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Today's News

  • Police: murder suspect familiar with area

    Staff Reports

    A Virginia Tech freshman from Maryland charged with the abduction and first-degree murder of a Blacksburg teen, whose body was found near Galax, was familiar with the Twin County area, police say.

    According to information released on Tuesday, suspect David Eisenhauer has family in Galax and Grayson County who own land near the North Carolina border, which police said could explain his familiarity with the area where 13-year-old Nicole Lovell’s body was found on Jan. 30.

  • Dori Freeman: Rising Star

    The video on YouTube is arresting. A slender, pale young woman in a tank top and jeans, sitting partly in a shaft of light, leans back into her seat, pulling the hand that turned the camera on down to rest on her thigh before she kicks into the song.

    It’s a hard-luck tale of the kind so prevalent in American folk and old-time mountain music, about poverty and its accompanying hardships. She sings it a cappella, accompanying herself only with rhythmic slaps against her denim-clad legs.

  • Galax man charged in factory vandalism

    Corey Dean Hodges of Galax has been arrested and charged with acts of vandalization at Vaughan-Bassett Furniture that caused an estimated $100,000 in damage and shut the plant down for a day, according to Galax Police Chief Rick Clark.

    Clark said that Hodges, 27, was arrested Wednesday evening and charged with burglary with intent to commit a felony and felony destruction of property.

    There was no word at press time Wednesday night if there was anyone else involved in the incident, or what Hodges’ motive was in the alleged crime.

  • Duncan enters plea in shooting

    HILLSVILLE – Christopher Lee Duncan, who was slated for a jury trial later this month, has entered a guilty plea to a 2014 shooting and has been sentenced.

    Duncan, 39, of Cana, was arrested on Dec. 1, 2014, after the shooting of Marty Lee Hiatt. According to police reports, authorities responded to the intersection of Wards Gap and Old Dominion roads in Carroll County, where Hiatt had been shot in the abdomen while in a vehicle with his family. Hiatt’s wife, Liza Clair Hiatt, and one child were not injured. Hiatt identified Duncan as the shooter.

  • Harper murder trial now set for July

    INDEPENDENCE — A new trial date has been set for George Albert Harper III of Galax, who is charged with first-degree murder in the 2002 death of Brandon Billings.

    According to the Grayson County Circuit Court, Harper’s trial date has been set for the week of July 25.

    The trial date was originally set for the week of Feb. 8, but has been continued, according to the court system.

  • Felony arrests include drug violations, assault

    Staff Reports

    There were three felony arrests last week in the city, according to the Galax Police Department:

    • Dawn Marie Williams, 34, of Galax, arrested on Jan. 25 by Officer J.G. Hawks for possession of controlled substances. Galax officers served Williams a warrant on behalf of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office.

    • Chasity Shanta Wagg, 25, of Galax, arrested on Jan. 27 by Detective J.B. Greer for the manufacture, sale or possession of controlled substances.

  • General Assembly considers hunting bills

    Landmark News Service

    The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries lists 23 bills that have been introduced to the 2016 General Assembly.

    They range from free fishing days to the sale of animal parts to incentives for hunter education.

    Arguably, the most important bill was introduced by Del. C. Matthew Fariss and deals with what some landowners in the state see as a growing problem – the release of hunting hounds onto property where the owners don’t want them.

  • I-77 bridge closed at Exit 14 in Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE – Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews are working to repair the southbound lanes of the bridge at Exit 14 on Interstate 77 in Hillsville.

    As of Monday afternoon, both southbound lanes are closed and traffic is being diverted around the closure using the exit and entrance ramps of Exit 14, said a release from VDOT.

  • Men wanted on grand larceny charges

    Staff Report

    Two men are wanted on pending grand larceny charges after allegedly taking digital cameras from Walmart in Galax.

    The Galax Police Department released photos and information on its Facebook page Friday.

    According to the report, the pair took several GoPro video cameras from the Galax store on Jan. 29 at approximately 6:30 a.m.

    Anyone with information as to the identity of the two suspects is asked to contact Galax police at (276) 236-8101. Officer Chris Hines is investigating.

  • Grayson grand jury issues charges

    Staff Reports

    INDEPENDENCE — A Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury issued 24 indictments against 14 individuals last Thursday, on charges that included drug possession and distribution, child abuse, statutory burglary and the assault of a police officer.

    Arley Jason Simpkins received two charges, including the distribution of marijuana and assault of a law enforcement officer.