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Today's News

  • Appeal denied in Jones case

    INDEPENDENCE - A Grayson County Circuit Court judge denied a motion Tuesday to set aside a verdict finding Matthew Steven Jones guilty in the first-degree murder of his girlfriend, Desia Rae George.
    Following a three-day jury trial in November, Jones was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison and a $100,000 fine. At his sentencing hearing on March 6, Jones' attorney, Karen Boyer, made it clear that she planned to appeal the verdict.

  • Free clinic reopening in Galax

    Those seeking help from the Free Clinic of the Twin Counties lately have called only to hear a message that, due to financial difficulties, the institution was closed.

    However, according to Jonathan Sweet, who acts as president of the clinic’s board of directors, the clinic is reopening on April 7 and will resume serving the community’s medical needs as before.

  • Carroll grand jury issues 22 indictments

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County grand jury issued 22 direct indictments against 10 individuals on March 16.

    After an investigation going back almost two years, William Michael Hazelwood Sr., 37, was indicted on two counts of statutory burglary, grand larceny, larceny of a firearm and destruction of property.

    According to the indictments, Hazelwood allegedly broke into two separate Carroll County homes in the daytime, with the intent to commit larceny.

  • Supervisor puts own money into coyote bounty fund

    INDEPENDENCE – With funds exhausted for a controversial bounty on coyotes in Grayson County, one supervisor took it upon himself to donate additional funds in hopes that other citizens will follow-suit.

    County Administrator Jonathan Sweet notified supervisors by memo earlier this month that only $480 of the budgeted $10,000 remained.

  • Mary Holland is acting funny

    LOS ANGELES, Cal. — “Starry-eyed, small-town girl goes to Hollywood and makes it big” is such a staple of popular imagination that it’s doubled back on itself – it seems like something we (or maybe somebody’s PR people) must have made up.

  • More students bring more money to Galax schools

    While school systems in neighboring counties are dealing with lost funds due to drops in student population, Galax is seeing the opposite.

    The Galax School Board last month asked the city to amend the 2015 fiscal year education budget to show an increase of $237,140 in state and federal funding.

    Schools Superintendent Bill Sturgill told Galax City Council members at their March 9 meeting that the division received more money than it budgeted for, due to having more students than anticipated.

  • Special health insurance enrollment now open

    Commonwealth Covered, a project sponsored through Enroll Virginia, is offering free assistance to individuals who are interested in signing up for healthcare during a special enrollment period for the Health Insurance Marketplace.

    “Between March 15 and April 30, there is an open window for individuals who paid a penalty this year, to sign up for coverage for 2015,” said Tahsin Anwar, a volunteer through Commonwealth Covered.

  • Report: crime down in Galax

    The Galax Police Department handled 39,629 calls in 2014, both emergency and non-emergency in nature — not including phone calls for information — and recorded 21,213 calls for service.

    Galax Police Chief Rick Clark, now in his 14th year in the position, recently gave his annual report to Galax City Council.

    The department reported 1,192 total crimes, which is a 11.6 percent decrease from 2013.

  • Three charged in theft, grand larceny cases

    Three people were arrested last week on charges including theft of auto parts and grand larceny from a construction company.

    A North Carolina man has been arrested and charged with a series of thefts that occurred in Galax.

    Carl Ray Poole, 45, was arrested by Senior Police Officer John Reavis on March 19, after a traffic stop. According to a Galax Police Department reports, Poole was observed pulling a utility trailer without tags or lights.

  • Wreck on 89 causes multiple injuries

    On March 26 at approximately 5:02 p.m., Galax police received a report of a crash at the intersection of Camp Zion Road and South Main Street (Virginia 89), said Galax Police Captain James Cox.
    A 1991 Chevrolet pickup, operated by Jeremy William Shaffer, 28, of Ennice, N.C., was traveling east on Camp Zion Road. As he approached the intersection the pickup's brakes failed, according to Cox.
    A 1995 GMC van, operated by Warren Coolidge Lowe, 91, of Galax, was traveling south on Main Street and struck Shaffer’s vehicle as it crossed Main, said Cox.