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  • Governor announces 50 new jobs in Grayson County

    By Larry Chambers
    Staff

    Gov. Terry McAuliffe made a special trip to Grayson County Monday, to make two important economic development announcements that will provide 50 additional jobs to the area.
    The Governor announced that Hansen Turbine, which operates a plant on Edmonds Road and manufactures coating spray applications for the aircraft and turbine parts coating industry, will invest $2.5 million to expand its plant in Grayson County, creating 25 new jobs.

  • N.C. trio faces shoplifting, assault, drug charges

    Galax police charged three Surry County, N.C., residents on Aug. 12 after an altercation at Magic Mart that injured five store employees.

    Galax Police Officer Anne Toney was dispatched to Magic Mart on East Stuart Drive for a call regarding an alleged shoplifter, according to a news release from the police department. “Prior to her arrival, information was received that the suspects had physically assaulted Magic Mart employees and were attempting to escape.”

  • Carroll man charged with grocery robbery

    HENRY COUNTY — A Hillsville man has been charged with robbery after an incident at Read’s Grocery in Spencer on Aug. 10.

    According to a news release from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, a white male entered the grocery that day at 4:30 p.m, and demanded that the clerk give him the money from the cash register.

  • Largin named citizen of the month

    HILLSVILLE — Ann Largin was chosen to receive Hillsville’s Citizen of the Month award for the month of August.

    Vice Mayor Ed Terry presented Largin with the award during council’s Aug. 11 meeting.

    Largin has served on the Hillsville Planning Commission since 1993, and has served as chairwoman since 1996.

    Ann retired from a teaching career that spanned 28 years — 26 at Carroll County Public Schools, three at Sylvatus and 23 at what is now Carroll County Middle School as a math and science teacher.

  • 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.