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  • Branch to update community on U.S. 58 project

    LAUREL FORK — Branch Highways, the contractor for the U.S. 58 widening project, will hold an information session for the Laurel Fork community on March 4.

    Pete Copes, Branch’s Construction Manager on the project, will speak at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Laurel Fork Community Center, according to Frances Tobler of the Senior Citizens Group of Laurel Fork, sponsor of the meeting.

  • Group raising awareness about Multiple Sclerosis

    HILLSVILLE — Town council has approved a resolution declaring March as Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Awareness month for Hillsville.

    Town council members approved the declaration at their Tuesday meeting, after they were visited by Twin County MS Support Group members Regina Dalton, Dalton’s daughter Autumn Stanley, Karen Walker and Arlene Monteith.

  • Four charged in three drug-related incidents

    Four people were arrested for various charges during a drug-related investigation by the Galax Police Department on Feb. 21.

    Two Galax residents were arrested and charged with possession of narcotics after the execution of a search warrant at Glendale Apartments.

    Misty Rena Urbina, 33, and William Bradley Earp, 23, both of Galax, were both charged with possession of marijuana, possession of morphine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Gov. signs bill freezing utility rates and reviews

    Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed a bill Feb. 24 that halts the state’s ability to review and adjust base electricity rates for utilities in Virginia while keeping rates frozen.

    The bill, sponsored by state Sen. Frank Wagner, R-Virginia Beach, ends the State Corporation Commission’s ability during the five-year period to determine whether energy giants such as Appalachian Power and Dominion Power earned more than a fair profit and to order refunds to consumers.

  • Sex offender bill passes legislature

    Del. Jeff Campbell announced a week of progress in the General Assembly, including passage of a bill requiring sex offenders to provide public notice if planning to come on school property.

    Campbell’s 6th District includes part of Carroll County.

  • APCO customers to see 4 percent drop in average bills

    ROANOKE – Appalachian Power Company (APCO) announced Thursday that residential customers in Virginia will see a decrease of about 4 percent in their total electric bills beginning this month. The decrease is the result of the reduction or expiration of three Rate Adjustment Clauses (RACs).

  • State police field 801 calls during snowstorm

    RICHMOND - Since midnight Tuesday, Virginia State Police troopers and dispatchers statewide have fielded 801 calls for service statewide.

    During the period statewide, Virginia troopers responded to 238 traffic crashes and 191 disabled vehicles. The majority of the crashes involved damaged vehicles only. There have no reported traffic fatalities.

    Between midnight and 8 a.m. on Tuesday, the VSP Division IV office in Wytheville — which covers Galax, Carroll and Grayson — answered 78 total calls for service, including 15 crashes and 33 disabled vehicles.

  • S.C. man charged with car theft, break-in

    HILLSVILLE — A South Carolina man was arrested Feb. 21 after local authorities responded two related incidents, involving the theft of a vehicle from one residence and the breaking and entering of another home that same day.

    Police said the man allegedly stole a car the owner left running in his driveway, then broke into a house and was found in the bathroom dyeing his hair.

  • Grayson's finances get A+ in audit

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County’s annual audit revealed a continued upward trend of stability for a county once on the brink of a major financial crisis.

    The turnaround hasn’t been easy – and tax rates once the lowest in the state are now more on par with other localities – but through tight spending and adjusted tax rates, the county now has a healthy fund balance in place.

    Deanna Cox and Scott Wickham of Robinson, Farmer, Cox Associates provided the annual audit report to county supervisors during their regular meeting this month.

  • Fire leaves Hillsville man homeless

    HILLSVILLE — A fire in Hillsville left a resident homeless early Sunday morning.

    Galax Fire Department responded at 1:59 a.m. to assist the Hillsville Volunteer Fire Department at 1570 Old Galax Pike, a cinderblock house with additions built on.

    According to Hillsville Unit 1 Chief Donnie Spangler, a neighbor reported the fire. The resident took refuge in his car.

    “We don’t really know how it started,” said Spangler. “Everybody was out.”