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  • Poll: Gillespie ties Northam or Perriello in fall matchup

    The Republican front-runner would be an even match for both Democrats contending for their party’s nomination to be Virginia’s governor, according to a survey of voters by the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University.

    If the fall election were held today, former Republican National Committee Chair Ed Gillespie would beat Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, 40 percent to 39 percent, while Gillespie and former Congressman Tom Perriello would tie with 39 percent each.

  • Mitchell named one of the region’s top teachers

    HILLSVILLE – A Carroll County High School teacher has received one of the highest teaching honors in the region and gets to take the international trip of a lifetime to celebrate.

    Fred Mitchell, a chemistry teacher at CCHS, has been recognized as one of the 2017 recipients of the McGlothlin Awards for Teaching Excellence. The awards are in their 18th year and The McGlothlin Foundation of Bristol provides the $25,000 monetary award. Two winners are announced each year, at the primary and secondary level, and the other four finalists receive $1,000 awards.

  • Woman charged with felony neglect after child's death

    Staff Report

    Three women are charged with felony child neglect in separate incidents in Galax, according to a report of recent arrests from the Galax Police Department.

    In one incident, the child died.

    Krystal Jean Wyatt, 37, of Galax, was arrested by Det. J.B. Greer after a Carroll County Circuit Court grand jury returned a direct indictment alleging felony child neglect.

    On June 16, 2016, Galax police and Galax-Grayson EMS responded to a residence in the city for a report of an unresponsive infant, said Police Chief Rick Clark.

  • Fries outdoor project on hold


    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County School Board has delayed action on a request to lease riverside property behind the Fries School for outdoor games.

    Steve Clark and his wife Eileen Colonna approached the school board last month with a proposal, requesting to lease the old tennis/basketball court property beside the New River in Fries.

  • Dixon to remain at Galax

     When Galax football coach Mark Dixon submitted his resignation several weeks ago to pursue the chance to coach in college, he didn't entirely rule out returning to the high school ranks some day.

    That day turned out to be Tuesday.

    After several interviews at college programs all across the spectrum of divisions, Dixon concluded that the little single-A high school in Southwest Virginia is where he belongs.

  • No new leads in missing person case

    Staff Report

    WHITETOP – The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office says it is still looking for clues in the disappearance of a Whitetop man missing since 2015.

    John William Wingler Sr., who was 74 when last seen, has been missing for more than a year. He was last seen around 5 p.m. on Nov. 11, 2015, at his home at 46 Dolinger Road. He was reported missing to the sheriff’s department on Nov. 12.

  • Blaze destroys home, injures firefighter

    A structure fire on April 3 at 11:32 p.m. on Coal Creek Road in Galax left a single-story home completely destroyed.

    No one was home at the time of the fire, and there were no casualties. One firefighter suffered a burn injury to the hand and wrist while working on scene, and was transported by Galax-Grayson EMS to Twin County Regional Hospital for treatment before being released.

  • Council plans road projects

    Road projects were on the agenda at Galax City Council’s March 27 meeting, including work on Cranberry Road, possible funding for street paving and a sidewalk extension.

    After several months’ negotiation with the Virginia Department of Transportation, the city has signed engineering agreements with the Lane Group and the design of the Cranberry Road project has started.

    The road is to be widened and the curve straightened on the length of Cranberry that runs between Glendale Road and U.S. 58, beside the new Sheetz store.

  • Break-ins, assault among Galax arrests

    Staff Reports

    Two men are charged in separate incidents with breaking into Galax residences. One also faces an assault charge and the other allegedly broke in with the intent to commit assault, police said.

    According to a report issued by the Galax Police Department, James Oliver Johnson, 56, of Woodlawn, was arrested on March 27 by Sgt. Shawny Jones and charged with felony breaking and entering a dwelling at night, misdemeanor assault on a family member, misdemeanor assault and misdemeanor intentional damage to a monument amounting to less than $1,000.

  • Lewis indicted on murder charge

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    Reprinted with permission

    MARION — During its March 28 quarterly session, a Smyth County grand jury handed down four indictments for a Wythe County man accused in the August 2016 hit-and-run killing of his ex-girlfriend and the attempted malicious wounding of her companion.

    The incident left 35-year-old Heather Michelle Clontz of Fries dead and 28-year-old Samuel David Lawson injured.