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  • Public record for 7/5/17 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 additional information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in December of 2016 in the Carroll County General District Court office, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Readers Hotline 7/5/17

    Look in the mirror

  • Weevils enlisted to control growth of aggressive weeds

    The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services recently relocated hundreds of tiny weevils to a site in Grayson County, where an aggressive form of weed known as the “Mile-a-Minute” weed has been spotted.

    According to a news release from the agriculture department, the “Mile-a-Minute” weed is an extremely aggressive, barbed weed that quickly covers and chokes out other plants, shrubs and even trees as it grows. The pest’s name comes from its very rapid growth of up to six inches per day.

  • Architects make changes to GES plan

    Some changes have been made to the design of the Galax Elementary School expansion project.

    Yancey Powers of the WM2A architectural firm gave a brief update to members of the Galax School Board at their June 13 meeting.

    The firm’s designs encompass the renovation, extension and modernization of the existing school building.

  • Body found in store's restroom

    The body of an adult male was found in the men’s room of the Galax CVS store on Sunday, according to police.

    The Galax Police Department responded at 2:21 p.m. on July 2 after an employee found the body, according to Chief Rick Clark.

    The man was not a resident of the Twin Counties, said Clark, who declined to further identify him or discuss the circumstances of his death.

    Clark said no foul play is suspected, and the deceased’s family has been notified.

  • Arrests involve machete attack, stolen cars

    Recent arrests in Galax include a suspect charged with attacking a victim with a machete, while another case involved stolen vehicles.

    Galax police were dispatched to a reported assault at a residence on East Stuart Drive on July 1 shortly after noon.

    According to a police report, responding officers discovered a victim who had been assaulted with a machete. The victim was transported to Twin County Regional Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

  • New law allows online renewal of expired car registration

    Staff Report

    Vehicle owners with expired Virginia registrations can soon renew online and the online receipt will serve as proof of renewal until auto decals arrive.

    The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles will offer this new convenience for customers as a result of 2017 legislation that became effective July 1.

    In the past, only customers who renewed their vehicle registration online prior to expiration could print a receipt to serve as proof that the holder had extended the registration period.

  • Search warrant reveals homicide details

    A search warrant for a motel room in Galax reveals more details of a homicide that occurred there on June 22.

    Roland Eugene Clayton Jr., 51, of Roanoke, was found with multiple stab wounds on the floor of Room 11 of the Galax Motel when police responded at 10:27 p.m. Attempts to revive him proved unsuccessful, and Clayton was declared dead at 10:51 p.m.

    Yashisca Dushawn Richardson Chapman, 39, also of Roanoke, was arrested on the scene and charged with first-degree murder.

  • An unpopular move that saved lives

    Four years ago, Galax made a move that was so unpopular that many residents wrote letters and called city officials begging them not to pass such an unfair ordinance.

    From the public outcry, you’d have thought city council banned bacon or legalized kicking puppies.

    No, Galax lowered speed limits on some roads.

    In 2013, the Galax City Council, based on Police Chief Rick Clark’s recommendation, lowered the speed limit on a section of Stuart Drive from 45 mph to 35 mph.

  • Readers Hotline 7/3/17

    Paving of U.S. 52
    For everyone who is complaining about U.S. 52 South below the parkway, it has been [repaved]. The rough patches have been paved and we want to give a thank you to Virginia Department of Transportation in Carroll County.

    Other culprits
    About the article about the drug bust here in Galax — I’m glad you are getting the meth dealers off the road but I think you need to work on the prescription drug dealers, also.

    Witch-hunt