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  • Truck ends up in creek

    A two-vehicle accident left a pickup truck fitted with a snowplow stuck on a creek embankment on Cliffview Road around 10 a.m. on Feb. 29. Involved were a blue pickup truck and a dark green SUV.

    At the scene, where a man was led away in handcuffs by Galax police, Sgt. Jacob Vaughan said he was in charge of the investigation, but there were no injuries.

    No other information was available at press time on Monday.

  • Cana water hearing draws big crowd

    CANA – The Carroll County Public Service Authority’s community meeting on Feb. 24, to gauge interest in expanding the existing water system in the Cana area, received a large turnout from citizens and community leaders.

    At the meeting held at St. Paul School cafeteria, Dr. Tom Littrell, chairman of the authority; William Payne, vice chairman; and authority member Doug Winesett were joined by several members of the PSA staff and the Carroll County Board of Supervisors.

  • Merdian, Adams seek new terms on school board

    Both Galax School Board Vice Chairman Dr. Jim Adams and Board Member F. Stewart Merdian, whose terms are expiring on June 30, say they’ll seek reappointment.

    Two seats are open on the board, and city council is set to make the appointments March 28. Those interested have until March 4 to submit letters of interest.

    Members are appointed for three-year terms.

  • Primary election to be held March 1

    Staff Reports

    Virginia voters can participate in a dual primary on Tuesday, as Virginians choose a nominee from both parties to seek the presidency in November.

    Any registered voter can take part in either the Democratic or Republican primary, but must choose one. You can’t vote in both.

    Upon reaching the polls March 1, voters will be asked if they wish to vote in the Democratic or Republican primaries. They are then free to vote in the primary of their choice and will be presented with a ballot for that party.

  • Sheriffs push for more equitable pay

    INDEPENDENCE — One of the most prominent issues being discussed in the General Assembly this year is the governor’s proposed biennial budget, which includes a pay raise for sheriffs’ departments that doesn’t match up with the raise for state police in the Virginia Senate’s budget.

  • Voters sum up candidates in a word

    Landmark News Service

    Christopher Newport University’s Wason Center for Public Policy asked more than 700 registered Virginia voters to say “the first word that pops into your head” about each presidential candidate.

    These “word clouds” were created using Wordle software, according to a news release. The more often a word was used in voters’ responses, the more prominently it appears in the word cloud.

  • USDA takes action on Andrews Farming

    HILLSVILLE – The U.S. Department of Agriculture has filed an administrative action against Andrews Farming Inc. in Hillsville.

    The USDA announced in a news release dated Feb. 9 that it has filed the action under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA). According to the release, Andrews Farming Inc. allegedly failed to make payment to 11 produce sellers in the amount of $513,226 between December 2014 and June 2015.

    Andrews Farming is based at the Carroll County Industrial Park in Hillsville.

  • Behind the Badge: bill would keep officers' identities secret

    Landmark News Service and Staff Reports

    RICHMOND — A bill that would allow all Virginia law enforcement officers’ names to be withheld from the public would be the first of its kind in the country, police accountability and open records advocates say.

    The proposal by Sen. John Cosgrove (R-Chesapeake) – SB552 – excludes the names of law enforcement and fire marshals from mandatory disclosure under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act and makes them a personnel record.

  • Marye represented area for 29 years

    SHAWSVILLE — Madison Marye, a longtime Democratic state senator whose now-dissolved 39th District once included Galax, Grayson County and part of Carroll County, died Tuesday at age 90.

    Marye, a Shawsville farmer, was known as a passionate member of the General Assembly who fought for his rural Southwest Virginia constituents and gave colorful speeches on the Senate floor.

  • Bills would have banned discrimination

    Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND — This year’s last remaining legislative proposals to ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity were snuffed out Feb. 18.

    The two Senate-passed measures failed to advance from a House of Delegates subcommittee, the same panel that rejected a group of similar House bills earlier this month. Like them, the Senate bills were tabled and referred for a year’s study to the Virginia Code Commission, which supervises the codification of state laws.