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  • Carroll names top teachers for 2016

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County has announced the finalists for 2016 Teacher of the Year. Recognized at the November regular monthly meeting of the Carroll County Board of Supervisors, 10 teachers were nominated, one from each school in the county. The winner will be announced at the board’s December meeting.

    The teachers included in this year’s list range in specialties and experience and all have shown dedication to their students throughout their different methods of teaching.

    Nominated teachers include:

  • Grayson initiative promotes vocational education

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors recently held a special meeting at the Grayson County High School’s Career and Technical Education Center to discuss potential programs that could assist in workforce development and job opportunities for students.

  • Woman stabbed in Hillsville

    Staff Reports

    HILLSVILLE – A Galax woman has been hospitalized and a man is in custody following a stabbing that occurred in Hillsville on Tuesday night.

    According to a news release from Hillsville Police Chief Wesley Yonce, officers were dispatched at approximately 10:15 p.m. on Nov. 22 to Apartment #6 at 843 West Stuart Drive for a possible stabbing.

  • Audit: Virginia vulnerable to fraud

    Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND —Mismanagement and lax oversight at the state’s primary agency for spurring business expansion have left Virginia vulnerable to fraud for more than two decades, according to an audit released this month.

  • Wind downs power line, causing fire

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a power line down and transformer on fire at 1163 Edmonds Road on Nov. 20 at 9:10 p.m.

    “The major concern with the wind was the potential for this to start a brush fire,” explained Galax Fire Capt. Mike Ayers. “While en route, dispatch notified members that they had received a second call for another line down across the road on a vehicle. Members put out a small grass fire started from one of the lines and isolated the areas until AEP arrived.”

  • Court opens five sealed indictments

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Sealed indictments have been opened charging five Grayson County residents.

    The indictments were sealed by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury that met Oct. 28. They were opened after warrants were served on those named. Indictments included:

    • John Terry Kelly, 64, of Independence, one count of possession of ammunition after having been convicted of a felony.

  • Galax could connect to natural gas service

    With the recent purchase of Carroll County’s natural gas system by a private company, the City of Galax is poised to benefit from the utility’s expansion.

    City Manager Keith Barker informed Galax City Council at its Nov. 14 meeting that he had spoken to John Ebert of Appalachian Natural Gas.

    “It’s been about a year since ANG purchased the Carroll County system,” said Barker. “And with that, we’re awarded the rights to bring natural gas to Galax and Grayson County, with a five-year sunset clause on that agreement.”

  • Chromebooks donated to Oakland Elementary

    Students and teachers at Oakland Elementary School in Carroll County are the recipients of 12 new Google Chromebooks that have been donated in honor of two local residents.

    On Nov. 1, Shirley Harmon Steele and Patty Blankenheim presented the new laptops in honor of their late husbands. Carroll County School Board Chairman Brian Spencer and Oakland Principal Larry Williams accepted the computers on behalf of the students and teachers.

  • Galax man charged with drug possession

    Staff Reports

    Thomas Patrick Aldrich, 32, of Galax, was arrested Nov. 17 and charged with both felony and misdemeanor possession of controlled substances.

    Galax Police Chief Rick Clark said Officer Silverio Gonzales “responded to a call to Walmart for a suspected shoplifter. Aldrich was arrested and searched subsequent to his arrest, during which Silverio discovered a glass smoking device that contained suspected methamphetamine.”

    Aldrich was transported to New River Valley Regional Jail and held on a $2,000 bond.

  • Dust explosion causes fire at plant

    An industrial fire Nov. 16 at 7:15 p.m. at the Vaughan-Basssett chip core plant on Jackson Street left no injuries, according to Galax Fire Chief David Hankley.

    “This incident was most likely trigged by the malfunctioning of a motor on the bag house causing it to overheat,” said Hankley. “This produced a large explosion of the three-story steel cylinder bag house.”