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  • Fries fire investigated

    Staff Report

    FRIES — A structure fire is under investigation by the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, after Fries Volunteer Fire and Rescue responded to a home on Feb. 23.

    According to Fries Fire Chief Chad Stanley, the fire department was dispatched to 228 Green Valley Road, the home of Melissa Crigger, at approximately 4:03 a.m.

    On arrival, the crew “found heavy smoke showing from the structure, with fire on the basement steps,” said Stanley.

    Damage to the structure was estimated at $500, Stanley said.

  • APCo: wind could cause power outages

    Appalachian Power has issued a warning as it monitors a weather event with prolonged high winds. The winds could lead to power outages Thursday night through Friday morning in parts of the company’s Virginia and West Virginia service areas.

    Weather

  • Police investigate false report at CCHS

    HILLSVILLE — A false alarm sparked investigation shortly before 8 a.m. Wednesday, when 911 dispatch received an emergency call reporting a shooting at Carroll County High School (CCHS).

    Carroll County Sheriff’s Department deputies quickly reacted to the call, stationing personnel for preventative measures.

    After a cell phone trace, they were able to locate the caller for questioning.

  • Grayson opens sealed indictments

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Indictments against eight suspects have been unsealed in Grayson County.

    The suspects were indicted by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury that met in Independence on Jan. 26 and the charges sealed until arrests were made.

    Chad William Bourne, 27, who listed his address as River North Correctional Center in Independence, was indicted for a prisoner tampering within the correctional unit.

    Other indictments included:

  • Carroll takes action to collect taxes

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Board of Supervisors made progress with developing the budget for upcoming 2018-2019 fiscal year, by adopting a “hybrid” of two spending proposals presented Monday night and moving ahead with collecting more than $5 million in back taxes.

  • Li'l Country Store closing after four decades

    The owner of the Li’l Country Store on Pipers Gap Road has announced it will be closing down.

    The store has been locally owned and operated as a convenience stop in the community for 44 years as of March 1, according to owner Nancy Parks.

    The store is well known for its wide variety of inventory, ranging from groceries to tools and appliances. Alongside convenience items, the store also has a deli that serves sandwiches, beverages and other foods.

  • Rally will focus on gun violence, legal reform

    HILLSVILLE — Local churches are organizing a peace rally and walk Sunday to honor recent victims of gun violence and to support sensible gun reform.

    The Rev. Kevin Campbell of Hillsville Presbyterian Church and the Rev. Amanda Moore of Hillsville Christian Church are two of the event’s organizers.

  • Eisenhauer sentencing hearing postponed

    Staff Report

    CHRISTIANSBURG — A judge has granted a defense motion to postpone a sentencing hearing for David Eisenhauer, found guilty earlier this month of murdering 13-year-old Nicole Lovell.

    Eisenhauer, who is from Maryland but listed Galax as his home address to claim in-state tuition, pleaded no contest to killing the teen in 2016 and hiding her body in Surry County, N.C., just south of the Grayson County line. He could face life in prison for those crimes, plus abduction.

  • Smokehouse changing hands, but not menu

    The Galax Smokehouse’s 15th anniversary is Wednesday, and along with lots of fond memories comes a surprise: the popular downtown institution has changed hands.

    Partners Ron Passmore and Dan Milby, who started and have maintained the restaurant for a decade and a half, have passed it on to managers Bernadette Hodges and Casey Dawkins.

    “It hasn’t been an emotionless decision,” said Milby, visibly misting up; but they’re ready to move on to a new phase, he said.

  • City moving forward with GES project

    A loan will pay for the first phase of an expansion and remodeling project at Galax Elementary, after city council took action to approve a bond ordinance.

    At their December meeting, council members learned that the city had been approved for a project loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

    In January, the city began the process of securing a bridge loan to use as working funds during the GES project’s construction. The USDA loan would then be used to pay off the bridge loan and serve as the loan’s mortgage.