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  • Few incumbents filing for re-election

    INDEPENDENCE – Incumbent supervisors and school board members in Grayson County have not filed to seek re-election, and only two constitutional officers have filed.

    Three seats are open on the Board of Supervisors this election season — the Oldtown and Providence districts and the at-large seat.

    So far, only newcomer John Fant — seeking the at-large seat — has filed to run. Incumbents Kenneth Belton, John Brewer and David Sexton have not announced whether they will seek re-election.

  • Third phase of U.S. 58 work underway in Carroll

    LAUREL FORK — Representatives from Branch Highways Inc. are discussing this year’s plans for the Route 58 Corridor Development Program.

    Since 2004, Branch has led the development, design and construction improvements on three phases of expansion for the 36 miles from Hillsville to Stuart as part of an agreement between the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) under the Public Private Transportation Act.

    The U.S. 58 project was intended to create a “Super 58,” a four-lane expressway from Hampton Roads to Interstate 77.

  • Man charged with defrauding coyote bounty program

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — A Galax man has been charged for allegedly collecting bounty money on coyotes killed outside Grayson County.

    According to Grayson General District Court records, James Edward Lawrence, 32, was charged by Game Warden Jason Harris with fraud (obtaining money by false pretense in excess of $200).

    For the past several months, the Grayson Board of Supervisors has been operating a bounty program for coyotes. According to county records, 238 coyotes have been turned in for the $40 bounty.

  • Caviness held for abduction, assault

    HILLSVILLE — A Hillsville man faces charges of abduction, domestic assault and brandishing a firearm after allegedly trapping his wife inside their house during a domestic dispute.

  • Crash on Country Club leaves one fatality

    According to a press release issued by the Galax Police Department, at 1:20 p.m. on Saturday, April 4, Galax police were called to a motor vehicle crash on Country Club Lane, south of Woodland Avenue.

  • Historical society receives donations for Allen house

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Historical Society and supporters of the Sidna Allen House met at the historic Carroll County Courthouse on Wednesday to announce donations totaling $14,000 for a fund dedicated to the preservation of the landmark home.

    During the event, society members and donors discussed the status and future plans for the Sidna Allen home, located on U.S. 52 south of Hillsville.

  • Grayson gets unit for drug disposal

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — If you need to dispose of expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs or other medications, Grayson County officials encourage you to use a special collection bin installed last week in the main front lobby area of the sheriff’s office.

    The steel drop box is one of 1,000 being awarded to police departments around the country through a joint program of CVS/pharmacy and The Partnership at Drugfree.org.

  • VDOT adds cameras on dangerous I-77 section

    The Virginia Department of Transportation has added 15 new traffic cameras on Interstate 77 to its 511Virginia.org travel information system and will add nine more in coming months.

    The cameras’ views can be seen online at the 511Virginia.org website, which provides live information about road conditions and traffic congestion.

    The cameras’ locations on I-77 are between the North Carolina state line and mile marker 14 in Carroll County.

  • Stanley to seek re-election

    FRANKLIN COUNTY — Sen. William M. “Bill” Stanley Jr. (R-20th District), Virginia Senate majority whip, announced on March 27 that he is seeking reelection.

    Having filed more than twice the number of signatures required to qualify for the ballot under Virginia law, Stanley has already secured the Republican nomination. His name will appear on the ballot as the Republican nominee in the Nov. 3 general election.

    Stanley represents the City of Galax and portions of Carroll County.

  • Carroll upgrades emergency dispatch center

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Sheriff’s Department is putting the finishing touches on a new dispatch center renovation project on the lower floor of the Carroll County Governmental Complex in Hillsville.

    Sheriff J.B. Gardner said the new center is “state of the art” and contains the very latest in radio technology equipment.

    Gardner said the old dispatch office was outdated and didn’t provide adequate space for a dispatcher to handle their daily duties.