http://www.galaxgazette.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Shoplifting incident leads to drug charge http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/shoplifting-incident-leads-drug-charge <p> <em>Staff Report</em></p> <p> A shoplifting incident at the Galax Walmart on Jan. 17 resulted in the arrest of a Lambsburg woman on drug charges.</p> <p> According to a police report, Officer Silverio Gonzales was dispatched to meet with loss prevention personnel at Walmart. Store personnel had detained Mackenzie Fallon Gunsaulis, 25, after she allegedly attempted to leave the store with merchandise valued at more than $400.</p> <p> Gonzales placed Gunsaulis under arrest. Subsequent to this, Gonzales discovered a quantity of suspected methamphetamine and marijuana.</p> Davis convicted of first-degree murder http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/davis-convicted-first-degree-murder <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/greyling_dwayne_davis_6.jpg" alt="Greyling Dwayne Davis" title="Greyling Dwayne Davis" align="left" hspace="6" width="50" height="85" /><p> INDEPENDENCE &mdash; Greyling Dwayne &ldquo;Beany&rdquo; Davis will serve a sentence of life in prison after being found guilty in the 2016 double shooting that killed Karen Cates and wounded David Patton.</p> <p> The jury deliberated for two hours on the evening of Jan. 19 before returning guilty verdicts for first-degree murder, two counts of abduction, one count of malicious shooting, one count of malicious firing of a weapon in an occupied dwelling and one count of violating a protective order.</p> ‘Ninja Warriors’ to raise money for fitness center http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/%E2%80%98ninja-warriors%E2%80%99-raise-money-fitness-center <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/maggi.jpg" alt="Maggi Thorne, seen here on the “American Ninja Warrior” course, is one of three former competitors coming to Galax this weekend." title="Maggi Thorne, seen here on the “American Ninja Warrior” course, is one of three former competitors coming to Galax this weekend." align="left" hspace="6" width="151" height="85" /><p> Ninjas usually work in the shadows, but the ones coming to Galax this week want to be seen.</p> <p> Three competitors from the popular NBC show &ldquo;American Ninja Warrior&rdquo; will be in town for several activities throughout the weekend of Jan. 27-28 that will benefit the Fit to Serve 122 campaign, an effort to raise money for the Curtis Bartlett Memorial Fitness Center project at Galax High School.</p> Plotting course for Grayson's future http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/plotting-course-graysons-future <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/grayson_county_logo_18.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="88" height="85" /><p> INDEPENDENCE &mdash; The Grayson Board of Supervisors has approved a list of initiatives proposed by County Administrator Bill Shepley, including better access to broadband and healthcare, a community wellness center, shopping options for the Mount Rogers area, job training, better opportunities for tourism and agriculture and a community for senior citizens.</p> <p> The ideas will be further studied by a selection of committees.</p> Candidate finds no process for filing grievance http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/candidate-finds-no-process-filing-grievance <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/phillipberrier_1.jpg" alt="Phillip Berrier" title="Phillip Berrier" align="left" hspace="6" width="50" height="85" /><p> <strong>By ETHAN CAMPBELL, Staff</strong></p> <p> Phillip Berrier, who lost the Fancy Gap District race for Carroll County Board of Supervisors by one vote in the November 2017 election, has reached out the State Board of Elections about his concerns about two provisional votes.</p> <p> Berrier told The Gazette that he intended to file a grievance with the board about the recount process, but discovered that no such process to handle grievances existed.</p> Courthouse locked down after threat http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/courthouse-locked-down-after-threat <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/vsp_on_scene_at_grayson_courthouse.jpg" alt="Virginia State Police outside the Grayson County Courthouse, which was on lockdown Thursday. The Clerk of Circuit Court&#039;s office received a threatening letter with an unknown powdery substance; preliminary testing found it to be harmless. " title="Virginia State Police outside the Grayson County Courthouse, which was on lockdown Thursday. The Clerk of Circuit Court&#039;s office received a threatening letter with an unknown powdery substance; preliminary testing found it to be harmless. " align="left" hspace="6" width="75" height="85" /><p> INDEPENDENCE &mdash; The Grayson County Courthouse went on lockdown Thursday after the Clerk of Circuit Court&rsquo;s office received a suspicious letter with a note at around 11 a.m., according to Deputy County Administrator Mitchell Smith and Virginia State Police Lt. D.L. Reedy.</p> <p> The trial of Greyling Davis, for the homicide of Karen Cates, was taking place in the circuit court at the time, but Smith said, &ldquo;I&rsquo;d be surprised it if it had anything to do with the trial.&rdquo;</p> 'Farmer John' supports Carroll's plan to sell wine http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/farmer-john-supports-carrolls-plan-sell-wine <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/blue_ridge_plateau_at_farmers_market_0.jpg" alt="Carroll County is proposing to sell local wines at the Blue Ridge Plateau Visitors Center, inside the Southwest Virginia Farmers Market." title="Carroll County is proposing to sell local wines at the Blue Ridge Plateau Visitors Center, inside the Southwest Virginia Farmers Market." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <strong>By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff</strong></p> <p> HILLSVILLE &ndash; After listening to opposition in December, the Carroll Board of Supervisors this month heard from a farmer who supports the county&rsquo;s plan to sell beer and wine at the Blue Ridge Plateau Visitor Center, which is located inside the retail portion of the Southwest Virginia Farmers&rsquo; Market.</p> <p> The board held a public hearing at its Dec. 11 meeting about the proposal. Two people, Debby Brady and Mandi McCraw, spoke against it.</p> Dangerous winds overturn tractor-trailers http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/dangerous-winds-overturn-tractor-trailers <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/trucks_turned_over_1-18-18_i-77_carroll_county_va_at_2_mile_marker.jpg" alt="High winds caused three tractor-trailers to overturn at the 2 milemarker on I-77 Thursday morning." title="High winds caused three tractor-trailers to overturn at the 2 milemarker on I-77 Thursday morning." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> <strong>By ETHAN CAMPBELL, Staff</strong></p> <p> FANCY GAP &ndash; Dangerous driving conditions resulted in an accident on Fancy Gap Mountain during the early morning hours of Jan. 18, in which three tractor-trailers were overturned due to extremely high winds; blocking both northbound lanes of Interstate 77.</p> <p> The Virginia State Police and Cana Rescue Squad first responded to the scene at 7:44 a.m. Thursday, followed shortly after by Carroll County EMS.</p> <p> The accidents occurred near the 2 milemarker on I-77, at the Virginia-North Carolina border.</p>