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Today's News

  • Readers' Hotline 1/6/14

    Take a stand
    Grayson County: those who want zoning out, speak out. Come to the board meeting. Stand up for what you have worked for — the right to do what you want to on your property. By the way, you are the one who has paid these taxes. Come and stand up for what you believe in.

    Allegedly

  • Emergency call leads to drug charges

    Galax police have arrested a woman on drug charges after assisting Galax-Grayson EMS with a drug overdose call.
    According to Police Chief Rick Clark, Kaylan Jane Arnold, 20, of Galax was charged with possession of methamphetamine and a Clonopin.
    The arrest took place after Officer Darrin Alley responded to a business on South Main Street in Galax to assist Galax-Grayson EMS with a reported drug overdose.

  • Remembering the last train out of Galax

    Olen Quesenberry of Galax submitted this first-hand account of the last train to leave the city in 1985 before the rails were taken up, along with his photos of the trip.

  • Supervisors question funds for Grant center

    INDEPENDENCE — By a vote of 3-2, the Grayson County Board of Supervisors last month appropriated a portion of the funding needed to keep the Grant Community Computing Center open through the end of February.
    The supervisors appropriated $4,000 to keep the center open through part of February. In the meantime, the center’s staff and the Grant community will have to form a plan of action for becoming more self-sustainable to keep it open beyond that point.

  • Murder suspect free on $100,000 bond

    HILLSVILLE — A 28-year-old Pipers Gap woman accused of second-degree murder from an October 2013 incident received a bond from the Carroll County Circuit Court last Thursday.
    Before a crowd in the courtroom, Whitney Lee Isom was granted a $100,000 secured bond, according to court officials.
    Isom had been charged by direct indictment with second-degree murder and use of a firearm in December 2013 after the shooting death of Kevin Heath Frazier at 70 Rippey Hollow Road in Pipers Gap.

  • GES students show off tech skills

    Galax Elementary School students showed off their computer skills this year for the Virginia Society for Technology in Education (VSTE), earning many of them spots in this year’s Student Technology Integration Challenge (STIC).

    Students from Shannon Wilson’s technology classes were first-, second- and third-place winners, according to a news release.

    “My goal is for my students to realize that these programs are useful in everyday life,” Wilson told The Gazette.

  • Branch closes U.S. 58 project for winter

    Branch Highways has finished its second season of the U.S. 58 widening project in the Laurel Fork area of Carroll County.
    “The winter weather is a severe limitation on highway construction activities so we will have to work in a limited capacity until next spring,” said Pete Copes, Branch’s general superintendent, in a news release.  

  • Bill would create animal abusers registry

    RICHMOND — Senate Bill 32 proposes to create a public animal cruelty registry to highlight “persons convicted of a felony” involving pets, police dogs and more, for consideration in the 2014 General Assembly session.
    State Sen. Bill Stanley, who represents Galax and part of Carroll County, authored the bill that will go before the legislators when they convene later this month, according to the proposal’s text.

  • Adoption system keeps family dreams on hold

    Katie and Steve Day get a call every few weeks.
    A social worker tells them something that would make their dreams come true — a child could be headed to their home.
    In 2011, when the calls started, their stomachs would knot in excitement. They’d stock the refrigerator and put sheets on beds in their three spare bedrooms. They’d pray for guidance as new parents to a child who could have physical and emotional scars.
    Then they’d wait.

  • Public record for 1/1/14 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record. The listings are complete. The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing.  
    For information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in September in the Carroll County General District Court Office, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed: