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  • Austinville woman injured in wreck, trapped for 12 hours

    AUSTINVILLE — An Austinville woman was admitted to a hospital Oct. 16 after a single-vehicle accident that trapped her in her vehicle with injuries for 12 hours, state police said.

    Police were notified at 2:40 p.m. last Thursday of a vehicle over the side of the mountain along Stoots Mountain Road in Austinville.

    Responding officers and rescue teams found Carolyn K. Stephens, 44, trapped in a 2010 Ford Expedition over the side of the mountain.

  • Deer crashes through Galax store window

    A deer apparently tried to help the Stringbean Coffee Shop get a drive-thru window this Monday morning, joked Derrick Davis, the shop’s owner.

    Around 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 13, a deer that is believed to have been struck by a vehicle in Galax ran from Oldtown Street to South Main Street, where the Stringbean is located. The deer then ran into the storefront’s glass window and shattered it before running away.

    No humans were hurt, as the shop was running late that morning and had not yet opened for business. The incident left the shop temporarily closed.

  • Four injured in two-car crash

    HILLSVILLE — Virginia State Police responded to a two-vehicle accident involving four individuals on Virginia 100 on Oct. 6.

    According to a police report filed by State Police Sgt. Mike Musser, who worked the accident, the department received at call at 11:15 a.m.

  • Unraveling health insurance enrollment

    Slick insurance packets in the mailbox and websites swimming with new numbers can mean only one thing:

    It’s open enrollment season for many people fortunate enough to have health insurance.

    Whether through Medicare, the Affordable Care Act marketplace or companies sending employers their latest offerings, consumers soon will be floating in a sea of questions.

  • Leftover funds will pay for new equipment

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Public Service Authority (PSA) has approved a plan to use contingency funds from the county’s current water and sewer projects to buy various pieces of equipment.

    The PSA held a public meeting, as a requirement of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), on Monday during the authority’s regularly scheduled meeting.

  • Grayson offers reward for most coyote kills

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County is holding a contest exclusively for county citizens as an added incentive to hunt and kill nuisance coyotes.

    The contest begins today, Wednesday, and continues through May 15, 2015. According to a county news release, the winner will be judged by only one measure — how many dead coyotes he or she turns in to the county.

  • Suppression denied in Jones case

    A motion to suppress a photographic identification procedure and eyewitness testimony in the Matthew Steven Jones murder trial was denied by Grayson County Circuit Court on Friday.
    The testimony in question places Jones at the exact spot where the body of his girlfriend, Desia Rae George of Fries, was found more than a month after she was reported missing last year.

  • Black bear spotted in Grayson County

    A bear was spotted last week along the New River and Riverside Drive, just off Route 58 outside of Galax in Grayson County.

  • Recipe for Success

    Oakland Elementary School welcomed Sophie Haga, 13, of Galax, and Chef Gunnar Thompson of Primland Resort for a healthy recipe demonstration on Oct. 1.
    Haga, who represented Virginia as the statewide winner of First Lady Michelle Obama's Healthy Lunchtime Challenge earlier this year, shared her winning recipe for chia chicken pitas with the elementary school's third, fourth and fifth grade students. For dessert, Thompson provided a healthy dish of dark chocolate and avocado mousse.

  • Shooting near Hillsville still under investigation

    The Carroll County Sheriff’s Department continues to investigate an Oct. 4 shooting near Hillsville that left a man in critical condition.
    According to a news release from the department, officers received a call reporting “shots fired” at 6:13 p.m. Oct. 4, at Sunnyside Road and Stable Inn Road, just south of the Town of Hillsville on U.S. 52.
    Responding deputies found Alexander Burlin Davis Jr., 50, of Fries, at the lower parking lot of Sunnyside Store, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the head.