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  • Galax receives grant for tourism marketing

    Staff Report

    Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced in September that the City of Galax received $6,666.50 from the Virginia Tourism Corporation Marketing Leverage Program grant fund.

    The city specifically will use the grant for its “Galax: Small Town, Big Adventures” marketing initiative.

  • Shearin seeks Wilson District seat

    Betsy Shearin has joined the race for the Wilson District seat on the Grayson County School Board in this year’s general election.

    Shearin is challenged by Rick Sage for the spot. School board candidates are all independents.

    The winner will fill the seat vacated by Shannon Holdaway, who announced earlier this year that he will not seek another term.

  • Board renews superintendent's contract

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County school superintendent Kelly Wilmore received a new four-year contact at last Monday night’s meeting of the Grayson County School Board.

    Board Member Shannon Holdaway made the motion to “approve the resolution for Mr. Wilmore’s contract as presented. Randy Shinault seconded the motion, which was approved by a unanimous vote.

    Wilmore was appointed superintendent on Dec. 1, 2015. The new contract will run from July 1, 2018 to July 2, 2022.

  • Eisenhauer murder trial delayed

    Staff Report

    CHRISTIANSBURG — Defense attorneys for David Eisenhauer, who is accused of killing a 13-year-old girl in 2016, say they need more time to analyze text messages and other data before he stands trial for first-degree murder.

    Eisenhauer, 20 — a former Virginia Tech student from Columbia, Md. — also is charged with concealing a body and abduction in the death of Blacksburg teen Nicole Lovell.

  • Governor to announce economic development project in Hillsville

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Virginia Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Dr. Basil Gooden will be in Hillsville on Oct. 19 for an economic development announcement.

    On Thursday, the Carroll County Board of Supervisors sent out invitations to the event in the county’s industrial park.

    The county provided no other details about what the announcement will involve, though the address of the event, 227 Industrial Park Drive, is the site of Virginia Produce Co.

    The announcement is set for 1 p.m.

  • Hillsville receives federal grants

    HILLSVILLE — Two federal grants from USDA Rural Development will help Hillsville fight crime and keep streets clear.

    At the Sept. 25 meeting, Town Manager Retta Jackson told members of Hillsville Town Council that a $23,100 grant will pay for two new police cars and a $20,800 grant will pay for snow removal equipment.

    Also at the meeting, council approved an amendment to a town ordinance regulating vendor licenses.

  • Hotline gives teens a place to turn

    Teens often feel alone and misunderstood, even when they have a loving family. For those with no one to lean on, growing up can be even tougher.

    PUSH Ministries in Galax is giving teens a place to turn with its new Teen Talk hotline.

    Jill Burcham of PUSH talked to members of the Galax School Board about the organization’s hotline at their Sept. 12 meeting.

  • Brown to serve 12 years for child porn

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE – A Hillsville man who pleaded guilty to 12 counts of possessing child pornography will spend one year in prison for each crime, followed by a decade of probation.

    The case is one of three brought to a Carroll County grand jury through the efforts of a Hillsville police detective and the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

  • Long sentenced for arson, burglary, extortion

    INDEPENDENCE — Roby Long of Independence, charged last December in a suspicious fire on Greenville Road, has pleaded guilty to a number of charges in Grayson County Circuit Court.

    In July, Long entered a plea of guilty for charges of arson, destruction of property, burglary and extortion. According to the court, he was sentenced on the same day for all four convictions.

  • Galax could add site for recycling

    The City of Galax will continue working on a project that would give citizens a place to bring materials for recycling.

    City Manager Keith Barker said at the Sept. 11 meeting of Galax City Council that “We have had some interest from citizens in recycling. We were looking at recycling some trash downtown,” but he did not know where that would be held.