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  • Bill lets women get 1 year of birth control

    Capital News Service

    RICHMOND - The Virginia General Assembly has passed legislation allowing pharmacists to provide women a full year of birth control pills at once if prescribed by a doctor.

    HB 2267, sponsored by Del. Eileen Filler-Corn (D-Springfield) and titled the Birth Control Access Act, has been sent to Gov. Terry McAuliffe to be signed into law.

    Women’s rights activists praised the measure’s passage. Many insurance policies currently limit women to a 90-day supply of birth control pills.

  • Galax, Grayson to collect hazardous waste Saturday

    Staff Report

    Grayson County Public Works and the City of Galax will also host a Household Hazardous Waste Collection and Personal Document Shredding on April 1.

    Event hours are 8 a.m.-noon at the Galax Public Works Department (300 Fair Street, Galax); and 1-4 p.m. at the Grayson County Public Works Department (1216 N. Independence Ave.).

  • Seats up for election in November

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – So far, no one has filed their candidacy for seats open in the Nov. 7 general election in Grayson County.

    The school board and board of supervisors seats are both up for election in the Wilson and Elk Creek districts.

    Brenda Sutherland is the Elk Creek District representative on the board of supervisors and Glen Rosenbaum represents the Wilson District.

    For school board, Fred Weatherman now represents the Elk Creek District while Shannon Holdaway represents the Wilson District.

  • Fugitive in custody, missing girl found safe

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — A teen runaway from Galax is back home and the male fugitive she was with is in custody after a police chase in North Carolina that resulted in several charges.

    Wyndom Taylor Thornton, 23, of Galax, was arrested March 25 by the North Carolina Highway Patrol.

  • Paid service considered for fire coverage

    INDEPENDENCE ― A fire department in the western end of Grayson County is asking for help in forming a paid service.

    At the March meeting of the Grayson Board of Supervisors, Mount Rogers Rescue Squad Capt. James Hayes discussed a potential partnership with neighboring counties, to provide better response services to the Whitetop community.

  • GES plans proceed, despite objection

    Galax City Council will allow the school board to forge ahead with plans to expand Galax Elementary, despite strenuous objection by Council Member Ches Helmick, who voted against it and raised numerous concerns regarding the project’s effects on taxes.

    At the Feb. 27 meeting, Helmick suggested postponing a decision on the proposed $17 million expansion, which would likely require the city to refinance debt and raise the tax levy to pay for it.

  • Car hits home of chief's parents

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — A New York driver was charged with reckless driving and other offenses on March 22, after reportedly fleeing police at a traffic stop and leading a chase into Hillsville.

    The chase ended when the driver crashed into an outbuilding, followed by a neighboring house belonging to Don and Glenda Yonce — Hillsville Police Chief Wesley Yonce’s parents.

  • Grayson looks at changes to property sales

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County Treasurer Kelly Haga returned to the Board of Supervisors this month to finalize discussions on the county’s policy of putting real estate up for auction.

    Following a discussion between Haga and the supervisors, the board passed a new ordinance to shorten the time frame from five years of delinquency to three years — two years after properties become delinquent, plus an additional year after a lien has been placed.

  • No evidence of widespread voter fraud in Virginia

    Landmark News Service

    Can someone who isn’t an American citizen illegally register and vote in Virginia’s elections? Yes.

    Can a felon whose rights haven’t been restored vote undetected in Virginia? Yes.

    Can someone be registered to vote in Virginia and another state and illegally cast ballots in both places? Yes.

    State and local election officials acknowledge all those crimes can happen in the Old Dominion because the state’s voter rolls aren’t airtight.

  • Child injured in accidental shooting

    Staff Report

    CANA – A Carroll County girl was shot on Tuesday evening and the incident is currently under investigation.

    According to a news release from Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner, deputies were called to a residence in the 8000 block of Wards Gap Road in Cana on March 21 at 10:06 p.m. for a reported accidental gunshot.

    Deputy Jake Worrell responded to the scene and found a 9-year-old female that had been shot through the right arm. The child also appeared to have injuries to her left hand, the release said.