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  • Galax could connect to natural gas service

    With the recent purchase of Carroll County’s natural gas system by a private company, the City of Galax is poised to benefit from the utility’s expansion.

    City Manager Keith Barker informed Galax City Council at its Nov. 14 meeting that he had spoken to John Ebert of Appalachian Natural Gas.

    “It’s been about a year since ANG purchased the Carroll County system,” said Barker. “And with that, we’re awarded the rights to bring natural gas to Galax and Grayson County, with a five-year sunset clause on that agreement.”

  • Chromebooks donated to Oakland Elementary

    Students and teachers at Oakland Elementary School in Carroll County are the recipients of 12 new Google Chromebooks that have been donated in honor of two local residents.

    On Nov. 1, Shirley Harmon Steele and Patty Blankenheim presented the new laptops in honor of their late husbands. Carroll County School Board Chairman Brian Spencer and Oakland Principal Larry Williams accepted the computers on behalf of the students and teachers.

  • Galax man charged with drug possession

    Staff Reports

    Thomas Patrick Aldrich, 32, of Galax, was arrested Nov. 17 and charged with both felony and misdemeanor possession of controlled substances.

    Galax Police Chief Rick Clark said Officer Silverio Gonzales “responded to a call to Walmart for a suspected shoplifter. Aldrich was arrested and searched subsequent to his arrest, during which Silverio discovered a glass smoking device that contained suspected methamphetamine.”

    Aldrich was transported to New River Valley Regional Jail and held on a $2,000 bond.

  • Dust explosion causes fire at plant

    An industrial fire Nov. 16 at 7:15 p.m. at the Vaughan-Basssett chip core plant on Jackson Street left no injuries, according to Galax Fire Chief David Hankley.

    “This incident was most likely trigged by the malfunctioning of a motor on the bag house causing it to overheat,” said Hankley. “This produced a large explosion of the three-story steel cylinder bag house.”

  • One year later, Whitetop man still missing

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    WHITETOP – A Whitetop man has been missing for more than a year, and police still have no clues to his disappearance.

    John William Wingler Sr., 74, was last seen around 5 p.m. on Nov. 11, 2015, at his home at 46 Dolinger Road. He was reported missing to the sheriff’s department on Nov. 12.

  • Cotton catches fire at Magnolia

    HILLSVILLE – Emergency crews responded to a fire at Magnolia in Hillsville on Friday morning. The fire resulted in minimal damage and did close a portion of the textile plant for some time.

    According to 1st Lt. Andy Utt with the Hillsville Volunteer Fire Department, crews were notified at 10:50 a.m. of a fire at 1 Advanced Technology Drive in Hillsville. Once on the scene, crews saw heavy smoke coming from a bay door on the side of the building.

  • Cana brush fire results in fatality

    UPDATED 5:30 P.M.

    CANA – A woman is dead following a brush fire in Carroll County on Friday.

    According to Carroll Sheriff J.B. Gardner, there was a fire reported on Meadowbrook Road in Cana that resulted in the death of one person.

    Deputy Brant Bottomley with the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office identified the woman as 92-year-old Anna May Thomas.

  • Charges include drug possession, grand larceny

    Staff Reports

    According to a report issued by the Galax Police Department, arrests last week included drug possession, felony shoplifting and grand larceny.

    Hank Levi Choate, 21, of Galax, was arrested on Nov. 12 by Officer Darrin Alley and charged with two counts of felony possession of Schedule I or II drugs; felony possession of a half an ounce to five pounds of marijuana with intent to sell, give or distribute; and misdemeanor DUI (first offense).

  • Center cultivates agricultural education

    INDEPENDENCE — The outdoor picnic area of Grayson County’s new hub for agricultural development was filled with local government officials, representatives of local agencies and citizens for a lively celebration on Nov. 15.

    The event was held in honor of the county’s recent announcement that the first phase of the Grayson Agricultural and Technical Education (GATE) Center has been completed.

  • Edwards in custody after police standoff

    Staff Reports

    Eric Donald Edwards, 39, of the Laurel community in Carroll County, was captured, arrested and taken into custody without injury to himself or others after a standoff that lasted about an hour on Thursday afternoon.

    Edwards was in a private home at the intersection of Fries Road and Trading Post Road, across from Cliffview Church of God around 2:30 p.m., according to Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner. He was with two residents who were his friends, but did not know about the authorities' search for him.