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  • Local couple survives Las Vegas shooting

    The band was just a few songs into their set when the shooting started.

    From a hotel room above them, a man opened fire into the crowd, turning a night of celebration into a massacre.

    Among those in the crowd were Travis Sizemore and his girlfriend, Melissa Wall.

    Sizemore is the manager of Grant’s grocery store in Galax, a fan of country music performer Eric Church and a survivor of the Oct. 1 mass shooting in Las Vegas.

  • Cana Rescue Squad renovations underway

    Staff Reports

    CANA – Renovations are underway at the Cana Rescue Squad building on U.S. 52, after the Carroll Industrial Development Authority bought the building in September and leased it to the county.

    Once the building is open, Carroll County Fire and Rescue will use it as their headquarters to answer medical calls in the Cana community.

  • Six of seven Grayson schools accredited

    INDEPENDENCE — Six out of the seven Grayson County schools received full accreditation this year; but that could change pending the results of an appeal regarding the seventh school, which fell just a few students shy of full accreditation.

    Schools Superintendent Kelly Wilmore confirmed that the county would seek to appeal the state’s decision to only partially accredit Fries School, where science test score dipped. Only 22 students took the test.

  • Use caution with charitable giving after tragedy

    After a terrible and very public tragedy such as a mass shooting, people want to help in any way possible, and that often means contributing to fundraisers to help the survivors and the families of the victims.

    “Sadly, scammers often take advantage of these moments of vulnerability to deceive donors,” said the Better Business Bureau in a news release. “In addition, there are often campaigns set up by well-meaning individuals who may or may not be directly connected to the tragedy.”

  • Voting machines replaced to comply with state law

    New optical scan voting machines are in place to be used in all Galax elections, with a free public demonstration so voters can see the machines beforehand.

    The demonstrations will be held Oct. 14 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Oct. 17 from 6-9 p.m. in the Galax City Council chambers. Voters will not need to bring ID or voter registrations cards as these events are purely to demonstrate how the new system works.

  • School system requests additional funding

    INDEPENDENCE — Now that the school system has created a capital improvement plan, the Grayson County Board of Supervisors approved Schools Superintendent Kelly Wilmore’s request for additional funding.

    Part of the money approved included a literary fund request that was tabled in August, following the board’s request for a capital improvement plan from the schools.

  • Truck overturns in U.S. 58 collision

    Staff Report

    A Galax woman was charged in a two-vehicle crash that occurred last Thursday afternoon on U.S. 58, when she reportedly struck a vehicle, causing it to overturn.

    According to a report from Virginia State Police Trooper Brian Phipps, officers were dispatched to the intersection of U.S. 58 and Beeline Drive on Sept. 28 at approximately 3:30 p.m. Officers arrived to find a 2015 Toyota Tacoma, operated by Jason Hawks, 34, of Galax, overturned in the median of the highway.

  • Carilion clinic to reopen

    Staff Report

    Carilion's Family and Internal Medicine Clinic in Galax will reopen Monday, after closing for more than a week to address an elevated level of radon gas, and the Galax Family Practice walk-in acute care clinic and the Vaughan-Bassett Employee Health Clinic will reopen on Saturday.

  • State police investigate fatal Carroll crash

    Staff Report

    An Austinville woman died in a single-vehicle crash in Carroll County the morning of Sept. 28.

    Virginia State Police Trooper J.D. Delp is investigating the crash that occurred last Thursday at 8:30 a.m. on U.S. 52, north of Route 785.

    According to a state police report, a 2007 Dodge Nitro was traveling along 52 when it ran off the right side of the road and struck an embankment. The vehicle then struck a tree, overturned and came to rest on its roof.

  • Report looks for ways to improve fire, EMS service

    INDEPENDENCE — A recently completed study of Grayson County’s fire and EMS departments reveals a list of goals for the county to consider in an effort to improve emergency services in areas throughout the county.

    Suggestions include a central authority to oversee fire and rescue operations, developing a strategic plan, better emergency dispatch protocols, improved communication, coordinated training, encouraging junior firefighters and writing grants for vehicles and equipment.