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  • Carroll PSA hears concerns, updates on utility projects

    HILLSVILLE — A Commonwealth Road resident brought concerns about fire protection and insurance to the Carroll County Public Service Authority’s Aug. 11 meeting.

    The PSA also received updates on various utility projects and heard a complaint about how it handled a news release about winning an appeal in a dispute over federal funding used for a water project.

    J.D. Smith explained that he had been a Carroll County resident since 2002, living on Commonwealth Road in the Woodlawn area.

  • Galax sets hearing on proposed school site

    The Galax School Board on Aug. 12 voted to approve entering into a contract to purchase property on Kipling Lane, the proposed site for building a new elementary school.

    The board has spent several months planning the project and discussing the property purchase with Galax City Council and the city’s planning commission.

  • Bassett, Macy to appear on C-SPAN2 Sunday

    John Bassett, chairman of Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Company in Galax, and author Beth Macy will appear on C-SPAN2 this Sunday night, Aug. 17, to discuss Macy’s book, “Factory Man.”

    The 90-minute show is part of the C-SPAN2 series “Booknotes” and will run from 10-11:30 p.m.

    The network sent cameras last week to a book discussion held at St Johns Episcopal Church in Roanoke, which featured Macy and Bassett, the book’s main subject. About 300 people attended the event.

  • Grayson fire causes heat, smoke damage

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 5:16 a.m. Saturday morning, located at 408 Mockingbird Lane in the Oldtown section of Grayson County, according to a fire department press release.

    The fire was contained to the living room area, but the home suffered extensive smoke and heat damage. Naomi McKinney, a resident of the home, stated that she had left a candle burning and that it apparently had started the fire. The home is owned by Conley Kyle of Galax.

  • Truck hits local home, causes no fatalities

    WOODLAWN — A delivery truck headed west towards Galax on U.S 58 swerved off the road and hit a private home, causing structural damage but no fatalities, according to Virginia State Police.

    No one was home at the time, and no injuries were reported. The driver, who state police identified as Donald Wayne Goode, was ambulatory at the scene of the accident.

    State police and the Galax Volunteer Fire Department were summoned to 6764 Carrollton Pike in the Midway Heights community for the incident, which occurred at 10:10 a.m. Monday.

  • United Way agencies unite

    The United Way of Southwest Virginia and United Way Virginia Highlands merged on Aug. 6.

    The new, larger agency will be called United Way of Southwest Virginia and includes all the localities in both groups’ territories.

    The United Way Virginia Highlands covered Carroll and Grayson counties and the city of Galax, as well as Bland, Buchanan, Russell, Smyth, Tazewell and Washington counties. The original United Way of Southwest Virginia covered Dickenson, Wise and Scott counties and Norton.

  • Four youths injured in Carroll crash

    A 15-year-old juvenile has been charged in connection with a single-vehicle accident involving himself and three other underage passengers.

    Police received a call to Pleasantview Road (Route 743) in Carroll County at 9 p.m. on Aug. 2. According to a police report filed by Virginia State Police Trooper Dean Horton, the 15-year-old was operating a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado pickup when he ran off the road to the right, traveled back across the road to the left, and then ran off the road again to the right and struck a tree.

  • Officer imposter, abduction suspect in custody

    INDEPENDENCE — An Independence man who police say impersonated an officer and held three people against their will is now in custody.

    The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office put out an alert on Aug. 6 for John David Anderson, 43, who was wanted in connection with an incident the previous day on Fulton Road near Independence.

    Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan said that Anderson approached the people from the woods outside their home and held them at gunpoint.

  • Teens involved in Carroll crash

    State police and emergency officials responded to a single-vehicle accident involving four juveniles on July 2.

    Police received a call at 9 p.m. to Pleasantview Road in Carroll County, after four juveniles in a pickup truck ran off the side of the road, struck a tree and overturned.

    According to Virginia State Police 1st Sgt. Mike Musser, one of the juveniles was ejected from the vehicle. "One had some fairly serious injuries, but the others I don't think were injured as badly," he added.

  • Abducted child found, alert canceled

    FANCY GAP — Local authorities joined in a search for a missing child from the Critz area of Patrick County on Wednesday, after a tip led authorities to believe that the child and his abductor were at a residence in Fancy Gap.

    Tommy Lee Able Engle, age 3, had been missing since Monday evening, according to the Virginia Amber Alert website. The alert was issued Tuesday at 6:10 p.m., and then cancelled Wednesday afternoon after the child was safely located in Pikeville, Ky., according to a news release from Patrick County Sheriff Dan Smith.