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  • Firefighters battle roof blaze at business

    A flue fire at Truck Services Enterprises Inc. in Galax on Monday a little after 5 p.m. left no damage or injuries, according to Capt. Mike Ayers of the Galax Volunteer Fire Department.

    The problem was caused when a waste oil furnace “happened to malfunction just a little bit, and it caused a bit of a flue fire,” said Ayers. “A stovepipe got so hot it actually lit a little bit of the roof.”

    Along with extinguishing it, firefighters cut off the furnace and employees of the business stayed to make sure there were no further problems.

  • 'Save Our Towns' series focuses on Fries

    FRIES — The Town of Fries was recently chronicled in an episode of “Save Our Towns,” an award-winning web series that explores the history of various towns in Appalachia.

    An outreach project launched by Virginia Tech, “Save Our Towns” episodes explore these areas in “reality show” segments. It is produced by Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, and is now in its third year of production.

  • New I-77 signs warn drivers of danger

    FANCY GAP – Motorists will see a new type of speed limit sign on Interstate 77 in the Fancy Gap area of Carroll County, which will allow for speed limits to be changed based on reduced visibility conditions.

    The signs will be placed between the 0 and 15 mile markers — an area where high winds and heavy fog have caused numerous crashes, some fatal — and will allow speed limits to be lowered below 65 mph when weather conditions reduce visibility.

  • Two injured in 3-vehicle crash in Woodlawn

    WOODLAWN – A man faces multiple charges, including driving under the influence, after a three-vehicle accident on Nov. 27. The wreck occurred on Airport Road in Carroll County.

    According to a report from Trooper C.M. Delp with the Virginia State Police, authorities were notified of a motor vehicle accident at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 27. The accident had taken place on Route 743 (Airport Road), about one-tenth of a mile north of Route 958 (Witts End Road) in Woodlawn.

  • Improvement projects underway in Grayson schools

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County Division School Superintendent Kelly Wilmore told the school board at its Nov. 14 meeting that work is underway on the 2017-2018 school budget, and warned members to expect it to be “tight.”

    Wilmore said he was looking at ways to save money and to update school buildings.

  • Gift establishes scholarship for technical skills

    When Anne Vaughan of Galax had trouble finding a plumber and a bricklayer, she realized that the area needs a workforce trained in technical skills.

    She decided to do something about that, by donating $200,000 to Wytheville Community College for a new scholarship.

    Vaughan, widow of the late John Vaughan of Vaughan Furniture, presented the gift in a public announcement held at the Crossroads Institute last week.

  • Suspect captured, charged with abduction and robbery

    INDEPENDENCE — The second suspect in an armed robbery and abduction was captured Nov. 29 in Carroll County.

    According to a news release from the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, David Alan Rutherford has been charged with armed robbery, abduction by force, possession of a firearm by a felon and use of a firearm in commission of a felony.

  • Carroll recognizes students, teachers

    HILLSVILLE – Many special recognitions and accomplishments were praised at the November meeting of the Carroll County School Board. In addition to announcing the county’s finalists for 2016 Teacher of the Year, several other teachers and students were recognized and presented special projects they had done.

    An update was also provided on the AmeriCorps tutoring program in Carroll County schools. Tonyia Gibson, AmeriCorps Director, oversees 32 AmeriCorps tutors for Carroll County and 13 tutors in Floyd County.

  • Galax Community Food Fund drive underway

    Staff Report

    It’s that time of year when the community comes together to give from the heart and pack and deliver boxes of blessings to folks less fortunate in our area.

    The Community Christmas Food Fund is underway, raising money for 550 families in need to receive two large boxes of staple foods that will help them through a difficult time of year.

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department is facilitating this community project, but firefighters stress that it’s the community that actually makes the effort a reality.

  • Cecil Adams remembered for pride in hometown

    INDEPENDENCE — Cecil W. Adams, an Independence native and a former member of the Independence Town Council, died Nov. 12 at age 91.

    Adams served as a member of the town council multiple times throughout his life. He also served his country in the U.S. Army.

    As a citizen, Adams devoted countless hours of care and service to the town of Independence, in big and small ways.