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  • Baywood School will close

    INDEPENDENCE — The mood at Monday’s special called meeting of the Grayson County School Board was somber and resigned, as the board approved a final recommendation to close Baywood Elementary School.

    Three board members voted in favor of closing and two were opposed. The school will officially close its doors on July 1.

  • State park trails closed after bear encounter

    WHITETOP — The trail systems at Grayson Highlands State Park were closed June 16 after an encounter between a black bear and an untethered dog resulted in non life-threatening injuries to the dog’s owner.

    According to Jim Meisner, public relations specialist for the Department of Conservation and Recreation, the incident occurred at 8 a.m. that day. He said a woman was walking along Cabin Creek Trail and the Horse Trail Connector to Massie Gap with her dog.

  • Nester to serve 24.5 years for drug trafficking

    ABINGDON — A North Carolina man convicted as a result of the Operation Rolling Thunder investigation has been sentenced to 24 years and six months in federal prison.

    Prosecutors said Grandy Nester, 33, of Pilot Mountain, N.C., was part of a methamphetamine distribution network. He pleaded guilty in 2017 possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and conspiracy to distribute 500 grams of methamphetamine.

    At a hearing June 14 in U.S. District Court in Abingdon, Nester was sentenced to federal prison.

  • Rude awakening for napping man found with drugs

    CANA — An arrest made by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department last week resulted in several illegal items seized, including illicit substances and several weapons.

    A police report said that on June 12 at approximately 7:30 a.m., Deputy Dennie Surratt responded to a call of a suspicious vehicle on the parking lot of Paul’s Creek Church in Cana.

    Upon arriving at the scene, Surratt found a man asleep in the vehicle and woke him up. According to the report, Surratt noticed a glass pipe and the grip of a pistol in the floorboard of the vehicle.

  • Driver in police pursuit among dozens indicted

    HILLSVILLE — A Carroll County Circuit Court grand jury indicted several people when it met on Monday, including a man involved in a wild police chase earlier this year.

    Caleb Michael Smith, 23, of Austinville, was indicted on four counts of assault and battery of a police officer and eluding a law enforcement officer, all stemming from an April 3 pursuit in Galax and Carroll County that went through parking lots, on the wrong side of the road and onto Interstate 77.

  • Administrators shuffled at Galax schools

    The Galax school system will once again see some changes in the wake of departing Assistant Superintendent Rebecca Cardwell and the ascendance of former Galax Elementary School Principal Kristina Legg into her place, said Superintendent Bill Sturgill.

    “Everybody that was moved internally, they had interest in the positions they were moved to,” he said.

    Starting in the fall semester of 2018, the following changes will occur in administration:

    • Emily Boyles will move from assistant principal to principal at GES, replacing Legg.

  • Suspects charged in Galax, Carroll

    Staff Reports

    Local law enforcement quickly put an end to a series of illegal and reckless acts, resulting in three sets of criminal charges at the end of last week.

    According to reports, Sgt. Trevor Jefferson of the Galax Police Department responded to a suspicious person report at the Circle K on South Main Street in on June 14 at approximately 2:47 a.m.

  • Willis man wrecks motorcycle, dies after hit by truck

    Staff Report

    WYTHE COUNTY — A Willis man was killed in a traffic accident June 16, and Virginia State Police are still investigating.

    Shortly before 11:30 p.m. last Saturday night, state police were called to the scene of a fatal crash in Wythe County.

    A 2006 Harley Davidson FXD motorcycle traveling southbound on Interstate 77 struck a deer at the 45 mile marker, ejecting the driver onto the roadway.

    The driver – Leonard R. Scarberry, 64 – was subsequently struck by a 2014 Dodge Ram 1500 and died at the scene.

  • Independence names new town manager

    INDEPENDENCE — Independence Town Council and town and county administrators joined together last week to welcome Reid Walters, who will be taking on the role of Independence Town Manager.
    Walters will replace Jerry Hughes, who announced his retirement earlier this year. While Hughes planned to leave the position in January, he stayed with the town to assist with the responsibilities until a new town manager was selected from the pool of applications.

  • Three arrested in Galax

    Three individuals were arrested in Galax last week in separate incidents, one of which resulted in the alleged assault of a police officer.
    Kalon G. McLaurin, 22, of Galax, was arrested on June 11 by Capt. James Cox for public intoxication, obstruction of justice and assault on a police officer.
    According to a police report, Cox responded to a report of an intoxicated male harassing employees of the Galax Motel. Upon arresting McLaurin for being intoxicated, the report says he actively resisted arrest and assaulted Cox, who was not injured in the incident.