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  • Despite ban, no crackdown on lighting up

    Quietly, signs went up Tuesday signaling to customers that things had changed.

    On the first day of the state ban on smoking inside restaurants, police didn't storm into bars, snuffing out cigarettes and doling out $25 fines. And state officials didn't troll for lawbreakers, writing up health-code violations for restaurant owners to address.

  • Christmas celebrations


    The Galax Christmas Parade, with the theme “Music, Memories & Miracles,” will begin at 7 tonight, Friday, on North Main Street.

    The event will kick off with the Galax High School jazz band, beginning at 6:10 p.m., and the lighting of the Christmas tree in front of the Harold Snead Public Safety Building, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

    Pastor Tom Whartenby of Galax Presbyterian Church will say the blessing and Galax Mayor C.M. Mitchell will provide the greeting, before the countdown to the tree lighting.


  • Maynard wins recount

    INDEPENDENCE — Republican incumbent Mike Maynard will represent the Wilson District on the Grayson County Board of Supervisors for the next four years after a recount was held on Friday morning.

    According to Grayson Registrar Debbie Phipps: "nothing changed... all precincts were good throughout."

    The recount was requested by challenger Kate Irwin, who fell just four votes shy of Maynard in the general election held last month, 529 to 525.

    Because the difference was less than one-half of 1 percent, Grayson County paid for the recount.

  • Drugs seized in Flatridge

    TROUTDALE — A Troutdale man was arrested after investigators executed a search warrant at his home last week.

    Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan said investigators searched the home of Jerry Melvin Jenkins, 62, on Flatridge Road.

    Vaughan said a number of illegal substances were located at the residence, along with several firearms.

  • Cases against former officer won't proceed

    HILLSVILLE — Charges of possession of illegal drugs and guns against a former Pulaski police officer who lives in Carroll County have been withdrawn, but that's not necessarily an end to the case, court officials say.

    Christopher Franklin Bond, 33, had faced charges in both Wythe and Carroll counties from June 11 and 12, respectively, after Virginia State Police accused him of having shown up "at a drug transaction and attempted to purchase drugs" at a residence in Wythe.

  • Adult, teens charged with break-ins, bus theft

    HILLSVILLE — Four teens have been charged with an Oct. 25 day-time break-in at Gladeville Elementary School, according to Carroll Sheriff Warren Manning.

    Deputies gathered information on the crime that led to a break in the case, resulting in Investigator Fred Bobbitt serving warrants against Levi Cole Roberts, 18 — no address given — and three juveniles, according to the news release from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Former puppy mill worker alleges animal abuse

    HILLSVILLE — A former dog-breeding operation employee, convicted of misdemeanors involving the sale of animals, has aligned himself with the Humane Society of the United States in an anti-puppy mill campaign.

    Timothy Ray Bullion of Woodlawn, who worked at Horton's Pups when authorities found the business housed up to 700 breeding dogs, made a video testimonial for the national animal advocacy group's "Puppy Mill Action Week."

  • Tour of Trees

    Stroll through a winter wonderland of dazzling pines during the Holiday Tour of Trees, sponsored and decorated by local families, businesses and organizations to benefit Twin County Hospice.

    The Holiday Tour of Trees main event will be held Saturday from 4-7 p.m. at the Twin County Hospice office located in the Vaughan Office Suites at 818 Glendale Rd. in Galax.

  • Hunter shot, in critical condition

    A Galax man is in critical condition after an accidental shooting in Grayson County on Saturday.

    Lt. Rex Hill of the Virginia Department of Inland Fisheries said Jose Lopez-Cruz, 36, was part of a group that was hunting for deer on Andrews Farm in Grayson County.

    Hill said Lopez-Cruz was not hunting, but was coming up on the group when Edward Culler, 55, mistook him for a deer.

    Lopez-Cruz was airlifted to North Carolina Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, where he was listed in critical condition Monday afternoon.

  • Country 'Idol' to perform in Galax

    Fifth season “American Idol” contestant and country music artist Kellie Pickler is scheduled to perform at Galax First Baptist Church on Dec. 14 as part of the annual Morgan Shepherd Charitable Fund visit to the Twin Counties.

    The concert at 4 p.m. is free and open to the public.

    The Dec. 14 event will also include the band Mountain Creek Harmony, "Mayberry Deputy" David Browning and Christian comedian Barry McGee.