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Today's News

  • Lawmaker pushes for guns in schools

    Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND — A state lawmaker has introduced a bill that would let school boards designate employees to carry concealed handguns on school property.

    It would require those carrying the weapons to receive training and certification, either through the state or the National Rifle Association.

  • Dog stolen in burglary at animal shelter

    A dog quarantined for attacking another canine was stolen from the Galax-Carroll-Grayson Animal Shelter around 10:30 p.m. last Wednesday night.

    Someone broke in to the facility on Jan. 11 and left with the animal, according to Galax City Manager Keith Barker and Galax Police Capt. James Cox.

    The dog was a male blue pit bull that was accused of killing another dog.

  • Filing date nears for Carroll supervisor candidates

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — Three seats on the Carroll County Board of Supervisors will be up for election in May, and the filing date for Republican candidates is approaching.

    Three of the board’s six seats are up for election, in the Fancy Gap, Laurel Fork and Pipers Gap districts.

    The Fancy Gap District is represented by Phil McCraw, who has announced that he will not seek re-election. The Laurel Fork District is held by Josh Hendrick and the Pipers Gap District is held by Tom Littrell.

  • High-speed chase ends in crash

    Staff Reports

    A high speed chase in Carroll County on Jan. 9 resulted in the arrest of James Richard Grimes, 36, of Hillsville, who was wanted in the county for a probation violation, according to Sheriff J.B. Gardner.

    On Monday at approximately 7:50 p.m., Cpl. Joseph Holderfield of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office received information that a wanted person, possibly armed, had been seen in the Laurel section of the county operating a white Chevrolet Blazer that was possibly stolen.

  • Cana man charged with shooting wife

    Staff Reports

    CANA — A Cana man who allegedly shot his wife is now in custody in the New River Valley Regional Jail, according to Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner.

    The victim suffered a non-life-threatening injury.

    On Jan. 4 at 2:41 a.m., the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office received a call from Northern Surry Hospital in North Carolina, requesting deputies to respond to their emergency room for a female with a gunshot wound that had just come in.

  • Lawmaker's bills would tighten school discipline rules

    Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND — A trio of bills introduced in the state Senate this month would tighten rules on how public schools may discipline students, including limits on long-term suspensions and expulsions.

    Senate Majority Whip Bill Stanley Jr. (R-Franklin County) proposed the rules last week. If passed, they would:

    • Cut the maximum long-term suspension from 364 calendar days to 45 school days (SB 995).

  • Fire destroys Providence barn

    FRIES ― Fries and Galax firefighters responded to the scene of a barn fire on Providence Road in Fries last Tuesday.

    The call was to 243 Providence Road at 12:22 p.m. on Jan. 10, where firefighters battled a blaze that fully engulfed a barn owned by Timothy Luper.

    According to Fries Fire Chief Chad Stanley, Luper said he’d been operating a forklift and parked it in the barn near some hay. When he returned a short time later, the forklift and hay were on fire.

  • Explosion at residence under investigation

    UPDATED 1/17/17:

    From Virginia State Police:

  • Fire damages Galax apartment

    Staff Report

    Two families were displaced by an apartment fire on Jan. 11 in Galax.

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched last Wednesday at 3:45 p.m. to a reported structure fire at 405 Givens Street, according to Capt. Mike Ayers.

    Firefighters arrived to find a two-story apartment building with fire blowing out of the windows on the front and right of the structure. The building housed two apartments upstairs and one (under renovation and unoccupied) downstairs.

  • Arrests include drugs, break-ins, assault

    Staff Reports

    A Sparta, N.C., man arrested in Galax last month is also the suspect in a crash involving a stolen car.

    Taylor Nathaniel Tower, 30, of Sparta, N.C., was arrested on Dec. 29 by the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office for felony breaking and entering with intent to commit assault and battery, and larceny and felony grand larceny (stealing property not from a person valued at more than $200).