http://www.galaxgazette.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en 2016 Letters to Santa http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/2016-letters-santa-0 <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/santa_letters_art_2.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Mrs. Lawson&rsquo;s Third Grade Class<br /> </strong></p> <p> <strong>St. Paul School</strong></p> <p> <strong>Cana, Virginia</strong></p> <p> <strong><br /> </strong></p> <p> Dear Santa,</p> Suspect not guilty by reason of insanity http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/suspect-not-guilty-reason-insanity <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/jason_broderick.jpg" alt="Jason Broderick" title="Jason Broderick" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> HILLSVILLE &mdash; A Michigan man facing multiple felonies in Carroll County was found not guilty by reason of insanity following a court appearance on Nov. 29.</p> <p> Jason Andrew Broderick, 34, of Adrian, Mich., was involved in a high-speed chase in Carroll County on April 10. Following the incident, Broderick was charged with five felonies including malicious assault on a law enforcement officer, two counts of assault of a law enforcement officer, destruction of property with intent and eluding police.</p> Man charged with breakin in while armed http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/man-charged-breakin-while-armed <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/paulcurtisbond_0.jpg" alt="Paul Curtis Bond" title="Paul Curtis Bond" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <strong>Staff Reports</strong></p> <p> Last week&rsquo;s felony arrests in Galax included an armed man who broke in to an apartment.</p> <p> According to a report issued by the Galax Police Department, Paul Curtis Bond, 45, of Galax, was arrested on Dec. 3 by Officer Jason Hawks. Bond is charged with two counts of felony burglary (entering a house with intent to commit armed murder/rape/etc.) and misdemeanor intentional damage (valued at less than $1,000).</p> Power out after driver hits AEP pole http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/power-out-after-driver-hits-aep-pole <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/p1080459.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> A single-vehicle accident left the driver with apparently minor injuries after hitting a street sign and a power pole in the 100 block of Oldtown Street in Galax at 4:58 p.m. on Monday, according to the Galax Police Department.</p> <p> Lorene Jean Cline, 32, of Galax, was driving a 2013 Nissan Titan heading east on West Oldtown Street when she drove off the right side of the road, hitting a &ldquo;No Parking&rdquo; street sign and an AEP power pole, destroying it and leaving a live wire down.</p> Millions of taxpayers face refund delay in 2017 http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/millions-taxpayers-face-refund-delay-2017 <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/irs_tax_form.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <strong>Staff Report</strong></p> <p> As many as 15 million taxpayers could have their refunds delayed until at least Feb. 15 next year, according to an analysis by tax preparation company H&amp;R Block.</p> <p> The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act now requires the IRS to hold refunds for returns claiming the earned income tax credit (EITC) and additional child tax credit (ACTC) until Feb. 15. Approximately 30 million taxpayers claim these credits, with half filing early, H&amp;R Block said in a news release.</p> United Way providing students weekend meals http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/united-way-providing-students-weekend-meals <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/bpu-logo-blue-01.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <strong>Staff Report </strong></p> <p> In Southwest Virginia, one in four children live in poverty and more than half are on a free or reduced lunch program, according to data shared by United Way of Southwest Virginia.</p> <p> To assist these students, the organization partners with sponsoring organizations to provide nutritious weekend meals.</p> Fire destroys Greenville Road home http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/fire-destroys-greenville-road-home <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/file_dec_08_2_01_24_pm.jpeg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Galax firefighters were on the scene of a house fire at 374 Greenville Road early Thursday morning, just outside the city limits in Grayson County.</p> <p> No one was home at the time. The property is a rental home owned by Conley Kyle.</p> <p> The Galax Volunteer Fire Department was called to the scene at 2:37 a.m. Also responding were the Galax Police Department, Grayson County Sheriff&#39;s Office and Appalachian Power.</p> <p> Damage to the structure and interior was extensive, and firefighters are still working to determine the cause.</p> Vaughan requests recount http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/vaughan-requests-recount <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/philip_vaughan_1.jpg" alt="Philip Vaughan" title="Philip Vaughan" align="left" hspace="6" width="48" height="85" /><p> <strong>By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff</strong></p> <p> INDEPENDENCE &ndash; Philip Vaughan of Fries, who finished a close second in the special election held Nov. 8 for the at-large seat on the Grayson County School Board, has filed a petition with the Grayson County Circuit Court asking for a recount of the votes.</p> <p> Vaughan lost to Tracy &ldquo;Zeke&rdquo; Anderson by two votes.</p>