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  • Seven hurt in wreck on interstate

    HILLSVILLE – The Virginia State Police are investigating an accident that involved multiple vehicles on Interstate 77 on Nov. 30. The accident resulted in seven injuries, although only five individuals accepted treatment.

    According to reports from state police, Trooper S.M. Cochran responded to an accident at 4:59 p.m. on I-77 in Carroll County. Cochran stated that a 2013 Dodge Charger was traveling northbound on the interstate when the accident occurred about 0.1 mile north of the Route 148 (Chances Creek Road) overpass. This location was around the 8.3-mile marker.

  • Woman charged for false report of armed robbery

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE – A Hillsville woman faces charges of embezzlement and obstruction of justice after allegedly calling in a report of a fake robbery.

    The incident occurred Sunday evening at a convenience store in Hillsville.

  • Vaughan requests recount

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Philip Vaughan of Fries, who finished a close second in the special election held Nov. 8 for the at-large seat on the Grayson County School Board, has filed a petition with the Grayson County Circuit Court asking for a recount of the votes.

    Vaughan lost to Tracy “Zeke” Anderson by two votes.

  • Roof was occupants' only escape from fire

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department rescued three occupants of an Oak Street residence — two adults and a child — who were trapped on a porch roof after climbing outside to escape a fire at the rear of their house on Monday morning.

    Two others escaped through the front door, and two through a bedroom window.

    Firefighters used ladders to help the people down from the roof. All seven occupants – four children from ages 6 to 14 and three adults – were safe and accounted for, though a dog perished in the incident.

  • Firefighters battle roof blaze at business

    A flue fire at Truck Services Enterprises Inc. in Galax on Monday a little after 5 p.m. left no damage or injuries, according to Capt. Mike Ayers of the Galax Volunteer Fire Department.

    The problem was caused when a waste oil furnace “happened to malfunction just a little bit, and it caused a bit of a flue fire,” said Ayers. “A stovepipe got so hot it actually lit a little bit of the roof.”

    Along with extinguishing it, firefighters cut off the furnace and employees of the business stayed to make sure there were no further problems.

  • 'Save Our Towns' series focuses on Fries

    FRIES — The Town of Fries was recently chronicled in an episode of “Save Our Towns,” an award-winning web series that explores the history of various towns in Appalachia.

    An outreach project launched by Virginia Tech, “Save Our Towns” episodes explore these areas in “reality show” segments. It is produced by Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, and is now in its third year of production.

  • New I-77 signs warn drivers of danger

    FANCY GAP – Motorists will see a new type of speed limit sign on Interstate 77 in the Fancy Gap area of Carroll County, which will allow for speed limits to be changed based on reduced visibility conditions.

    The signs will be placed between the 0 and 15 mile markers — an area where high winds and heavy fog have caused numerous crashes, some fatal — and will allow speed limits to be lowered below 65 mph when weather conditions reduce visibility.

  • Two injured in 3-vehicle crash in Woodlawn

    WOODLAWN – A man faces multiple charges, including driving under the influence, after a three-vehicle accident on Nov. 27. The wreck occurred on Airport Road in Carroll County.

    According to a report from Trooper C.M. Delp with the Virginia State Police, authorities were notified of a motor vehicle accident at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 27. The accident had taken place on Route 743 (Airport Road), about one-tenth of a mile north of Route 958 (Witts End Road) in Woodlawn.

  • Improvement projects underway in Grayson schools

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County Division School Superintendent Kelly Wilmore told the school board at its Nov. 14 meeting that work is underway on the 2017-2018 school budget, and warned members to expect it to be “tight.”

    Wilmore said he was looking at ways to save money and to update school buildings.

  • Gift establishes scholarship for technical skills

    When Anne Vaughan of Galax had trouble finding a plumber and a bricklayer, she realized that the area needs a workforce trained in technical skills.

    She decided to do something about that, by donating $200,000 to Wytheville Community College for a new scholarship.

    Vaughan, widow of the late John Vaughan of Vaughan Furniture, presented the gift in a public announcement held at the Crossroads Institute last week.