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  • Shelter closed due to disease outbreak

    The Galax-Carroll-Grayson Animal Shelter will be closed until July 27 due to an outbreak of parvovirus, according to City Manager Keith Barker.

    Parvo is a very contagious, life-threatening illness that affects dogs and cats.

    There are strains that can affect humans, but these are different from those that pets can catch and carry.

  • Ordinance would ban animals from events in Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE — After some citizens had bad encounters with animals, Hillsville is considering an ordinance banning all animals at town events.

    The ordinance would still allow service animals.

    Council Member Greg Yonce brought up the issue at the July 11 meeting, saying he had been contacted by citizens who wanted a “no dogs” ordinance for the town’s monthly classic car cruise-ins.

    “That pit bull with a logging chain on it scared a lot of people,” Yonce said, referring to an animal that was at the July cruise-in.

  • VDOT puts Carroll roads on project list

    The Commonwealth Transportation Board has added two new projects in Carroll County to the Virginia Department of Transportation’s six-year plan. These projects include U.S. 52 North spot improvements and Cranberry Road improvements.

  • Galax police report arrests

    Staff Reports

    According to a report issued by the Galax Police Department, arrests last week included drug and firearms violations and revocation of a suspended sentence.

    Karen Sue Hawks, 44, of Lowgap, N.C., was charged on July 15 by Sgt. Shawny Jones for two counts of possession or transportation of firearms or ammunition by a convicted felon. The arrest resulted from a traffic stop conducted by Jones.

  • 'Trespass' pot operations a growing problem

    Staff Reports

    The Virginia Farm Bureau and police in Southwest Virginia are urging farmers to be on the lookout for marijuana “trespass grows” on their property.

    Among rows of corn and between hay bales all over the region, growers are planting marijuana without the land owners’ knowledge.

  • Hearts United plans Galax peace vigil

    What started as a prayer vigil to bring together law enforcement and the black community in a show of unity during a turbulent time has grown into a movement.

    Encouraged by the turnout and the positive reaction to the Peace Prayer Vigil in Hillsville on July 10, Pastor Daniel Harrison of Elk Spur Church in Fancy Gap has launched Hearts United. The group is planning a similar unity vigil on Sunday in Galax.

  • River access closed at Byllesby Dam

    Staff Report

    Appalachian Power will close access to the New River at Byllesby Dam in Carroll County to allow for completion of construction work.

    According to a release from John Shepelwich, media contact for Appalachian Power, the Byllesby portage and public boat ramp on the New River will be closed effective immediately. The closure began on July 19.

  • Fallen tree blocks North Main in Galax

    A large chunk of the old maple tree planted at the Galax Farmers’ Market fell on Wednesday afternoon around 2:30 p.m., blocking traffic but causing no injury.

    Officer Jason Hawks of the Galax Police Department was on hand to secure the area until the city could cut up the wood and haul it away.

  • Carroll proposes utility rate increases

    At the July 11 Carroll County Public Service Authority meeting, the PSA set a public hearing on Sept. 12 to hear comments on increases to residential and commercial water and sewer rates.

    “If we do not raise our water rates to some level, we will not be eligible for grants,” said authority member Tom Littrell.

    The meeting will take place at the Carroll Board of Supervisors’ conference room on the second floor of the Carroll County Complex (the site of regular PSA meetings) at 3 p.m.

  • Six vehicles involved in interstate crash

    Staff Reports

    A six-vehicle accident at the 5 mile marker of Interstate 77 southbound on July 12 at 1:30 p.m. resulted in one man being transported for treatment with injuries and hefty damage to the vehicles, but no casualties, according to Virginia State Trooper J.A. Vaughan.