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  • Fries to seek funding to fix up rec center

    FRIES — Fries Town Council has approved a resolution to authorize the recreation center renovation committee to seek and accept planning and evaluation funding on behalf of the town.

    Mayor Richard Farmer requested the vote at council’s Nov. 4 meeting.

    The resolution states that the town-owned structure — commonly referred to as the Fries “Y” — is in a state that may become unsafe and unusable for town activities and other uses.

  • Woman charged in boyfriend's stabbing

    HILLSVILLE — A 31-year-old Hillsville woman has been charged with malicious wounding and domestic assault after allegedly stabbing her boyfriend at their apartment on Friday.

    According to a report from Hillsville Police Department Investigator Sgt. Alan Gravley, Lonnie Baggatta, 31, of Hillsville, entered the department’s office on Main Street at approximately 9 a.m., and informed officers that he had been stabbed in the back with a knife.

  • CenturyLink to help with stormwater relocation

    CenturyLink has agreed to help financially with redesigning and relocating a stormwater system in Galax that the telecommunications company’s lines are in conflict with.

    Galax City Council discussed the latest developments at its October meeting.

    After a conference call with the city, CenturyLink provided a check for $80,000 for the relocation of the storm system in Galax’s “Bottom” area, where the city is working to fix stormwater drainage issues that lead to flooding.

  • Gillespie concedes U.S. Senate race

    RICHMOND — Republican candidate Ed Gillespie on Friday afternoon conceded the surprisingly close U.S. Senate race to the Democratic incumbent, Mark Warner.

    Warner received 49 percent of the vote, to Gillespie’s 48 percent. That margin would have entitled Gillespie to a recount, but he said Friday that he won’t seek one.

    The State Board of Elections on Friday showed Warner leading by more than 16,000 votes out of more than 2 million total ballots cast — a margin of about one percentage point.

  • Davis charged with DUI, grand larceny

    Casey Shane Davis, 22, of Galax was arrested and charged with grand larceny of a truck on Nov. 4.

    According to a Galax Police Department report, Davis was charged after police received a report of a suspected drunk driver on Webster Street. The victim overheard the description of the vehicle involved and discovered that his truck had been stolen after he went to check on it.

    The vehicle was recovered on Webster Street after having been involved in an accident. The damage to the vehicle was estimated at $2,500.

  • Driver in fatal crash charged with homicide

    CANA — Christopher Dean Woolwine, 29, of Christiansburg has been charged with second-degree homicide resulting from a fatal traffic crash that occurred on Oct. 31 in Carroll County.

    Woolwine’s 4-year-old son died as a result of injuries he sustained in the crash. Police say Woolwine was fleeing the scene of an earlier wreck along the same stretch of U.S. 52.

  • Car struck by boulder on U.S. 52, catches fire

    A Hillsville woman escaped injury in a wreck on U.S. 52 on Sunday, after her vehicle struck a large boulder and caught fire.

    According to State Police First Sgt. Mike Musser, the accident took place at approximately 8:10 p.m. on 52, approximately 1.5 miles south of Virginia 683.

    Shana Loriel Parnell, 30, of Hillsville, was driving a 2002 Audi heading north, when her vehicle struck a large rock that had rolled into the roadway.

    The car caught fire as a result of the impact, but Parnell escaped the vehicle with no injuries, Musser said.

  • Petition seeks end to coyote killing contest

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    Grayson County’s coyote-killing contest launched last month is apparently attracting its share of attention — not so much from participants, at least not yet — but more from folks opposed to it.

  • Incumbents keep seats in Nov. 4 election

    UPDATED 11/6/14

    In a tight race that changed leads repeatedly throughout the night Tuesday, incumbent Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va) seemingly held on to his seat, fending off Republican challenger Ed Gillespie.

    The final statewide tally was still being determined early Wednesday morning, and the race had not been officially called, but preliminary figures showed Warner besting Gillespie 49 percent to 48 percent.


    Unofficial results of Nov. 4, 2014, elections, from precincts in Carroll, Grayson and Galax. Info provided by Virginia State Board of Elections and local voter registrars.


    Mark Warner (D)*

       • Statewide — 1,067,863 (49.1%)

       • Carroll — 2,264 (32.1%)

       • Grayson — 1,439 (34.7%)

       • Galax — 564 (42.1%)

    Ed Gillespie (R)