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Today's News

  • Children reported trapped in house fire

    Multiple fire departments battled a deadly structure fire on Glendale Road across from Wolfe Glade Grocery on Thursday morning.

    A report from the Galax Fire Department at 8:42 a.m. on March 5 stated that children were trapped inside the structure.

    “To my knowledge, there were four children in the residence and one adult, and the adult and one child were standing outside,” when the fire department arrived, said Galax Assistant Fire Chief Mark Burnett.

  • Police vehicles damaged in violent chase

    WOODLAWN — The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Woodlawn man Tuesday on multiple charges, following the violent pursuit of a driver who attempted to hit several vehicles while fleeing from law enforcement.

    Eric Michael Fulton, 38, of Laurel Mount Lane in Woodlawn, was charged with felony eluding law enforcement, two counts of assault on a police officer, two misdemeanor counts of destruction of property for damaging two police cars, resisting arrest, reckless driving and operating a vehicle with expired registration and expired inspection.

  • Bogeys goes from basic to classic in private dinner

    In an effort to prepare both staff and public for a new future, Bogeys, Galax’s answer to fine dining, held a private, small-plate dinner with wine pairings.

    Owner Kenneth Belton, who was one of the restaurant’s four owners before buying out the others late last year, was on hand along with consultant Judy Brannock; new chef J.C. Botero (born in Colombia, raised in south Florida and lately of Olde Mill Resort); sommelier Steve Foster of Andes Importers of Salem, who was responsible for the wine pairing; and new staff members.

  • Two-day metal fest to rock Independence

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — While the Grayson County area regularly receives recognition for its bluegrass and country music, heavy metal and rock have a Grayson following also worth noting.

  • Mitchell no longer seeking appointment

    HILLSVILLE ― Billy Mitchell has withdrawn his application to serve on the Carroll County Planning Commission, after his nomination last month resulted in controversy among members of the community and other county officials.

    Mitchell, a former Carroll administrator, served time in federal prison after he was convicted in 1998 of embezzling more than $400,000 from the county and the Industrial Development Authority (IDA). The federal indictment against Mitchell included seven counts of embezzlement and 25 counts of money laundering.

  • Four injured in head-on crash near Subway in Galax

    A two-vehicle accident tied up traffic and required four people to be transported for treatment of injuries on Tuesday at 5:42 p.m., according to Galax Police Capt. James Cox.

    The accident occurred when a blue 1992 Ford Escort, operated by Brian Keith Smith, 51, of Galax, was traveling east on East Stuart Drive/U.S. 58 at the Caldwell Street intersection. Police said he attempted to turn left onto Glendale and struck a tan 2000 Ford Expedition, operated by Steven Ray Dalton, 49, of Hillsville.

  • Two charged after traffic stop turns up drugs

    Two men face drug charges after traffic stops that occurred on Feb. 28 and March 1 in Galax.

    On Saturday, Jeffery D. Ray, 44, of Galax, was stopped by Sgt. Shawny Jones for an equipment violation. “It was determined that Ray’s privilege to drive had been suspended and that it was the second time he had been stopped that day for the same violation,” according to a report from the Galax Police Department.

    While Ray’s vehicle was being inventoried prior to towing, a quantity of marijuana and suspected methamphetamine was discovered.

  • Sheriff to run for 3rd term

    By DON RICHESON and LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — Thirteen Grayson County elected positions are up for grabs this year, but so far there is no stampede of official candidates.

    The only candidate to file paperwork to run so far is Sheriff Richard Vaughan, who is seeking another four-year term.

    Vaughan said he will run as an independent candidate and has secured the required 125 signatures from registered voters.

  • Oak Hall bringing 100 jobs to Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — Oak Hall Cap & Gown, a manufacturer of academic, judicial and religious apparel, will invest $1.2 million to establish a textile manufacturing operation in Independence.

    The company will renovate and up-fit an existing 85,000-square-foot facility — the old Robertshaw Controls building at 607 W. Main Street — and create 100 new jobs.

  • Group raising awareness about Multiple Sclerosis

    HILLSVILLE — Town council has approved a resolution declaring March as Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Awareness month for Hillsville.

    Town council members approved the declaration at their Tuesday meeting, after they were visited by Twin County MS Support Group members Regina Dalton, Dalton’s daughter Autumn Stanley, Karen Walker and Arlene Monteith.