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  • Rosenbaum seeks Wilson District seat in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — “We The People Want Change” is the slogan that has been adopted by Glen “Eddie” Rosenbaum, Republican candidate for the Wilson District seat on the Grayson County Board of Supervisors.
    Rosenbaum is in a three-way race for the seat left vacant after Mike Maynard passed away on June 28. Other candidates include Democrat Kate Irwin and independent Arnold Peters.
    The general election is Nov. 5.

  • Hall enters treasurer race in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — Raymond L. “Pete” Hall Jr. of Independence has announced his candidacy for treasurer of Grayson County.
    There are several contenders for the office that will be left vacant by Junior Young, who will not seek re-election as treasurer. Hall will run as an independent against Republican Paula Carrico, fellow independents George R. “Dicky” Whitaker and Stephanie Brewer and Democrat Kelly Haga, who was chosen at a caucus meeting on Tuesday.

  • Edwards' donation paved way for superhighway

    HILLSVILLE  — One member of the late Harbert Edwards family admits to some sadness when he thinks about the old farm being turned over to the state to become part of U.S. 58 in Hillsville, but looking back they can see it as a selfless act to benefit the community.
    Grandchildren and other family members turned out last Friday to remember Edwards’ forward thinking as local officials and Virginia Department of Transportation representatives dedicated a bridge over Little Reed Island Creek in his name.

  • Fries woman faces malicious wounding charge

    Grayson County deputies arrested Bridgette Monique Brewer, 45, of Fries, after finding a wounded man at her residence on July 20.

  • DMV warns customers about water damaged vehicles

    With rampant storms and flooding this summer, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles reminds vehicle buyers to inspect for water damage before buying used or new vehicles.

    The dangers of water-damaged cars are often hidden, the DMV said.

    Aside from mold and rust, electrical systems could erode and fail over time. Computer sensors could be damaged, and safety protections like air bags could fail in a crash.

  • Mayor leads Hillsville clean-up effort

    HILLSVILLE — One month after Hillsville Town Council updated an ordinance on clearing trash and brush off properties, the mayor indicated he plans to lead by example and clean up his own land.
    Council worked with Town Manager Travis Jackson in June to approve its ordinance on “removal of brush and trash by town,” and Mayor Greg Crowder said at the July 22 council meeting that having a good appearance could bring in benefits for Hillsville.

  • Fourth treasurer candidate enters race

    INDEPENDENCE — George R. “Dicky” Whitaker has officially announced his candidacy for the position of Grayson County treasurer.
    Whitaker said he will run as an independent. “I feel that the Lord has opened a door up for me to pursue,” he said in a press release.

  • Fire damages two West Galax businesses

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department responded to a fire call early Wednesday, when a blaze ignited in Fire Technologies in West Galax. The fire reportedly burned up through the second floor, causing damage inside the West Galax Diner on the upper floor, as well.

    The fire department was notified of the emergency at 4 a.m., after a Diner employee arrived for her shift and found smoke at the scene.

  • Irwin to seek Wilson District seat in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — Kate Irwin of Mouth of Wilson will run as the Democratic candidate for the Wilson District seat on the Grayson County Board of Supervisors in the Nov. 5 general election.
    Irwin is up against independent candidate Arnold Peters and Republican  Glen “Eddie” Rosenbaum. The seat is vacant after Mike Maynard passed away on June 28.

  • Relay for Life raises $58,000

    HILLSVILLE — More than 300 people gathered at Carroll County High School on Friday and Saturday for Galax and Carroll County’s Relay for Life to benefit the American Cancer Society.
    Teams walked in support of loved ones afflicted with cancer, in memory of lost loved ones and in celebration of victories over the disease.
    According to the Relay for Life webpage, this event included 332 participants, and 36 teams, who raised a total of $58,154.17 for cancer research and patient programs.