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  • 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.

  • Motorcyclist airlifted after Route 89 crash

    Staff Report

    A two-vehicle accident on Route 89 at 6:25 p.m. on May 1 required one driver to be airlifted, according to Virginia State Trooper J.E. Tilson.

    A 2001 Ford Escort, driven by Hugh Ivan Bedsaul, 66, of Galax, was traveling south on 89 and giving a signal to turn right onto Mount Vale Road when another vehicle passed him, got in front of him, and slowed down sharply, Tilson said.

    Bedsaul hit his brakes and a 2002 Harley-Davidson motorcycle, driven by Charles Richard Duncan, 71, ran directly into the back of the Escort.

  • Lockdown drills prepare officers for the worst

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County public school system has partnered with local law enforcement in recent years to further develop and strengthen security measures for students’ well-being.

    In the interest of being prepared for worst case scenarios, a plan of action for any and all threats are consistently discussed. Such was the case for a recent lockdown drill that was held by the county’s tactical team at Grayson County High School.

  • Tractor-trailer overturns in Galax

    A single-vehicle accident on Meadow Street in Galax at 10:05 a.m. on Sunday left a tractor-trailer overturned and the driver with unknown injuries.

    The truck, northbound on Meadow towards U.S. 58, was found on its side.

    Marks in the ground apparently indicated it had skidded to a stop in front of a power pole. No further information was available on Sunday.

    Also responding were the Galax Volunteer Fire Department, the Galax Police Department, the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and Galax-Grayson EMS.

  • New faces join Galax, Hillsville councils

    In Tuesday’s Galax City Council election, newcomers led the ticket, reversing a trend that has seen incumbents come out on top; and in Hillsville, a challenger unseated an incumbent for a spot on town council.

    The Galax winners say their success is a combination of factors, most notably voters’ desire for new ideas and the candidates’ use of social media during the campaign.

  • CCHS student builds racing mower as tribute to deputy

    HILLSVILLE – A Carroll County student has respectfully created a memorial to honor the end of watch for a local hero.

    March marked one year since the tragic incident in which Carroll County Deputy Curtis Allen Bartlett lost his life in the line of duty; and he made a lasting impression on the youth and many citizens.

    Community residents are keeping his memory alive in many different ways, but few as unique as Zack Schaefer’s.

  • Bowman to serve 25 years for meth trafficking

    ABINGDON — A Carroll County man convicted as a result of the Operation Rolling Thunder investigation has been sentenced to 25 years in federal prison.

    Timothy Bowman, 46, of Cana, pleaded guilty last year to two charges related to his involvement in a methamphetamine distribution network. He was sentenced at a hearing April 24 in U.S. District Court in Abingdon.

  • Supervisors question school spending plan

    INDEPENDENCE — Trust issues and spending questions became topics of a joint budget work session April 26 between the Grayson County Board of Supervisors and the Grayson County School Board.

    While supervisors asked for a more detailed breakdown of spending, school officials argued that they’ve proven the school system has been responsible with public money.

  • Man indicted for soliciting minor for sex

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – A Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury handed down indictments against 17 suspects for drug violations and other charges, including a man who allegedly solicited a minor through social media using public internet access at the county library.

    The grand jury, which met April 27, also handed down several sealed indictments. They will be unsealed once the suspects are arrested.

  • Traffic stop on I-77 results in multiple drug charges

    Staff Report

    The Carroll County Sheriff’s Department’s patrol of Interstate 77 yielded the arrest of an out-of-state resident with several forms of illegal drugs last week.

    Reports from the sheriff’s department confirm that on April 26, Carroll County Deputy Bradley Hoffman conducted a traffic stop on a 2005 Mercedes at the 17-mile marker northbound on I-77. The vehicle was pulled over for having expired tags and an expired inspection sticker.