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Today's News

  • Police warn of thieves ‘skimming’ ATMs

    Citizens are asked to be observant after police have received multiple reports this week of illegal transactions from ATMs in the Galax and Hillsville areas.

    According to a statement issued by the Hillsville Police Department, these incidents have been happening at both local banks and businesses with ATMs inside.

    As of Thursday morning, Hillsville PD reported that three separate ATMs in Hillsville have been used to compromise accounts; as well as two separate ATMs in Galax.

  • Galax charges include drugs, officer assault

    Staff Report

    The Galax Police Department reported several recent arrests, ranging from drug charges and larceny to assault on an officer and vehicle theft.

    On June 24, Sgt. Shawny Jones responded to a call of children alone in a vehicle. After arriving, he noticed the children in the vehicle without adult supervision, the police report said.

    After a brief investigation, Brooklyn N. Long, 26, of Galax, was charged with abuse and neglect of children. She was released on an unsecured bond.

  • Hundley represents Galax students on school board

    Staff Report

    Savannah Hundley has been selected as the 2019-2020 student representative to the Galax School Board — the first student to ever serve in this role.

    The school board passed a new policy at their April meeting providing for a student representative to be selected each spring to serve the following school year. The student may be a junior or senior and serves as a non-voting member of the board.

  • Carroll names interim administrator

    HILLSVILLE – A candidate was selected to serve as Interim Carroll County Administrator during the Board of Supervisors meeting Monday night.
    R. Cellell Dalton, former administrator of Wythe County, was appointed to serve the position during the interim.
    Dalton served as the Wythe County Administrator for more than 21 years, and is a U.S. Army Vietnam Veteran and recipient of both the Bronze Star medal and Purple Heart for his time of military service.

  • Sen. Stanley proposes gun control bills

    A local legislator offered his own slate of solutions ahead of the special session of the General Assembly that convened on Tuesday to discuss gun control measures.
    Sen. Bill Stanley (R-20th District) represents Galax and part of Carroll County in the Virginia Senate.

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  • 12 wanted in Carroll

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a dozen wanted subjects in the area, and is seeking the public’s help in locating them.

    They are wanted on a variety of charges, mostly probation violations and failure to appear in court. One is sought for a grand larceny charge.

    They include:

    • Rebecca Barnett, 21, failure to appear;

    • Mary Bowman, 44, failure to appear;

    • Noah Coble, 30, violation of probation;

  • Governor announces proposed gun laws

    Staff Report

    RICHMOND — Gov. Ralph Northam has announced his legislative agenda for the July 9 special session of the General Assembly, which is intended to address gun violence in Virginia.

    Northam called the special session shortly after the May 31 shooting at a Virginia Beach municipal building that killed 12 people.

    “We continue to lose too many lives to senseless and preventable acts of gun violence, but we have the power to make meaningful change,” said Northam when unveiling his proposed legislation.

  • Galax receives grant for new police cars

    Staff Report

    The City of Galax will receive a grant of $25,000 and loan of $23,700 to purchase two new police vehicles.

    The money is part of $844,100 in federal grants and loans provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Office of Rural Development.

  • Grayson names top teachers

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County School Board recently recognized each of the seven individual schools’ Teacher of the Year winners, as well as the division winner who is now eligible to compete for the state title in 2020.

    The 2018-19 division winner is Lisa Fleming, a third grade teacher at Fairview Elementary. She began teaching in Grayson in 2002 at the former Baywood School. She has 35 years of teaching experience.