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Public Safety

  • City defends reduction in speed limits

    In light of community backlash against the recent introduction and enforcement of new speed limits in Galax, city officials are publicly standing by the changes.
    City Manager Keith Barker explained the reasons behind the decision to alter several speed limits in the area, including a reduced speed from 45 to 35 mph to the East Stuart Drive stretch and a reduction from 35 to 25 mph on West Stuart Drive.

  • Arrest Reports 9/4/13

    The Gazette is partnering with local police departments to publish photos of suspects arrested and charged.

  • Three Carroll men charged with race-related assault

    HILLSVILLE — Alleged ongoing harassment led to charges of race-related assault being placed against three Carroll County men after an Aug. 30 incident, according to Sheriff J.B. Gardner.
    Deputies first became aware of a disturbance at approximately 11 p.m., when a Training Center Road resident called 911 and spoke to sheriff’s office dispatcher Neil Anderson, a Carroll Sheriff’s Office news release says.

  • Speed limit petition quickly gains signatures

    Galax citizens are working together to express their frustrations over the recent change in speed limits throughout the city.
    Posts about an online petition have been circling on social media. The petition asks the city to reverse the speed limit changes on portions of U.S. 58 that were recently lowered to 35 mph from 45 mph. Other streets in the city, like West Stuart Drive, were lowered from 35 mph to 25 mph.
    The petition was created last Wednesday, and by Friday afternoon it had already reached 156 signatures.

  • Town makes flea market safety plans

    HILLSVILLE — Police and emergency officials have plans in place to help safeguard the hundreds of thousands people expected to attend the Labor Day Gun Show and Flea Market this weekend.
    These efforts spearheaded by the Hillsville Police Department and Carroll County rescue squads have been designed to decrease response times and address the flea market’s greatest health risks, such as injuries through overheating, overexertion and falling.

  • Arrest Reports 8/28/13

    The Gazette is partnering with local police departments to publish photos of suspects arrested and charged.

  • Flea market will bring thousands to Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE — Tens of thousands of people will head to Hillsville over Labor Day weekend to experience flea market shopping heaven, creating the potential of traffic hell for others.
    The Labor Day Gun Show and Flea Market will open for business Friday at 7 a.m. and wrap up Monday at 5 p.m.
    While Hillsville does its best to accommodate crowds estimated at more than half a million in the past, the Virginia Department of Transportation has issued its annual statement, warning those who might not want to be ensnared in the shopping bonanza to steer clear.

  • Arrest Reports 8/26/13

    The Gazette is partnering with local police departments to publish photos of suspects arrested and charged.

  • No charges in trooper wreck

    A Virginia state trooper who was involved in a rear-end collision that occurred on Elk Creek Parkway near Independence on Aug. 5, will not face traffic charges.
    First Sgt. Mike Musser said State Police Sgt. Scott Todd conducted the investigation and will charge Trooper Jessie Tilson administratively.

  • Security upgrades continue as classes resume in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE – The first bells of the school year rang last week in Grayson County as students returning to the division were greeted by numerous improvements in security measures.
    Division Superintendent Kevin Chalfant provided the school board with an update on summer projects during the board’s regular meeting earlier this month, which included upgrades to the safety and security, technology and pay raises for faculty.