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Today's News

  • Sports Shorts

     

    Carroll County athletics raffle

    The annual Carroll County High School Athletics raffle will be held in the CCHS gym on May 17 at 6 p.m. The grand prize winner of the raffle will take home $3,000. Tickets are $50 each and includes dinner for two. Contact Darren Matthews at (276) 728-2125 for ticket information.

     

    Galax Recreation 5-under T-ball

  • Stolen car recovered using OnStar

    A Fries woman was arrested in Galax and charged with stealing a vehicle July 7, after it was located through the On-Star system.
    Heather Metchele Clontz, 20, was arrested by Galax Police Capt. James Cox and charged with knowingly possessing stolen property. The vehicle, a 2009 Chevrolet, had been reported stolen in Smyth County last Wednesday.

  • Two charged with credit card theft

    Two people have been arrested for credit card theft after a victim reported her purse was stolen from the Crossroads Institute last Tuesday, according to the Galax Police Department.
    Galax Police responded to the complaint and, using information from the victim’s online credit card statement, identified suspects who had used the cards at Shoe Department, Walmart and Ciro’s, obtaining more than $800 in merchandise.
    Neisha Jane Keith, 21, and Christopher Richard Walls, 22, both of Galax, were arrested.

  • UPDATED: Former police officer from Carroll pleads guilty to drug charge

    ROANOKE — An ex-police officer from Carroll County, who worked in Pulaski and Radford, pleaded guilty today to federal charges he sold and used methamphetamine in his patrol car while in uniform and on duty.

  • Indictments charge theft from elderly patients

    ABINDGON — A senior social worker for Grayson County and the companion provider she hired have been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges they committed fraud to steal money from a pair of elderly patients.
    The grand jury on Thursday charged Jennifer Edward Hall, 36, and Bernard Dale Satterfield, 46, both of Galax, with crimes related to the defendants’ scheme to steal money from elderly patients under their care as employees of the Grayson County Department of Social Services.

  • Calls keep Galax firefighters busy during carnival

    The Galax Fire Department was busy last week, not only with its weeklong July 4 carnival, but also with various fire and emergency calls.  
    While in Felts Park, the department was called to the following incidents:
    • assisting Glade Creek Fire Department on July 1 at 1:30 p.m. with a vehicle accident and the landing of a medevac helicopter.
    • responding to a house fire at 303 Edgewood Drive in Galax, owned by James Rupert Fink Jr. and Denise Burnette, on July 2 at 3:30 p.m.

  • Wildfire warning issued

    Dry weather and sweltering temperatures have created an atmosphere throughout much of Virginia that may increase the likelihood of wildfires igniting, Gov. Bob McDonnell said in a statement Wednesday.
    The humid conditions and summer thunderstorms that often mark this season in the state have been largely absent this year. As a result, there's more brown brush on the ground that can easily spark.

  • Are Virginia schools missing the mark?

    Virginia was on the cutting edge of education reform when it rolled out state standards in math, English and other subjects in 1995.
    These days, the mantle of reform resides elsewhere, along with federal money that helps pay for it.
    "When people talk about leading states, they don't talk about Virginia any more," said Andy Rotherham, a former state Board of Education member who co-founded nonprofit Bellwether Education.
    "We're resting on accomplishments instead of looking forward as we should," he said.

  • 'Luxury' RV park planned in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — A development company called Morris International has plans to build a luxury recreational vehicle resort adjacent to the New River Trail State Park in the Gambetta section of Carroll County.
    The plans for the Chestnut Creek resort call for a total of 30 RV sites in two phases, just off Gambetta Road., according to information available on the company's Web site, morrisinternationalproperties.com.

  • Man charged with drug possession

    Christopher S. Dunagan, 20, of Hiwassee was arrested by Galax Police Capt. James Cox after a traffic stop on July 1, according to the Galax Police Department. 
    Dunagan was stopped for suspicion of driving under the influence after a citizen complaint. Subsequent to his arrest for driving under the influence of drugs, Cox obtained warrants charging him with possession with intent to distribute a variety of drugs — morphine, hydromorphine, Suboxone,  Klonopin and Xanax.