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  • Crossroads to host eclipse viewing party

    Staff Report

    Things will be looking up at Wytheville Community College on Monday.

    Actually, people will be looking up — at the solar eclipse that will be visible from the Twin Counties that afternoon.

    WCC will hold solar eclipse viewing parties at all three campuses (Wytheville, Marion and The Crossroads Institute in Galax) from 2-3 p.m.

    There will be eclipse ice cream and projection viewers at each location.

  • Free clinic to hold 25th anniversary open house

    The Free Clinic of the Twin Counties is hosting a 25th Anniversary Open House this Saturday from 5-7 p.m., according to Director Melissa Dill.

    The event will involve raffles, refreshments and live music, and will hopefully serve as a fundraiser to garner donations for the clinic, as well, said Dill.

    The Free Clinic of the Twin Counties was founded 25 years ago by Dr. Ohlen Wilson and Dr. Robert Pryor, along with members of the First Baptist Church of Galax, to give those who could not otherwise afford medical care a chance at professional treatment and service.

  • New GCHS sign displays events, temp, time

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Something new has been added at Grayson County High School in recent days – a LED sign.

    The Town of Independence and Grayson County School System joined efforts to pay for the sign.

    The sign is located on Main Street and provides a place to display events for the school and town. It also displays the time and temperature.

    The old sign required someone to change the block letters when an event was listed.

  • Grayson plans school renovations

    INDEPENDENCE — The county and school boards continued to clash over the school budget this month, when a request to approve funding for renovation projects at the high school was tabled, pending a presentation of the school’s five-year Capital Improvement Plan.

  • Eclipse Viewers Guide

    If you were a Viking viewing a solar eclipse in olden days, you might think the great wolf Fenrir was swallowing the sun, signaling the beginning of Ragnarok, the end of the world.

    Centuries later, if you were of a Puritan sect, you might have confessed your sins and begged forgiveness as the world plunged into darkness.

    Eclipses not only blot out the sun, but sometimes overshadow our common sense — but it’s not a superstition we left behind in the Dark Ages.

  • Carroll continues negotiations for buying N.C. water

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – Jessica Montgomery, executive director of the Carroll County Public Service Authority (PSA), told board members last Monday that the county is continuing to work with Mount Airy, N.C. to purchase bulk water for the Cana/Meadowview project.

    Montgomery, along with PSA board chairman William Payne, attended the July 20 meeting of the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners to discuss the possibility of increased bulk water purchases and rate negotiations.

  • EBT system down in Virginia

    From the Virginia Department of Social Services:

    The contractor that maintains EBT services for Virginia’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is experiencing multi-state service problems resulting in an EBT system outage as of Thursday morning.

    At this time, it is unknown when the system will be restored. Clients are encouraged to call (866) 281-2448 to check on the status of the system restoration.

  • Galax arrests include forgery, drug charges

    Staff Reports

    The Galax Police Department’s recent arrests included drug possession, forgery and a sexual offense that occurred at Walmart.

    David L. Glass, 19, of Galax, was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamines on Aug 7. Glass was charged by Officer John Reavis after a traffic stop, according to a police report.

  • Aggressive tax collections paying off

    HILLSVILLE – When the town began an aggressive effort to collect outstanding real estate and personal property taxes in April 2016, taxpayers owed Hillsville $184,000.

    Just over a year later, the town has collected 75 percent of the delinquent balance, said Hillsville Treasurer LeAnna Surratt. She reported on the progress of tax collection at Monday’s meeting of Hillsville Town Council.

    She said there is about $50,000 outstanding.

  • Local church taking stand against racism

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — After a violent confrontation between white supremacists and protestors resulted in one death and numerous injuries last weekend, a local church is planning a “Vigil for Peace and Justice” on Thursday night.