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  • Hillsville, VFW continue trash talk

    HILLSVILLE — The veterans’ organization that sponsors the annual Labor Day Gun Show & Flea Market in Hillsville wants the town to pick up the fee for dumping trash after the event, which brings an estimated 100,000 people to the area over the holiday weekend.

    Hillsville Town Council’s agenda on July 13 was void of items, save for a few discussions requested by town citizens. Council members spoke with Andrew Bowman, the flea market manager for VFW Post #1115, who first brought the request to council in June.

  • City council honors student athletes

    Several Galax High School athletes were honored at Galax City Council’s July 13 meeting, including the state champion soccer team.

    The GHS Boys’ Soccer Team was recognized for winning its second consecutive State 1A Championship, finishing the year 20-1. Brian Estrada, Felix Medina and Edgar Guzman were congratulated for their First Team All-State recognition; Dominic DiGiacomo was honored for this, as well as winning state 1A Player of the Year.

  • Man wanted for golf cart theft in Carroll

    The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday that deputies are on the lookout for a suspect wanted for numerous charges.

    According to an alert from the sheriff’s office, Dakota Shane Edwards, 18, is wanted for grand larceny of a golf cart and utility trailer and destruction of property at Byllesby Dam.

    Anyone who has information regarding Edwards’ location can contact the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office at (276) 728-4146 or (276) 236-5119.

  • Sweet named nation's top county leader

    Staff Reports

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Penton Media’s “American City and County” magazine has selected Grayson County Administrator Jonathan D. Sweet as its 2015 County Leader of the Year.

    The magazine presents the award annually to recognize outstanding leadership in county government across the nation and honored Sweet on Sunday night at the 2015 National Association of Counties Annual Conference and Exposition, in the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C.

  • Citizens defend Confederate flag in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — The Board of Supervisors meeting room in Carroll County was packed on Monday, with citizens who had signed up to appeal to board members on behalf of the Confederate flag that flies in Hillsville on some occasions.

    The issue of whether the Confederate flag should fly on government property has spread across the nation in recent weeks. Some say the flag represents Southern heritage, while others associate the symbol with racism and hatred.

  • VDOT to hold hearing on I-77 safety improvements

    HILLSVILLE — A public information meeting about the traffic safety improvement project on Interstate 77 in Carroll County will be held July 23 at Carroll County High School.

    The Virginia Department of Transportation will discuss the active traffic management system being installed on Interstate 77, northbound and southbound, between mile markers marker 0 at the North Carolina state line and mile 12 in Carroll County.

  • Grayson Parkway wreck leaves serious injuries

    A two-vehicle accident on U.S. 58 (Grayson Parkway) at the Beech Grove Road intersection on July 13 left at least one person with serious injuries, according to Virginia State Trooper C.W. Keesling.

    A 1998 Jeep Cherokee driven by Luke Wilson, 20, of Galax, was traveling west in the left lane on Grayson Parkway at 8:55 p.m., when a 2001 Ford Taurus driven by Teresa Ann Anauo, 47, of Woodlawn, pulled out in front of him.

  • Oak Hall to hold job fair

    INDEPENDENCE — Oak Hall Cap and Gown will hold a job fair on July 17, as it works to fill positions at a new operation in town.

    The event will be held from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. at the Independence Volunteer Fire Department.

    “This is a very reputable company, a leader in their industry, all made in America labels and materials, so this is a very exciting opportunity for us,” said Grayson County Administrator Jonathon Sweet at a July 9 meeting of the Grayson Board of Supervisors.

  • Traffic stop yields multiple drug arrests

    Three people were arrested July 8 on multiple drug charges, following a traffic stop in the Pipers Gap area of Carroll County.

    According to a report from Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner, Deputy Trevor Carico made numerous drug arrests in connection with a traffic stop at the intersection of Crooked Creek and Klondike roads. The stop resulted in three arrests for drug violation charges.

    Meth, Oxycodone, prescription drugs and drug paraphernalia were seized, he said.

  • Grayson PSA's first meeting focuses on water projects

    INDEPENDENCE — The new Grayson County Public Service Authority (PSA) met for the first time last Thursday to introduce members — by default, the Board of Supervisors makes up the authority for now — and begin discussions about county projects.

    From the members present (Supervisor John Brewer was absent from the meeting), nominations were made for PSA chair, vice chair and clerk.