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Today's News

  • Driver in police pursuit among dozens indicted

    HILLSVILLE — A Carroll County Circuit Court grand jury indicted several people when it met on Monday, including a man involved in a wild police chase earlier this year.

    Caleb Michael Smith, 23, of Austinville, was indicted on four counts of assault and battery of a police officer and eluding a law enforcement officer, all stemming from an April 3 pursuit in Galax and Carroll County that went through parking lots, on the wrong side of the road and onto Interstate 77.

  • Suspects charged in Galax, Carroll

    Staff Reports

    Local law enforcement quickly put an end to a series of illegal and reckless acts, resulting in three sets of criminal charges at the end of last week.

    According to reports, Sgt. Trevor Jefferson of the Galax Police Department responded to a suspicious person report at the Circle K on South Main Street in on June 14 at approximately 2:47 a.m.

  • Administrators shuffled at Galax schools

    The Galax school system will once again see some changes in the wake of departing Assistant Superintendent Rebecca Cardwell and the ascendance of former Galax Elementary School Principal Kristina Legg into her place, said Superintendent Bill Sturgill.

    “Everybody that was moved internally, they had interest in the positions they were moved to,” he said.

    Starting in the fall semester of 2018, the following changes will occur in administration:

    • Emily Boyles will move from assistant principal to principal at GES, replacing Legg.

  • Missing juvenile found

    Staff Report

    A 6-year-old taken from Hillsville has been located in Indiana and is safe, according to police reports.

    The boy was the subject of a multi-state search last week.

    Derek Michael Barnett was allegedly taken by his non-custodial parent, Rebecca Barnett, and her father, Christopher Barnett.

    The two reportedly fled with the child after Rebecca Barnett was ordered to surrender him to the Carroll County Department of Social Services during a court hearing in Carroll County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court on June 7.

  • Willis man wrecks motorcycle, dies after hit by truck

    Staff Report

    WYTHE COUNTY — A Willis man was killed in a traffic accident June 16, and Virginia State Police are still investigating.

    Shortly before 11:30 p.m. last Saturday night, state police were called to the scene of a fatal crash in Wythe County.

    A 2006 Harley Davidson FXD motorcycle traveling southbound on Interstate 77 struck a deer at the 45 mile marker, ejecting the driver onto the roadway.

    The driver – Leonard R. Scarberry, 64 – was subsequently struck by a 2014 Dodge Ram 1500 and died at the scene.

  • Independence names new town manager

    INDEPENDENCE — Independence Town Council and town and county administrators joined together last week to welcome Reid Walters, who will be taking on the role of Independence Town Manager.
    Walters will replace Jerry Hughes, who announced his retirement earlier this year. While Hughes planned to leave the position in January, he stayed with the town to assist with the responsibilities until a new town manager was selected from the pool of applications.

  • Sutherland to retire from Galax schools

    Bill Sutherland, Galax City Schools’ director of CTE, testing and assessment, announced his retirement at last Tuesday night’s school board meeting.
    “I just wanted to say, thank you from the bottom of my heart for the opportunities that you’ve given me,” Sutherland said. “I’ve been really blessed here at Galax, and I’m just thankful for great people like you.”
    Visibly tearing up, he added, “I’m more emotional than I thought.”

  • Grayson students enjoy Highlands hike

    Independence Elementary School’s third grade class was treated to an educational field day near the end of the school year, to Grayson Highlands State Park. The students were instructed by Ranger Lee. Students hiked the two-mile Cabin Creek Trail. The ponies welcomed them by walking right up to the group. The third grade class teachers who arranged the field day included Katrina Young, and Christine Vance. The students were given brown bag lunches provided by the IES cafeteria staff. James Halsey, the bus driver, transported the group to and from the park.

  • Three arrested in Galax

    Three individuals were arrested in Galax last week in separate incidents, one of which resulted in the alleged assault of a police officer.
    Kalon G. McLaurin, 22, of Galax, was arrested on June 11 by Capt. James Cox for public intoxication, obstruction of justice and assault on a police officer.
    According to a police report, Cox responded to a report of an intoxicated male harassing employees of the Galax Motel. Upon arresting McLaurin for being intoxicated, the report says he actively resisted arrest and assaulted Cox, who was not injured in the incident.

  • Budget has money for 7 of 8 schools

    By LARRY CHAMBERS
    and SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — After discussing the final details at a recent workshop, the Grayson County School Board approved an amended budget in the amount of $21.3 million at its regular meeting on June 11.
    The spending plan includes funds for only seven of Grayson’s eight schools.
    At the budget workshop June 5, Division Superintendent Kelly Wilmore said, “this has been a most difficult budget to prepare because of the lack of funds.”