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  • Cops chop pot crop

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll deputies, Virginia State Police troopers and Virginia Department of Forestry personnel swooped in on a patch of pot plants in the Cana area Thursday.

    Authorities had eyes in the sky with a state police helicopter on a marijuana eradication flight, and they spotted about 50 plants from the air, says Carroll Sheriff Warren Manning.

    Each plant would be worth $1,000 if peddled as an illegal drug on the street, so this bust kept about $50,000 of pot from being sold, he said.

  • Carroll allows non-user fees

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County supervisors signed off on one more water and sewer regulation for the Public Service Authority at their Aug. 11 meeting.

    Supervisors had considered a raft of new regulations for the water and sewer service authority at their July meeting, and postponed decisions on controversial measures.

    One matter that was tabled involved declaring Carroll County as the exclusive service area for the authority and allowing the authority to implement mandatory connections for new systems.

  • Child left on school bus for 7 hours

    INDEPENDENCE — A Grayson County school bus driver has been suspended with pay pending the outcome of an investigation after a 3-year-old girl was left on his bus for nearly seven hours last Wednesday.

    According to Jerry and Gloria Black, their granddaughter spent more than seven hours trapped inside a school bus — luckily on an overcast day.

    The girl — whose name the family asked not be used — will turn four in September and was on her way to pre-kindergarten class at Baywood Elementary.

  • APCo plans power outage in Independence

    ATTENTION: Appalachian Power Co. has announced a scheduled power outage on Thursday from 10 p.m. to midnight.

  • Hammer indicted on new charges

    INDEPENDENCE — A Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury, meeting in special session Aug. 8, returned additional indictments against Frederick Phillip Hammer of Crumpler, N.C., in connection with the alleged murder and robbery of three men at a Grayson tree farm earlier this year.

    An indictment is a formal charge, not a finding of guilt.

    Ronald Hudler of Mouth of Wilson; his son, Frederick Hudler; and a farm hand, John Steven Miller Jr.; were shot to death on Jan. 24.

  • Four plead guilty to drug charges

    ROANOKE — Four men pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia to charges related to a drug distribution organization in the area of Galax known as “The Hill.”

    Those pleading guilty included Danny Lee Peoples, 38; Tommy Lamont Jones, 33; and Cory Vernice Robinson, 39; all of Galax; and Shawn Dewayne Randle, 36, of Winston Salem, N.C.

    “I am pleased that these four men have accepted responsibility for their actions and will be punished accordingly,” Acting United States Attorney Julia C. Dudley said.

  • New opry concerns raised

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll officials and Mayberry Opry developers crafted a timeline to accept proposals on the possible sale of 91 acres of county-owned land with, but a citizen told the supervisors Monday that they should just send that group packing instead.

    Carroll officials believe they can make a decision about whether — and to whom — to sell parcel of land for economic development purposes near the Interstate 77-U.S. 58 interchange by April, after marketing the property more.

  • Judge pleads guilty in crash

    A judge who hears cases in Grayson and Carroll counties pleaded guilty Friday to a hit-and-run charge fewer than three months after he pleaded guilty to a reckless driving charge stemming from a separate incident.

    Virginia State Police charged Michael Keith Blankenship, 44, of Wytheville with hit-and-run May 3 after witnesses identified him as the driver who left the scene of a crash about 5:15 p.m. April 27.

  • Grayson Relay for Life raises $50K

    FRIES — Grayson County Relay for Life raised more than $50,000 — falling short of its goal of $60,000.

    But, one of the organizers, Jane Roberts, said money was still coming in and expected that number to rise even further.

    This was the fifth year Grayson County has held its own relay and opened events Aug. 1 with the Survivor’s Lap followed by opening statements from Event Chairperson Judy Porter.

    Porter said all too often people whisper the word cancer or simply refer to it as the “Big C.”

  • Galax residents air grievances over cell towers

    Galax City Council members, US Cellular representatives and city residents argued the health effects of placing a cell tower in a residential area on City View Drive, before Galax City Council approved the idea on Monday with a 4-3 vote.

    Council also approved placing a 150-foot US Cellular tower on the Galax Police Department's firing range off Glendale Road.