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  • Six charged in home invasion

    Three adults and three juveniles were arrested in connection with a series of home invasions in Carroll County last week.

    According to a release from Sheriff J.B. Gardner, on July 5 at approximately 11 p.m., members of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a home invasion, where several men had pointed guns at the occupants of a residence on Pleasant View Road in the Austinville community.

  • Grayson County closes out 2017 fiscal year

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County boards put an end to budget discussions last week, closing out their budget years with positive numbers and a favorable outlook for the year.

    The Grayson County School Board’s close-out meeting for fiscal year 2017 was held at the Independence Middle School Library on June 26.

    Summarizing the totals, Dr. Ted Phillips, director of finance, said the school system “came up short in some areas, but ahead in others. I am happy to report that we will meet the June and July payroll, and all of the June bills.”

  • Schools must test water for lead

    Capital News Service

    RICHMOND – With the water crisis in Flint, Mich., safe drinking water is a high priority nationwide, especially for children. Beginning July 1, schools in Virginia are now required to test their potable water for lead.

    Senate Bill 1359, which Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed into law on March 20, seeks to ensure that local school boards test the drinking water in schools and that it meets federal guidelines. The Food and Drug Administration recommends that the level of lead not exceed 15 parts per billion.

  • Bank robbed in Galax

    Staff Report

    Police on Friday afternoon were looking for a suspect in a robbery at Carter Bank & Trust on East Stuart Drive.

    The robbery occurred around 5:08 p.m. on July 7.

    According to preliminary reports, the suspect entered the bank and demanded $50 and $100 bills. Reports did not indicate if the man was armed.

    Witnesses said the suspect carried the money in his hands.

  • Former rescue captain gets second chance

    Copyright 2017, Wytheville Enterprise

    Reprinted with permission

    WYTHEVILLE — Instead of getting a conviction last week, Dustin Seaver Hazlewood of Galax walked out of court with a second chance.

    The 28-year-old former captain of the Wythe County Rescue Squad pleaded guilty to two felony charges, but a judge didn’t find him guilty — opting for an alternative plan that will require Hazlewood to complete community service and regularly appear in court for reviews of his progress.

  • State auditors praise Grayson Circuit Court

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Circuit Court Clerk’s office recently received positive results from a completed audit of the county’s court system, which confirm that no deficiencies were found in the system from the January 2016 through March 31.

    Susan Herrington, Grayson clerk of the circuit court, recently shared two pieces of correspondence regarding the completion of the audit.

  • Poll shows Northam beating Gillespie in November

    Landmark News Service

    Democrat Ralph Northam has the early lead over Republican Ed Gillespie for Virginia’s fall gubernatorial election, according to a voter poll released last week.

    Most voters also indicated they’re feeling optimistic about their personal finances and the state.

    Northam was favored by 47 percent and Gillespie 39 percent in the telephone survey by Quinnipiac University taken in the days following the June 13 primaries.

  • Carroll deputy injured in U.S. 52 crash

    FANCY GAP – The Virginia State Police are investigating a crash that involved an on-duty Carroll County deputy and a Willis man.

    The accident happened late Monday night in Fancy Gap.

    According to a news release from Corinne Geller of the Virginia State Police, authorities are investigating the two-vehicle crash, which happened on U.S. 52 in the Fancy Gap area of Carroll County.

    Senior Trooper S.M. Cochran was called to the scene at 11:50 p.m. on July 3.

  • Weevils enlisted to control growth of aggressive weeds

    The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services recently relocated hundreds of tiny weevils to a site in Grayson County, where an aggressive form of weed known as the “Mile-a-Minute” weed has been spotted.

    According to a news release from the agriculture department, the “Mile-a-Minute” weed is an extremely aggressive, barbed weed that quickly covers and chokes out other plants, shrubs and even trees as it grows. The pest’s name comes from its very rapid growth of up to six inches per day.

  • Architects make changes to GES plan

    Some changes have been made to the design of the Galax Elementary School expansion project.

    Yancey Powers of the WM2A architectural firm gave a brief update to members of the Galax School Board at their June 13 meeting.

    The firm’s designs encompass the renovation, extension and modernization of the existing school building.