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  • Grayson treasurer Junior Young retiring after 34 years

    A special election will be held this year to choose a replacement to finish Young's term..

  • Signs point way to parkway safety

    A subtle change has occurred on the Blue Ridge Parkway that may help those in need get more timely lifesaving assistance.
    Twin County E911’s Allen Cox bolted in the last two road name signs on their post at the parkway’s intersection with Horizon Road in Grayson County on Tuesday afternoon.
    The vertical signs appear as white lettering on a brown background on the stop sign posts on 33 roads in Carroll and Grayson counties that connect with the parkway, said Jolena Young, Twin County E911 coordinator.

  • Historical society to tackle Allen house

    HILLSVILLE — The effort to preserve the Queen Anne-style J. Sidna Allen home could move under the umbrella of the Carroll County Historical Society.
    Shelby Inscore-Puckett, long active in the historical society and an organizer in the effort to save the Allen home in Fancy Gap, visited the board she used to serve on with a proposal Monday.
    She asked the museum’s board of directors to agree in principle to become a player in restoring the home of the 1912 courthouse shootout participant.

  • Stamp Out Hunger benefits local food banks

    On May 11, the U.S. Postal Service and the National Association of Letter Carriers participated in the nation’s largest single day food drive to “Stamp Out Hunger” in America.
    On that day, the nation’s 175,000 letter carriers collected food donations from the homes of generous donors in more than 10,000 United States Communities.
    Localities participated in the program as well, leaving boxes of canned food, peanut butter, cereals, pasta and rice by their mailboxes.

  • Galax park going to the dogs?

    For the past several weeks, Dr. Linda Lastinger has been hard at work with a new project that she hopes will offer a common meeting area for people to relax and socialize in Galax along with their four-legged family members.
    Her idea, as presented at Galax City Council’s May 28 meeting, is to construct a new dog park in the city.

  • Galax man dies in tractor accident

    Galax-Grayson EMS responded to an accident near Camp Zion Road in Galax the afternoon of May 27.
    They arrived on the scene to find that Billy Redd of Galax, 77, had sustained serious injuries in a lawnmower accident.
    At press time, there was no further information about the nature of the accident.
    While the Galax Volunteer Fire Department did not respond to the scene, Fire Chief David Hankley confirmed that Redd’s condition was urgent enough to require an airlift to the hospital.

  • Police collect evidence in George case

    Warrants indicate a suspect would face first-degree murder charge

    Police suspicion of criminal activity surrounding the death of Desia Rae George, 33, was confirmed last week when autopsy reports indicated an unnatural and suspicious cause of death.
    On May 23, George’s body was discovered in a pond alongside Brushy Creek Road in Grayson County, about 10 miles from her home in the town of Fries.

  • Carroll awards bid for Patriot Trail

    HILLSVILLE — School officials went down the path to awarding a construction bid for a piece of the Patriot Trail at the Carroll School Board’s May meeting.
    The action passed with one abstention and one "no" vote.
    Continuing to work towards creating a walking trail at the Hillsville Elementary School, officials had set out two options in the bidding process with different thicknesses of asphalt for a eight foot wide, half-mile long, handicapped-assessable portion of the trail.

  • Absentee voting for primaries ends June 8

    Virginia voters eligible to vote absentee for the upcoming primary elections may cast their absentee ballot in person at general registrar offices Saturday.
    Voters must meet one of 17 eligibility requirements to vote absentee. See details at www.sbe.virginia.gov.
    For voters interested in voting absentee by mail, applications are available online at the State Board of Elections website or at local voter registration offices.
    Voters requesting to vote absentee by mail must submit an application to the local registrar’s office by 5 p.m. June 4.

  • George investigation continues

    Investigators on Wednesday were still awaiting the results of an autopsy to determine the cause of death for a missing woman whose body was found near Fries on May 22.
    The body of Desia Rae George, 33, of Fries, was found in a creek alongside secluded Brush Creek Road in Grayson County, after a youth cutting weeds there found her cell phone and alerted police.
    The mother of four had been missing since April 15.