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  • EMT, nurse left legacy of service


  • Independence council changes meeting day


    INDEPENDENCE — Independence Town Council will change its regular meeting date next month — and that change could become permanent.
    Mayor Butch Reeves told council Aug. 9 that he was taking a new job, which would require him to work on Tuesday nights.
    Council now meets at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month.
    Meeting on a Monday or Friday was not a good night, which means the meeting would be on a Wednesday or Thursday.

  • Galax physician reprimanded by state

    Staff Reports and Landmark News Service

    A Galax physician was reprimanded earlier this year by the Virginia Board of Medicine for what it said was her naïve role in assisting a Dublin doctor accused of sidestepping federal prescribing regulations.
    Kathleen Kasbaum Schultz, a doctor of osteopathy from Galax, was reprimanded for assisting Dr. Linda Sue Cheek in a process that allowed prescribing regulations to be circumvented.

  • Wildwood 'megasite' dedicated


    Regional leaders want to compete with North Carolina markets for new companies and jobs with the Wildwood Commerce Park megasite, said Grayson County's Mike Maynard on Tuesday.

    Having earlier joked with a Wythe County elected official that he wanted to take jobs away from that neighboring Virginia county, Maynard revised that comment later in the dedication of the business park.

  • Spencer to run for school board


  • APCo defends rising power bills

    INDEPENDENCE — Sharp increases in coal prices are to blame for Appalachian Power Company’s price hikes in recent years throughout the company’s service area, a company representative told local officials last week.
    Mary Begly, from the External Affairs Department of APCo, appeared before the Grayson County Board of Supervisors on Aug. 11 to explain why electric rates have increased over the last few years and what citizens can do to keep usage low.

  • Galax gets grant for 'Bottom' project


  • Carroll hopes funding will flow soon

    HILLSVILLE — Utility projects in Fancy Gap still await the approval of Rural Development before going to bid.
    The Carroll County Public Service Authority members received an update on the status of the Fancy Gap water and sewer projects at their regular August meeting Monday.
    Paperwork in their board packet noted that the water portion awaits final authorization from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to advertise for construction bids.

  • Carrico won't seek third term on board


    INDEPENDENCE — In a surprise move, Grayson County Board of Supervisors’ Vice Chairman Doug Carrico said Wednesday morning that he will not seek re-election as the board’s at-large member.
    Carrico, now serving his second term, announced last week that he would run as a political independent after losing the Republican nomination to David Sexton during a mass meeting in July.

  • The Rev. Standrod Carmichael, 1924-2011




    ATLANTA, Ga. ― The Rev. Standrod Tucker Carmichael, a well-known member of the Galax, Va., community, has passed away at the age of 86.

    He died of congestive heart failure on Aug. 7 in Atlanta.