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  • Treasurer proposes change to delinquent property sales

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors received a proposal this month to ensure that the county’s policy to put real estate up auction aligns with the Code of Virginia.

    Grayson County Treasurer Kelly Haga approached the board at the Jan. 12 meeting to present the proposal, which would shorten the time frame for delinquent taxes to be paid off before homes are sold at auction.

  • Two file to run for Fancy Gap supervisor

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    HILLSVILLE — Two candidates have filed for the Fancy Gap District seat in the Nov. 7 election for the Carroll County Board of Supervisors.

    According to information provided by the Carroll County General Registrar’s office last Friday, only two candidates have filed, Greg Spencer and Ronnie Collins.

  • Suspects who took dog from shelter still at large

    Staff Reports

    Police are still looking for two suspects in conjunction with the theft of a pit bull from the Galax-Carroll-Grayson Animal Shelter on Jan. 11 at around 10:30 p.m., according to Galax Police Capt. James Cox.

  • County interviewing administrator candidates

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors has received 33 applications from people in 15 states (and one foreign country) to fill the vacant county administrator position.

    Supervisors Chairwoman Brenda Sutherland provided an update on the progress of the board’s search this week. “We’ve made it through our first round of interviews, and we are now working on the second round. We are a team, and everybody has been involved in this process,” she said, referring to the five board members.

  • Police find cause of explosion

    Investigators have identified a butane honey oil (BHO) lab as the cause of an explosion at a Carroll County home last week, which cracked walls and foundations, blew out windows and sent one man to the hospital with serious injuries.

    In a BHO lab, the chemical THC is extracted from marijuana using butane. The butane is evaporated, leaving behind a waxy resin, but filling the air with highly flammable and explosive butane.

  • Confession questioned at Keepers' hearing

    Staff Reports

    CHRISTIANSBURG — Testimony on the first two of four days hearings was mainly concerned with statements Natalie Keepers made to police after the stabbing death of 13-year-old Nicole Lovell last year.

    The defense team for Keepers — who is charged with being an accessory to murder — has filed five motions in the Montgomery County Circuit Court. Four days of motions hearings began Tuesday.

  • Local women plan to attend march in D.C.

    While the Women’s March on Washington is being put together by national and state committees and groups, the event is being attended by plenty of lone individuals and small groups – like Toni Fowler of Galax and two of her friends.

    Fowler is a retired social worker in Carroll County who, along with Marian Goldwasser, a retired teacher living in Carroll County, and another friend who wished to remain unidentified, plan to drive up to the D.C. area on Friday night, attend the rally and march on Saturday, and then come back the same day.

  • Nonprofit live-streams committee hearings

    Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND — Ameratu Kamara unpacked her backpack and got to work early Friday morning.

    The only things she needed: a tripod, an iPod and Wi-Fi.

    Those are the tools of transparency.

    Within minutes, the junior criminal justice major and political science minor from Virginia Commonwealth University was prepared to do what the General Assembly has refused to do for years: video record, live-stream and archive a committee hearing.

  • Suspect tussles with officer after chase

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — A Hillsville man allegedly took police on a chase through icy streets and a yard on Jan. 8 before crashing his vehicle, fleeing on foot, hiding in a closet and then getting into a scuffle with the arresting officer.

    Eric Repass, 43, of 201 Weddle Street faces numerous charges, according to Hillsville Police Chief Wesley Yonce.

  • Four charged with thefts in Va., N.C.

    Copyright 2017, The Alleghany News

    Reprinted with permission

    SPARTA, N.C. — A drive-off at a gas station in Ennice started a winding road that led investigators to find stolen property from Galax, Va., and launch an investigation into other suspected criminal activity, according to Alleghany County Sheriff Bryan Maines.