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  • Hurst named citizen of the month

    HILLSVILLE — Oren Hurst of Hillsville was honored by Town Council Member Bill Tate, who named him as September’s Citizen of the Month.

    Hurst was born in Carroll County, and has been a resident of Hillsville for 65 years. He attended Carroll County Public Schools, and graduated from Hillsville High School.

    During World War II, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in European combat forces and in occupation groups in Japan.

  • Galax teen in coma after being struck by car

    FRIES — A Galax teen was still being treated at Roanoke Memorial Hospital on Monday after being hit by a vehicle on Saturday and receiving severe injuries that resulted in a coma.

    According to a report filed by Trooper Jessie Tilson, who investigated the accident, Trinity Williams, 14, of Galax was traveling on Virginia 94 in Grayson County (Scenic Road) in a vehicle, when a piece of paper blew out of the car window. “She and her sister got out to get the paper, and they were walking back up the road with their back to traffic,” Tilson said.

  • Carroll will seek grant for new pool

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Board of Supervisors is seeking a temporary grant writer to secure funds for a water park.

    At-Large Supervisor Sam Dickson broached the subject of hiring a grant writer at the board’s Sept. 8 meeting. “I realize that we are getting a lot of grants, but there is a possibility that things are being left out,” Dickson told the board. Specifically, he referred to the ongoing discussion about a pool and water park for the county.

  • Orba Alderman was council member, city engineer

    HILLSVILLE — Galax and Hillsville officials were deeply saddened by the loss of their former co-worker, volunteer and friend, Orba Owen Alderman last week.

    Alderman died at his home in Hillsville on Sept. 25 at age 78. He was a Virginia Tech graduate, a professional engineer and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

    Alderman served as a member and vice mayor for Hillsville Town Council for 12 years, before losing his seat to challenger David Young in 2012.

  • GVFD to silence siren at night

    The unmistakable sound of the Galax Fire Department’s siren now will only be heard during the day.

    Galax Fire Chief David Hankley said the department voted for the change after the city manager and some council members brought citizen complaints to their attention. For decades, the sound — much like an air raid siren — has been a rude awakening for downtown residents when it goes off at night.

    “We are going to curtail the use of the siren from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m.,” Hankley said.

  • Arrests made for drugs, truck theft in Galax

    The Galax Police Department reported arrests in three separate incidents in the past week — two drug cases and a stolen vehicle.

    According to a police report, William Michael Dye, 42, of Independence, was arrested on Sept. 19 at Twin County Regional Hospital after he was charged with possession of methamphetamine.

    “Police were summoned to the hospital after a nurse discovered a suspicious pouch that contained the suspected narcotics,” the report said.

    Dye was charged by Sgt. Shawny Jones and Officer Terry Woods.

  • Encounter with 'traveller' turns violent in Grayson

    Each year, members the secretive community of career criminals known as “Irish Travellers” depart their enclave in the South and spread out across the United States, looking for easy marks to hustle out of money, or using their timeless tactics of distraction to commit burglaries right under a homeowner’s nose.

  • Hurricane Hugo: 25 Years Later

    It has been 25 years since Hurricane Hugo ripped through the Blue Ridge Mountains with 125 mph winds, leaving devastation amounting to millions of dollars in its wake in the Twin Counties.

    The local area was spared any human cost, but the storm killed 26 people in the Caribbean and 11 more when it made landfall near Charleston, S.C., on Sept. 21, 1989.

    Tens of thousands of people in the U.S. and the Caribbean were left homeless.

  • Hillsville hires Hines as treasurer

    HILLSVILLE — LeAnna Hines of Grayson County was chosen as Hillsville’s new treasurer during town council’s meeting on Monday.

    Hines was selected after a special meeting was called by Hillsville Town Council on Sept. 18, where she and two other applicants were interviewed for the position.

    After nearly an hour and a half of deliberation in closed session on Monday, council returned to open session with their decision.

  • Police warn of 'distraction burglars'

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating three recent distraction thefts, according to Sheriff Richard Vaughan.

    The sheriff is requesting citizens to be on the lookout for two white males and one white female in a light blue or silver four-door sedan with a Georgia license plate.