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  • Boatman challenges in Pipers Gap District

    Phillip Boatman Sr. is an independent candidate for the Pipers Gap District seat on the Carroll County Board of Supervisors in the Nov. 7 election.

    He is challenging incumbent Republican Dr. Tom Littrell.

    Boatman retired as postmaster of Hillsville in 1999 after more than 25 years, and served as a leader on the postmaster selection board. “[Former President] Ronald Reagan appointed me to my first office,” he said.

    Now, he has turned his attention to Carroll, which he believes could be served better through wiser spending and lower taxes.

  • Police: alleged arson result of domestic dispute

    INDEPENDENCE — David Christopher Rose, a Wythe County man charged with arson in connection with an apartment fire above the former Ogle’s Deli in Independence, has been scheduled for a bench trial instead of a jury trial.

    In Grayson County Circuit Court on Oct. 12, a judge approved a request from Rose’s attorney, R. Christopher Munique, to continue the case. Rose’s new trial date is Nov. 30, beginning at 9 a.m.

  • Attempted murder suspect to enter pleas

    HILLSVILLE — A Wytheville man indicted for 25 crimes related to police chase in Carroll County intends to enter pleas on at least some of those charges.

    Last week, Judge Brett Geisler postponed the plea hearing scheduled that day for Eric Sean Repass, 44, until Oct. 24. Among other things, he is charged with attempted capital murder of a police officer.

  • Galax receives grant for tourism marketing

    Staff Report

    Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced in September that the City of Galax received $6,666.50 from the Virginia Tourism Corporation Marketing Leverage Program grant fund.

    The city specifically will use the grant for its “Galax: Small Town, Big Adventures” marketing initiative.

  • Shearin seeks Wilson District seat

    Betsy Shearin has joined the race for the Wilson District seat on the Grayson County School Board in this year’s general election.

    Shearin is challenged by Rick Sage for the spot. School board candidates are all independents.

    The winner will fill the seat vacated by Shannon Holdaway, who announced earlier this year that he will not seek another term.

  • Board renews superintendent's contract

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County school superintendent Kelly Wilmore received a new four-year contact at last Monday night’s meeting of the Grayson County School Board.

    Board Member Shannon Holdaway made the motion to “approve the resolution for Mr. Wilmore’s contract as presented. Randy Shinault seconded the motion, which was approved by a unanimous vote.

    Wilmore was appointed superintendent on Dec. 1, 2015. The new contract will run from July 1, 2018 to July 2, 2022.

  • Eisenhauer murder trial delayed

    Staff Report

    CHRISTIANSBURG — Defense attorneys for David Eisenhauer, who is accused of killing a 13-year-old girl in 2016, say they need more time to analyze text messages and other data before he stands trial for first-degree murder.

    Eisenhauer, 20 — a former Virginia Tech student from Columbia, Md. — also is charged with concealing a body and abduction in the death of Blacksburg teen Nicole Lovell.

  • Governor to announce economic development project in Hillsville

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Virginia Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Dr. Basil Gooden will be in Hillsville on Oct. 19 for an economic development announcement.

    On Thursday, the Carroll County Board of Supervisors sent out invitations to the event in the county’s industrial park.

    The county provided no other details about what the announcement will involve, though the address of the event, 227 Industrial Park Drive, is the site of Virginia Produce Co.

    The announcement is set for 1 p.m.

  • Hillsville receives federal grants

    HILLSVILLE — Two federal grants from USDA Rural Development will help Hillsville fight crime and keep streets clear.

    At the Sept. 25 meeting, Town Manager Retta Jackson told members of Hillsville Town Council that a $23,100 grant will pay for two new police cars and a $20,800 grant will pay for snow removal equipment.

    Also at the meeting, council approved an amendment to a town ordinance regulating vendor licenses.

  • Hotline gives teens a place to turn

    Teens often feel alone and misunderstood, even when they have a loving family. For those with no one to lean on, growing up can be even tougher.

    PUSH Ministries in Galax is giving teens a place to turn with its new Teen Talk hotline.

    Jill Burcham of PUSH talked to members of the Galax School Board about the organization’s hotline at their Sept. 12 meeting.