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  • Wilson remembered as firefighter, former Galax mayor

    The late Glenn Graybill Wilson — city council member for nearly three decades, former Galax mayor, volunteer firefighter for more than half a century, ambulance driver, funeral director for more than 40 years and ice cream man — wore many hats in his lifetime.

    According to those who knew him, he wore every one of them while pursuing the continual betterment of Galax, but took plenty of time to laugh, too.

  • Suspect arrested in Citgo burglary, larceny

    A Galax man has been arrested and charged in connection with a burglary at Robert’s Citgo and Tire that was reported on May 12.

    According to a Galax Police Department report, the owner of Robert’s Citgo on South Main Street discovered that the business had been entered during the night when he opened for business on May 12. The owner reported the theft of U.S. currency and tools, and damage to property.

    During the investigation, police discovered that a business truck had been moved, driven and then returned to the business.

  • Democrats nominate Williams for Grayson clerk

    INDEPENDENCE — Robert “Bobby” Williams officially received the Democratic nomination to run for Grayson County Circuit Court Clerk at the party’s caucus in Independence on May 7.

    Williams is a lifelong resident of Grayson County and currently resides in Fairview. He is the son of Bobby and Louise Williams of Galax and is engaged to Kari Walls.

  • Grayson Republicans choose Brooks to challenge prosecutor

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Republican Committee has chosen a candidate to run for commonwealth’s attorney in the Nov. 3 election.

    Roger Brooks was nominated at the committee’s mass meeting on May 2 at the Independence Fire Station.

    Brooks will challenge independent incumbent Doug Vaught for the constitutional office.

    In addition to Brooks, the committee nominated Susan Herrington as a candidate for clerk of the circuit court and Larry Bolt for commissioner of revenue.

  • Republican primary ends two contests

    HILLSVILLE — Results are in for the Carroll County Republican Primary on May 16, which concluded two contested races for the party’s nominations this year.

    According to official numbers from the committee, Phil Hawks defeated Ronald Newman 610-576 in a tight race for the clerk of court nomination.

  • Newman, Hawks, seek Republican nomination

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Republican Primary on May 16 will feature two contested races, including a two-candidate race for circuit court clerk.

    Bradley “Phil” Hawks and Ronald L. Newman are both seeking nomination to represent the Republican party in the November general election. The winner of the primary will face James W. “Jay” McCraw, an independent, and Gerald R. Goad, a Democrat.

  • Embankment rollover leaves multiple injuries

    A single-vehicle accident at 5:25 p.m. on River Hill Road (Rte. 736) in Galax on Thursday, May 14 left all five occupants with some degree of injury, said Virginia State Trooper J.D. Delp.

    The injuries occurred when a 1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee, driven by Timothy J. Rife, 32, of Woodlawn, rolled over a steep embankment near a sharp curve in the road, Delp said.

  • Independent Goad enters Carroll sheriff's race

    HILLSVILLE — Shannon Goad has announced his plans to run for sheriff of Carroll County in this year’s general election in November.

    Goad is the third individual to announce his candidacy for sheriff in this year’s election. Sheriff J.B. Gardner, a Republican, has filed to run for another term and Chris Toney announced his intent to run an independent candidate.

  • Dog lost in I-77 crash reunited with owners

    AUSTINVILLE - The story of a North Carolina couple’s missing dog, following a wreck on Interstate 77 in Austinville, now has a happy ending thanks to the community’s effort to find and return the pup to his family.

    Dinky, a 1-year-old terrier/poodle mix male, went missing after his owners, Sam and Janet Hussey, crashed in their truck and camper on the interstate on April 9. The couple escaped the wreck with only minor injuries, but the truck and camper were severely damaged and Dinky ran from the scene.

  • Williams not eligible for ballot

    HILLSVILLE — Bonita WIlliams, who has served as treasurer for Carroll County since 1999, will not appear on the ballot for the Carroll Republican Primary election on Saturday.

    According to records from the Carroll County registrar’s office, Williams filed the paperwork to retain her seat as treasurer earlier this year. However, the Carroll County Republican Party deemed that she was ineligible for the primary election due to not meeting the correct filing qualifications.