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Today's News

  • Grayson grand jury issues charges

    Staff Reports

    INDEPENDENCE — A Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury issued 24 indictments against 14 individuals last Thursday, on charges that included drug possession and distribution, child abuse, statutory burglary and the assault of a police officer.

    Arley Jason Simpkins received two charges, including the distribution of marijuana and assault of a law enforcement officer.

  • Marriage license denial bill advances

    Virginia Senate Bill 40, now dubbed the “Kim Davis Bill,” was passed on to the full Senate for consideration after being approved by an 8-6 vote in the Courts of Justice Committee.

    The bill in its current form would allow clerks of court in Virginia to refuse to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple on religious grounds. It’s nickname comes from a Kentucky court clerk who famously refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples because it went against her religious beliefs.

  • Harper murder trial now set for July

    INDEPENDENCE — A new trial date has been set for George Albert Harper III of Galax, who is charged with first-degree murder in the 2002 death of Brandon Billings.

    According to the Grayson County Circuit Court, Harper’s trial date has been set for the week of July 25.

    The trial date was originally set for the week of Feb. 8, but has been continued, according to the court system.

  • Carroll school board chooses leaders, moves meeting day

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County School Board has changed the day of its monthly meeting and elected its 2016 chair and vice-chair.

    Brian Spencer has been elected as chairman and Joey Haynes will serve as vice chairman.

    In the school board organizational meeting, held on Jan. 14, the board decided to change its meetings from Thursday evening to Tuesday evening. The board will meet on the second Tuesday of each month starting at 5:30 p.m. Citizen comments will be heard at 6 p.m.

  • Men wanted on grand larceny charges

    Staff Report

    Two men are wanted on pending grand larceny charges after allegedly taking digital cameras from Walmart in Galax.

    The Galax Police Department released photos and information on its Facebook page Friday.

    According to the report, the pair took several GoPro video cameras from the Galax store on Jan. 29 at approximately 6:30 a.m.

    Anyone with information as to the identity of the two suspects is asked to contact Galax police at (276) 236-8101. Officer Chris Hines is investigating.

  • UHaul trailer comes loose, hits vehicle on I-77

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE – Virginia State Police responded to an accident on Interstate 77 in Carroll County on Friday morning, involving a pickup pulling a UHaul trailer and another vehicle.

    According to a report by Trooper S.M. Phillips, an accident occurred at 11:55 a.m. around the 13.7 mile-marker of the southbound lane on I-77 on Jan. 29.

  • Missing girl's body found near Galax

    UPDATED 2:30 P.M.

    Staff Reports

    Blacksburg police held a news conference this afternoon to release further details about the death of Nicole Lovell. Some of the highlights:

    • The preliminary cause of death has been determined as stabbing. Montgomery County Commonwealth's Attorney Mary Pettitt said an autopsy is complete, but final results will not be available for several weeks.

  • Downtown benches are latest public art project

    There’s a lot to do in downtown Galax, and the city and merchants are always looking for new places for locals and visitors to go.

    The city’s next public art project will provide places to rest from all that activity.

    At the Jan. 11 meeting of Galax City Council, Chris Pollins, director of Chestnut Creek School of the Arts, brought out a large sketch of benches being made for placement around the city, with the Galax pick logo on them.

    She said a public art committee has so far suggested that the 10 benches be placed:

  • Galax firefighters extinguish vehicle blaze, flue fires

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department extinguished a vehicle fire on Hanks Street around 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

    Firefighters arrived to find a car fully engulfed in flames within two feet of an outbuilding. GVFD members pulled a line from Engine 3 and extinguished the blaze before it ignited the structure. The vehicle was a total loss, but no injuries were reported.

    The Galax Police Department also assisted at the scene.

    The GVFD extinguished a flue fire in a structure on Mallory Road at 7:04 a.m. on Jan. 19, according to Capt. Mike Ayers.

  • Legislators give training center bill another try

    RICHMOND – A bill has been introduced into the 2016 General Assembly that would prevent two of Virginia’s training centers from closing, including the one in Carroll County.

    The Carroll County Board of Supervisors is looking at other ways to keep the doors open for developmentally disabled residents and nearly 400 workers, should the state follow through with its plans to close it.