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  • Keepers pleads guilty to hiding body

    Staff Reports

    CHRISTIANSBURG — At a hearing Tuesday afternoon, Natalie Keepers pleaded guilty to concealing the body of a teen near Galax, after the girl was killed by David Eisenhauer in 2016.

    Keepers, 21, of Laurel, Md., will still stand trial in September for a charge of being an accessory to murder before the fact. She could face up to five years in prison on Tuesday’s concealment conviction, pending a pre-sentence report.

  • Helmick steps down from city council

    Ches Helmick made a surprise announcement on Monday that he had resigned, effective that day, from his position on the Galax City Council.

    Citing health reasons for this move, Helmick wrote in a letter to The Gazette that he is stepping back from numerous groups he serves, and cutting back on office hours in his Edward Jones financial planning business.

    He served on council for two years, half of his elected term.

  • IVFD adds heavy rescue vehicle to fleet

    INDEPENDENCE — The Independence Volunteer Fire Department recently welcomed a new addition to its fleet of vehicles, which will allow members to haul equipment to assist with fires and car wrecks.

    The new vehicle is a 2003 Spartan Custom Heavy Rescue. The department purchased it from Brindlee Mountain Fire Apparatus in Union Grove, Ala. The vehicle will replace a 1999 F-850, which will be sold to another department.

  • Artist signs new prints to benefit Allen House

    HILLSVILLE – A world renowned and locally esteemed artist is helping raise money to benefit the historic Sidna Allen House in Carroll County.

    P. Buckley Moss, an American artist who has displayed her appreciation for the rural scenery of Virginia in her artwork since early in her career, is the second artist this year to dedicate their time and efforts to generate funds to help with restoration efforts of the famous house off U.S. 52 in Hillsville.

  • Dump truck hits Fries home

    FRIES ― The Jones family residence in Fries was a chaotic scene last Thursday morning, but Deputy Bobby Jones of the Grayson County Sheriff's Office was happy to report that the dump truck that slammed into his front porch only caused structural damage, and that no one was seriously injured.

    According to Jones, the incident happened at 9 a.m. on Aug. 9.

  • Grayson brings back county fair

    By D.T. CLARK, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Imagine tables lined with fresh vegetables: an awesome crop of artichokes; tempting tomatoes that make your mouth water and your grilled cheese sandwich lift its lid in anticipation; and bunches of green beans that in all the bean universe are the best flavored, most bountiful, least stringy and without nibblation by any bugs.

    This is part of the organizers’ vision of this Saturday’s Grayson County Fair, a newly-reprised event to celebrate agriculture in all its local glory.

  • GES project brings parking, traffic changes

    The renovation and expansion of Galax Elementary School will bring changes to parking and traffic around the site when the fall semester begins Aug. 15.

    For one thing, the school announced Monday that the direction of traffic on one-way Academy Drive will be reversed.

    “Parents and guardians will need to enter Academy Drive from Main Street and proceed to the designated area for parent drop-off and pick-up,” the school said in an announcement on social media.

  • Prints, DNA link suspect to burglaries

    Staff Report

    A Galax man, Shannon Dwayne Porter, 29, was arrested and charged after a Grayson County grand jury returned indictments in connection with a series of offenses that occurred on the night of Oct. 6 or morning of Oct. 7, 2017, in the city.

    Galax Detective J.B. Greer submitted evidence to the grand jury and obtained direct indictments in connection with burglaries at Galax Auto Sales and Wards Auto Sales. The grand jury also returned an indictment in connection with the attempted larceny of a vehicle at the Galax Health Department.

  • Airport receives federal funding for improvements

    Twin County Airport has a grant to cover the costs of planning the facility’s future development.

    The regional airport in Carroll County was awarded $180,000 through the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Airport Improvement Program, within the Department of Transportation.

    According to Tuesday’s announcement, the grant will provide federal funding for updates to the airport’s master plan strategy and layout plan.

  • Turkey turmoil ties up traffic

    No humans were seriously injured, but several turkeys were lost — and some escaped — in a crash on Interstate 77 early Friday morning.

    Torrential rainstorms were the cause of an Aug. 3 tractor-trailer accident on I-77, which resulted in an extensive cleanup effort by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and Carroll County Animal Control.