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  • Fuller Center to host wall build

    HILLSVILLE - The Fuller Center of Housing - Greater Carroll County Area, in cooperation with Crossroads Missions, will host a first-ever "Wall Build" event on May 2. Beginning at 8 a.m., volunteers will gather in the Hillsville VFW building, where they will build nearly 60 walls for a local home in just a few hours.

  • Oakland students receive fire safety training

    Oakland Elementary School students received fire safety training from members of the Galax Volunteer Fire Department. Firefighters spent the day teaching students all aspects of fire safety.

    Each homeroom toured the fire department’s mobile command center and prevention unit, and students saw a demonstration of firefighter safety gear and a pumper truck. Each student participated in a simulated fire and escape from the mobile unit.

    The students were given homework to discuss a family plan with their parents.

  • Supervisor to run for school board

    INDEPENDENCE — John Brewer announced on Tuesday that he will not seek re-election to the Providence District seat on the Grayson County Board of Supervisors. Instead, he intends to run for the at-large seat on the Grayson County School Board in the Nov. 3 election.

    Gary Burris, who holds the at-large seat on the school board now, has not yet filed to seek re-election.

  • Police: dangers lurking online

    HILLSVILLE — It was just a harmless chat with a nice kid, or at least that’s what Danielle thought when she met who she thought was a teenage boy online.

    Danielle didn’t have internet at home, but she routinely used her mother’s phone to call her friends when she got home from school. One day, she noticed that her mother’s phone company had added internet to her plan without her mother’s knowledge, so she took advantage of her phone time and signed into a social network.

  • Two charged in thefts from hotel room, vehicle

    On April 20, Galax police responded to the Knights Inn Motel on West Stuart Drive in the city, where a room had been forcibly entered and items taken from within.

    According to a report from the Galax Police Department, on the same day, officers received a report of a vehicle that had been entered and had items stolen from it while parked in the Knights Inn Motel lot.

  • Bolt to seek fourth term as Grayson commissioner

    INDEPENDENCE — Larry Bolt has announced his intentions to seek re-election as the Commissioner of the Revenue for Grayson County.

    Bolt has completed the necessary paperwork with the Grayson County Republican Party and plans to be the nominated candidate at the mass meeting on May 2, according to a news release.

  • Golf cart, lawn mower stolen from church

    A Galax woman and four juveniles are charged in connection with the theft of a golf cart and a riding lawnmower from a church.

    Brittany Walls, 19, has been charged with a series of offenses that occurred at the First Baptist Church of Galax. Four juveniles will be petitioned to appear in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court in connection with the offenses.

  • Man charged with intent to sell methamphetamine

    An Independence man was arrested April 17 on drug charges, according to a Galax Police Department report.

    Jackie Christopher Parsons, 37, was charged by Officer Drew Burnett, who encountered Parsons while trying to locate a person in an unrelated matter.

    Parsons is charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and possession of a Schedule IV drug.

    He was sent to the New River Valley Regional Jail on a secured bond, pending his appearance in Galax General District Court.

  • VDOT hears road work requests in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and the Carroll County Board of Supervisors held a joint public hearing on April 13, to receive public comments on the proposed secondary highway six-year plan for 2015-16 through 2020-21; as well as the secondary system construction budget for 2015-16.

  • Parks charged with shooting into home

    A Galax man is charged with shooting into an occupied dwelling and malicious wounding after an incident in Grayson County on April 14.

    Grayson County Sheriff’s Department investigators arrested Noah Parks, 18, of 112 Middleton Street in Galax, for shooting into an occupied residence, according to a report from Sheriff Richard Vaughan.

    The incident occurred at a mobile home on Carla Lane in the Fairview area at approximately 8:30 p.m.