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Today's News

  • Two arrested in Fancy Gap for drug, weapons violations

    HILLSVILLE — Two people were arrested in Fancy Gap on June 25, on drug and weapons charges.

    Members of the Carroll County Sheriff's Office and the Twin County Drug Task Force received information from the New River Valley Drug Task Force on June 25, and executed a search warrant at 1934 Reedside Drive, in the Fancy Gap community, according to a report from Sheriff J.B. Gardner.

    Approximately 20 pounds of marijuana and three firearms were seized from the location, according to his report.

  • Burglars attempt robberies at local cellular stores

    The Galax Police Department is investigating the burglary and attempted burglary of two U.S. Cellular stores, and police in other jurisdictions say the same suspects may have hit U.S. Cellular stores there, as well.

    According to police, at 6:38 a.m. on July 6, the suspects gained entry to the front door of the U.S. Cellular Store in the Food City Plaza in Galax. No property was taken and the suspects exited the store in less than two minutes.

  • Supervisor opts out of Wildwood vote

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County supervisors voted to provide the county’s share in a security bond for a Virginia Department of Transportation grant to construct an industrial access road to the future Wildwood Commerce Park in Carroll County, but one supervisor stood in the middle of the road in the decision, and abstained from the 4-0 vote.

  • Pair charged with larceny, child endangerment

    HILLSVILLE — A Hillsville man and woman have been arrested on a number of charges, including larceny, breaking and entering and child endangerment, according to a report from the Hillsville Police Department.

    Capt. James Alderman, Sgt. Alan Gravley and officers Wesley Yonce, Billy Anau and Shannon Goad executed a search warrant on the residence of Annette Freeman, 29, and Arless Dalton Jr., 34, of Hillsville, on July 2.

  • Murder suspect has court date this week

    INDEPENDENCE — Matthew Steven Jones appeared in Grayson County Circuit Court on June 27 for a evidence suppression hearing, but it was delayed because a witness in the case could not be located.

    Jones is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his girlfriend, Desia Rae George, 33, of Fries, who was reported missing April 16, 2013. Jones was reportedly the last person to see her before she disappeared.

    Karen Boyer of Hillsville, Jones’ attorney, asked Judge Brett Geisler to set another date for the hearing.

  • 2014 Independence Day Parades

    Watch a slideshow of photos from July 4, 2014, parades in Hillsville, Independence, Galax and Fries. By Patrick Smith, Shaina Stockton and Shannon Watkins.

    http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/2014-independence-day-parades

  • Hillsville still dealing with chief's departure

    HILLSVILLE — One week after the Hillsville Police Chief Greg Bolen announced that he would be resigning from his position, effective the week of July 14, there are no definitive plans in place to hire a new chief to fill the vacancy.

    Citing town politics and rumors about his possible firing as the reason behind his exit, Bolen turned in his notice on June 30 and took the slightly more than two weeks of vacation time he had built up.

  • Farmer named Fries mayor

    FRIES — A short and sweet meeting of the Fries Town Council was held to clean up this year’s budget, and put council members in their appropriate seats for their new terms on July 1.

    Two members of council were replaced this year during the May elections.

    Richard Farmer was chosen by voters this year over former mayor Gary Sumner.

    Incumbent council member Jerry McCormick tied with challenger Marie Isom, but he decided to concede his seat after the results were made official.

  • Baywood wreck victim airlifted

    A 24-year-old Mount Airy, N.C., resident was airlifted to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center after wrecking his pickup truck in the Baywood area of Grayson County on July 4.

    According to Virginia State Trooper Jessie Tilson, Morgan Butler was speeding in his Chevrolet along Pleasant Grove Road near U.S. 58 when he lost control, veered off the right side of the road, plunged down an embankment and hit a tree. Tilson said the accident occurred around 6:15 p.m.

  • Burglar breaks into local tienda

    Security camera photos show a suspect who broke in to Disco Tienda Korita, located in the

    Magic Mart Shopping Center in Galax, on the night of July 2.

    Police say the person broke the door glass, entered the store and took a box of items. The suspect then fled on foot.

    If you have any information about this or other crimes, the Galax Police Department asks that you call (276) 236-8101.

    You may also text GALAX to TIP411 followed by your tip and remain anonymous.