Local News

  • Galax police make felony arrests

    Staff Reports

    According to a report issued by the Galax Police Department, arrests last week included forgery, felony shoplifting, drug violations and perjury.

    • Heather Combs Lytton, 45, of Galax, was charged on Oct. 9 by Officer T.B. Jefferson for felony perjury (falsely swearing an oath).

    • Peggy Longshore Tucker, 66, of Galax, was charged on Oct. 11 by Officer Darrin Alley for felony petit larceny (third offense).

  • Wilmore: no conflict with coaches on board

    Staff Reports

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County’s school superintendent and the school system’s attorney say that volunteer coaches are allowed to serve on the school board, citing state code.

    At an Oct. 10 meeting, Tracy “Zeke” Anderson, a candidate for the at-large seat on the Grayson County School Board, went before the board to request the resignations of two members, Randy Shinault and Philip Vaughan.

  • Carroll's top teacher earns training award

    A teacher at Oakland Elementary School in Carroll County has received an award that will provide her with specialized training in reading and spelling.

    Sheila Hommema, a kindergarten teacher at Oakland and Carroll County’s 2016 Teacher of the Year, has received a Lucile Cornetet Individual Professional Development Award from the Delta Kappa Gamma (DKG) Educational Foundation.

  • Four injured in Pipers Gap crash

    A two-vehicle crash on Sunday at 10:35 a.m. on Pipers Gap Road left four people with minor injuries, according to Virginia State Trooper R.D. Horton.

    A 2011 Toyota Corolla driven by Destiny P. Parnell, 18, of Galax, was crossing Pipers Gap Road at the Elkhorn intersection onto Soapstone Road when she pulled in front of a 2004 Ford F150 driven by David S. Jones, 39, of Galax. Jones’ Ford struck Parnell’s Toyota on the driver’s side.

  • Ballot will contain two proposed amendments

    In addition to the races for president, vice president and congress, voters on Nov. 8 will see two proposed amendments to the Virginia constitution on the ballot.

    The Right To Work Law as laid out in the Virginia Constitution currently states that forced union membership and payment of forced union dues as a condition of employment is prohibited – in other words, employment may not be denied on the basis of one’s union membership or lack of one.

  • Grant will pay for new Galax patrol cars

    The Galax Police Department will be the beneficiary of a federal grant for new police vehicles, according to a statement issued by the USDA Rural Development’s Danielle Logan.

    “We’re going to buy a couple new first-run patrol cars,” said City Manager Keith Barker, “and then retire a couple of our more high-mileage vehicles.” He said that the cars being replaced would likely get auctioned off on a government website.

  • 'Catfishing' love scheme targeting Virginians

    The Better Business Bureau warns about a sophisticated love scheme that is targeting area users of a popular dating website.

    In a scam known as “catfishing,” a man pretending to live in Roanoke is using a false identity on Match.com and tricking legitimate users out of thousands of dollars.

    According to multiple victims, a man using the name Jeffrey Curtis courted them for months, got them to fall in love with him, and then used a fake tragedy to con them out of thousands of dollars.

  • Accident results in road closure in Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE – An accident in Hillsville resulted in the closure of West Stuart Drive for an extended period on Saturday due to downed power lines. No injuries were reported as a result of the accident.

    According to a release from the Hillsville Police Department, officers responded to a single vehicle accident at 1067 West Stuart Drive at approximately 5:40 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15.

  • Grayson County administrator accepts leadership position in Pulaski

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE – Last Thursday, County Administrator Jonathan D. Sweet tendered his formal resignation to the Grayson Board of Supervisors, effective Jan. 15, 2017.

    According to a news release from the county on Friday, Sweet has accepted the position as Pulaski County administrator, and will begin his new post on Jan. 16, 2017.

  • Galax arrests include NAPA burglary, drug offenses

    Staff Reports

    According to a report issued by the Galax Police Department, arrests last week included two men charged with burglary at an auto parts store.

    Matthew Allen Shumate, 24, of Chilhowie, and David Wayne Mooney, 26, of Glade Spring, were charged on Oct. 6 by Detective J.B. Greer.