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  • Hillsville continues search for new town manager, police chief

    HILLSVILLE — Town council continues its headhunting for two leadership positions, and one citizen says the best candidates already work for Hillsville.
    Filling the vacant town manager and police chief jobs received only a few minutes of attention from Hillsville Town Council members during the open session of the Oct. 22 meeting.
    After a 40-minute closed session, Mayor Greg Crowder announced that interviews for the top candidates for police chief will occur at the beginning of November.

  • Galax drivers cautioned about 4-way stops

     

  • Farmers' market lands $28,000 grant

    INDEPENDENCE — The Independence Farmers Market was recently selected as one of only five farmers markets in the state to be awarded a substantial grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
    The grant, which will provide more than $28,000 in funding over the next two years, will help the market complete three phases that should help increase the community’s accessibility to healthy, locally grown foods in Grayson County.
    The market’s primary objective will be to install a two-year funded market manager position.

  • Police, students team up to help 'Wounded Warrior'

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and Skills USA members teamed up to raise $1,500 to help Wounded Warriors, including a local man injured while serving in Afghanistan, according to Sheriff J.B. Gardner.
    U.S. Army PFC Eric Sabath received injuries to his feet while sweeping a road mined with an improved explosive device in August.

  • Supervisor calls for investigation of county officials

    HILLSVILLE — To ensure the Carroll Board of Supervisors proceeds in a professional and legal manner, the board’s Pine Creek representative wants to resolve all outstanding questions at one time.
    In a recent e-mail, Supervisor Bob Martin asked the county attorney for advice in launching a state police investigation and requesting an attorney general ruling.

  • Local scout honored for gesture of respect

    Webelos Scout Lane Snow from Woodlawn stood and saluted through the 2.5-mile funeral procession of Virginia State Trooper A.D. Fox last week.
    As a nine-year-old member of Pack 810 in Woodlawn, Snow and his unit had been learning about citizenship and duty to country when Trooper Fox was killed in the line of duty.

  • Red Cross helping family that lost home

    The Wood’s River Chapter of the American Red Cross has assisted a Cana family recovering from an Oct. 9 fire that destroyed their home.
    Six were living in the home of David and Ann McMillan when the fire caught in the early morning hours that day. The extensive damage from the blaze drove the couple and their four children out of the home.
    Just like with other emergencies that shake up peoples’ lives, Red Cross representatives responded to a request to help the McMillans after the house was declared a total loss by firefighters.

  • GHS senior plans to leave her mark

    A Galax High School student is planning to leave her mark on the school by organizing a senior project that will paint the white Maroon Tide symbol on the roads encircling the school.
    Kaitlyn Martin addressed Galax City Council at its Oct. 8 meeting, requesting that she be allowed to move forward with her project and allow city employees to paint and maintain the street symbols.

  • Hillsville man's face transplant transforms his life

     

    BALTIMORE, MARYLAND — The 37-year-old Hillsville man who received the most extensive face transplant surgery ever says his life has been transformed.

    The University of Maryland released details today on the recovery of Richard Lee Norris, on the surgery completed to date seven months ago. 

  • Firefighters investigate explosion

    Galax firefighters responded to the Turman hardwood flooring plant on Wednesday night, after a spark
    ignited sawdust and caused a loud explosion, but only minor damage.