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  • Three charged in separate incidents

    Three Galax men are in police custody on three separate incidents in the city.

    According to a news release from the Galax Police Department, Maurice Antwan Harris, 42, of Galax was arrested on Jan. 13.

    Harris was wanted by Galax police for three counts of distribution of marijuana after being indicted by a Carroll County grand jury in December 2014.

    Evidence recovered from Harris at the time of his arrest resulted in his arrest for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, the news release said.

  • Fire damages Hillsville home

    HILLSVILLE — The Hillsville Volunteer Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 387 Baker Mines Road last week, when a flue fire led to flames getting trapped between the walls of the structure.

    According to Hillsville Fire Chief Donnie Spangler, firefighters were called to the home, owned by Richard Allison, on Jan. 7 at approximately 11:58 a.m. Upon arrival, they found the structure involved.

  • Man sought for indecent exposure at Walmart

    The Galax Police Department is looking for a man wanted for indecent exposure in Walmart.

    According to police, between 1-1:30 p.m. on Jan. 12, an unidentified male entered the Walmart store in Galax and exposed himself to customers.

    The suspect is a white male, wearing glasses, approximately 40-45 years of age, approximately 6 feet tall, with brown hair, balding. He is believed to operate a white Nissan Frontier pickup.

    If you have information as to the identity of this individual, contact the Galax Police Department at (276) 236-8101.

  • Galax police officer hit by car while chasing suspect

    UPDATED 1/16/15:

    Galax Police Officer Jacob Vaughan was struck by a vehicle while in foot pursuit of a suspect last Thursday night, according to Police Chief Rick Clark.

    Vaughan was transporting Terrance Lorenzo Stevenson, 28, of Galax from the Washington County Jail, where he had been arrested earlier in the day on a breaking and entering charge that was alleged to have occurred in Galax, said Galax Police Capt. James Cox.

  • Man arrested for kidnapping at gunpoint

    LAMBSBURG — A man has been arrested on numerous charges, including kidnapping, after allegedly holding his girlfriend at gunpoint in Lambsburg.

    According to a news release from Sheriff J.B. Gardner, the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office received a call on Jan. 13, just after 9 p.m., from a woman stating her sister was being held at gunpoint at a McDonald’s just off Interstate 77’s Exit 1 in Lambsburg.

  • Mobile meth lab seized after traffic stop

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — Two suspects have been arrested and a mobile meth lab seized by the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department.

    Sheriff Richard Vaughan said his office recently received a tip from an off-duty police officer about a vehicle driving recklessly on U.S. 58 west of Independence.

  • Carroll, Hillsville seeking fugitives

    HILLSVILLE — Local authorities are seeking help from the public to locate people who have outstanding warrants for various crimes.

    On Monday, the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office released a mugshot of Nathaniel Steven Edwards, 19, who is wanted for violation of probation for breaking and entering and grand larceny charges.

    Hillsville Police Dept. put together a video on its Facebook page featuring an updated list of the town and county’s most wanted individuals, including:

  • Grayson supervisors select Sexton as chairman

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors has picked David Mack Sexton as its new chairman for 2015.

    The selection of Sexton, which was by a unanimous vote, came at a special Jan. 5 called organizational meeting at the Matthews State Forest Meeting Center. Sexton succeeds John Brewer, who served one term in the post.

    The board annually selects its chairman near the start of the year.

    Brenda Sutherland was picked for the second consecutive year to serve as vice chairman. She was also selected by a 5-0 vote.

  • Deadline nears to sign up for insurance

    The open enrollment window closes on the Affordable Care Act marketplace Feb. 15, so counselors are gearing up for the last-month rush and educating callers.

    For instance, some people think that as long as they sign up for insurance, they’ll avoid the tax penalty for being uninsured, but they also need to pay the premiums each month.

    In Virginia, 164,884 people selected plans in the ACA marketplace in the first month of the enrollment period that began Nov. 15. That doesn’t include automatic renewals.

  • Resolve to be healthy in 2015

    By Jon D. Applebaum, Chief Executive Officer of Twin County Regional Healthcare

    At the beginning of a new year, many of us make resolutions to be healthier and maintain better habits: to lose weight, stop smoking, or exercise regularly.

    If you’ve recently enrolled in a health insurance plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace or are considering signing up, it’s a perfect time to think about your resolution of good health and understand how healthcare coverage can help you achieve this goal.