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Today's News

  • Readers' Hotline 8/19/13

    Warm but not dangerous

  • Don't be so quick to judge speed changes

    With the economy being in the shape that it’s in, the last thing anyone wants is a traffic ticket.
    So, it was easy to predict the onslaught of complaints and attacks towards the city’s Traffic Safety Committee for its recent request to lower speed limits on several streets in Galax, notably the stretch of blacktop that goes to the eastern limits of Galax, starting at Country Club Lane.
    The speed limit there used to be 45 mph, and the limit would then decrease to 35 mph going down the hill towards the western city limits.

  • Woman finds intruder in apartment

     

  • Traffic stop leads to drug arrest

     

    Joshua Lee Crockett, 31, of Galax was arrested and received several charges following a traffic stop on Aug. 2.
    Crockett was stopped by Officer Andrew Burnett for suspicion of driving under the influence, according to Galax Police Chief Rick Clark.
    After a series of field tests, Crockett was charged with DUI, possession of marijuana and felony possession of a schedule II substance.
    Crockett is being held in the New River Valley Regional Jail, and was to appear in the Galax General District Court.

  • Alternative sentencing saves Carroll $90,000

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll’s day reporting program, the community service alternative to incarceration, has saved the county approximately $90,000 in its first 90 days, according to a report by Commonwealth’s Attorney Nathan Lyons.
    Twelve non-violent offenders have entered the day reporting program after their sentencing by the courts, Lyons told the Carroll supervisors at their Aug. 12 meeting.
    One has already completed all the required community service, 10 continue their work and one has failed.

  • Three charged with marijuana possession

    Galax officers arrested and charged two men and a woman for possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute on Aug. 13, after an investigation of another crime led to police suspicion.

  • Gold theft charges headed to grand jury

    HILLSVILLE ― Carroll’s grand jury will consider charges against a 28-year-old Austinville man involving the theft of cash, collectible coins and small gold bars from a Carroll County residence last winter.
    Investigators with the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office charged two in the case, including Isaac Charles Edwards.
    Deputies arrested Edwards March 7 after traveling to Hilo, Hawaii, where the Austinville resident was being detained by authorities.

  • Sisters a success story for migrant education

    LAUREL FORK  — Fernanda Garcia, 17, a senior at Carroll High, takes after her big sister, 22-year-old Adriana, in several ways.
    Fernanda got an idea for her career track from her sister, who’s already a registered nurse. The two siblings exercise together, too.
    And whenever Fernanda had a question about English, their second language, outside of school, she could go ask Adriana, the first person in her family to attend Carroll County Public Schools.

  • Britt, McBayer win BRCC tournament

    Sherrill Britt rolled in a birdie putt on the 17th hole to break a three-way tie for first place and win the annual Member-Member, Member-Guest golf tournament held at Blue Ridge Country Club in Galax recently.

    Britt and partner Frank McBayer were tied with two other teams, Brad Chambers-James Williams and Brock Cox-Dustin Thompson,  at 12-under par when he dropped the winning putt. The teams parred the 18th hole to give Britt-McBayer the win at 13-under with rounds of 64-63 and a 127 total.

  • Blue Ridge C.C. ladies hold member-guest event

    The Ladies Golf Association at Blue Ridge Country Club hosted its annual member-member, member-guest tournament on July 25, with 32 area golfers participating in the Texas scramble format.

    Blue Ridge’s Judy Chambers teamed with Chris Hale of Giles to shoot a 65 and take first place in the championship flight by four strokes over the runner-up team of Jackie Butler (BRCC) and Becky Guynn (Galax).

    In third place was the tandem of Bertha Nunley (Blue Ridge) and Cindy Salyer (Floyd) with a 70, followed by Alice Hill (BRCC) and Diana Nunley (Pulaski) at 73.