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  • More swine flu possible in Grayson schools

    INDEPENDENCE — A second possible case of the H1N1 virus, more commonly known as swine flu, has been identified in the Grayson County School System.

    School officials are awaiting confirmation of the illness.

    "At this time, we do not have information from the Virginia Department of Health that the possible H1N1 or swine flu cases in Grayson County are confirmed," Grayson Schools Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Thomas said.

  • Police find meth, pot in search of man's home

    TROUTDALE — A Troutdale man has been charged after police found marijuana plants growing on his property and drug paraphernalia in his home last week.

    Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan said officers with his department conducted a search at the resident of James Newton Johnson at 237 Ripshin Road in Troutdale on Aug. 4.

    The search revealed a small quantity of marijuana inside the residence, along with drug paraphernalia. Deputies also searched the backyard and woods adjacent to the property, where 25 marijuana plants were found.

  • CCHS serves up new lunch room

    HILLSVILLE — Pizza seemed the most popular with educators during the first lunch served under the new food service provider for Carroll County Public Schools.

    Chartwells served up a menu of pizza, nachos, corn salsa, wraps and watermelon to a hungry crowd of teachers and administrators at a divisionwide gathering at Carroll County High School just before the new school year commenced.

    The line for the pizza and nachos seemed longer than the one for the sandwiches, but several still walked away with wraps. Many admitted to dining on the food from both lines.

  • Stripe strikes museum neighbor as 'unsightly'

    Doris Carpenter was appalled by what she saw when she looked out her window on West Stuart Drive — a blob of yellow paint stretched across the front of the Jeff Matthews Museum, she said during Monday's Galax City Council meeting.

    Inside of the yellow rectangle reads “Jeff Matthews Museum,” painted in bold black, with an arrowhead image.

  • Carroll moving ahead with fire fee plan

    HILLSVILLE — Citizens with a burning desire to comment on Carroll County's proposed fire fees, billed to insurance companies, will have a chance to do so in September, the supervisors decided Monday.

    The fire fee idea had come up in April, and county supervisors referred it to the Emergency Services Committee for a recommendation.

  • Marijuana pipe found on school bus

    BAYWOOD – Charges are pending against two Grayson County High School students after deputies found a marijuana pipe on a school bus Aug. 11.

    Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan said the bus was traveling between Independence and Fairview on Aug. 11 when the bus driver smelled marijuana.

    The driver contacted school administration, and was told to pull over at the weigh station in Baywood.

    Grayson deputies — along with GCHS Principal Bobby Cheeks — responded to the scene and performed a search of the bus.

  • Veterans' memorial reaches milestone

    Military veterans Frank and Sharon Plichta of Galax have finally raised the first $110,000 — including $25,000 in city funds — to go towards the construction of the Twin County Veterans' Memorial to be built next to the Galax Public Library to honor and remember those who have served, but the couple is still short nearly $365,000.

  • Police: seizing property hits criminals where it hurts

    HILLSVILLE — Law enforcement officials don't just threaten to throw people acting illegally or suspiciously in prison. Prosecutors also go after the contents of their wallets or garages.

    Carroll County prosecutors have implemented several such civil forfeiture proceedings in a variety of cases where suspected proceeds from drug dealing or other illegal activity — in the form of large amounts of loose cash or property — have been found.

    And on some occasions, the defendants involved in the seizures haven't even been charged with a drug-related crime.

  • Suspicious fires raise alarms

    FANCY GAP — Two early Saturday fires that happened at almost the same time — and just a few miles apart — in the Fancy Gap area have raised alarm bells in the minds of Carroll investigators and emergency services personnel.

    The Hillsville Fire Department responded to a structure fire on Birch Tree Road at 1:09 a.m. Saturday, where they found a barn with about 200 round bales of hay rapidly burning, according to information from Chief Mike Musser and photographer David Young.

  • Factors align in Carroll's favor

    HILLSVILLE — Competitiveness in the construction markets, historically low interest rates and federal Recovery Act initiatives could save Carroll County millions — even tens of millions — if the school board moves ahead now with its school improvement plans.

    Carroll County Public Schools has two scenarios for completing the countywide facility improvement program:

    • spending $62.7 million to build a new high school and renovate the existing high and intermediate schools for grades 8-9 and grades 6-7, respectively.