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  • Grand jury issues 200 indictments

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County's grand jury had a full docket Monday, and considered more than 200 indictments, including cases involving a murder and two unrelated bank robberies in the Twin Counties this year.

  • Smith: Carroll can save on school construction

    HILLSVILLE — The big challenge for Carroll County Public Schools — beyond swine flu virus and Virginia’s budget crisis — is finishing the school construction program, Superintendent Greg Smith said in a “state of the schools” address Sept. 14.

  • Barker named interim city manager

    Keith Barker was named interim city manager during a called meeting of Galax City Council last Thursday.

    Barker will replace City Manager Keith Holland, who has resigned effective Oct. 2.

    He also was appointed to replace Holland on the social services committee, on Virginia’s aCorridor, and on the E911 and Galax-Grayson Emergency Services boards.

    Other board appointments will be discussed at the next city council meeting Oct. 12.

  • Former Carroll school employee found guilty

    HILLSVILLE — A former Carroll County Public Schools employee didn’t fight a charge that he took money from school vending machines during his 12-year stint as a custodian.

    James T. Spicer, 55, of Hillsville appeared in Carroll County Circuit Count on Monday and entered a “no contest” plea to one count of grand larceny.

    That was after Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Karen Boyer asked the court to dismiss seven other counts of grand larceny without cause.

  • Towe guilty in fatal alcohol-related crash

    HILLSVILLE — A Cana man pleaded guilty Monday for an October 2008 alcohol-related vehicle crash that caused the death of a Middlesex, N.C., woman and injured two others.

    Stephen Edwin Towe, 42, will spend 13 years in prison. He entered a guilty plea in Carroll County Circuit Court to three charges stemming from the accident.

    The crash occurred when Towe, driving a 2001 Oldsmobile Aurora, crossed the center line of Woodlawn Road and struck a 2007 Chevy Cobalt, according to a report by Virginia State Police. Ashley Nicole Whitaker was driving the Cobalt at the time.

  • Town of Fries receives $1 million for FD relocation

    FRIES — The Town of Fries was successful in obtaining a $1 million grant through the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development to build a new 10,000-square-foot fire department.

    Gov. Tim Kaine announced the award Thursday of over $5 million in grants under the Community Development Block Grant Recovery (CDBG-R) program — one of which was the town's application.

  • Galax police seize $45,000 worth of meth

    Two men have been arrested and charged with drug possession in Galax by members of the Galax Police Department and Twin County Drug Task Force.

    The two arrested were Jorge Luis Quintero, 25, of Sparta, N.C., and Arturo Valejas Hernandez, 33, of Galax.

    Police Officer Jody Poole arrested the two after a traffic stop revealed a quantity of suspected methamphetamine. Poole observed what he suspected as drug activity in his patrol zone on Monday.

  • Veteran to fight for the 9th

    teran from Washington County says he will run as an independent for the 9th District congressional seat now held by Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Abingdon.

    Jeremiah Heaton, 33, owns and operates his own business in Damascus.

    Heaton made the announcement while giving a speech in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and stressed that he wanted to kick off his campaign by personally telling U.S. soldiers that they have not been forgotten.

  • School system to fund clerk of works

    INDEPENDENCE — Former Grayson County Administrator Bill Ring was relieved of his clerk of the works duties with the school system as a way to cut expenses during the Sept. 10 board of supervisors meeting.

    Four days later, Ring was appointed by the Grayson County School Board as interim clerk of the works.

    Grayson County Administrator Jonathan Sweet said the county opted to "terminate services with Mr. Ring as a means of saving significant amounts of money."

  • Art school nears completion

    Chestnut Creek School of the Arts has reached the point of substantial completion, and is expected to hold its first class in the permanent home in February, director Chris Shackelford said.

    Until the school opens early next year, a series of art classes will continue to be held in the Vaughan building beside the Galax Public Library.