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  • Hearing set for dentist, pharmacist drug case

    INDEPENDENCE — A preliminary hearing has been set for an Independence dentist and pharmacist involved in a drug investigation.

    Nicolas Arduin, 31, and Dr. Gordon Miniclier, 58, will appear in Grayson County General District Court on Aug. 24 at 9:30 a.m. for a preliminary hearing.

    Arduin, a former part-time pharmacist at Woody's Pharmacy in Independence, has been charged with obtaining drugs by fraud, a class 6 felony.

  • Man leads Galax police on chase into N.C.

    An Alabama man is in custody in Surry County, N.C., facing charges in relation to a pursuit that began in Galax on June 30.

    According to a Galax Police Department report, Officer John Reavis stopped James Curtis Brown, 50, of Boaz, Ala., for suspicion of driving under the influence at 6:42 p.m. on June 30.

    When Brown was asked to exit his car, he fled the scene in his vehicle, pursued by Reavis and Galax Officer Jacob Vaughn. On two occasions, Boaz traveled west in the eastbound lanes of U.S. 58, according to police.

  • Carico named new Carroll rec director

    HILLSVILLE — In an effort to expand recreational opportunities, Carroll County’s new recreation director says she’ll be looking to the public for ideas.

    Beth Carico came to the position in May with experience at Virginia State Parks, including working as an assistant administrator of the New River Trail at Galax.

    Originally from the suburbs of Detroit, her introduction to Virginia occurred as a part of the pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in recreation, parks and leisure from Central Michigan University.

  • Carroll/Mohawk deal will retain jobs

    HILLSVILLE — More than 150 jobs at Mohawk, a major industry in Carroll County, will be saved, after the Carroll County Board of Supervisors and the Industrial Development Authority decided to invest $280,000 in the company, the board announced during a special year-end closeout meeting Monday.

    The investment will pay for a backup power system to address electrical issues that have plagued the plant. In exchange, Mohawk agrees to stay in Hillsville through at least 2017.

  • First-time homeowners settle in

    For James and Suzanne Smith, their new home is everything they thought it would be.

    The house on Middleton Street in Galax is just what they needed — two bedrooms, two baths, vinyl siding, their own front yard and back deck.

    The house even had enough space for a “Navajo room,” where James — a full-blooded Navajo Indian — stores pictures and crafts to reflect on his heritage.

    The Smiths showcased their new home in an open house tour for National Homeownership Month in June, sponsored by USDA Rural Development.

  • Only one seat contested in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — Only one incumbent will face a challenger this year on two Grayson County boards.

    According to Grayson Registrar Debbie Phipps, board of supervisors Chairman Mike Maynard, a Republican, has filed to run for a second term as supervisor for the Wilson District.

    Maynard will run opposite Democrat Kate Irwin in this fall’s election.

    Incumbent Supervisor Brenda Sutherland will run unopposed, as she seeks her first full term as the Elk Creek supervisor.

  • Bassett: APCo increase would be 'job killer'

    WYTHEVILLE — Appalachian Power depends on coal as an electricity-generating fuel.

    But desperation fueled much of the public testimony generated at a hearing last Wednesday night in Wytheville about a proposed "fuel factor" rate increase by the utility.

    The Virginia State Corporation Commission's three commissioners listened as customer after customer protested APCo's latest request to charge more for the electricity it delivers.

  • Broadband initiative gets grant

    A federal grant of $99,540 will help the regional Wired Road Authority to establish high-speed wireless Internet service for 360 homes and businesses in Carroll and Grayson counties and the City of Galax.

    The grant is from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, through its Rural Development Agency.

    The funding will allow the Wired Road Authority to provide high-speed Internet services to more customers.

  • Rio Grande coming to I-77 area

    HILLSVILLE — A new business, a Mexican steakhouse, will locate on land formerly owned by Carroll County near the U.S. 58 and Interstate 77 interchange, the Carroll Industrial Development Authority learned Monday.

    Developer Marshall Lineberry gave the IDA members an update on the shops at the Southwest Virginia Farmers Market that he continues to build there, and he threw in the information about the new Rio Grande that will go in on the east side of the interstate.

  • Grayson adopts amended trash fee

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County residents will pay $3 a week for trash beginning July 1, after the board of supervisors unanimously approved the addition to the Solid Waste Ordinance last Thursday night.

    The vote came a day after a public hearing on the proposed charge for trash collection.