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Today's News

  • She's one

    Adlianne Grace Spurlin celebrated her first birthday June 12 with a picnic party at her home with her family. 

    She is the daughter of Kevin and Tara Spurlin of Galax. Her grandparents are Owen and Judy Eddy of Castile, N.Y., and Mike and Anita Spurlin of Galax.

  • Kirbys celebrate 60th anniversary

    Fred and Wandy Boyles Kirby of Fries celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary June 29.

    The couple were married June 29, 1957 at the Fries Pentecostal Holiness Church where they still attend. They have two sons, Barry Kirby of Winston-Salem, N.C., and Tim Kirby of Fries.
     

  • 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.