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  • H.E.R.O. Day honors first responders

    Families mingled with local heroes last Saturday during the annual H.E.R.O. Day event in Hillsville.

    H.E.R.O. is an acronym for “Hearts Empowered to Rescue Others.” Held at the Carroll County Recreation Park, the day-long event gave the community an opportunity to meet and talk with first responders, examine their equipment and view demonstrations of training exercises and procedures that are used in real emergencies.

  • Carroll adds roads to six-year plan

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Board of Supervisors has approved five additional roads to receive upgrades through the county’s secondary highway six-year plan for 2015-16 through 2020-21.

    In April, the board announced that a draft was available to view for the Virginia Department of Transportation’s six-year plan. The working draft of the 2015-16 priority list included the surface treatment of 26 roads within the county, in addition to traffic services, engineering and survey costs.

  • Safe Routes program took city down a new path

    Safe Routes to School Coordinator Linda Mock recently updated Galax City Council regarding the program’s projects and announced her intention to leave the position.

    Mock has been in charge of the program since the city received a grant to create it a couple of years ago.

    Her assistant, Katie Osborne, will replace her, Mock said.

    Mock informed council in April that Safe Routes received a second grant of $41,000 this year to establish habits in kids that will help them create healthy lifestyles.

  • Lost plane found, no survivors

    UPDATE FROM VIRGINIA STATE POLICE:

    The wreckage of the missing aircraft has been located near Saltville, according to Virginia State Police. There were no survivors.

  • Wilson remembered as firefighter, former Galax mayor

    The late Glenn Graybill Wilson — city council member for nearly three decades, former Galax mayor, volunteer firefighter for more than half a century, ambulance driver, funeral director for more than 40 years and ice cream man — wore many hats in his lifetime.

    According to those who knew him, he wore every one of them while pursuing the continual betterment of Galax, but took plenty of time to laugh, too.

  • Suspect arrested in Citgo burglary, larceny

    A Galax man has been arrested and charged in connection with a burglary at Robert’s Citgo and Tire that was reported on May 12.

    According to a Galax Police Department report, the owner of Robert’s Citgo on South Main Street discovered that the business had been entered during the night when he opened for business on May 12. The owner reported the theft of U.S. currency and tools, and damage to property.

    During the investigation, police discovered that a business truck had been moved, driven and then returned to the business.

  • Democrats nominate Williams for Grayson clerk

    INDEPENDENCE — Robert “Bobby” Williams officially received the Democratic nomination to run for Grayson County Circuit Court Clerk at the party’s caucus in Independence on May 7.

    Williams is a lifelong resident of Grayson County and currently resides in Fairview. He is the son of Bobby and Louise Williams of Galax and is engaged to Kari Walls.

  • Grayson Republicans choose Brooks to challenge prosecutor

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Republican Committee has chosen a candidate to run for commonwealth’s attorney in the Nov. 3 election.

    Roger Brooks was nominated at the committee’s mass meeting on May 2 at the Independence Fire Station.

    Brooks will challenge independent incumbent Doug Vaught for the constitutional office.

    In addition to Brooks, the committee nominated Susan Herrington as a candidate for clerk of the circuit court and Larry Bolt for commissioner of revenue.

  • Republican primary ends two contests

    HILLSVILLE — Results are in for the Carroll County Republican Primary on May 16, which concluded two contested races for the party’s nominations this year.

    According to official numbers from the committee, Phil Hawks defeated Ronald Newman 610-576 in a tight race for the clerk of court nomination.

  • Newman, Hawks, seek Republican nomination

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Republican Primary on May 16 will feature two contested races, including a two-candidate race for circuit court clerk.

    Bradley “Phil” Hawks and Ronald L. Newman are both seeking nomination to represent the Republican party in the November general election. The winner of the primary will face James W. “Jay” McCraw, an independent, and Gerald R. Goad, a Democrat.