en Churches celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day <img src="" alt="Sunday’s event featured speakers and music from church choirs." title="Sunday’s event featured speakers and music from church choirs." align="left" hspace="6" width="108" height="85" /><p> The annual multi-church celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day was held at McMillian Ministries on Sunday, with music and talks on the theme, &ldquo;I have decided to stick with love, hate is too great a burden to bear,&rdquo; as said by King himself.</p> <p> McMillian Ministries&rsquo; Pastor Sue Greene presided over the service with her characteristic verve and openheartedness.</p> Four charged with thefts in Va., N.C. <img src="" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="203" height="85" /><p> <em>Copyright 2017, The Alleghany News</em></p> <p> <em>Reprinted with permission</em></p> <p> SPARTA, N.C. &mdash; A drive-off at a gas station in Ennice started a winding road that led investigators to find stolen property from Galax, Va., and launch an investigation into other suspected criminal activity, according to Alleghany County Sheriff Bryan Maines.</p> Suspect tussles with officer after chase <img src="" alt="Eric Sean Repass" title="Eric Sean Repass" align="left" hspace="6" width="56" height="85" /><p> <strong>Staff Report</strong></p> <p> HILLSVILLE &mdash; A Hillsville man allegedly took police on a chase through icy streets and a yard on Jan. 8 before crashing his vehicle, fleeing on foot, hiding in a closet and then getting into a scuffle with the arresting officer.</p> <p> Eric Repass, 43, of 201 Weddle Street faces numerous charges, according to Hillsville Police Chief Wesley Yonce.</p> Lawmaker pushes for guns in schools <p> <strong>Landmark News Service</strong></p> <p> RICHMOND &mdash; A state lawmaker has introduced a bill that would let school boards designate employees to carry concealed handguns on school property.</p> <p> It would require those carrying the weapons to receive training and certification, either through the state or the National Rifle Association.</p> Dog stolen in burglary at animal shelter <img src="" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="136" height="85" /><p> A dog quarantined for attacking another canine was stolen from the Galax-Carroll-Grayson Animal Shelter around 10:30 p.m. last Wednesday night.</p> <p> Someone broke in to the facility on Jan. 11 and left with the animal, according to Galax City Manager Keith Barker and Galax Police Capt. James Cox.</p> <p> The dog was a male blue pit bull that was accused of killing another dog.</p> Filing date nears for Carroll supervisor candidates <p> <strong>Staff Report</strong></p> <p> HILLSVILLE &mdash; Three seats on the Carroll County Board of Supervisors will be up for election in May, and the filing date for Republican candidates is approaching.</p> <p> Three of the board&rsquo;s six seats are up for election, in the Fancy Gap, Laurel Fork and Pipers Gap districts.</p> <p> The Fancy Gap District is represented by Phil McCraw, who has announced that he will not seek re-election. The Laurel Fork District is held by Josh Hendrick and the Pipers Gap District is held by Tom Littrell.</p> High-speed chase ends in crash <img src="" alt="James Richard Grimes" title="James Richard Grimes" align="left" hspace="6" width="56" height="85" /><p> <strong>Staff Reports </strong></p> <p> A high speed chase in Carroll County on Jan. 9 resulted in the arrest of James Richard Grimes, 36, of Hillsville, who was wanted in the county for a probation violation, according to Sheriff J.B. Gardner.</p> <p> On Monday at approximately 7:50 p.m., Cpl. Joseph Holderfield of the Carroll County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office received information that a wanted person, possibly armed, had been seen in the Laurel section of the county operating a white Chevrolet Blazer that was possibly stolen.</p> Cana man charged with shooting wife <img src="" alt="David Mitchell Utt" title="David Mitchell Utt" align="left" hspace="6" width="53" height="85" /><p> <strong>Staff Reports</strong></p> <p> CANA &mdash; A Cana man who allegedly shot his wife is now in custody in the New River Valley Regional Jail, according to Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner.</p> <p> The victim suffered a non-life-threatening injury.</p> <p> On Jan. 4 at 2:41 a.m., the Carroll County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office received a call from Northern Surry Hospital in North Carolina, requesting deputies to respond to their emergency room for a female with a gunshot wound that had just come in.</p>