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Today's News

  • Galax man helped out after Cal. wildfires

    Will Page of Galax went to California as a member of the Mountain Empire chapter of Red Cross last month to help those displaced by the Camp Fire in the Paradise-Chico area.

    Despite its cozy name, the Camp Fire has caused at least 86 fatalities and destroyed 13,972 residences, 528 commercial buildings and 4,293 other buildings, according to Cal Fire, a division of the California government.

  • Haga to serve 20 years

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — Adam Lee Haga, 44, of Galax, will serve 20 years in prison for sex crimes against children, after being sentenced in Grayson County Circuit Court.

    According to a news release Monday by the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, Haga appeared before the Grayson County Circuit Court for allegations that he had molested children.

  • Carroll addresses water issues

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Public Service Authority met on Monday night to discuss project updates and a recent water leak in the Cana community.

    PSA Director Jessica Montgomery began with an update on the Cana well improvements project, which is funded by a Mount Rogers Planning District Commission grant for $100,000. “The grant amount is working out with dollar to dollar [costs], and Mount Rogers will accept well-related repairs, as they have done in the past.”

  • Cornett to promote Grayson tourism

    INDEPENDENCE — Tourism continues to be a top priority in Grayson, and less than one month into her new position as tourism support specialist, Tracy Cornett is excited to promote what the county has to offer.

    Cornett officially began her new position on Nov. 19. She filled the seat previously occupied by Rhonda Sproviero, who announced in November that she would be taking a full-time position in the county’s building department.

  • Governor announces school safety plan

    Staff Report

    RICHMOND — Gov. Ralph Northam’s proposed state budget features an additional $39 million in new money for investments to ensure safe learning environments for Virginia’s K-12 students.

    Northam also is proposing to allocate $36 million to fund additional school counselors across the commonwealth, and additional money to provide training for school resource officers.

  • High Speed Chase Ends in Crash

    A high-speed vehicle pursuit on Thursday evening resulted in the southbound lanes of Interstate 77 being shut down and a Virginia State Police trooper being transported for medical attention after the stolen vehicle plowed into his car and flipped it over.

    According to a state police report, shortly before 5 p.m. on Dec. 13, the VSP was requested to assist the Wythe County Sheriff’s Office with the pursuit of a stolen Jeep Cherokee that had refused to stop for a Wythe deputy on Interstate 81.

  • Police Investigate Bomb Threats

    HILLSVILLE – Vanguard Furniture in Carroll County is an unlikely target for an international email hoax that tried to extort victims out of the online “cryptocurrency” bitcoin, but that’s what happened Dec. 13.

    Local law enforcement is collaborating with the FBI and the Virginia State Police after responding to a bomb threat that occurred last Thursday afternoon at the plant in the Carroll County Industrial Park.

  • Carroll grand jury issues indictments

    HILLSVILLE — A Carroll County Circuit Court grand jury meeting Dec. 10 issued numerous indictments, mostly for drug-related offenses.

    Other charges involve child abuse, larceny, assault of a police officer and destruction of property.

    An indictment is a formal charge, not a finding of guilt. The jury found sufficient evidence while reviewing the cases to advance them to trial in circuit court.

    Those indicted include:

    • Jeffrey David Alberta; 51, of Galax; assault and battery of a police officer

  • Davis will depart city council

    Bill Davis will resign from his position on Galax City Council effective Dec. 31, according to a letter he submitted before Monday night’s meeting, where his decision was announced.

    Davis was not at the meeting, but according to the letter, he is moving out of the city and will be unable to serve due to this, as council members must be Galax residents.

    This means a new member must be appointed within 45 days of Davis’s last day, City Manager Keith Barker informed council.

  • Governor proposes more money for schools

    Staff Report

    RICHMOND — Gov. Ralph Northam’s proposed budget will feature $268.7 million in new money for investments in Virginia’s K-12 education system, according to the spending plan released Wednesday.

    The budget proposal includes an additional 2 percent raise in teacher salaries, totaling $88 million, that will result in a total 5 percent raise effective July 1, 2019.