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  • Galax to fill council vacancy in January

    In the wake of former council member Bill Webb’s resignation from his seat on Galax City Council, the remaining members will need to hold a special election to fill his seat.

    Council elected to file a petition and writ of election with court to hold it in November 2015, so that the special election could be paid for from the November election budget.

  • Carroll IDA makes Wildwood, Vanguard payments

    HILLSVILLE — Santa might not arrive for another couple of weeks, but the Carroll County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) stepped into St. Nick’s generous boots on Monday to gift the county supervisors with two checks, one for $1.27 million and another for nearly $119,000.

    The payments were for the Wildwood Commerce Park project and the Parkdale/Vanguard Furniture property.

    IDA Chairman Barry Hicks presented the checks on behalf of the IDA, noting that the authority “has been working to assist the county in any way possible.”

  • Skyline wreck leaves one fatality

    A two-vehicle, head-on collision on Skyline Highway (Virginia 89) south of Galax led to one fatality about 7 a.m. Tuesday

    The wreck was near Galax Roller Land in Grayson County.

    Brian Mark Lundy, 44, of Galax, died in the collision. Emily Rose Hash, 37, also of Galax, was in critical condition and was being transported to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., according to Virginia State Trooper J.N. Sowers.

  • Woodlawn school hit by vandals

    WOODLAWN – The Carroll County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a break-in and vandalism that occurred at Woodlawn School the night of Nov. 29 or early on the morning of Nov. 30.

    Carroll Deputy Jake Worrell, who is investigating the case, said entry to the school was made by busting open a door leading to the cafeteria.

  • Hospital unveils new MRI scanner

    After official announcements earlier this year that Twin County Regional Hospital would get a new open MRI machine to complement its new CT scanner unveiled this summer, the device was shown to the public at an open house last Thursday night.

    According to radiologist Dr. Jay Bolen, on hand along with Radiology Director David Payne to demonstrate how the new MRI images will look at and to answer questions, the machine will alleviate multiple problems inherent in older systems.

  • Webb to step down from city council

    Galax City Council has accepted a letter of resignation from council member Bill Webb.

    Webb was not at council’s Nov. 24 meeting and has been absent for several.

    “‘It is with deep regret that I must tender my resignation as a Galax City Council member, effective Nov. 24, 2014,’” read Mayor C.M. Mitchell. “‘I have enjoyed my time on the council and the efforts we have made over the past six years have made a difference in the lives of your citizens.’”

  • Carroll to help farmers market with credit line

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Board of Supervisors has approved a “moral obligation” agreement with Virginia Community Capital to provide a line of credit of up to $1 million for the Southwest Virginia Farmers Market.

  • Holiday Happenings Guide

    All around the Twin Counties this weekend will be Christmas celebrations, parades, visits from Santa, caroling, kids’ activities, tree lightings, fundraisers for worth causes and more holiday cheer. To plan for the busy weekend, here’s a roundup of all the events planned in Galax, Hillsville, Independence and Fries.

    INDEPENDENCE

    Tree Lighting

    Dozens are expected to pack Independence Town Park this Friday for a Christmas tree lighting ceremony and related holiday hoopla, all starting around 6 p.m.

  • Towed vehicle, road tractor collide in Carroll

    FANCY GAP — Virginia State Police responded to a two-vehicle accident in Fancy Gap on Nov. 22, When a tow truck carrying a road tractor struck a tractor-trailer that was attempting to turn out of a truck stop.

    According to State Police First Sgt. Mike Musser, the wreck occurred at approximately 9:40 p.m., at the entrance to the Kangaroo Express truck stop just off of Kelly Road.

  • Police chase man driving stolen tractor

    PIPERS GAP — Carroll County authorities arrested a Mount Airy, N.C., man on Nov. 29, after pursuing the suspect on a stolen tractor for several miles.

    According to a report from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, deputies received a call on Saturday at approximately 12:27 p.m. reporting a stolen tractor driving down Pipers Gap Road. The tractor had been reported as stolen from a residence on Tower Road.