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  • Police, students team up to help 'Wounded Warrior'

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and Skills USA members teamed up to raise $1,500 to help Wounded Warriors, including a local man injured while serving in Afghanistan, according to Sheriff J.B. Gardner.
    U.S. Army PFC Eric Sabath received injuries to his feet while sweeping a road mined with an improved explosive device in August.

  • Supervisor calls for investigation of county officials

    HILLSVILLE — To ensure the Carroll Board of Supervisors proceeds in a professional and legal manner, the board’s Pine Creek representative wants to resolve all outstanding questions at one time.
    In a recent e-mail, Supervisor Bob Martin asked the county attorney for advice in launching a state police investigation and requesting an attorney general ruling.

  • Local scout honored for gesture of respect

    Webelos Scout Lane Snow from Woodlawn stood and saluted through the 2.5-mile funeral procession of Virginia State Trooper A.D. Fox last week.
    As a nine-year-old member of Pack 810 in Woodlawn, Snow and his unit had been learning about citizenship and duty to country when Trooper Fox was killed in the line of duty.

  • Red Cross helping family that lost home

    The Wood’s River Chapter of the American Red Cross has assisted a Cana family recovering from an Oct. 9 fire that destroyed their home.
    Six were living in the home of David and Ann McMillan when the fire caught in the early morning hours that day. The extensive damage from the blaze drove the couple and their four children out of the home.
    Just like with other emergencies that shake up peoples’ lives, Red Cross representatives responded to a request to help the McMillans after the house was declared a total loss by firefighters.

  • GHS senior plans to leave her mark

    A Galax High School student is planning to leave her mark on the school by organizing a senior project that will paint the white Maroon Tide symbol on the roads encircling the school.
    Kaitlyn Martin addressed Galax City Council at its Oct. 8 meeting, requesting that she be allowed to move forward with her project and allow city employees to paint and maintain the street symbols.

  • Hillsville man's face transplant transforms his life

     

    BALTIMORE, MARYLAND — The 37-year-old Hillsville man who received the most extensive face transplant surgery ever says his life has been transformed.

    The University of Maryland released details today on the recovery of Richard Lee Norris, on the surgery completed to date seven months ago. 

  • Firefighters investigate explosion

    Galax firefighters responded to the Turman hardwood flooring plant on Wednesday night, after a spark
    ignited sawdust and caused a loud explosion, but only minor damage.

  • Grayson sets sights on shooting range

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County leaders are considering opening a shooting range, but would like a third party to take on the responsibility.
    Supervisors discussed the idea during their regular meeting Oct. 11. It’s a topic they have discussed for more than a year.
    Deputy County Administrator Mitch Smith told the board that the proposed land for the shooting range was off Graystone Road, just across the street from the county’s closed landfill.

  • Hundreds turn out to honor fallen trooper

     

    Virginia State Trooper Andrew Fox was buried Oct. 11 at Summerfield Church cemetery in Grayson County, in a funeral attended by law enforcement officials and officers from across the state. Fox died in the line of duty, after being struck by a car while directing traffic at the Virginia State Fair.

  • Fire destroys garage, cars in Galax

    A fire damaged Alley’s Garage on Oct. 8, with flames so hot they melted tires off the cars inside and boiled water on the floor.