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  • Virginia the only state that outlaws radar detectors

    Landmark News Service

    Virginia remains the only state where radar detectors in vehicles are illegal.

    Radar detectors are in-vehicle devices that essentially alert drivers that cops are using radar guns to detect speed. The goal is to avoid getting speeding tickets.

    But why does Virginia, and the District of Columbia, stand alone while the other 49 states have lifted bans?

    There’s no direct answer, but lawmakers and political observers say it comes down to a few things:

  • Fries budget proposal contains few changes

    FRIES — Fries Town Council presented a draft of its budget for fiscal year 2018-19 at the May 1 meeting, which has a couple of changes from the current spending plan.

    The real property tax rate will go up 3 cents, to $0.36 per $100 of assessed value.

    The balanced budget, which will take effect on July 1, currently has a revenue and expenditure total of $493,951.

    Other proposed tax rates (all per $100 value) include $1.75 for personal property taxes; $1.74 for machinery and tools taxes; and $0.30 for public utility real estate taxes.

  • Bomb scare shuts down I-77 in Carroll

    A high-speed chase Thursday on Interstate 77 in Carroll County resulted in a shutdown of traffic, after the driver told police there was a bomb in her car.

    K9 units and bomb technicians were called to the scene in the mid-morning hours of May 10, and VDOT closed traffic on both the northbound and southbound lanes around mile marker 17 until early afternoon.

    Cars backed up for several miles as police investigated the situation.

  • Ministerial Association observes National Day of Prayer

    HILLSVILLE – Citizens and members of the Carroll County Ministerial Association gathered on the historic courthouse lawn in Hillsville on May 3 in observance of the National Day of Prayer.

  • Carroll, Galax asked to join opioid lawsuit

    A law firm is offering to represent Virginia localities as part of a targeted lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies who manufacture opioids.

    The Wagstaff & Cartmell law firm of Kansas is appearing before multiple regional city and town councils, offering to represent them. Recently, they visited meetings of Galax City Council and the Carroll County Board of Supervisors.

    Del. Jeff Campbell, who represents Carroll and Galax in the Virginia General Assembly, brought the proposal to the meetings. Campbell is also an attorney.

  • Trial delayed in deputy fatality case

    HILLSVILLE — A jury trial has been delayed for a man charged in connection with the death of a Carroll County deputy in 2017.

    Joseph Alan Lambert, 21, of Goodview, was being pursued by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department in March 2017 when Deputy Curtis Bartlett answered fellow officers’ calls for help. He was on his way to join the pursuit when his patrol vehicle collided with a tractor-trailer at the Interstate 77-U.S 58 intersection.

    Bartlett died at the scene.

  • Driver charged after tractor-trailer overturns in Galax

    Staff Report

    A Winston-Salem, N.C., man was charged with failure to maintain control of his vehicle after his tractor-trailer overturned on Meadow Street in Galax on Sunday, according to a report issued by the Galax Police Department.

    Cesar Nathaniel Howard, 30, was driving a 2015 Hino tractor-trailer north along Meadow Street on May 6 at 10 a.m. when it ran off the right side of the road. It then came back onto the road and began to lose control, traveling back across the northbound lane into the southbound lane, the police report said.

  • Thomas keeping bee hives alive

    WOODLAWN — As the warmer weather sets in and nature begins to liven up, so do local beekeepers and agriculture farms.

    Honeybees are an important part of the environment, but a realization of the role they play can sometimes be a mystery to those who have never seen a honeybee colony in action.

  • Police stamp out postal pot delivery

    Staff Reports

    Galax police began an investigation after receiving a tip alleging that a Woodlawn man was receiving shipments of marijuana via the U.S. Postal Service.

    Working with a postal inspector, Det. Robbie Isom identified a suspect and the intended address for the marijuana delivery.

    Members of the Twin County Drug Task Force conducted surveillance to observe the delivery of the package and executed a search warrant obtained by Isom, according to a Galax Police Department report.

  • Galax names three to school board

    Two new members will join a returning incumbent on the Galax School Board on July 1, when new terms begin.

    Galax City Council requested letters of interest from citizens who wanted to fill the three spots, conducted interviews and recently announced the appointees.

    Ray Kohl, who serves as chairman currently, was reappointed for a another three-year term.