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Today's News

  • Galax officer injured in crash

    Staff Report

    A traffic stop Saturday morning by the Galax Police Department ended in a motor vehicle crash that sent an officer to the local hospital for treatment.

    According to a police report, on March 2 at 10:20 a.m., Officer D.G. Martin was conducting a traffic stop in the 100 block of Country Club Lane when he was struck from behind by a 2009 Toyota, operated by Angela Snyder, 48, of Galax.

  • Hall heads to prison for bomb threat, officer assault

    HILLSVILLE — A Cana man with a violent criminal history has been placed back behind bars after pleading guilty to charges of bomb threats and assaulting a law enforcement officer in Carroll County.

    Ralph Earnest Hall will serve prison time after pleading guilty to charges stemming from a March 2018 encounter with deputies attempting to serve a warrant. According to a police report, Hall became angry when a deputy announced his presence at his residence, a camping trailer, and proceeded to ignite a propane stove inside the dwelling while making threats.

  • School board talks budget, weather closures

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County School’s Superintendent Kelly Wilmore discussed the upcoming budget and winter weather school closure policy during the board’s Feb. 11 meeting.

    Beginning with the budget, Wilmore said the staff has been working on the numbers extensively since the beginning of the year, and the primary goal is to continue catching up to teachers’ step raises this year.

  • ‘Hands-free’ driving legislation defeated

    Capital News Service

    RICHMOND — Traffic safety advocates are upset by the surprise defeat of legislation that would have prohibited motorists in Virginia from holding their cellphones while driving.

    They said the legislation — HB 1811 and SB 1341, which died as the General Assembly adjourned at the end of February — would have helped prevent accidents caused by distracted driving.

  • Tigers trip up Maroon Tide

    BRISTOL –– The effort was there. Goodness gracious, it was all over the place. Conspicuous effort rewarded by a bloody nose, floor-burned knees and elbows, faces red from exertion and bruises that would be felt for days. But Galax’s effort would not will the ball into the hole.

  • Woodlawn named historical site

    WOODLAWN – Woodlawn School was granted historic status on the National Historic Register earlier this month after the past year’s successful efforts by the Carroll County Industrial Development Authority (IDA).

    The designation will be used as a means of revitalizing the property.

    The school, which has a rich educational history spanning the past 140 years, served as the first private male and female academy founded in 1878 and became the Woodlawn Normal Institute in 1898.

  • Business owner charged with sexual battery in Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE – Charges were filed last week in Carroll County leading to the arrest of a Hillsville business owner, after an employee filed a complaint against him alleging sexual battery.

    According to Carroll County General District Court records, Aniello Palumbo, 46, owner of 508 Brews & Company and former owner of Tony’s Pizza, was arrested on Feb. 18 for an alleged Class 1 misdemeanor offense of sexual battery that took place on Feb. 17.

    A protective order has also been served against Palumbo on behalf of the complainant.

  • Carroll man pleads guilty to shooting

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — John Ford Gilliam of Woodlawn has pleaded guilty to two amended charges related to the July 14, 2018, shooting of a Fries man.

    Thursday’s plea hearing in Grayson County Circuit Court was rescheduled from Jan. 24.

    Gilliam was charged in a shooting that occurred on the New River near Fries. Police say he was involved in a confrontation on a boat that resulted in a man being shot in the arm.

  • Help sought for Lord’s Acre Sale, Fries Library

    FRIES — Fries Town Council was visited by two special guests during its Feb. 5 meeting: Mary Thomas, director of the Wythe-Grayson Regional Library, and Thomas Lee, an organizer of the annual Lord’s Acre Sale in Galax.

    The council meeting was held in the Fries Theatre, due to ongoing repairs after the Christmas Eve 2018 flood.

    Hundreds of gallons had flooded the Fries Library and the building’s lobby; and also seeped into other areas of the building. The flood was caused by a sprinkler on the third floor of the building.

  • Guns in church bill shot down

    Capital News Service

    RICHMOND — While most people go to church to worship, security expert Chernoh Wurie goes to worship and protect. He leads security at Hill City Church in the Richmond area.

    A bill to allow weapons, including firearms, within places of worship died in the House last week. Senate Bill 1024, introduced by Sen. Richard Black (R-Loudoun) passed the Senate along party lines, 21-19, but died in the House Rules Committee. The bill sought to repeal a law on the books since the 1950s.