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  • Bill would allow cell towers with no local input

    Galax City Council has approved a resolution opposing a wireless infrastructure bill moving through the Virginia General Assembly, which would remove local authority concerning zooming matters about where cell towers can be placed.

    The bill would allow towers 50 feet tall or less to be built within rights-of-way without local control.

    Council voted on the Wireless Infrastructure Resolution at its Jan. 22 meeting.

  • Play therapy creates safe space for kids

    Chris Belcher, a local newly-licensed professional therapist, says he wants to help kids play more.

    Well, not exactly that; more like he wants to help kids tackle their problems by helping them use play to work out problems and bring up issues they might not otherwise be able to address.

    In order to do this, he uses play therapy, a method of taking something children do naturally and use it as a means of psychological healing.

  • Two charged in grand jury indictments

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — Two previously sealed Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury indictments were recently opened and arrests made.

    The grand jury met Jan. 26 and indictments were handed down against 24 suspects on burglary, drug violations and other charges. Several more indictments were sealed.

    Sealed indictments against Dakota Allen Blevins, 27, of Ivanhoe and Joshua Edward Hayes, 29, of Fries, were opened last week.

  • Bill would boost wages for restaurant workers

    Capital News Service

    RICHMOND – The unstable nature of relying on tips to make a living is reflected in the paychecks of restaurant servers like Connor Rhodes, who has been serving Richmond’s restaurant goers for four years and says it’s not unusual for his paycheck to be zero dollars.

    That’s because he earns $2.13 an hour – a “subminimum wage” – which, after taxes, can result in an empty wallet if tips are weak and shifts are sparse.

  • Connell to serve 15 years for fatal dog attack

    INDEPENDENCE — Terra Lynn Connell, charged in the 2016 dog attack death of a 3-year-old girl, has been sentenced on multiple convictions after submitting a plea in Grayson County Circuit Court on Oct. 3, 2017.

    Connell was sentenced on Jan. 26. According to Grayson County Commonwealth’s Attorney Doug Vaught, she was convicted of involuntary manslaughter, felony child endangerment and maintaining a dangerous dog.

  • CCHS begins metal detector drills

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County High School will use walk-through metal detectors at various times throughout the remainder of the school year.

    “This procedure will be conducted in a similar manner to fire and lock down drills” said CCHS Principal Chuck Thompson, “and is merely being adopted to familiarize personnel and students with the presence of the equipment and how it works.”

  • Va. Senate OKs guns in church

    Capital News Service and Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND – Lamenting the fact that more than 900 Virginians were killed by guns last year, Gov. Ralph Northam said Jan. 23 that the state should do more to restrict the proliferation of firearms.

    “We do not need these weapons on our streets and in our society,” Northam told a multi-faith congregation at St. Paul’s Church.

  • Deputies ride the lightning

    By ETHAN CAMPBELL, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – Imagine feeling a sharp, sudden sting as four electrically charged barbs puncture the skin, forcing all air from the lungs.

    You feel a joltingly painful force, as if being hit with a baseball bat from an MLB player, while tens of thousands of volts course along the neuromuscular system, rendering the body completely immobilized.

  • Audit shows Hillsville financially fit

    HILLSVILLE — An audit report shows that Hillsville ended the 2017 fiscal year with a fund balance of $3 million, an increase of $544,000 from the previous year, putting the town at a healthy starting point for planning its 2018-19 budget.

    Juan Garcia, with the firm Hicok, Fern, Brown & Garcia, presented Hillsville Town Council with the audit report for the 2017 fiscal year, which included no negative notes.

    “Everything looked great this year,” Garcia said at council’s Jan. 22 meeting.

  • Grand jury indicts 24 in Grayson

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE – A Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury met Jan. 26 and handed down indictments against 24 suspects on drug violations, burglary and other charges.

    The grand jury also indicted several suspects and sealed the indictments until arrest warrants can be served.

    Among those indicted were two men charged in December 2017 with breaking and entering at different locations in Grayson County and Independence.