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  • At long last, Fries awards roof bid

    FRIES — After years of fighting and months of negotiating bids, the Fries Recreation Center will get a new roof in early 2010.

    Fries Town Mayor Marie Isom signed the agreement with Dillon Construction of Galax to repair the roof on the aging building, after U.S. Cellular notified the town of the approved contract.

    In August, bids were received for the project after a four-year battle for permanent authority ended when the Federal Communications Commission dismissed all petitions to deny U.S. Cellular's tower placement across the New River from the town.

  • Suspect surrenders after firing shots

    HILLSVILLE — A 36-year-old Hillsville man faces charges after barricading himself in the Hillcrest Apartments on Nov. 27, according to a press release from the Hillsville Police Department.

    Police officers received a report at approximately 11:30 p.m. after the man had reportedly fired a weapon inside his apartment and barricaded the door with furniture to prevent anyone else from getting in.

    When officers arrived, they found the man's girlfriend and juvenile daughter had already fled the apartment.

  • Carroll dog owners won't roll over

    HILLSVILLE — A proposed trespassing ordinance for four-legged friends and a state dog tag reporting requirement has ruffled the fur of some animal owners in Carroll County.

    Several say they will attend Monday's Carroll Board of Supervisors meeting to make their feelings known.

    Concerned pet owners learned of the proposed ordinance to deal with nuisance dogs about the same time they received notifications regarding necessary dog tag purchases from the county treasurer.

  • Despite ban, no crackdown on lighting up

    Quietly, signs went up Tuesday signaling to customers that things had changed.

    On the first day of the state ban on smoking inside restaurants, police didn't storm into bars, snuffing out cigarettes and doling out $25 fines. And state officials didn't troll for lawbreakers, writing up health-code violations for restaurant owners to address.

  • Christmas celebrations

    GALAX

    The Galax Christmas Parade, with the theme “Music, Memories & Miracles,” will begin at 7 tonight, Friday, on North Main Street.

    The event will kick off with the Galax High School jazz band, beginning at 6:10 p.m., and the lighting of the Christmas tree in front of the Harold Snead Public Safety Building, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

    Pastor Tom Whartenby of Galax Presbyterian Church will say the blessing and Galax Mayor C.M. Mitchell will provide the greeting, before the countdown to the tree lighting.

    FRIES

  • Maynard wins recount

    INDEPENDENCE — Republican incumbent Mike Maynard will represent the Wilson District on the Grayson County Board of Supervisors for the next four years after a recount was held on Friday morning.

    According to Grayson Registrar Debbie Phipps: "nothing changed... all precincts were good throughout."

    The recount was requested by challenger Kate Irwin, who fell just four votes shy of Maynard in the general election held last month, 529 to 525.

    Because the difference was less than one-half of 1 percent, Grayson County paid for the recount.

  • Drugs seized in Flatridge

    TROUTDALE — A Troutdale man was arrested after investigators executed a search warrant at his home last week.

    Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan said investigators searched the home of Jerry Melvin Jenkins, 62, on Flatridge Road.

    Vaughan said a number of illegal substances were located at the residence, along with several firearms.

  • Cases against former officer won't proceed

    HILLSVILLE — Charges of possession of illegal drugs and guns against a former Pulaski police officer who lives in Carroll County have been withdrawn, but that's not necessarily an end to the case, court officials say.

    Christopher Franklin Bond, 33, had faced charges in both Wythe and Carroll counties from June 11 and 12, respectively, after Virginia State Police accused him of having shown up "at a drug transaction and attempted to purchase drugs" at a residence in Wythe.

  • Adult, teens charged with break-ins, bus theft

    HILLSVILLE — Four teens have been charged with an Oct. 25 day-time break-in at Gladeville Elementary School, according to Carroll Sheriff Warren Manning.

    Deputies gathered information on the crime that led to a break in the case, resulting in Investigator Fred Bobbitt serving warrants against Levi Cole Roberts, 18 — no address given — and three juveniles, according to the news release from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Former puppy mill worker alleges animal abuse

    HILLSVILLE — A former dog-breeding operation employee, convicted of misdemeanors involving the sale of animals, has aligned himself with the Humane Society of the United States in an anti-puppy mill campaign.

    Timothy Ray Bullion of Woodlawn, who worked at Horton's Pups when authorities found the business housed up to 700 breeding dogs, made a video testimonial for the national animal advocacy group's "Puppy Mill Action Week."