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  • Carroll test scores remain solid

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County Public Schools has received preliminary Standards of Learning (SOL) scores from this spring’s testing, and the results show progress in some areas and room for improvement in others.

    Dr. Beverly Adams-Parker presented the scores to the school board during its regular monthly meeting on Aug. 9.

  • Two injured in crash on Tower Road

    A Galax woman faces a charge as a result of an accident on Tower Road that sent her and her husband to the hospital with injuries.

    According to a report from Trooper R.D. Horton with the Virginia State Police, units were dispatched to an accident at 5:50 p.m. on Aug. 10 on Tower Road. The accident was in what’s known as Spivey’s Curve, near the private drive of Spivey Lane and about 500 yards past the Galax city limits into Carroll County.

  • Results plans to expand in Galax

    Staff Report

    The Results Companies’ call center at The Crossroads Institute will expand its Galax operation with the addition of 40 new positions.

    The Results location in Galax, which handles calls for a satellite radio provider, will be adding staff to its inbound sales team, according to a news release.

  • Anderson first to file for special election

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Tracy A. “Zeke” Anderson of Independence is the first candidate to file for the special school board election in Grayson County to fill Tim “T.T.” Carico’s unexpired term.

    According to the registrar’s office, Anderson submitted his paperwork and has qualified for the Nov. 8 special election. The deadline to file at the registrar’s office on the bottom floor of the Grayson County Courthouse is Aug. 19 at 5 p.m.

  • Galax considering GES renovation

    Architectural firms will be at the September meeting of the Galax School Board to discuss the possibility of renovating the existing elementary school in lieu of building another one in a different location.

    At the Aug. 9 school board meeting, Superintendent Bill Sturgill had noted previously that, while land for the new school had been purchased, estimates for the development and construction of an elementary school were much higher than anticipated.

  • Vaughan chosen to fill school board vacancy

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County School Board announced Wednesday that Philip Vaughan will serve as an interim member of the school board; filling the At-Large seat that was left empty following the death of former board member Tim “T.T.” Carico in July.

    Vaughan will serve on the board for the rest of the year, and then a special election in November will determine who will fill the seat for the remainder of Carico’s unexpired term (three years).

  • Overdose leads to drug investigation

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — On Aug. 4, Grayson County Sheriff’s Office investigators, members of the Twin County Drug Task Force and Independence Police arrested an Independence man following an investigation of a possible drug overdose.

  • Transgender rights debate continues

    INDEPENDENCE ― Grayson school leaders say that, despite hearing concerns, they will not change a policy prohibiting transgender students from using their preferred restrooms.

    Several county residents and people from surrounding communities on Monday evening addressed the Grayson County School Board about its recent adoption of a policy mandating use of a public restroom or locker room in accordance with the gender listed on a student’s birth certificate.

  • Galax police make arrests for felonies

    Staff Report

    According to a report issued by the Galax Police Department, felony arrests last week included two people charged with shoplifting.

    Police were called to Walmart in Galax on Aug. 4 for a shoplifting report. The two suspects left the store and went into a wooded area nearby.

  • School board will appoint member to fill Carico's seat

    UPDATE: