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Today's News

  • Larrowe appointed to council

    Michael Larrowe was named by the Galax City Council on Monday night to replace departed Council Member Bill Davis, who moved out of the city.

    Larrowe was chosen after debate in two closed meetings — one before the regular 7:30 p.m. meeting and one held immediately after.

    He said that Council Member Travis Haynes approached him in December after Davis made council aware of his impending resignation. “I’ve had an interest for a number of years, but my work schedule wouldn’t permit it,” said Larrowe, who traveled often for work.

  • Water fee issues resurface in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE – Collaborative efforts between the Carroll County Board of Supervisors and the Carroll County Public Service Authority on Monday evening revealed the challenges of developing ways to pay for county water system infrastructure while lessening the burden on citizens that are not signed up for potentially available services.

  • Hillsville PD arrests fugitive

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE – A fugitive from justice who had been on the run since September 2018 was arrested by the Hillsville Police Department on Monday.

    Interim Hillsville Police Chief Shannon Goad confirmed that an anonymous tip from a concerned citizen was received by HPD Sgt. Stephen Brady, regarding the whereabouts of a wanted man from Georgetown, Del.

    According to information obtained by Brady, the man had escaped from the Sussex Community Correctional Center on Sept. 12, 2018.

  • Virginians split on arming teachers

    Capital News Service

    RICHMOND — Virginians are divided on whether they would support legislation to train schoolteachers and administrators to be armed on school grounds, according to a poll conducted at Virginia Commonwealth University.

    “It was almost split right down the middle,” said Robyn McDougle, director for the Center for Public Policy in VCU’s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, which conducted the study.

  • Man pleads guilty to using library internet to solicit minor

    INDEPENDENCE — An Independence man pleaded guilty in Grayson County Circuit Court on Jan. 3 to charges involving the soliciting of a minor through the use of public internet access at the local library.

    James Michael Fantazier was charged in September 2017 with possession of child pornography and the use of communications systems to solicit a minor. The child pornography charge was amended to state that the minor was less than 18 years of age, rather than less than 15 years of age, before Fantazier submitted his plea.

  • Huff helps students prepare for careers

    INDEPENDENCE — Dwayne Huff, CTE Director for the Grayson County Career & Technical Education (CATE) Center, is excited to help students find their paths to a happy future through project-based learning resources and teamwork among the CATE Center faculty members.

    Huff assumed the seat as CTE director last year, filling the space left by retiring CTE Director Angie Lawson.

  • Amendment to restore felon voting rights dies

    Capital News Service

    RICHMOND — For now, Virginia will remain among a trio of states — joining only Kentucky and Iowa — with a lifetime ban on voting rights for people convicted of a felony.

    On Jan. 9, the state Senate Committee on Privileges and Elections killed an attempt to allow Virginians who have been convicted of a felony to vote.

  • Truckload of chicken crashes at Exit 1

    Staff Report

    At 1:14 p.m. on Friday, Virginia State Police responded to a single-vehicle crash in Carroll County. The crash occurred near the southbound Interstate 77 ramp for Exit 1.

    VSP closed the exit ramp from Friday afternoon to early Saturday morning as a result of the crash.

    A tractor-trailer traveling south on I-77 ran off the side of the interstate, went over the guardrail and continued down the embankment. The driver suffered minor injuries and is being treated at the scene.

  • Galax police serve warrants, file drug charges

    Staff Report

    Two wanted subjects have been arrested by the Galax Police Department recently.

    On Dec. 31, a Galax man was arrested on a warrant from last year, according to a report issued by the department.

    Cotey Brackens, 27, was arrested by Capt. James Cox on a warrant issued on Oct. 10, 2018, the report said. The warrant was for allegedly grabbing a woman’s wallet and driving off in an unknown vehicle at the Walmart shopping center.

    He is being held at the New River Valley Regional Jail without bond.

  • Shutdown affects SNAP benefits

    Staff Reports

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture is working to provide relief for recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program due to limited funding as a result of the federal government shutdown.

    According to a news release issued from the USDA on Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has announced a plan to ensure that low-income Americans can have access to the nutrition while congress and the president are at a budget impasse.