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  • Watch the road, while your car watches you

    A vast majority of motorists wants tougher laws to prevent sharing of vehicle data that is being sent out by the new generation of “connected cars.”
    A new poll by the American Automobile Association shows Virginia motorists are expressing strong concerns over the ownership and privacy of the data.

  • Altercation involving police chief investigated

    HILLSVILLE — Virginia State Police have been looking into a report of an alleged assault involving the Hillsville police chief while off-duty.
    “We’re conducting an investigation, but we can’t make any comment on an investigation,” said Lt. J.J. Daniels, stationed at the Wytheville Virginia State Police Office.

  • Petitions defend zoning, call for supervisor's recall

    INDEPENDENCE — Recent controversial action by the Grayson County Board of Supervisors has prompted a group of citizens to circulate three petitions aimed at recalling a supervisor and retaining the county administrator and the county’s zoning ordinance.

  • Supervisors question funds for Grant center

    INDEPENDENCE — By a vote of 3-2, the Grayson County Board of Supervisors last month appropriated a portion of the funding needed to keep the Grant Community Computing Center open through the end of February.
    The supervisors appropriated $4,000 to keep the center open through part of February. In the meantime, the center’s staff and the Grant community will have to form a plan of action for becoming more self-sustainable to keep it open beyond that point.

  • Branch closes U.S. 58 project for winter

    Branch Highways has finished its second season of the U.S. 58 widening project in the Laurel Fork area of Carroll County.
    “The winter weather is a severe limitation on highway construction activities so we will have to work in a limited capacity until next spring,” said Pete Copes, Branch’s general superintendent, in a news release.  

  • Bill would create animal abusers registry

    RICHMOND — Senate Bill 32 proposes to create a public animal cruelty registry to highlight “persons convicted of a felony” involving pets, police dogs and more, for consideration in the 2014 General Assembly session.
    State Sen. Bill Stanley, who represents Galax and part of Carroll County, authored the bill that will go before the legislators when they convene later this month, according to the proposal’s text.

  • Adoption system keeps family dreams on hold

    Katie and Steve Day get a call every few weeks.
    A social worker tells them something that would make their dreams come true — a child could be headed to their home.
    In 2011, when the calls started, their stomachs would knot in excitement. They’d stock the refrigerator and put sheets on beds in their three spare bedrooms. They’d pray for guidance as new parents to a child who could have physical and emotional scars.
    Then they’d wait.

  • UPDATE: Missing teen found

    UPDATE 12:48 PM:

    Galax police report that Phillips has been found safe in Greensboro, N.C.

    ORIGINAL STORY:

  • Community center looks back on successful year

    LAMBSBURG — The Lambsburg Community Center’s chairman foresees that a new library completed in 2013 could become a main attraction for Southern Carroll.
    Looking back at the community group’s accomplishments last year, Chairman Phillip Berrier expressed high hopes for the library that many volunteers have worked on.

  • County looks at controlling dogs deemed dangerous

    HILLSVILLE — Should Carroll County officials create a list of dangerous dogs that can be found around the county?
    That was the question recently raised by Supervisor Sam Dickson at a county board meeting.
    Dickson said he got the idea by reading a news article about other localities in Virginia having a “dangerous dog registry.”