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  • Emergency volunteers' needs must be addressed

    HILLSVILLE — Included among the missions and goals of Carroll's Emergency Services Board, one member wants to see more of the volunteers' problems solved.

    Members of the advisory board spent considerable time at their April 22 called meeting poring over a mission statement requested by the county supervisors, but Markel Cochran believed the proposal did not address concerns he's heard from volunteers.

    "This is good," Cochran reacted after hearing the proposed goals and objectives. "You've put a lot of work into it, and it's a waste of time."

  • Galax candidates participate in forum

    A “Get to Know Your City Council” candidate forum held last Wednesday at the Crossroads Institute allowed attendees to become more informed on the issues facing the city and prepared voters for Tuesday's election.

    City council candidates spoke about their backgrounds, and answered questions that were submitted ahead of time.

    Among the candidates are incumbents C.M. Mitchell, Willie Greene, John Garner and Derrick Davis and newcomer and downtown business owner Margaret “Margo” Crouse.

    Election day is Tuesday.

    The Candidates

  • Who's on the ballot Tuesday?

    Polls open Tuesday in municipal elections across the Twin Counties.

    Five candidates will vie to fill four slots on Galax City Council, and the race in Hillsville is between Frieda Jessup and Billy Walls Sr. for the Sulphur Springs Ward on town council.

    There are just enough candidates to fill spots on Independence and Fries town councils.

  • Bond set for drug suspect

    HILLSVILLE — Prosecutors objected to granting bond for a man suspected of leaving the scene of an April 15 drug sting and leading police on a 15-minute chase, but a Carroll Circuit Court judge granted a $200,000 bond Thursday.

    That doubled bond for Donald Scott Vaughan, 52, of Galax, from what had been set in general district court.

  • Grayson approves $20.9M school budget

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson supervisors will provide $1 million more than the local amount required to receive the maximum in state funding for education — but the school system won’t have an extra penny to spend.

    Supervisors met last Wednesday night to continue discussion on the requested $20.7 million from the school board.



    GALAX (Five candidates ran for four council seats)

    • Margaret L. "Margo" Crouse — 293 (20.4%)

    • Derrick Scott Davis — 193 (13.4%)

    • John U. Garner Jr. — 295 (20.5%)

    • Willie T. Greene Sr. — 326 (22.7%)

  • You are sentenced to ... where?

    INDEPENDENCE – Want to take part in naming Grayson County’s state prison?

    The Grayson County Board of Supervisors has been asked by the Virginia Department of Corrections for input in naming the state correctional facility being constructed just outside of Independence, and wants the public’s ideas.

    County Administrator Jonathan Sweet told the board Tuesday that as construction draws to a close, corrections officials need to begin buying purchasing signs, stationery and such for the facility.

  • Upgrade keeps airwaves clear

    HILLSVILLE — Radio system improvements will provide clear channels of communications for law enforcement in the region, and that will help keep officers safe, say Carroll County officials.

    A Homeland Security grant of almost $1.6 million provided funding to boost microwave radio signals so deputies and police could better communicate with each other during daily operations in Carroll, Grayson and Pulaski counties and Galax.

  • Drugs taken from Laurel Fork clinic

    UPDATED — A handgun went off during the struggle between an alleged robber and a pharmacy employee Friday afternoon in Carroll County but no one was injured. The suspect escaped after stealing an unspecified amount of controlled drugs.

    The Carroll County Sheriff's Department reported late Friday that a man wielding a handgun robbed the Tri-Area Pharmacy on U.S. 58 about 4:23 p.m. that afternoon in the Laurel Fork community.

  • Suspect avoids drug sting, takes off

    HILLSVILLE — A suspect in an investigation fled the scene of a drug buy set up near Hillsville Thursday, leading officers from five law enforcement agencies on a chase through the Twin Counties, authorities say.

    Donald Scott Vaughan, 52, of Galax faces multiple charges as a result.

    The investigation — and the chase — led to charges of felony eluding police, two counts of distribution of a schedule II drug, reckless driving and using a police scanner to evade law enforcement, according to information from Carroll Sheriff Warren Manning.