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  • Wreck causes power outage

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – A widespread power outage was reported in Carroll County on Tuesday, following a single vehicle accident on U.S. 221.

    State Trooper Brian Phipps said a 1999 Dodge, driven by James Michael Huff Jr., 28, of Dugspur, was traveling north on 221, near the intersection of state Route 764, when he ran off the right side of the highway and struck an Appalachian Power electrical pole.

    Phipps said Huff was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle.

  • County looks at new use for old school

    INDEPENDENCE ― Grayson County has transferred ownership of the vacant Mount Rogers School building to the county’s economic development authority, which will look for a new use for the property.

    In previous meetings this year, the county staff and the Grayson Board of Supervisors have discussed the school’s recent problems with vandalism, increased insurance liability and maintenance expenses.

  • Arrest part of ongoing investigation

    Staff Report

    WHITETOP — A Whitetop man was recently charged with child endangerment and assault of a family member, after officers executed a search warrant as the result of an ongoing drug investigation.

    According to a news release from the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, Danny Musick, 49, of Old Park Road, was arrested Dec. 5 on charges including two counts of felony child endangerment and assault on a family member.

  • Recount set to confirm school board vote totals

    INDEPENDENCE ― A recount to determine the winner in the Nov. 8 race for the Grayson County School Board’s at-large seat will be held Dec. 27, the Office of the Registrar confirmed last week.

    Philip Vaughan of Fries, who finished second in the special election, filed a petition on Nov. 30 with the Grayson County Circuit Court asking for a recount of the votes after the election. Vaughan lost to Tracy “Zeke” Anderson by only two votes.

  • 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.