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  • Grayson will pay for teacher raises

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Although the state didn’t come across with its share, the Grayson County school system will still give employees a 2 percent raise as promised.

    Division Superintendent Kelly Wilmore told the Grayson County School Board at its Nov. 14 meeting night that the school system worked hard to absorb the once-promised $84,000 from the state in the current budget.

    He thanked Ted Phillips, director of finance, for helping to rework the budget and come up with the funds for the raise.

  • Opioid addiction a state, local crisis

    Landmark News Service and Staff Reports

    RICHMOND – The state health commissioner has declared the Virginia opioid addiction crisis a public health emergency.

    The declaration comes in response to the growing number of overdoses attributed to the use of opioid painkillers, and evidence that Carfentanil, a highly dangerous synthetic opioid used to sedate large animals such as elephants, has made its way into Virginia.

  • Grayson issues burning ban due to dry conditions

    INDEPENDENCE ― Grayson County has declared a local emergency, issuing a burning ban that will remain in place until further notice.

    In a news release from the county administration office, the emergency ban was declared in response to significant fire hazard conditions throughout the county.

    “This ban is the result of extremely dry conditions, with no rainfall predicted for weeks,” the release said.

  • Carroll names top teachers for 2016

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County has announced the finalists for 2016 Teacher of the Year. Recognized at the November regular monthly meeting of the Carroll County Board of Supervisors, 10 teachers were nominated, one from each school in the county. The winner will be announced at the board’s December meeting.

    The teachers included in this year’s list range in specialties and experience and all have shown dedication to their students throughout their different methods of teaching.

    Nominated teachers include:

  • Grayson initiative promotes vocational education

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors recently held a special meeting at the Grayson County High School’s Career and Technical Education Center to discuss potential programs that could assist in workforce development and job opportunities for students.

  • Woman stabbed in Hillsville

    Staff Reports

    HILLSVILLE – A Galax woman has been hospitalized and a man is in custody following a stabbing that occurred in Hillsville on Tuesday night.

    According to a news release from Hillsville Police Chief Wesley Yonce, officers were dispatched at approximately 10:15 p.m. on Nov. 22 to Apartment #6 at 843 West Stuart Drive for a possible stabbing.

  • Audit: Virginia vulnerable to fraud

    Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND —Mismanagement and lax oversight at the state’s primary agency for spurring business expansion have left Virginia vulnerable to fraud for more than two decades, according to an audit released this month.

  • Wind downs power line, causing fire

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a power line down and transformer on fire at 1163 Edmonds Road on Nov. 20 at 9:10 p.m.

    “The major concern with the wind was the potential for this to start a brush fire,” explained Galax Fire Capt. Mike Ayers. “While en route, dispatch notified members that they had received a second call for another line down across the road on a vehicle. Members put out a small grass fire started from one of the lines and isolated the areas until AEP arrived.”

  • Court opens five sealed indictments

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Sealed indictments have been opened charging five Grayson County residents.

    The indictments were sealed by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury that met Oct. 28. They were opened after warrants were served on those named. Indictments included:

    • John Terry Kelly, 64, of Independence, one count of possession of ammunition after having been convicted of a felony.

  • Galax could connect to natural gas service

    With the recent purchase of Carroll County’s natural gas system by a private company, the City of Galax is poised to benefit from the utility’s expansion.

    City Manager Keith Barker informed Galax City Council at its Nov. 14 meeting that he had spoken to John Ebert of Appalachian Natural Gas.

    “It’s been about a year since ANG purchased the Carroll County system,” said Barker. “And with that, we’re awarded the rights to bring natural gas to Galax and Grayson County, with a five-year sunset clause on that agreement.”