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Today's News

  • Galax shocks Radford

    LEBANON –– It’s a common occurrence in games this time of year when Radford is involved: A well-crafted game plan is executed with precision. Tempo is controlled – forced – with an iron will. Any kind of run, should one actually materialize, is shrugged off. Defense always rules. And the better basketball team walks off the court a winner.

    And Galax pulled it all off to perfection.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Readers Hotline 3/4/15

    A 24/7 job
    I know I might be in the minority when I say this, but I am glad I didn’t own the factories that I worked in or the businesses or had the headaches that they have doing the bookwork and the ordering. All I did was show up, put in a hard day’s work and got a paycheck. I didn’t have to stay. If you own a business it is a 24/7 job. Just because you go home doesn’t mean you don’t have to worry about your business when you are not there.

  • Turns 80

    L.D. Galyean celebrated his 80th birthday Feb. 18 with family at his home in Galax.

    He still works every day and stays young at heart.

  • Public record for 3/4/15 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record.
    The listings are complete. The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing.
    For information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded in July of 2014 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.