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Today's News

  • Group studies how to slow power rate increases

    RICHMOND— An unofficial work group created by state Del. Ward Armstrong of Henry County continues to discuss ways to contain increases in electricity rates.
    The group met for a second time June 29, and after several hours of discussion, it may not go the route of proposing radical changes to a 2007 law that established a new regulatory scheme for Virginia's electric utilities.

  • Get involved with planning process

    Citizens may not realize it, but they can act now and have an impact on Carroll County’s future.
    This impact will reach 20 years into the future, as that’s the duration of the period covered by the new comprehensive plan.
    People have trickled out in dribs and drabs to related countywide and community meetings held around Carroll that started last winter. Eight, 10, 30 folks at a time showed up to speak on a variety of planning issues.

  • Carroll coach eyes Pulaski job

     HILLSVILLE –– The mathematical chances of Carroll County reaching the 2010 Region IV football playoffs increased early this month. The very reason for those improved odds may at the same time make things a tad difficult for the Cavaliers this summer.

  • 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.