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  • 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.

  • Dog saved from burning building

    In an unexpected turn of events, man proved to be dog’s best friend in the course of a structure fire on Pipers Gap Road at 1:15 a.m. on Monday, when members of the Galax Volunteer Fire Department rescued a dog from a burning outbuilding.

    Firefighters arrived on scene to find a 500-square-foot detached garage with fire blowing out of the front and left sides. Two hoses were pulled from an engine to put the fire out.

  • Grayson will pay for teacher raises

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Although the state didn’t come across with its share, the Grayson County school system will still give employees a 2 percent raise as promised.

    Division Superintendent Kelly Wilmore told the Grayson County School Board at its Nov. 14 meeting night that the school system worked hard to absorb the once-promised $84,000 from the state in the current budget.

    He thanked Ted Phillips, director of finance, for helping to rework the budget and come up with the funds for the raise.

  • Opioid addiction a state, local crisis

    Landmark News Service and Staff Reports

    RICHMOND – The state health commissioner has declared the Virginia opioid addiction crisis a public health emergency.

    The declaration comes in response to the growing number of overdoses attributed to the use of opioid painkillers, and evidence that Carfentanil, a highly dangerous synthetic opioid used to sedate large animals such as elephants, has made its way into Virginia.

  • Grayson issues burning ban due to dry conditions

    INDEPENDENCE ― Grayson County has declared a local emergency, issuing a burning ban that will remain in place until further notice.

    In a news release from the county administration office, the emergency ban was declared in response to significant fire hazard conditions throughout the county.

    “This ban is the result of extremely dry conditions, with no rainfall predicted for weeks,” the release said.

  • Carroll names top teachers for 2016

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County has announced the finalists for 2016 Teacher of the Year. Recognized at the November regular monthly meeting of the Carroll County Board of Supervisors, 10 teachers were nominated, one from each school in the county. The winner will be announced at the board’s December meeting.

    The teachers included in this year’s list range in specialties and experience and all have shown dedication to their students throughout their different methods of teaching.

    Nominated teachers include:

  • Grayson initiative promotes vocational education

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors recently held a special meeting at the Grayson County High School’s Career and Technical Education Center to discuss potential programs that could assist in workforce development and job opportunities for students.