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Today's News

  • Four charged in three drug-related incidents

    Four people were arrested for various charges during a drug-related investigation by the Galax Police Department on Feb. 21.

    Two Galax residents were arrested and charged with possession of narcotics after the execution of a search warrant at Glendale Apartments.

    Misty Rena Urbina, 33, and William Bradley Earp, 23, both of Galax, were both charged with possession of marijuana, possession of morphine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • S.C. man charged with car theft, break-in

    HILLSVILLE — A South Carolina man was arrested Feb. 21 after local authorities responded two related incidents, involving the theft of a vehicle from one residence and the breaking and entering of another home that same day.

    Police said the man allegedly stole a car the owner left running in his driveway, then broke into a house and was found in the bathroom dyeing his hair.

  • Grayson's finances get A+ in audit

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County’s annual audit revealed a continued upward trend of stability for a county once on the brink of a major financial crisis.

    The turnaround hasn’t been easy – and tax rates once the lowest in the state are now more on par with other localities – but through tight spending and adjusted tax rates, the county now has a healthy fund balance in place.

    Deanna Cox and Scott Wickham of Robinson, Farmer, Cox Associates provided the annual audit report to county supervisors during their regular meeting this month.

  • Foggy Top fire under investigation

    A house fire on Foggy Top Lane in Grayson County left no injuries or fatalities but extensive property damage, said Galax Fire Department Capt. Mike Ayers on Monday evening.

    Galax firefighters responded to the siren at 5:08 p.m. on Monday. After extinguishing the fire, which Ayers said started in a front room, the fire department summoned investigators from the Grayson Sheriff’s Office. According to Ayers, this was because the fire department was unable to discern the fire’s cause.

  • APCO customers to see 4 percent drop in average bills

    ROANOKE – Appalachian Power Company (APCO) announced Thursday that residential customers in Virginia will see a decrease of about 4 percent in their total electric bills beginning this month. The decrease is the result of the reduction or expiration of three Rate Adjustment Clauses (RACs).

  • Visual journals a medium for art, reflection

    Journal Fodder Junkies came to Chestnut Creek School of the Arts last weekend, providing visual journal enthusiasts with lots of ideas and hands-on experience in two day-long workshops.

    “Journal Fodder Junkies is just myself and David [David R. Modler],” said Eric Scott, JFJ’s other co-founder. “Dave got me into visual journals, and we’ve been doing it for the last 17 years now.”

  • Gov. signs bill freezing utility rates and reviews

    Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed a bill Feb. 24 that halts the state’s ability to review and adjust base electricity rates for utilities in Virginia while keeping rates frozen.

    The bill, sponsored by state Sen. Frank Wagner, R-Virginia Beach, ends the State Corporation Commission’s ability during the five-year period to determine whether energy giants such as Appalachian Power and Dominion Power earned more than a fair profit and to order refunds to consumers.

  • Sex offender bill passes legislature

    Del. Jeff Campbell announced a week of progress in the General Assembly, including passage of a bill requiring sex offenders to provide public notice if planning to come on school property.

    Campbell’s 6th District includes part of Carroll County.

  • Fire leaves Hillsville man homeless

    HILLSVILLE — A fire in Hillsville left a resident homeless early Sunday morning.

    Galax Fire Department responded at 1:59 a.m. to assist the Hillsville Volunteer Fire Department at 1570 Old Galax Pike, a cinderblock house with additions built on.

    According to Hillsville Unit 1 Chief Donnie Spangler, a neighbor reported the fire. The resident took refuge in his car.

    “We don’t really know how it started,” said Spangler. “Everybody was out.”

  • VSP responds to 23 crashes over weekend

    Virginia State Police responded to 23 accidents in Carroll and Grayson counties last weekend, according to a statement from First Sgt. Mike Musser on Monday.

    Another snow and ice storm on Feb. 20-21 made travel hazardous, and some roads refroze after thawing on Feb. 22.

    “We responded to 23 accidents from Friday morning until Sunday evening. Of those 23, seven were on the interstate, and the rest were on primary and secondary roads,” Musser said in an email to The Gazette.