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Today's News

  • Police find drugs, stolen property

    Two Galax men were arrested on a number of charges by members of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office on June 27.

    Maurice Antwon Harris, 41, of Beech Grove Lane, Galax, was charged with possession of marijuana; and Quantel James McCall, 19, of Beech Grove Lane, was charged with possession of stolen property.

    Members of the sheriff’s office executed a search warrant at 2511 Beech Grove Lane last Friday, where numerous stolen motorcycles, go-carts and ATVs were found, according to a statement from Sheriff Richard Vaughan on Monday.

  • Grayson awarded $948K in grants

    RICHMOND – Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced last week more than $8.5 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for 13 projects in the state, $948,185 of which will go toward two projects in Grayson County.

    The two local projects receiving funding are the Nuckolls Curve community, where Grayson received $259,755 for water quality improvement; and the Town of Troutdale, which was awarded $688,430 for a housing rehabilitation project.

  • Firefighter rescues girl from tree

    Though the Galax Fire Department was busy running its annual carnival at Felts Park, firefighters weren’t too occupied to carry on with their normal duties, as one young citizen found out Friday night.

    According to Capt. Mike Ayers, on July 27 at 6:26 p.m., the fire alarm was rung to summon available firefighters to help a 5-year-old girl on Crossridge Lane, who was stuck in a tree about 20 feet up. The report summoning the department stated that she was unhurt, but frightened and not able to climb down.

  • Four sought in passing of counterfeit bills

    HILLSVILLE — The Hillsville Police Department is on the lookout for four people suspected of passing counterfeit money at the Dollar General Store in Hillsville.

    According to a report from Sgt. Alan Gravley, two black females and two black males dressed as females entered the store on June 29, at approximately 5:30 p.m., where they passed off four counterfeit $100 bills.
    "The group appeared to be together," said Gravley, who received images of the suspects from the store's surveillance cameras.

  • Carroll serves up meal plan changes

    HILLSVILLE — Policy changes concerning the school nutrition program at Carroll County Public Schools were approved last week, in order to prevent future abuse of student meal plan accounts.

    The previous policy allowed unlimited charges for students who couldn’t pay for their meals at school. This lenient practice resulted in the accumulation of a negative balance totaling more than $41,000 in recent years.

  • Fourth of July Festivities

    INDEPENDENCE — The Town of Independence wants to focus on recognizing and thanking veterans for their military service during its annual Fourth of July celebration, which the town will host Friday.

    To commemorate Independence Day, the town will offer a parade, themed “Thank You for Our Freedom,” followed by family activities, food and free concerts in the Independence Town Park until a fireworks finale commences at 10 p.m.

  • Hillsville police chief resigns

    HILLSVILLE — When soon-to-be-former Chief Greg Bolen of the Hillsville Police Department posted a photo of himself posed as Captain America on Facebook, he wasn’t aware of the impact it would make — besides drawing out a few chuckles, likes and shares.

    “Anyone who knows me knows that I’m interested in comic books and superheroes, and I did this sort of thing to try to bring a different feel to [the department],” he said.

  • Readers' Hotline 6/30/14

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  • New state laws take effect July 1

    Several new state laws, passed by the 2014 session of the General Assembly, are likely to affect the daily lives of Virginia citizens. The state Division of Legislative Services put together a list of legislation that has been signed by the governor and, for the most part, will go into effect on July 1.

    Alcoholic Beverage Control

  • Galax native named state Director of Family Services

    “I think always my goal ever since I started is that we serve children and families at every point we touch their lives,” said Galax native Carl Ayers, of his career in social work.

    As Floyd County’s director of social services, he’s clearly made a good impression doing just that; the state is ready for him to assume his new position as the director of the Division of Family Services under the Virginia Department of Social Services.

    Ayers, a resident of Woodlawn, said he starts on July 10 and will relocate to Richmond.