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Local News

  • New airport manager born to fly

    “Having an airport is a really big deal, and the fact that we have one is really, really awesome,” says new Twin County Regional Airport Manager John Lael, sitting in a conference room at the main building.

    The building’s glassed-in reception area has a high ceiling that seems to yearn upward; the conference room’s table is long and polished like the wing of an aircraft. Outside in the chilly weather, bracing winds blow along the runways. Everything, inside and out, seems poised for some grand adventure.

  • Car forced off road, into house

    After a brief pursuit and a dangerous crash, Travis Dale Coulson, 37, of Galax — wanted for malicious wounding and unauthorized use of a vehicle — was apprehended by the Galax Police Department on Tuesday at about 1:40 p.m. on Greenville Road, according to Capt. James Cox.

    The crash involved Coulson chasing a car and then allegedly forcing it off the road. It went off a bank and plowed into the back of a house.

  • Governor proposes criminal justice reforms

    Staff Report

    RICHMOND – Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Wednesday proposed a legislative package of reforms to Virginia’s criminal justice system for the 2017 General Assembly session, which convenes later this month.

  • Meat van merchants arrested in Grayson

    Staff Report

    ELK CREEK — Two North Carolina men were charged last week in Elk Creek for reportedly selling meat door-to-door, which is in violation of a county ordinance, according to the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office.

    According to a news release, Christopher Alley, 23, of High Point, N.C., and Devin Carter, 23, of Greensboro, N.C., were taken into custody for violation of the county ordinance governing itinerant merchants.

  • Two arrested after chase in stolen car

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — Two suspects were arrested on several charges, including eluding police and possession of methamphetamine, after a high-speed chase on Interstate 77 on Dec. 27, according to a report from Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner.

  • Court to hear motions in Lovell murder case

    Staff Report

    CHRISTIANSBURG — As Natalie Keepers prepares for four days of motions hearings this month, her attorney wants a judge to throw out incriminating statements she made to police during the investigation of Nicole Lovell’s death.

    Lovell, 13, of Blacksburg, was killed in January 2016 and her body was found just outside Grayson County.

  • Sheriff says shooting result of domestic dispute

    Staff Report

    A Carroll County woman has been charged with malicious wounding, following a shooting incident at a residence on Fries Road Jan. 3.

    
According to a news release from Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner, the sheriff’s office received a call about a possible shooting at 2873 Fries Road, in the Cliffview Community near Galax, at 3:23 a.m. on Tuesday.

  • Car run off road, crashes into house

    Staff Reports

    Travis Dale Coulson, 37, of Galax has been taken into custody by the Galax Police Department after chasing a man in a car off of Greenville Road and causing the other driver to crash into a home at the corner of Kenbrook Drive, according to Chief Rick Clark.

    The pickup truck Coulson was driving also crashed at the corner of Kenbrook and Greenville. He was taken into custody at the scene.

  • School board looks back on 2016 progress

    INDEPENDENCE — During Schools’ Superintendent Kelly Wilmore’s monthly report December, he summarized the work that had been done throughout the school system over the past year.

  • Brannock departs as chamber director

    After a long and industrious run, Judy Brannock is retiring as executive director for the Twin County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

    Brannock stepped down at the end of 2016 after 15 years at the chamber. The chamber’s executive board will meet to appoint an interim director to serve until a full-time director is hired.

    “I am leaving, number one, to see my grandsons more often,” explained Brannock in an interview with The Gazette.