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  • Christmas Fund begins mission to help 550 families

    Staff Report

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department is once again heading up an annual community project that helps those less fortunate.

    The department coordinates the Community Christmas Food Fund effort, but donations come from the public to fill “blessing boxes” of food. Volunteers also pack and deliver the hundreds of boxes before Christmas.

    The blessing boxes consist of two large boxes of staple foods that will help 550 recipients through a financially difficult time of year.

  • Wellness Center grant pays for trainer, equipment

    By D.T. CLARK, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll Wellness Center in now offering an expanded program of support for sufferers of diabetes and other chronic diseases.

    CWC has received a $65,471 grant from the Twin County Community Foundation, a local funding agency that awards grants to local non-profits and governments for the purpose of promoting the health, education and welfare of the citizens of Grayson and Carroll counties and the city of Galax.

  • Family loses home to fire

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department and a local church are helping a family of four that lost everything they owned, including their home, the day before Thanksgiving.

    The department responded to a structure fire at 10:48 a.m. on Nov. 22, at 100 Hillcrest Lane Lot 7.

    “Members arrived to find a fully involved mobile home with the wind driven fire spreading to a neighboring residence,” according to a fire department report.

  • Mental evaluation delays manslaughter trial

    INDEPENDENCE — The court date to set a trial for Tanisha Ann Lineberry, charged in the April 30 death of her young son, has been moved pending the results of a mental health evaluation.

    According to court records, a trial date for Lineberry will be set on Jan. 26, 2018.

    Lineberry was appointed legal counsel at a hearing in Grayson County Circuit Court on Aug. 17. She is charged with involuntary manslaughter and abuse of a child resulting in serious injury. Attorney J. Tompkins will represent Lineberry, according to the circuit court office.

  • Galax firefighter injured

    Staff Report

    A Galax Volunteer Fire Department member was injured while on a call last week.

    Galax firefighters responded to a house fire at 130 Brickyard Road in the city on Nov. 16 at 3:31 p.m., according to a report. When they arrived, firefighters found the single-story structure fully involved, with fire through the roof.

    One firefighter suffered a knee injury and was transported to Twin County Regional Hospital, where he was treated and released.

    No one was home at the time of the fire.

  • Carroll makes plans to buy buses, fix roof

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Board of Supervisors and the Carroll County School Board put their heads together to come up with a solution for two urgent school requests during a joint meeting Nov. 20.

    At the meeting, the county authorized the school board to buy five school buses at a discounted price that was soon to expire, and agreed to seek funding for repairing part of the roof at Carroll County High School.

  • Carroll Circuit Court awarded grant to preserve records

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County Circuit Court has been awarded grant funds from the Circuit Court Records Preservation Program through the Library of Virginia.

    In August, Carroll received a total of $11,730 towards the restoration of three older records books that could be lost to deterioration — Deed Book 6 (1857-1859); Order Book 3 (1852-1858) and Order Book 5 (1861-1867).

  • Board addresses treasurer spending probe

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson Board of Supervisors has issued a statement regarding an ongoing investigation of spending by the county treasurer’s office.

    At their Nov. 9 meeting, supervisors presented a letter, penned by the county’s legal counsel on their behalf, in response to recent news reports concerning an investigation of Treasurer Kelly Haga’s expenditures, which has been turned over the Virginia State Police.

  • Emergency scam targets military families

    Staff Report

    We just celebrated Veterans Day, a time when most people honor those who’ve served their country in the military, but the Better Business Bureau warns that some unscrupulous scammers are doing just the opposite.

    BBB Scam Tracker reported last week that it is seeing reports of an emergency scam (sometimes called the “grandparents scam”) that targets military families.

    Here’s how the scam works:

  • Lewis convicted of killing Fries woman

    Copyright 2017, Wytheville Enterprise

    Reprinted with permission

    MARION — A Wythe County man awaits a sentencing hearing in Smyth County Circuit Court following his Alford plea earlier this month, to a second-degree murder charge in the death of his ex-girlfriend.

    John Randolph Lewis, 35, was convicted in the hit-and-run attack that left 35-year-old Heather Michelle Clontz dead and 28-year-old Samuel David Lawson injured.