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  • Woman charged with embezzling from local business

    Staff Report

    A Fries woman charged with embezzling from a Galax business has a trial scheduled for June.

    Patricia Diane Jones, 57, of Fries, was arrested on Dec. 21, 2017, on a direct indictment issued by a Carroll County grand jury that charged her with felony embezzlement from Creek Bottom Brewing.

    Jones formerly worked in Creek Bottom’s payroll department. The offense is alleged to have occurred between Aug. 1-Sept. 23, 2017.

    She is awaiting trial in the Carroll County Circuit Court on June 18.

  • Garner runs for another council term

    John Garner is one of five candidates in the running for four seats on Galax City Council in the May 1 election.

    As his term ends June 30, it will be 12 years the incumbent has served on council.

    He is fit to continue, he said, because if you’re on council, “you already know what’s going on, you have a grasp of the issues and many of those issues continue to be before us. We have addressed many of those issues before and you know the positive things.”

  • Galax sets graduation date, last day of school

    June 12 will be the last day of school for Galax students, and June 9 will be the high school’s graduation day, as set by the Galax School Board at its April meeting.

    The graduation speaker will be Darrick Andre Early, from the GHS Class of 1994. Early also spoke at the Mt. Zion Holiness Church of God’s Black History Month celebration in February.

  • Carroll school budget totals $43M

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County School Board has developed a proposed operating budget for fiscal year 2018-2019 that is more than last year, but the $43 million total doesn’t ask for an increase in local funding.

    An operating budget revenue summary for fiscal year 2019 shows an increase of $206,224 from last year’s total of $42.9 million.

  • Haynes seeks seat on Galax City Council

    Five people are seeking four positions on Galax City Council that are up for election this year.

    The Gazette is talking to each candidate to get their views on issues that affect citizens, and what they want to do if they get, or keep, their position.

    Travis Haynes, Galax native, 48, is a member of the Galax Volunteer Fire Department and owner of River Trail Technology, an IT consulting company for small businesses, as well as an elder at Cornerstone Church, a husband and a father.

    Haynes is one of two newcomers seeking election to council.

  • Three charged with forgery, theft in Grayson

    Staff Report

    TROUTDALE — Three suspects from Tennessee were apprehended last week, after they allegedly attempted to cash forged checks at Skyline National Bank in Troutdale.

    According to a news release from Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan, Sgt. Rhonda Halsey responded to the Skyline branch in Troutdale on April 9, for a call about suspicious individuals attempting to cash checks through the drive-through window.

  • Car avoiding cat crashes and burns

    A single-vehicle wreck that became a fire last Thursday at 3:30 p.m. on Nuckolls Curve Road did not involve any injuries or casualties, according to Virginia State Trooper C.W. Keesling.

    A 2008 Chevrolet Aveo, driven by Amanda Jane Cox, 33, of Galax, was traveling along Nuckolls Curve when she swerved to avoid a cat, police reported.

    Cox lost control, overcorrected, hit the bank on the left side of the road and overturned.

  • Vaughan-Bassett partners with HGTV hosts for new furniture collection

    Staff Report

    Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Company announced last week that it will partner with Ben and Erin Napier, the hosts of HGTV’s “Home Town,” to develop multiple collections of both solid wood and veneered casegoods collections.

    The first groups will debut in October at the High Point, N.C., furniture market.

  • Carico estate files $5M wrongful death suit

    INDEPENDENCE — The family of Timothy “T.T.” Carico has filed a $5 million civil claim against Minnesota-based ATV manufacturing company Polaris Industries; and Hilltop Cycle Inc., a Wythe County company that offers off-road vehicle repair services.

  • O'Quinn assesses security in Grayson schools

    INDEPENDENCE — Del. Israel O’Quinn (R-5th District) recently visited Grayson County schools to examine existing safety protocols and get some feedback from educators and administrators about security needs.

    O’Quinn, who represents Grayson and Galax in the Virginia House of Delegates, was recently appointed by Speaker Kirk Cox to serve on a bipartisan House Select Committee on School Safety. The committee was announced in early March, and O’Quinn is the only member of the committee from Southwest Virginia.