http://www.galaxgazette.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Vehicle involved in missing teen case found in Troutdale http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/vehicle-involved-missing-teen-case-found-troutdale <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/shook_1.jpg" alt="These security camera photos taken at a Walmart in Marion, N.C., show Hayleigh Wilson with Benjamin Shook. Police are searching for the missing teen and the convicted sex offender." title="These security camera photos taken at a Walmart in Marion, N.C., show Hayleigh Wilson with Benjamin Shook. Police are searching for the missing teen and the convicted sex offender." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> SMYTH COUNTY ― The search for a runaway teenage girl from Tennessee and the convicted Georgia sex offender she is traveling with has led authorities into Smyth County after the two reportedly abandoned a vehicle in Troutdale last week.</p> <p> An Amber Alert went out for Hayleigh Cheyenne Wilson, 14, of Hawkins County, Tenn., last week, after Wilson reportedly left her home the night of June 22 to meet a man she had been in contact with online. Authorities say the man is 41-year-old Benjamin Joseph &quot;Ben&quot; Shook, a known sex offender.</p> Grayson balances budget without tax increase http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/grayson-balances-budget-without-tax-increase <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/grayson_county_seal_0.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="86" height="85" /><p> INDEPENDENCE &mdash; Grayson County supervisors were all smiles during their June 24 meeting, as a list of positive reports set an upbeat tone for the evening.</p> <p> The board took care of several financial matters, including a review of the county&rsquo;s Fiscal Year 2016 Capital Improvement Plan, budget reallocations from Fiscal Year 2015, and the adoption of the county&rsquo;s 2016 budget.</p> Wilson's memory celebrated in song http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/wilsons-memory-celebrated-song <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dsc_0042.jpg" alt="Performing at the memorial are (from left) Steve Lewis, Josh Scott, Kitty Amaral, Spencer Strickland and Gerald Anderson." title="Performing at the memorial are (from left) Steve Lewis, Josh Scott, Kitty Amaral, Spencer Strickland and Gerald Anderson." align="left" hspace="6" width="133" height="85" /><p> At the Blue Ridge Music Center&rsquo;s celebration of Joe Wilson&rsquo;s life last week, the crowd waxed and waned, breezes came and went; but the one constant that shone more fiercely than the sun was an enduring love and pride for Wilson&rsquo;s legacy.</p> Vest to serve 11 years for meth charges http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/vest-serve-11-years-meth-charges <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/kevin_vest.jpg" alt="Kevin Vest" title="Kevin Vest" align="left" hspace="6" width="48" height="85" /><p> HILLSVILLE ― A Floyd man will serve a minimum of 11 years in prison after pleading guilty to multiple charges in Carroll County Circuit Court on June 23.</p> <p> According to Commonwealth&rsquo;s Attorney Nathan Lyons, Kevin Vest, 49, was charged with possession of methamphetamine, conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and conspiracy to alter a title at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in 2014.</p> Dudley enters race for at-large supervisor seat http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/dudley-enters-race-large-supervisor-seat <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/don_dudley_0.jpg" alt="Don Dudley" title="Don Dudley" align="left" hspace="6" width="52" height="85" /><p> INDEPENDENCE &mdash; Don Dudley has announced his candidacy for Grayson County Supervisor At Large in this year&rsquo;s November general election.</p> <p> Dudley and his wife, Vicki, have resided and worked in Grayson County since 1965. Their children attended Grayson County Public Schools from kindergarten through 12th grade.</p> <p> &ldquo;We fully support the school system,&rdquo; Dudley said in an email.</p> Man charged with eluding police on motorcycle http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/man-charged-eluding-police-motorcycle <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/joey_roark.jpg" alt="Joey Roark" title="Joey Roark" align="left" hspace="6" width="64" height="85" /><p> HILLSVILLE &mdash; A Saltville man was arrested June 24 and charged with eluding law enforcement after wrecking his vehicle and allegedly speeding away from a Carroll County officer.</p> <p> Joey Michael Roark, 53, of Ridgeview Road in Saltville, was taken into custody for eluding law enforcement, a felony.</p> <p> According to a report from Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner, the sheriff&rsquo;s office received a 911 call just after midnight on June 24, from a man who identified himself as Joey Roark.</p> Early market day a tough sell for town http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/early-market-day-tough-sell-town <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/flea_market_2012_1.jpg" alt="Shoppers inside the VFW in Hillsville" title="Shoppers inside the VFW in Hillsville" align="left" hspace="6" width="127" height="85" /><p> HILLSVILLE &ndash; The Hillsville VFW is ready to move forward with an Early Buyer Day during the organization&rsquo;s annual Labor Day Flea Market, but town officials aren&rsquo;t sold on the idea.</p> <p> Andrew Bowman, flea market manager for VFW Post #1115, told Hillsville Town Council at the June 22 meeting that he&rsquo;d brought two separate requests for consideration.</p> Three injured in Glendale crash http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/three-injured-glendale-crash <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/glendalewreckjune19.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="171" height="85" /><p> A single-vehicle wreck caused by intoxication left three people with minor injuries on June 19, according to police.</p> <p> Galax Police Capt. James Cox said the crash was at 10:32 p.m. on Glendale Road in the city.</p> <p> A 1999 Saturn SC1 operated by Donald Eric Trotter, 48, of Galax, was traveling west on Glendale between Larkspur Lane and Cliffview Road, when the vehicle went off the right side of the highway and struck a utility pole, Cox said.</p>