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Today's News

  • Murder suspect once lived in Hillsville

    The suspect in three April 13 shooting deaths in Overland Park, Kan., temporarily moved to Hillsville in 1987 to begin a “white power” group, but failed to attract a single member, by his own account.
    Frazier Glenn Miller, 73, who also uses the last name Cross, faces charges of first-degree murder after the shooting outside a Jewish Community Center and retirement complex in the suburban Kansas City community, according to news reports. He is also expected to face hate crime charges.

  • Council wants more info on new school plan

    The Galax Planning Commission will have a second opportunity to vote on a recommendation for the approval of a conditional use permit for Galax City Schools to build a new elementary school in the city.
    A request for a possible expansion of the school system brought a substantial divide within the community last month. A lengthy discussion about the construction of a school on a property located off of Kipling Lane and portions of Kenbrook Drive resulted in a split vote from the planning commission.

  • Wind overturns tractor-trailers on I-77

    LAMBSBURG — Two state vehicles were struck and damaged after gusts estimated  at more than 100 mph also knocked over two tractor-trailers Tuesday, according to Virginia State Police reports.
    State police and Virginia Department of Transportation officials responded shortly after 3 p.m. when the first incident happened at the familiar spot near the 3 mile marker in the northbound lanes, according to First Sgt. Mike Musser.

  • Police receive report of cane-wielding woman

    Galax police were called to Food City in Galax on April 14, on a report of an elderly woman hitting cars in the parking lot with her cane and yelling at them.
    A later police report confirmed that the situation was a verbal altercation between a man’s girlfriend and his ex-wife.
    “She didn’t strike any cars with a cane, but [she] did roll a buggy into the other woman’s vehicle,” said Capt. James Cox of the Galax Police Department. “Apparently, she was flinging the cane around, but didn’t hit anything.”

  • E-911 dispatchers honored during Public Safety Telecommunications Week

    April 13-19 is National Public Safety Telecommunication Week, held each year to celebrate and honor the telecommunications personnel in the public safety community.

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  • H.E.R.O. Day planned for May 3

    HILLSVILLE — Citizens can witness first-hand all the work that goes into serving as a police, fire, rescue and 911 dispatcher by attending H.E.R.O. Day on May 3 at Carroll County Recreation Park.
    Civilians will even be able to participate in the emergency-themed obstacle course and 5K run, according to organizers.
    H.E.R.O. stands for Hearts Empowered to Rescue Others.

  • Anders plea deal falls through, trial to be set

    INDEPENDENCE — Randy Lee Anders will stand trial on two charges of assaulting police officers in an incident that occurred in April 2013, after no plea arrangement could be worked out in the case.
    Anders, 33, appeared in Grayson County Circuit Court last Friday, but Grayson Commonwealth’s Attorney Doug Vaught said no plea agreement could be reached.
    A trial date is to be set for Anders during docket call on April 25. A trial on the felony charges had been set for April 11, but were delayed as the plea deal was worked out.

  • Coach resigns in wake of charges

    WYTHEVILLE — Howard S. Ingo, a former coach, teacher and administrator with Carroll County schools, has resigned from his coaching post at George Wythe High School after he was charged with  hazing and corporal punishment of a football player.
    Ingo, 47, was suspended with pay after he was charged in March.
    Grayson County Commonwealth’s Attorney Doug Vaught, the special proscutor in the case, said the two misdemeanor charges were filed after an investigation of complaints.

  • Three injured in 4-vehicle crash

    INDEPENDENCE — Three Grayson County residents were injured and a juvenile has been charged with reckless driving in a four-vehicle accident that occurred just west of Independence on April 9 around 4:30 p.m.