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  • Galax man convicted of mall arson

    WYTHEVILLE — A Galax man has been convicted of arson for setting a fire that destroyed the abandoned Fort Chiswell Outlet Mall in April 2018.

    Logan Scott Parks, 19, is one of three people from the Twin Counties charged in the incident, along with Anthony Jerome Sawyers, 26, of Woodlawn and Breanna Faith Hodge, 18, of Galax.

    Parks pleaded no contest to the felony arson charge at a hearing Jan. 16 in Wythe County Circuit Court and was convicted. He faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

  • City will lease new police cars

    Galax City Council approved leasing police cruisers from Enterprise Fleet Management instead of purchasing them at the Jan. 13 meeting.

    As presented by Police Chief DeWitt Cooper, the cost of leasing is slightly higher than that of owning, but will allow four new cruisers to be added, while the existing cruisers that were oldest and most in need of repairs can be auctioned off.

  • Parkway volunteers can’t work during shutdown

    As the federal shutdown continues, volunteers from Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway are gearing up for maintenance work on the national park as soon as government reopens.

    Last week, Audrey Pearson, executive director of the Friends group, said the organization and its partners had asked that volunteers refrain from working on the parkway during the shutdown, even though they are not federal employees.

  • Independence approves town park plan

    INDEPENDENCE — Independence Town Council has approved the final draft of a conceptual plan for development of the town park.

    Surveying and engineering firm Hurt & Proffitt provided a revised concept map to members of council for their review at the Jan. 9 meeting.

    The plan has undergone revisions after receiving public input from stakeholders and citizens, including members of the Independence Farmers’ Market, who use the space for their market season; and the Grayson County Public Library, which requested improvements to its parking lot.

  • Va. could ratify Equal Rights Amendment

    Capital News Service

    RICHMOND — An 8-6 vote by a Senate committee has brought the federal Equal Rights Amendment one step closer to passing the General Assembly — which could make Virginia the 38th and final state necessary to add the ERA to the U.S. Constitution.

    The Senate Privileges and Elections Committee voted Jan. 9 to approve a resolution that Virginia ratify the ERA, which was proposed by Congress in 1972 and would prevent federal and state governments from passing laws that discriminate on the basis of sex.

  • Supervisors want more input from citizens

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors has approved the option of adding a question and answer period for additional clarification of issues brought up at monthly meetings.

    Board members said the goal with this change is to improve communication with the public.

    County supervisors made the change at their Jan. 3 organization meeting.

  • Former teacher sentenced to six months

    INDEPENDENCE — Jessica Kincaid Snow, a former teacher for the Galax City Public Schools system, will serve six months after submitting a guilty plea to five charges involving inappropriate relationships with two minor students.

    Snow, 33, appeared in Grayson County Circuit Court for a hearing on Thursday.

  • Body of N.C. man found in Carroll

    FANCY GAP – State and local law enforcement agencies from both Virginia and North Carolina are conducting investigations after discovering a body in the Fancy Gap area of Carroll County on Wednesday night and charging a suspect with murder.

  • Larrowe appointed to council

    Michael Larrowe was named by the Galax City Council on Monday night to replace departed Council Member Bill Davis, who moved out of the city.

    Larrowe was chosen after debate in two closed meetings — one before the regular 7:30 p.m. meeting and one held immediately after.

    He said that Council Member Travis Haynes approached him in December after Davis made council aware of his impending resignation. “I’ve had an interest for a number of years, but my work schedule wouldn’t permit it,” said Larrowe, who traveled often for work.

  • Water fee issues resurface in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE – Collaborative efforts between the Carroll County Board of Supervisors and the Carroll County Public Service Authority on Monday evening revealed the challenges of developing ways to pay for county water system infrastructure while lessening the burden on citizens that are not signed up for potentially available services.