eight months, had been picked to fill the position permanently.

  • Willing Partners to close store in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE— Freezing and flooding over the winter have resulted in the decision to close the Willing Partners thrift shop in Independence, according to Executive Director Kathy Cooley.

    The local nonprofit organization has served the area for more than 15 years with thrift stores in Galax and Independence and a food bank. The thrift stores have provided supplemental revenue for the ministry to operate the food bank and provide crisis intervention to families in need.

  • Police seize cocaine, pills and marijuana

    HILLSVILLE — An Asheboro, N.C., man was arrested on several drug charges last week, when a traffic stop turned up 3.5 pounds of marijuana and a stash of cocaine, prescription pills and cash.

    According to a report from Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner, Cpl. Rocky Dalton stopped a 2002 Nissan for speeding on Interstate 77 on March 16. “Dalton observed the driver move a small bag from the console of the car. When questioning the driver about the bag, [Dalton] detected the smell of marijuana coming from the car.”

  • Galax man charged after pursuit

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — A Galax man faces several charges following a pursuit that began in Independence on Feb. 28 and ended in Galax when the vehicle wrecked near Armory Road.

    The pursuit began after Independence Police Officer Renee Dalton observed a Dodge Stratus with New Hampshire license plates following another vehicle too close.

  • Car crashes into Woodlawn post office

    WOODLAWN — The U.S. Post Office in Woodlawn is still open and running despite structural damage caused by a vehicle slamming into the building Tuesday afternoon.

    According to a report from Virginia State Police Trooper P.K. Cheek, Suemay Melcher, 75, of Woodlawn, was pulling into a parking spot at the post office on March 17 when she attempted to slow the car down. “Unfortunately, she hit the gas pedal instead of the brake,” Cheek said.

  • McAllister Mills expanding in Grayson County

    INDEPENDENCE — McAllister Mills Inc., the leading manufacturer of safe, heat-resistant materials for the textile industry, will invest $1.05 million to expand and significantly increase its textile manufacturing operations in Grayson County, according to an announcement Wednesday from the governor’s office.

    The company will purchase and renovate a vacant 33,000-square-foot facility that will house new automation and equipment. The site is the former Parsons & Reeves building in Independence.