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  • Two charged after traffic stop turns up drugs

    Two men face drug charges after traffic stops that occurred on Feb. 28 and March 1 in Galax.

    On Saturday, Jeffery D. Ray, 44, of Galax, was stopped by Sgt. Shawny Jones for an equipment violation. “It was determined that Ray’s privilege to drive had been suspended and that it was the second time he had been stopped that day for the same violation,” according to a report from the Galax Police Department.

    While Ray’s vehicle was being inventoried prior to towing, a quantity of marijuana and suspected methamphetamine was discovered.

  • Goad to announce candidacy

    HILLSVILLE — Gerald Goad will announce his candidacy for Clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Historic Carroll County Courthouse on Main Street in Hillsville.

    Goad is an online academic advisor at Wytheville Community College. He studied business and industry training at Old Dominion University, and also attended Wytheville Community College and Virginia Tech.

    If elected, Goad would fill the seat vacated by Carolyn Honeycutt, who announced her retirement earlier this year.

  • Oak Hall bringing 100 jobs to Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — Oak Hall Cap & Gown, a manufacturer of academic, judicial and religious apparel, will invest $1.2 million to establish a textile manufacturing operation in Independence.

    The company will renovate and up-fit an existing 85,000-square-foot facility — the old Robertshaw Controls building at 607 W. Main Street — and create 100 new jobs.

  • Two arrested for drug violations

    Two Galax men have been arrested and charged with violations of the Drug Control Act after a traffic stop on Feb. 25.

    According to a report from the Galax Police Department, Officer Drew Burnett stopped a vehicle driven by Michael Logan Weyant, 20, for operating without headlights. Burnett’s observations and investigation resulted in the recovery of suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, the report said.

  • Bill would have allowed prayer at government meetings

    RICHMOND — A Virginia Senate committee narrowly rejected a measure to authorize public prayers at government meetings — a common practice at town and city council, school board and county supervisors’ meetings in the Twin Counties.

    The Senate General Laws and Technology Committee killed the measure on an 8-7 vote.

  • 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.