http://www.galaxgazette.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Carroll authorities capture armed man http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/carroll-authorities-capture-armed-man <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/roy_mccraw.jpg" alt="Roy Lee McCraw" title="Roy Lee McCraw" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> The Carroll County Sheriff&#39;s Office arrested a Cana man on Tuesday after he reportedly threatened police officers and attempted to flee from arrest.</p> Governor to push new gun restrictions http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/governor-push-new-gun-restrictions <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/gun_show_1.jpg" alt="One proposal would close the “gun show loophole,” which would require dealers at gun shows — like the annual Labor Day event in Hillsville (pictured) — to perform criminal background checks on firearms purchasers." title="One proposal would close the “gun show loophole,” which would require dealers at gun shows — like the annual Labor Day event in Hillsville (pictured) — to perform criminal background checks on firearms purchasers." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> RICHMOND &mdash; Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Monday introduced a package of proposed gun restrictions, including a renewal of the state&rsquo;s one-a-month limit on handgun purchases and a requirement that private vendors at gun shows &mdash; like the annual Labor Day weekend show in Hillsville &mdash; perform background checks.</p> <p> McAuliffe also proposed making firearms unavailable to people convicted of domestic violence-related crimes and revoking concealed handgun permits for parents who are behind on child-support payments.</p> Grayson could top state in job creation http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/grayson-could-top-state-job-creation <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/nautilus_plant_2.jpg" alt="Core Fitness’ purchase of the Nautilus plant in Independence included the creation of 250 new jobs. It was one of 2014’s economic successes for Grayson County." title="Core Fitness’ purchase of the Nautilus plant in Independence included the creation of 250 new jobs. It was one of 2014’s economic successes for Grayson County." align="left" hspace="6" width="172" height="85" /><p> <strong>By DON RICHESON, Staff</strong></p> <p> INDEPENDENCE &mdash; Grayson County is likely number one in Virginia in per capita job creation in 2014.</p> <p> County Administrator Jonathon Sweet reported on the possibility at the Grayson Board of Supervisors&rsquo; Dec. 11 meeting.</p> <p> &ldquo;We&rsquo;re waiting until the end of the year when the numbers are all tallied to see where Grayson County stacks up in the commonwealth with respect to job creation and overall economic development performance,&rdquo; Sweet said.</p> Christmas project turns tragedy into triumph http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/christmas-project-turns-tragedy-triumph <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_1193.jpg" alt="From left: Emily Hindman, school counselor at St. Paul Intermediate School in Cana, along with Katy and Greg Dunn, sit in a pile of toys donated for CJ’s Christmas project. The toys displayed at the school were just a small sample of the 1,100-plus donations that were collected this year. " title="From left: Emily Hindman, school counselor at St. Paul Intermediate School in Cana, along with Katy and Greg Dunn, sit in a pile of toys donated for CJ’s Christmas project. The toys displayed at the school were just a small sample of the 1,100-plus donations that were collected this year. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Three years ago, Katy Dunn suffered the unthinkable when she lost her infant son in a tragic accident. But since then, she and her family have worked together to turn their grief into something beautiful for other families.</p> <p> This year, the family&rsquo;s annual toy and clothing drive, CJ&rsquo;s Christmas Project, has resulted in more than 1,100 donations from their community. Dunn says that this year&rsquo;s collection will be distributed to several charities, including the Carroll Christmas Fund.</p> Woodlawn man, calling himself meanest guy on earth, sentenced for assault http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/woodlawn-man-calling-himself-meanest-guy-earth-sentenced-assault <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/walter_buddy_gooslin.jpg" alt="“I’m the meanest piece of meat to ever walk on earth,” Walter Buddy Gooslin, 69, of Woodlawn, told a dispatcher at the Virginia State Police area headquarters in Wytheville, according to 911 transcripts." title="“I’m the meanest piece of meat to ever walk on earth,” Walter Buddy Gooslin, 69, of Woodlawn, told a dispatcher at the Virginia State Police area headquarters in Wytheville, according to 911 transcripts." align="left" hspace="6" width="57" height="85" /><p> <strong>Copyright 2014, Wytheville Enterprise</strong></p> <p> <strong>Reprinted with permission</strong></p> <p> WYTHEVILLE &mdash; It started with the phone calls.</p> <p> Walter Buddy Gooslin of Woodlawn dialed up the Virginia State Police Wytheville headquarters several times early one morning in March 2013, and, in a series of rambling conversations, threatened to tear down the barracks, take a sledgehammer to a church, fire all the officers and &ldquo;whoop every person in your whole town.&rdquo;</p> Branch Highways hits halfway mark on U.S. 58 project http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/branch-highways-hits-halfway-mark-us-58-project <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/branch_end_of_season_nr_photo.jpg" alt="This photo by Branch Highways shows an example of the company’s progress on the U.S. 58 project." title="This photo by Branch Highways shows an example of the company’s progress on the U.S. 58 project." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> HILLSVILLE &mdash; Branch Highways has completed approximately half of the U.S. 58 widening project in Carroll, Floyd and Patrick counties.</p> <p> &ldquo;We have finished our third season of construction activity and have made significant progress on the Laurel Fork project,&rdquo; said Pete Copes, Branch&rsquo;s general superintendent. &ldquo;The team met all its construction goals for the year, and we look forward to resuming work in the spring.&rdquo;</p> Council will meet to talk about filling vacancy http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/council-will-meet-talk-about-filling-vacancy <p> Galax City Council will use its Dec. 22 meeting to discuss the appointment of a council member to fill former council member Bill Webb&rsquo;s unexpired term until the special election.</p> <p> The election is pending approval. If legal permission is not granted for the election in November 2015, as council has requested, it must be held in May.</p> <p> Webb resigned last month due to health reasons, but his term does not expire until June 30, 2016. Council must appoint someone to fill that term until the regular election in May 2016.</p> Oakland Winter Carnival 2014 http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/oakland-winter-carnival-2014 <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_3814.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Oakland Elementary School in Carroll County held its Winter Festival last Thursday evening, with plenty of fun activities for students and their families.</p> <p> Guests were invited to have dinner with Santa Claus in the cafeteria, and enjoy a number of reindeer games and other activities throughout the school, including a fortune teller, cake walk, story time and kissing booth.</p> <p> The hallways were also lined with winter-themed craft booths, inviting both children and their parents to make a dent in their holiday decoration and gift shopping lists.</p>