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  • AT&T service now available in Galax area

    Galax will no longer be a “dead zone” for AT&T wireless service, now that the telecommunications company has made it available in the area.
    On Monday, AT&T announced the availability of its mobile Internet service in Galax, extending access for advanced mobile services, devices and applications to customers in the area.
    This will allow AT&T customers with smartphones, tablets or other mobile devices to access the Internet, voice and data capabilities, the company said in a news release.

  • Holdaway seeks another term on school board

    INDEPENDENCE — James Shannon Holdaway, incumbent candidate for the Wilson District seat on the Grayson County School Board, is seeking re-election in the Nov. 5 General Election.
    Holdaway has served two terms (eight years) on the board, including four as vice chairman.
    Holdaway faces a challenge from Brian Walls of Mouth of Wilson, a Virginia Department of Corrections employee who works at the new state prison in Independence.

  • Incumbent challenged by write-in candidate

    INDEPENDENCE — A last-minute challenger has announced his intention to seek the Elk Creek District seat on the Grayson County Board of Supervisors.
    With no official candidates filing to run against her, incumbent Brenda Sutherland until this week was without opposition for her second full term.
    On Tuesday, Tracy “Zeke” Anderson announced that he is running a write-in campaign.

  • Jones to stand trial for murder

    INDEPENDENCE — The boyfriend of a 33-year-old Fries woman who went missing in April has been charged with murder by indictment in Grayson County court, according to the Grayson Commonwealth’s Attorney.

  • Midway Baptist fellowship hall damaged by fire

     In a series of factors almost too compounded to be considered a coincidence, plenty of help arrived in time to quickly douse a fire at Midway Baptist Church on Oct. 27.
    The Galax Fire Department received a call at 7 p.m. from a passerby who reported heavy smoke billowing from the sanctuary. On arrival, the firefighters found the fellowship hall on fire, according to a report from Fire Chief David Hankley.

  • Three seek 6th District seat

    In the race to fill the vacancy in the Virginia House of Delegates 6th District left by the retiring Anne B. Crockett-Stark, three candidates will appear on the ballot Nov. 5 in the Twin Counties.
    The candidates seeking to become the next representative for Carroll, Smyth and Wythe counties are Democrat Jonathan Lee McGrady of Hillsville, Republican Jeffrey L. Campbell of Saltville and independent Barbara T. Hall of Marion.

  • Strike team trains for dangerous cases

    HILLSVILLE — After keeping a low profile for months, the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office tactical team arrived on the scene when assisting at a recent Galax drug bust.
    Though this is the first time the team has been noticed publicly in a law enforcement situation, leader Seth Greer — also a sheriff’s office investigator — said the eight members trained for about a year before going to work in March.
    The goal is to keep the community and officers in the commission of their duty safe, Greer explained.

  • Woodlawn school fate delayed

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll School Board’s recent split vote on turning the former Woodlawn School building over to the county has prompted the Carroll County Board of Supervisors to postpone a final decision on the facility’s fate.
    At the county board meeting on Oct. 21, supervisor Joshua Hendrick brought up the recent vote in which two of the five school board members voted against giving Woodlawn School to the county.

  • Screenprinting company to create 55 jobs, invest $1.4 million

    HILLSVILLE — Classic Creations Screen Printing will create 55 jobs and invest $1.4 million in a facility in Carroll County Industrial Park, according to a Tuesday announcement by CEO Keith Sanders.
    In a crowded board of supervisors room, Sanders noted that he chose Hillsville and Carroll County as the location for his startup business due to the quality workforce that’s available here and the help he’s gotten from local and state representatives over the last 14 months.

  • Supervisor reverses decision on RV retreat

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff

    HILLSVILLE — A Carroll County Board of Supervisors member has rescinded a motion that he made in July to vacate a plat belonging to Fancy Gap resident who wanted to make changes to his RV retreat property.
    Property owner Stephen Gregson appeared at the Oct. 21 supervisors’ meeting to discuss the matter, noting that his attorney had begun a discussion with County Attorney Jim Cornwell about the matter.