http://www.galaxgazette.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Fuller Center to host wall build http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/fuller-center-host-wall-build <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fullercenterstudents1_1.jpg" alt="Carroll County High School students help put together the first home for the Fuller Center&#039;s local chapter in 2014. " title="Carroll County High School students help put together the first home for the Fuller Center&#039;s local chapter in 2014. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> HILLSVILLE - The Fuller Center of Housing - Greater Carroll County Area, in cooperation with Crossroads Missions, will host a first-ever &quot;Wall Build&quot; event on May 2. Beginning at 8 a.m., volunteers will gather in the Hillsville VFW building, where they will build nearly 60 walls for a local home in just a few hours.<br /> Shooting suspect will need new attorney http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/shooting-suspect-will-need-new-attorney <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/christopher_lee_duncan_1.jpg" alt="Christopher Lee Duncan" title="Christopher Lee Duncan" align="left" hspace="6" width="58" height="85" /><p> HILLSVILLE &mdash; Christopher Duncan, who faces two attempted second-degree murder charges and multiple other charges in the 2014 shooting of Marty Lee Hiatt, will need to find a new attorney for his case.</p> <p> Duncan, who was scheduled for a plea hearing on Tuesday morning, appeared in Carroll County Circuit Court with his defense attorney, Randy Jones, who addressed Judge Brett Geisler with a motion to withdraw from the case.</p> Police: dangers lurking online http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/police-dangers-lurking-online <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/internet_safety_1.jpg" alt="Sgt. Randy Smith of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office has a background in tracking internet predators. He shared advice with parents at Carroll County High School about how to stay safe when using the internet and social media." title="Sgt. Randy Smith of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office has a background in tracking internet predators. He shared advice with parents at Carroll County High School about how to stay safe when using the internet and social media." align="left" hspace="6" width="126" height="85" /><p> HILLSVILLE &mdash; It was just a harmless chat with a nice kid, or at least that&rsquo;s what Danielle thought when she met who she thought was a teenage boy online.</p> <p> Danielle didn&rsquo;t have internet at home, but she routinely used her mother&rsquo;s phone to call her friends when she got home from school. One day, she noticed that her mother&rsquo;s phone company had added internet to her plan without her mother&rsquo;s knowledge, so she took advantage of her phone time and signed into a social network.</p> Supervisor to run for school board http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/supervisor-run-school-board <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/john_brewer_new.jpg" alt="John Brewer says he will not seek a second term on the Grayson County Board of Supervisors. Instead, he plans to run for a seat on the county’s school board this fall." title="John Brewer says he will not seek a second term on the Grayson County Board of Supervisors. Instead, he plans to run for a seat on the county’s school board this fall." align="left" hspace="6" width="52" height="85" /><p> INDEPENDENCE &mdash; John Brewer announced on Tuesday that he will not seek re-election to the Providence District seat on the Grayson County Board of Supervisors. Instead, he intends to run for the at-large seat on the Grayson County School Board in the Nov. 3 election.</p> <p> Gary Burris, who holds the at-large seat on the school board now, has not yet filed to seek re-election.</p> Oakland students receive fire safety training http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/oakland-students-receive-fire-safety-training <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/100_7481.jpg" alt="Firefighter Larry Wilson assists Pre-K student Paxton Ashe through the alternate escape route." title="Firefighter Larry Wilson assists Pre-K student Paxton Ashe through the alternate escape route." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Oakland Elementary School students received fire safety training from members of the Galax Volunteer Fire Department. Firefighters spent the day teaching students all aspects of fire safety.</p> <p> Each homeroom toured the fire department&rsquo;s mobile command center and prevention unit, and students saw a demonstration of firefighter safety gear and a pumper truck. Each student participated in a simulated fire and escape from the mobile unit.</p> <p> The students were given homework to discuss a family plan with their parents.</p> Two charged in thefts from hotel room, vehicle http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/two-charged-thefts-hotel-room-vehicle <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/shawnallenwhitt.jpg" alt="Shawn Allen Whitt" title="Shawn Allen Whitt" align="left" hspace="6" width="64" height="85" /><p> On April 20, Galax police responded to the Knights Inn Motel on West Stuart Drive in the city, where a room had been forcibly entered and items taken from within.</p> <p> According to a report from the Galax Police Department, on the same day, officers received a report of a vehicle that had been entered and had items stolen from it while parked in the Knights Inn Motel lot.</p> School board splits on staffing reduction http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/school-board-splits-staffing-reduction <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/gchs_0.jpg" alt="Grayson County High School" title="Grayson County High School" align="left" hspace="6" width="178" height="85" /><p> <strong>By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff</strong></p> <p> INDEPENDENCE &ndash; The Grayson County School Board passed a &ldquo;reduction in force&rdquo; recommendation for teachers at its meeting last Thursday night, but failed to pass the additional staff reductions list.</p> <p> A motion to cut several staff positions failed to get a second, and the teacher reduction motion was approved on a split vote.</p> Robinson rides onto the silver screen http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/robinson-rides-silver-screen <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/billy_robinson_1.jpg" alt="From riding a bull to walking the carpet: Professional bull rider Billy Robinson, originally from Carroll County, and his wife, Crystal, pose with a movie poster at the Hollywood premier of “The Longest Ride.” Robinson appears in the film as himself." title="From riding a bull to walking the carpet: Professional bull rider Billy Robinson, originally from Carroll County, and his wife, Crystal, pose with a movie poster at the Hollywood premier of “The Longest Ride.” Robinson appears in the film as himself." align="left" hspace="6" width="53" height="85" /><p> HOLLYWOOD, Cal. &mdash; Local movie fans might have spotted a familiar face this month when the Nicholas Sparks-inspired date movie &ldquo;The Longest Ride&rdquo; made its debut in theaters on April 10.</p> <p> The movie, which tells two different love stories, kicks up plenty of dust with one of the main characters: Luke, a professional bull-rider who is making a comeback after suffering a serious injury at the horns &mdash; and hooves &mdash; of a quasi-demon bull named &ldquo;Rango.&rdquo;</p>