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Today's News

  • Three arrested after standoff with fugitive

    Three men were arrested Sept. 17 in Galax after a brief standoff with a fugitive wanted for crimes in Henry County.

    The Galax Police Department received information that Joshua Lee Cloud, 29, of Martinsville, was wanted by the Henry County Sheriff’s Office for armed robbery and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and that he was believed to be hiding at a Galax residence.

  • Tom Hanks, HBO making "Factory Man" miniseries

    UPDATED 9/18:

    It appears the best-selling book by Beth Macy about the life of Galax’s John Bassett in the furniture industry is headed for the TV screen.

    According to Deadline.com, an online magazine that covers the entertainment industry, The Playtone Company and HBO have bought broadcasting rights to “Factory Man,” and they intend to develop the book into a miniseries.

    The project lists Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman of Playtone as co-executive producers.

  • Missing Tenn. woman last seen in Fries

    FRIES — A Bristol TV news report says a woman missing from East Tennessee was last seen in Fries.

    WCYB reports that Peggy McMickle has not been heard from since Sept. 12.

    McMickle reportedly has family in Fries and in New Mexico.

    Police in Tennessee describe McMickle as 50 years old; 5 feet, 5 inches tall, 150 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

    She could be driving a 1999 red or maroon Chevy Tracker with New Mexico license plate MXS237, which expires in March 2015.

  • Cooley remembered for community involvement

    HILLSVILLE — Raleigh Cooley, a Navy veteran, lawyer and former mayor of Hillsville, passed away on Sept. 14 at age 90 at Wheatland Hills in Hillsville.

    Aside from his law practice, Cooley was known throughout the community for his accomplishments and involvement with a number of local groups. He is described by all who knew him as a man who was passionate and dedicated to what he believed in. To any organization he joined, he gave a hundred percent of his efforts.

  • Charges agains former Carroll coach, teacher dropped

    WYTHEVILLE — A prosecutor has dropped all charges against a former football coach, teacher and administrator with Carroll County schools. The charges stemmed from a “hazing” incident involving an 11th grade football player.

    Howard S. Ingo, a former George Wythe High School football coach, was convicted in May of a “corporal punishment” violation, a Class 4 misdemeanor, and ordered to pay a fine of $100. He appealed the conviction.

  • Grayson saves by paying off debt early

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to pay off four loan notes early to save $510,000 in interest payments. The vote, which came during the supervisors Sept. 11 regular monthly meeting, is also expected to free up $52,000 a year in the county’s operating budget.

  • Sheetz plans going forward

    City Manager Keith Barker says that the new Sheetz convenience store will be coming to Galax after all permits are secured, a process that has taken some time.

    Galax City Council voted this summer to allow the rezoning of a portion of 1084 E. Stuart Drive so that Sheetz Inc. can build at the location. However, some people who were eager for the store to open have wondered why there has been no obvious progress at the site.

  • Carroll grand jury issues 88 indictments

    HILLSVILLE — A grand jury issued a total of 88 indictments against 47 individuals in Carroll County Circuit Court on Monday.

    The indictment list included five charges against Arless Lynn Dalton Jr., for grand larceny, statutory burglary, obtaining money by false pretenses (third or subsequent offense), shoplifting (third offense) and escape from law enforcement.

  • Falling enrollment will cost schools $1M

    INDEPENDENCE – Falling enrollment in Grayson County could cause a more than $1 million school budget shortfall if things don’t improve before the end of the year.

    School Division Superintendent Kevin Chalfant told the Grayson School Board last week that, although things looked “pretty dire” at the beginning of the school year, enrollment has since come up a little.

    The division started the year with only 1,693 students enrolled, but as of the latest numbers that had risen to 1,719.

  • MS walk raises $7,000

    HILLSVILLE — More than 100 runners turned out for the inaugural Twin County MS Walk at the Grover King VFW Post #1115 in Hillsville on Sept. 13.

    According to coordinator Regina Dalton, the walk raised around $7,000 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. “And, there are still more donations coming in,” she told The Gazette on Monday.