http://www.galaxgazette.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Grayson grand jury indicts 12 http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/grayson-grand-jury-indicts-12-0 <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/screen_shot_2015-01-27_at_2.30.55_pm.png" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <strong>By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff</strong></p> <p> INDEPENDENCE &mdash; A Jefferson, N.C., man was indicted by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury Jan. 23 on four counts of carnal knowledge.</p> <p> Connor Allen Lewis, 20, was indicted on charges involving a 14-year-old girl. He will be represented by Dublin attorney Michael Barbour.</p> <p> An indictment indicates that a grand jury found sufficient evidence for a case to go to trial, and does not indicate guilt. All of those indicted are innocent until proven guilty.</p> Firefighters battle blaze inside Magnolia factory in Hillsville http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/firefighters-battle-blaze-inside-magnolia-factory-hillsville <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fire1.jpg" alt="Firefighters hooked their hoses to a fire hydrant at the Magnolia plant. " title="Firefighters hooked their hoses to a fire hydrant at the Magnolia plant. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> HILLSVILLE - Several fire departments worked to extinguish a fire at the Magnolia Manufacturing Company in Hillsville on Saturday, when an unknown cause sparked a fire in two industrial units inside one of the factory&#39;s filter houses.</p> <p> According to a report from Hillsville Assistant Fire Chief Mike Musser, firefighters were called to Magnolia around 7:30 p.m. to reports of a fire inside the factory.</p> <p> Upon arrival, firefighters were told that the fire was in a filter house &mdash; a component of the factory.</p> KKK recruitment fliers causing concern locally http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/kkk-recruitment-fliers-causing-concern-locally <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/klan_13.jpg" alt="The KKK literature brought back bad memories for Vass, like this Klan march in April 1986. Police said the fliers were distributed in Galax and Carroll, but no marches or rallies are planned, to their knowledge. " title="The KKK literature brought back bad memories for Vass, like this Klan march in April 1986. Police said the fliers were distributed in Galax and Carroll, but no marches or rallies are planned, to their knowledge. " align="left" hspace="6" width="121" height="85" /><p> The dispersal of literature from the Ku Klux Klan in the Twin Counties caused concern and resurrected unpleasant memories in several members of the community last week.</p> <p> The KKK, a classified hate group, is associated with white supremacy, violence and various forms of prejudice.</p> <p> Galax resident Dolores Vass found a pamphlet from the KKK in her mailbox, criticizing the late Martin Luther King Jr., and she says it sparked several painful memories from her past, involving acts of racism from the community towards herself and her family.</p> Johnson named Hillsville's citizen of the month http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/johnson-named-hillsvilles-citizen-month <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/johnson_donates_to_hospice.jpg" alt="Jeff Johnson (with wife Sharon) donates to Hospice." title="Jeff Johnson (with wife Sharon) donates to Hospice." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> HILLSVILLE &mdash; Hillsville Interim Police Chief Wesley Yonce selected Jeff Johnson as the town&rsquo;s Citizen of the Month for January.</p> <p> Yonce made his presentation at town council&rsquo;s Jan. 12 meeting.</p> <p> After 22 years of conducting his business in the area, Johnson has become &ldquo;a pillar of the Twin County business community,&rdquo; said Yonce.</p> State police find mobile meth lab http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/state-police-find-mobile-meth-lab <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/screen_shot_2015-01-25_at_5.44.12_pm.png" alt="A traffic stop in Carroll County resulted in two arrests." title="A traffic stop in Carroll County resulted in two arrests." align="left" hspace="6" width="103" height="85" /><p> A Carroll County man and woman were arrested on Jan. 22, after a Virginia State Police trooper discovered a mobile meth lab inside their vehicle during a traffic stop.</p> <p> Adam James Bolen, 41, and Jennifer Marie Bolen, 35, were arrested after Trooper S.M. Cochran stopped them in a 1999 Chevrolet pickup truck on Airport Road, near Five Forks Road at around 5 p.m. last Thursday.</p> Answers and an approval for new school http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/answers-and-approval-new-school <p> After reviewing the cost of two firms&rsquo; proposed traffic studies for the Kipling Lane property, chosen as the site for a new elementary school, the Galax School Board voted to accept the offer from Thompson &amp; Litton.</p> <p> Galax Schools Superintendent Bill Sturgill led the brief discussion at the Jan. 20 school board meeting before the vote by saying, &ldquo;I would like to recommend that we go with the study from Thompson &amp; Litton. The scope as presented by the companies is very similar with a very significant difference in price.&rdquo;</p> Va. Senate kills gun control legislation http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/va-senate-kills-gun-control-legislation <p> RICHMOND &mdash; The Virginia Senate Courts of Justice Committee spent several hours Monday killing Democratic gun control bills and advancing a measure that would allow concealed weapon permit holders to obtain a lifetime permit.</p> <p> &ldquo;It was an awesome day,&rdquo; said Philip Van Cleave, president of the pro-gun Virginia Citizens Defense League.</p> Grayson teachers ask for 6% raise http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/grayson-teachers-ask-6-raise <p> INDEPENDENCE &ndash; Pay raises are again the top priority for the Grayson County Education Association as the division tries to recruit and retain top talent.</p> <p> Rebecca Absher, president of GCEA, presented her annual priority list to the division&rsquo;s school board this month as the county begins working on a budget for the 2015-16 school year.</p>