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Today's News

  • Galax man charged with kidnapping

    A Galax man has been charged with the abduction of two individuals by gunpoint, following an eight-hour pursuit by Pulaski County police officers.

    Matthew Ray Russell, 33, of Galax, was arrested on Saturday morning by the Pulaski officers and charged with two counts of abduction, the police department confirmed in an article published in the Pulaski Patriot.

    The charges came after Russell allegedly held two people at gunpoint for about eight hours followed by a pursuit as he attempted to escape custody.

  • Cavs reach state semis

    DUBLIN –– The Carroll County girls’ basketball team fought off a terrific second half defensive charge by heavily-favored Millbrook last Friday night to beat the Pioneers 45-39 in the Class 4 quarterfinals played at Pulaski County High School.

    The Cavaliers (20-6) will advance to the semifinals this Tuesday night and take on Pulaski County, who beat Loudoun County 50-47 in the other quarterfinal round.

    Since there is no super site for the semifinal round, the game will be played at the Galax High School gymnasium at 6 p.m.

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  • 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.