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  • Water park idea doesn't float in Fries

    FRIES — Despite a positive initial reaction from town officials, it appears a proposed water park and foster home will not fit with Fries’ master plan and the town’s former mill site next to the New River.

    The woman spearheading the project expressed surprise at Fries Town Council’s change of opinion, after she spent several months planning it out.

    Moving into a new term, members of the Fries Town Council and the town’s new mayor, Richard Farmer, had a lot to tackle at their Sept. 2 meeting.

  • Hillsville man wins $5M in Virginia Lottery

    HILLSVILLE — Imagine being able to choose between receiving a total of $5 million in annual payments over 30 years or a lump sum of $2.7 million before taxes.

    Kenny Sharpe of Hillsville didn’t have to imagine it. That’s the choice he won when he scratched a winning ticket in the Virginia Lottery’s $5,000,000 Cash Blowout game. He selected the cash option.

    Sharpe became the game’s first top-prize winner with a ticket he bought at E-Z Stop, at 105 West Stuart Drive in Hillsville.

  • Grayson participates in food drive

    INDEPENDENCE — AARP Virginia and organizations across Virginia are calling upon communities to help supply food banks during a statewide community food drive September 8-15.

    Grayson County TRIAD and the Grayson County Extension Office will collect food at Food City in Independence on Sept. 12 from 8-11 a.m. for local food pantries to help combat hunger.

  • APCo sets Grayson power outage date

    Appalachian Power has scheduled a power outage for several areas in Grayson County on Sept. 14.

    Customers in the Grayson County region can expect an outage lasting as long as 12 hours, while line crews perform repairs and upgrade critical equipment.

    During the outage, some Appalachian customers will lose service for approximately six hours, starting at 6 a.m. that day. Others could lose power for up to 12 hours.

  • Missing man found dead in Floyd

    HILLSVILLE — The Stokes County (N.C.) Sheriff’s Office has resolved the case of a missing Danbury, N.C., man who had been traced through the town of Hillsville, according to the missing persons report.

    Capt. Thomas Sands of the sheriff’s office confirmed on Wednesday that Jon Robert Lagergren had been found dead in Floyd, Va. No foul play is suspected.

  • Deputy recovering from gun accident

    INDEPENDENCE — A deputy with the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office is recovering after accidentally shooting himself in the hand while removing a magazine from his gun Aug. 24.

    The deputy, Eric Testerman, received only minor injuries in the incident, which happened about 12:30 p.m. in the sheriff’s office patrol office, Sheriff Richard Vaughan reported.

  • ATV theft suspect arrested

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest in its investigating of a number of break-ins and thefts in the Elk Creek and Comers Rock area.

    On Aug. 13, Grayson investigators arrested Jason Christopher Osborne, 37 of Carla Lane Galax, in connection with the crimes. Osborne was charged with breaking and entering, grand larceny and larceny of a firearm.

    Osborne is being held in the New River Valley Regional Jail without bond.

  • Feed truck crashes after being run off road

    Virginia State Police troopers assisted at a wreck on Kenmore Road in Carroll County on Aug. 27, when a vehicle was run off the road and overturned.

    Trooper Shane Kinney responded to a call to Kenmore, just off of Joy Ranch Road, to reports of a Southern States feed truck turned over in a ditch.

    The driver of the truck was Gary Dean Burks of Bedford. According to the police report, Burks was traveling on Kenmore when he was run off the road by an unidentified vehicle.

  • Vendors bring family traditions, fresh items to farmers' market

    Fans of Italian sweets, organic veggies, real farm eggs, local honey and fresh meat have more reasons to rejoice: new vendors for these items are coming to the Galax Farmer’s Market.

    Michelle Dunford (née Dagostino) of Baywood is bringing plain and chocolate chip biscotti and anisette cookies, all made in traditional Italian style, on Fridays and Saturdays, as Little Luke’s Pastries.

    “Luke was my grandfather’s first name,” she explained, saying that her dad was known as “Little Luke.”

  • TCRH board gives $5M to foundation

    The Twin County Community Foundation received a $5 million endowment in August, the first transfer of funds from the proceeds of the joint venture transaction between Twin County Regional Hospital and Duke LifePoint Healthcare that took place on April 1, 2012.