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  • Schools to hold bike safety rodeo

     

  • Mayor to serve as assistant manager

    INDEPENDENCE — Independence Town Council held a special meeting on Sept. 17 to discuss a new temporary role for Mayor Butch Reeves.
    Council hired new Town Manager Jerry Hughes in early September, and since that time Reeves has been assisting Hughes with his duties while he becomes acquainted with the position and the town.
    The purpose of the Sept. 17 meeting was to adjust Reeves’ salary cap and allow him to temporarily continue serving as both the mayor and assistant town manager.

  • Virginia to spend $2 million on voter ID compliance

    State election officials will spend nearly $2 million to prepare citizens for compliance with a new voter identification law intended to tamp down on election fraud in Virginia, where its prevalence is questionable.
    Much of that money — $1.36 million — is the cost of printing and mailing voter registration cards to millions of registered Virginia voters, as Gov. Bob McDonnell ordered when he signed the law last May.

  • Crime caught on camera

     

    The Galax Police Department wants to know the identity of this couple caught
    taking merchandise from Walmart late Sunday. They are wanted for grand larceny.
    In the photo from a store security camera, they appear to be carrying electronics out the garden center entrance. Anyone with information as to their identities should call (276) 236-8101, text GALAX to TIP411 to leave an anonymous tip
    or visit the department's Facebook page to fill out an anonymous tip form.

  • Author chronicles rise of Carter's empire

    HILLSVILLE — In attempting to write a book on a local mining magnate and land baron, Ned Irwin has gone against the wishes of one of the most powerful men that Hillsville ever produced.
    George L. Carter made it as difficult as possible for following generations to understand his life and actions by leaving as little trace as possible, in death much as in life.
    But Irwin continued the research of the late Ray Stahl and produced “The Last Empire Builder: A Life of George L. Carter, 1857 – 1936.”

  • TCRH offering new digital mammography

     

  • Grayson agrees to support airport project

    INDEPENDENCE — With the Grayson County Board of Supervisors’ unanimous vote at the Sept. 13 meeting, Carroll County, Galax and Grayson County have all officially agreed to provide funding for a new phase of a Twin County Airport building project.

  • Making molasses is a sweet assignment

    HILLSVILLE — This weekend’s homework for the Carroll High agricultural students: Make molasses.
    Part of their classroom work up to now has been cultivating and harvesting the sorghum to cook up the traditional sweetener.
    The ag classes and the Future Farmers of America chapter will carry out their assignment, for extra credit, at Shockley’s Old Timey Day on Saturday.

  • Humane Society offers tips on animal advocacy

    HILLSVILLE — An effort to criminalize using dogs to chase foxes kept in pens is one bill that animal advocates can lobby for with their state legislators, said the Virginia state director for the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).
    Laura Donahue recently visited Hillsville with Casey Pheiffer, senior director of wildlife policy, to talk about ways that those concerned about the rights of companion animals and wildlife could make a difference by participating in political processes.

  • Tethering can be deadly for dogs

    Neglect cases cause concern for animal control officer, especially dogs tied up and ignored and pets left in hot vehicles.

    By SHAINA STOCKTON

    Staff

    Animal Control Officer Veronica Bryant opened the door to one of the kennels, revealing a mixed-breed male dog that had been rescued earlier that day.