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  • Hillsville wants to treat Exit 14 wastewater

    HILLSVILLE — To avoid the strain of higher water and sewer costs for town citizens, Hillsville officials are discussing options with the Carroll County Public Service Authority (PSA) to bring additional wastewater through the town’s plant in order to maximize use and prevent a potential price hike.

    Travis Jackson, a consultant for the town, along with Mayor Greg Crowder and Town Manager Retta Jackson, approached the Carroll PSA at its April 13 meeting, and requested specifically that the town treat wastewater flow from Interstate 77’s busy Exit 14.

  • Hash running for Providence supervisor seat

    INDEPENDENCE — Michael Hash has announced that he will seek the Republican nomination for the Providence District seat on the Grayson County Board of Supervisors.

    “I understand the needs of our community,” said Hash in a news release. “I am always looking for ways to serve my community and I am very excited about the opportunity to serve the residents of my districts.”

    John Brewer, who holds the Providence seat now, has said he will not seek re-election. Instead, he is running for a school board seat.

  • Meet the vendors at farmers' market

    These profiles of vendors at the Independence Farmers Market were submitted by market manager Michelle Pridgen.

    INDEPENDENCE — If you have been to the Independence Farmers Market in Independence Town Park, you may have noticed a booth with a large “Grayson LandCare” banner behind it, potted plants in front, and a very friendly woman in between. Kathy Cole, newly-elected president of Grayson LandCare Inc., has set up a fund-raising booth for the past three years.

  • Accountant charged with bank fraud

    UPDATED 4/28/15:

    ABINGDON — Robert Donald Morgan III is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on May 13 in federal court, after being charged with one count of bank fraud, according to police reports.

  • Sheriff cautioned school of potential danger

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — A 2012 incident in Grayson County schools still causes concern for many parents, and a letter obtained by a citizens’ group shows those concerns were shared by the sheriff’s office, as well.

    The situation involved a Grayson County High School student who allegedly made a “homicidal threat” to another student and was reportedly seen with a knife at school, according to a letter from Sheriff Richard Vaughan to Grayson Schools Superintendent Kevin Chalfant on Nov. 8, 2012.

  • 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.