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  • Carroll could tap N.C. source for Cana water

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Public Service Authority took steps at its meeting Dec. 12 to try to secure a better water supply for the Meadowbrook community in Cana.

    One idea to get more water for the area was to hook onto the Mount Airy, N.C., system.

    Board Member Keith Meredith said the area needed a constant force of water and felt hooking onto the Mount Airy system would help alleviate the problem.

  • CCHS to receive security upgrades

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Public Service Authority took steps at its meeting Dec. 12 to try to secure a better water supply for the Meadowbrook community in Cana.

    One idea to get more water for the area was to hook onto the Mount Airy, N.C., system.

    Board Member Keith Meredith said the area needed a constant force of water and felt hooking onto the Mount Airy system would help alleviate the problem.

  • Two charged with felonies

    Staff Reports

    According to a report issued by the Galax Police Department, felony arrests last week included a drug violation and shoplifting.

    Amy Michelle Bobbitt Huff, 36, of Galax, was arrested Dec. 14 by Officer Darrin Alley and charged with felony possession of Schedule I or II drugs.

    Huff was charged by Alley after a traffic stop, said Chief Rick Clark. “Based on his observations Alley conducted a consent search of a vehicle and discovered a quantity of suspected methamphetamine.”

  • Give wisely this holiday season

    Staff Reports

    From collection kettles to toy drives to end-of-the-year tax deductions, the spirit of the holidays means giving to favorite causes and to those less fortunate. American charities receive one-third of their annual donations during the holiday season.

  • Cardiac, diabetic patients have new rehab option

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll Wellness Center has implemented two rehabilitation programs over the course of 2016 and has seen great success with both. The programs focus on diabetic and cardiac rehabilitation and are working collaborations between CWC trainers and a patient’s physician.

    The trainers involved with the program at CWC, Carrie Phipps and Beth King, are both certified in rehabilitation and are seeing around 30 patients a week.

    They see that the program is growing.

  • Sexual assault investigation leads to arrest

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — A suspect has been arrested as the result of an investigation involving the sexual assault of a minor, according to a news release from the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Supervisors to interview administrator candidates

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors will continue its December meeting in the boardroom of the Grayson County Courthouse on Dec. 20 at 11 a.m.; and Dec. 21 at noon.

    The board will convene in closed session on both dates to conduct interviews for the position of county administrator.

  • McCraw won't seek re-election due to health

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – Fancy Gap District Supervisor Phil McCraw made a surprise announcement at Monday night’s Carroll County Board of Supervisors meeting when he said he would not seek re-election.

    McCraw, who was elected in 2012, said he is suffering from Multiple Sclerosis and, because of his health issues, would not seek re-election next year.

  • Hope House wants to buy women's shelter

    The Galax Hope House, having purchased its own main facility for homeless men, now turns its sights to its other project — a women’s shelter, with a pricetag of $30,000.

    Word of the shelter’s existence has been by necessity somewhat muted. Hope House keeps its location unmentioned, as so often women in need of its services also need a safe, secluded harbor from abusive partners or family who may be trying to locate them.

  • Suspect charged for fire threat

    Staff Reports

    INDEPENDENCE — A suspect has been arrested in the case of a suspicious fire on Greenville Road, according to Chief Deputy David Ashby of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office.

    The fire was reported on Dec. 8 at around 2:40 a.m.

    Roby Long, 23, of Independence, was arrested the following day at a residence on Hilltop Drive in Independence by two Virginia State Police special agents and a trooper.