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  • Galax man speaks up for shelter animals

    A Galax man pleaded with city council last week to extend the number of adoption days for animals awaiting their fate at the regional animal shelter in the city.

    More than a month ago, Eric Garrison said he made trips to the animal shelter to feed the dogs treats. Garrison said he spent less than a minute at the shelter, throwing the treats through the cages from the outside and never striking up a conversation with the shelter's staff.

  • Groundbreaking set for new Grayson school

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson officials will break ground on the new Grayson Highlands School on July 31 at 2 p.m.

    Grayson Schools’ Director of Personnel Chad Newman announced during the county school board meeting Monday that all the necessary permits have been obtained and the process is ready to move forward.

    Grayson Board of Supervisors on July 10 approved a special use permit to build the school on land off Route 16 in the Volney community.

  • GMS begins gang prevention program

    Galax School Board members believe a new middle and elementary school gang prevention program could help deter students from joining street gangs and educate them on how to respect others.

    This gang prevention program, which will be offered to sixth graders at Galax Middle School, came as a result of an adult who was charged with recruiting GMS students to join the “Bloods” street gang between the months of January and March this year.

  • Search for suspect ends in Kentucky

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A man wanted in connection with the breaking and entering at Patton Motorcycle Sales in the Fairview community of Grayson County, Va., last month turned himself in after leading police on a wild chase.

    According to The Shelbyville News — in Shelbyville, Ind. — a Shelby County SWAT team was called out July 7 after an armed suspect — later identified as Kenneth Frank Kipp, 34, of Elkin, N.C. — had fled on foot from police after being involved in a home invasion and attempted robbery.

  • County to watch over school projects

    INDEPENDENCE — Hoping to keep all new school projects in Grayson County on an equal basis, the board of supervisors voted last week to change wording in a resolution to give them authority to review all projects as they move along.

    The change was brought about after bids for the new Grayson Highlands School to be built in Volney came in nearly $2 million more than original estimates.

    Looking back on a previously passed resolution, the board consulted Attorney James E. Cornwell, Jr. on how to interpret the wording.

  • Looking ahead to Carroll's farming future

    HILLSVILLE — Farms and forests remain productive in Carroll County and can continue into the future, says Extension Agent Webb Flowers.

    Food and timber products are homegrown businesses that have a big impact on the local economy, and county officials want to see it remain that way as Carroll’s other staple industries — furniture and textiles — are on the decline.

    The commodities grown on farms and in forests generate millions of dollars of revenue in a year, but growers face challenges as expenses increase across the board.

  • Love's Travel Stop headed to Exit 1

    HILLSVILLE — Striking water in Lambsburg is like striking gold, because water availability was essential to bringing at least a $7 million investment and 70 to 90 jobs from Love's Travel Stops and Country Stores to Carroll County.

  • Water plant site found

    INDEPENDENCE — A site has been chosen for the new regional water system in Independence — and negotiations are underway to purchase the land.

    Bobby Lane, of Lane Engineering, updated Independence Town Council July 8 on the progress of both the new water system and the upgrades to the town’s wastewater plant — both of which will serve the new state prison being built just outside Independence.

    Lane said a site had been chosen for the new plant, but the land had not been secured yet.

  • Jessup joins Hillsville Town Council

    HILLSVILLE — Motivated by the future in Hillsville for her grandchildren and encouraged by her husband, Frieda Jessup officially became the Sulphur Springs representative on town council last Tuesday.

    Jessup was one of four people who put themselves forward to fill the vacancy left by former Sulphur Springs council member Bill Tate’s election to the mayor’s post in May.

    Instead of sitting back and letting someone else do the work, Jessup explained that she felt like it was time to get involved herself.

  • School farm idea takes root

    HILLSVILLE — Educators have laid the groundwork for a multi-disciplinary outdoor laboratory called the Carroll County Public Schools Farm.

    The research farm will share the 90 or so acres with Hillsville Elementary School.

    The school takes up approximately 30 acres, but the rest of the property will be farmed out to enhance agricultural and science programs in the public schools, said Carroll High agriculture teacher Randy Webb and Mark Burnette, director of secondary education.