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  • I-77 crash kills tractor-trailer driver

    HILLSVILLE – An accident on Interstate 77 involving four tractor-trailers claimed the life of a Florida man on Sept. 14. The accident occurred near the Poplar Camp exit in Carroll County.

    According to Trooper S.M. Phillips with the Virginia State Police, the accident was in the northbound lanes of I-77 at the 22.5 mile marker. Around 3:45 p.m., authorities were notified to the scene near the curve known locally as the “Tater Hole.”

  • Carroll to raise water rates

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Public Service Authority voted unanimously on Monday to allow proposed rate changes to water and sewer.

    The approved changes include a $4 per month increase to residential water rates and other changes to commercial and industrial water and sewer rates.

    During the authority’s regular September monthly meeting on Sept. 12, a public hearing on the proposed rate changes was held. Two citizens, Effie Thompson and Junior Vass, presented points to the board against the increase.

  • Prisoners facing drug charges

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — Sealed indictments have been opened against five prisoners at River Ridge Correctional Center in Independence.

    A Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury returned the drug indictments, which were sealed, on July 22.

    Prisoners indicted included:

    • Gregory Griffin, 37, one count of conspiracy to deliver drugs to a prisoner (suboxone).

  • Fifteen years later, Twin Counties remember 9/11

    The Grover King VFW Post #1115 in Hillsville hosted a service on Sunday morning to remember the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

    Members from the Hillsville Police Department, Carroll County Sheriff’s Department and Hillsville and Galax volunteer fire departments attended, along with VFW members, ladies auxiliary members, family and friends to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the event. The HVFD Honor Guard assisted the VFW in the presentation of colors throughout the morning and breakfast was provided for those attending.

  • Truckers roll out to fight cancer

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE – The 10th Annual Truckers Parade Against Cancer on Saturday benefits the American Cancer Society and travels from Hillsville to Independence with truckers showing their support in the fight against cancer.

    The event will begin at Hillsville Elementary School and end at Grayson County High School in Independence. Registration will begin at 10 a.m., lineup will be at 11 a.m. and lunch will be provided for truck drivers and their families at noon. The trucks will depart the school at 2 p.m.

  • Company holding 'Pokemon Go'-themed job fair

    With tongue firmly in cheek, the Results Company in Galax has set out to “catch” new employees with a Pokemon Go job fair on Sept. 15.

    While the job fair is lighthearted in tone, the promise of seeking new employees is quite serious. According to materials put out by the Galax Results call center at The Crossroads Institute, numerous sales and customer service positions are available now.

    However, that’s not to say there’s no fun to be had, as part of the fair will center around playing Pokemon Go.

  • Carroll names new county administrator

    HILLSVILLE – After nearly a year, the Carroll County Board of Supervisors announced on Monday that the search for a new county administrator was over and Steven B. Truitt was unanimously appointed to the position.

    The announcement of a person to fill the position came after Nikki Cannon, assistant county administrator, served as interim administrator for nine months following the departure of Gary Larrowe. Larrowe left Carroll at the end of 2015 to become the county administrator for Botetourt County.

  • Galax arrests include strangulation charge

    Staff Report

    According to a Galax Police Department report, a Galax man was arrested on Sept. 2 at 10:55 a.m. by Officer Kevin Hall and charged with felony strangulation, causing wounding or injury.

    Justin Quinn Flora, 26, was charged “after his companion reported that she had been the victim of domestic violence,” said Police Chief Rick Clark.

    Other arrests last week included:

  • Grayson fills in service gaps to help youth

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson Board of Supervisors has given its blessing for the county Community Policy Management Team’s plan to use end-of-year local funds for preventative care programs.

    The leftover funds are tied into the Children’s Services Act.

    Tony Isom, chairman of the policy team, presented the request to the supervisors in July and, after a discussion, agreed to return with a list of potential investments for the board to consider at the August meeting.

  • Multi-vehicle wreck ties up I-77 traffic

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE – A multi-vehicle accident on Interstate 77 in Carroll County on Sept. 8 resulted in short lane closures headed northbound. No injuries were reported in the crashes.

    According to a release from Corinne Geller, public relations director for the Virginia State Police, authorities were alerted to an accident at 11:15 a.m. last Thursday. The accident was in the northbound lanes of I-77 around the 18 mile marker.