http://www.galaxgazette.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Woman charged with smuggling drugs into prison http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/woman-charged-smuggling-drugs-prison <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/screen_shot_2014-10-28_at_3.14.20_pm.png" alt="Photos were not available for all those indicted" title="Photos were not available for all those indicted" align="left" hspace="6" width="78" height="85" /><p> <strong>By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff</strong></p> <p> INDEPENDENCE &mdash; A Dumfries woman was indicted by a Grayson County grand jury meeting in Independence last Friday on four charges, two of them that alleged that she distributed drugs to a prisoner at River North Correctional Center in Independence.</p> Carroll police searching for fugitives http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/carroll-police-searching-fugitives <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/winfredshanedawson.jpg" alt="Winfred Shane Dawson" title="Winfred Shane Dawson" align="left" hspace="6" width="85" height="85" /><p> HILLSVILLE &mdash; The Carroll County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office and the Hillsville Police Department are requesting the public&rsquo;s assistance to locate two former Carroll County men on a number of charges.</p> <p> Winfred Shane Dawson, 28, is wanted for kidnapping, breaking and entering and assault and battery. Authorities are also looking for Timothy A. Laffoon, 34, who is wanted for forgery and uttering.</p> <p> Both individuals are wanted in several locations, according to the Hillsville Police Department.</p> Independent challenges Griffith in 9th District http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/independent-challenges-griffith-9th-district <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/williamcarr.jpg" alt="William Carr is running against the Republican incumbent in Nov. 4 election." title="William Carr is running against the Republican incumbent in Nov. 4 election." align="left" hspace="6" width="49" height="85" /><p> Independent candidate William Carr is challenging incumbent Morgan Griffith (R-Salem) in the U.S. Congressional race in the 9th District of Virginia on Nov. 4.</p> <p> Carr is a 69-year-old retired businessman from Ararat. He grew up on a 300-acre farm in eastern North Carolina, and graduated from N.C. State University in Raleigh in 1969. He is married, a father of four, and a grandfather of six.</p> Safe Halloween events planned http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/safe-halloween-events-planned <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/zumba_squad_0.jpg" alt="Dancers perform “Thriller” in Hillsville’s downtown Halloween celebration in 2013." title="Dancers perform “Thriller” in Hillsville’s downtown Halloween celebration in 2013." align="left" hspace="6" width="127" height="85" /><p> <strong>TOWN OF HILLSVILLE</strong></p> <p> Hillsville&rsquo;s Safe Halloween festivities will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday, and continue through 8 p.m.</p> <p> This year, the Friends of Hillsville will provide a safe trick-or treating experience for the kids, as well as fun games and activities for the entire family.</p> Griffith seeks 2nd term in Congress http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/griffith-seeks-2nd-term-congress <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/morgan_griffith_0.jpg" alt="Republican incumbent Morgan Griffith serves Galax, Carroll and Grayson as representative for the 9th District." title="Republican incumbent Morgan Griffith serves Galax, Carroll and Grayson as representative for the 9th District." align="left" hspace="6" width="57" height="85" /><p> Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith is up for re-election this year, running against independent challenger William Carr in the Nov. 4 election.</p> <p> Griffith was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives 9th District seat in 2010. The district includes the City of Galax and Carroll and Grayson counties.</p> <p> Before that, Griffith served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1994-2010, where he was House Majority Leader from 2000-2010.</p> Day of the Zombies! http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/day-zombies <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/102_0849_bw.jpg" alt="For its Pumpkin Festival this year, Carroll County held a Zombie Hay Ride, where kids could fight the undead with Nerf guns." title="For its Pumpkin Festival this year, Carroll County held a Zombie Hay Ride, where kids could fight the undead with Nerf guns." align="left" hspace="6" width="91" height="85" /><p> HILLSVILLE &mdash; The experiment started as a test of a formula to give lazy teenagers more energy.</p> <p> But things went wrong &mdash; as mad science often does &mdash; and now the playground at the Carroll County Recreation Park is infested with zombie teens.</p> Woman to serve 4 months for indecent liberties http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/woman-serve-4-months-indecent-liberties <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/tammystuckert_0.jpg" alt="Tammy Stuckert will have to register as a violent sex offender for an incident involving a 15-year-old." title="Tammy Stuckert will have to register as a violent sex offender for an incident involving a 15-year-old." align="left" hspace="6" width="55" height="85" /><p> HILLSVILLE &mdash; A Hillsville woman will serve four months in prison for taking indecent liberties with a 15-year-old child while serving as the child&rsquo;s custodian.</p> <p> Tammy Renee Stuckert, 37, of Hillsville, was originally charged with rape and attempted sodomy after the incident in question took place at her residence at Laurel Ridge Apartments on June 21.</p> <p> Stuckert turned herself in to the police three days later, and admitted that she&rsquo;d had sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old male that she was babysitting at her apartment.</p> Board says 'academy' owner misled students http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/board-says-academy-owner-misled-students <p> The Board for Barbers and Cosmetology has recommended revocation of a cosmetology license belonging to Peggy Marie Haynes, after learning that her salon and cosmetology school in Cana, I Style Salon and Academy, was not properly licensed.</p> <p> During an informal fact-finding conference on Aug. 11, the board reviewed statements and evidence that was gathered after several students attempted to complete Haynes&rsquo;s cosmetology program, only to be denied access to the exam that is required by the board for students to obtain their cosmetology license.</p>