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  • Woman charged with embezzling from United Way

    INDEPENDENCE — A Galax woman was indicted by a Grayson County grand jury Jan. 23 charging her with the alleged embezzlement of funds from Twin County United Way.

    According to the indictment, Tammy Lynn Warf allegedly embezzled more than $200 from the United Way between March 1 and Dec. 4, 2008.

    An indictment is a legal accusation only. It does not establish guilt or innocence.

    Also, Shannon Dwaune Porter of Galax was indicted on seven charges involving two businesses in Galax.

  • Grayson awards FMS renovation bid

    INDEPENDENCE — Nine bids were received for renovations at Fries Middle School, with the low bidder coming in more than $1 million lower than previous expectations.

    During the school board's regular meeting Jan. 26, the low bid of $5.08 million was awarded to Blue Ridge Enterprises, Inc. — nearly $1.4 million below the amount expected.

  • Fries in choice location

    FRIES — A market study of the potential development of the old Washington Mills site on the New River in Fries indicates that the location is within 150 miles of 9.2 million people and 314,000 college students.

    The study was done by K.W. Poore & Associates of Richmond and is part of the town's Revitalization Master Plan, which calls for significant improvements in downtown Fries and on the mill site.

  • Vote may not have been legal

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County School Board will have to re-elect a chairperson at its February meeting after the procedure used in January was deemed to be unfit according to Virginia state law.

    During the meeting held Jan. 26, two nominations were made for chairperson — former chairwoman Wynn Combs and board member Misty Cassell.

    When called to a vote, each received two from the board members present. Board member Shannon Holdaway was absent.

  • In re-vote, school board picks new chair

    INDEPENDENCE — After a procedure used in January to elect a chairperson for the Grayson County School Board was deemed to be unfit according to Virginia state law, the board held another election on Monday night.

    This time, things turned out differently.

    Misty Cassell will serve as chair of the board for 2009 after receiving three votes to former chairwoman Wynn Combs’ two.

  • Inventor harnesses wind, water

    Christopher Thomas has been making the rounds, trying to generate interest among local economic developers for his portable electricity making devices.

    Thomas and his enthusiastic twin brother Stephen — just about physically indistinguishable from Chris but for a brown ball cap and his other garments on this day — stopped in at the Crossroads Institute last week to visit with the Small Business Development Center's Dallas Garrett, Regional Economic Developer Neal Satterwhite and Carroll County's Bernie Deck.

  • Bank robbery suspect in custody

    The man accused of robbing First Citizens Bank branches in Galax and Roanoke in January and a SunTrust Bank in Bedford County this month is now behind bars.

    William Myrl Smitherman, 19, of Clemmons, N.C., was arrested last Thursday in Forsyth County, N.C., and is being held as a fugitive from justice.

    He was taken into custody by a Forsyth County deputy sheriff after a warrant charging Smitherman with robbery was obtained by Galax Police Detective J.B. Greer.

  • Driver leads police on 3-locality chase

    It took four agencies and nearly 20 minutes to stop a car caught speeding on Virginia 89 last Friday night.

    According to Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan, Brandon Alexander Berzer, 22, of Woodlawn, faces seven charges — including two felonies — in relation to a chase Friday night that spanned Grayson and Carroll Counties and the City of Galax.

    According to Vaughan, Deputy Gene Bowers was running radar on Virginia 89 at the intersection of Fairview Road.

  • Instructors drawn to Galax art school

    More than 80 artisans — some from as far as Raleigh, N.C. — attended the Chestnut Creek School of the Arts instructors' orientation meeting last week to learn the elements of becoming a professional instructor at the art school.

  • Galax tightens budget

    Significant losses in this year's revenue has the City of Galax rethinking its expenditures for the 2008-2009 budget — including holding off on renovating the Galax Farmers' Market, obtaining a city street sweeper and moving forward with water and sewer projects.

    Meals tax revenue was down by 9.59 percent, dropping from $598,522 to this year's $541,098, according to the Nikki Shank, the city's director of finance.