Local News

  • Search warrant reveals homicide details

    A search warrant for a motel room in Galax reveals more details of a homicide that occurred there on June 22.

    Roland Eugene Clayton Jr., 51, of Roanoke, was found with multiple stab wounds on the floor of Room 11 of the Galax Motel when police responded at 10:27 p.m. Attempts to revive him proved unsuccessful, and Clayton was declared dead at 10:51 p.m.

    Yashisca Dushawn Richardson Chapman, 39, also of Roanoke, was arrested on the scene and charged with first-degree murder.

  • Firefighters respond to tractor rollover

    A man was airlifted Sunday afternoon after being removed from beneath a lawnmower than had rolled over on him on Pipers Gap Road, according to the Galax Volunteer Fire Department.

    According to GVFD Capt. Mike Ayers, Gene Rector was mowing the grass on his property at the edge of a steep embankment when “he hit a weak spot on the bank and rolled about 30 feet down the embankment.”

  • New state laws took effect July 1

    Landmark News Service

    Nearly 1,800 laws were passed during the 2017 General Assembly and many will affect our daily lives after taking effect July 1. Here are a few:

    Left lane fines

    Slower drivers who camp out in the left lane can be fined $100 (House Bill 2201). Del. Israel O’Quinn, R-Bristol, told WTOP radio the change would address “a particularly pervasive and ever-growing problem of cars going grossly under the speed limit in the left lane.”

  • Old Crow Medicine Show coming to music center

    Staff Report

    Old Crow Medicine Show is bringing a healthy dose of classic American roots music to the Blue Ridge Music Center on Aug. 27, along with rising stars Mipso and Amythyst Kiah.

    With an old-time string sound fueled by punk rock energy, Old Crow Medicine Show has influenced acts like Mumford & Sons and contributed to a revival of banjo-picking string bands playing Appalachian and Americana music.

  • Council honors police, scouts, water plant

    The water treatment plant, the police department and two Eagle Scouts received recognition at the June 12 Galax City Council meeting.

    Chief Rick Clark and Capt. James Cox were on hand to formally receive the Galax Police Department’s accreditation from Derrick Mays of the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services. This is the fifth such accreditation for the department.

  • Assault suspect flees police on bicycle

    A Hillsville man wrecked his bicycle last week while police were chasing him for allegedly assaulting a driver.

    William McCoy Carroll Jr., 30, was arrested on June 20 by Officer John Reavis, according to a report from the Galax Police Department.

    “Officer Reavis was dispatched to a reported assault that had occurred at the traffic light in front of McDonald’s,” said Chief Rick Clark. “The victim of the assault described a white male riding a bicycle that had struck him through an open window without provocation.”

  • Carroll native charged with attempted murder

    Staff Report

    MEADOWS OF DAN — A Meadows of Dan man originally from Carroll County has been charged with multiple felonies following a shooting that occurred on June 23 , according to Patrick County Sheriff Dan Smith.

    Chet Craft Perdue, 22, is charged with attempted first-degree murder, use of a firearm in commission of a felony and shooting into an occupied dwelling.

    Perdue graduated from Carroll County High School in 2014.

  • Galax man charged with child solicitation

    Staff Report

    A Galax man was charged June 14 with two counts of soliciting a child for sex, which are Class 5 felonies.

    Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan said the suspect, an illegal alien from Honduras, admitted to having sexual contact with the minor several times.

    According to a news release from the sheriff’s office, Sgt. Doug Carner, an Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force member, investigated incidents where Jose Anri Estrada, 25, allegedly exchanged nude images with a minor child.

  • Parents speak in favor of GES expansion

    Much of the discussion of the city’s recently approved budget for fiscal year 2018 involved a tax increase to pay for an expansion of Galax Elementary School.

    At a recent public hearing, parents of Galax students let city council know they support the proposed $17 million expansion, which is in the early planning stages.

    The city approved a budget on June 12, after holding a hearing at its May 22 meeting. The new fiscal year begins July 1.

    The general fund is $17.8 million, the utility fund is $5.5 million and the stormwater fund is $129,500.

  • CCMS teacher participates in national program

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — Heather Lucas, a teacher at Carroll County Middle School, was selected from a pool of more than 300 applicants to participate in the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institute for the week of June 19-23.

    Lucas teaches 6th grade U.S. History at CCMS in Hillsville.

    Each year, the Library of Congress provides the opportunity for a group of K-12 educators to attend one of its five teacher institutes in Washington, D.C.