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  • Deadline approaches for Cliffview water project sign-up

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Public Service Authority (PSA) will sign up customers for the new Cliffview public water project on April 14 at the Cliffview Church of God.

    Representatives of the PSA will be at the church from 3-8 p.m. for signup and to collect connection fees, according to a news release from the county.

    Anyone living in the Cliffview project area can save $500 if they sign up before the deadline of April 15.

  • Man dead after shooting self during police chase

    CANA — A police chase in Cana ended in one death on Wednesday morning, when a man reportedly fled authorities — first in a vehicle, then on foot — behind a residence before shooting himself.

    According to a news release from Corinne Geller, public relations director for the Virginia State Police, the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office initiated a pursuit of a vehicle that refused to stop for a deputy shortly before 9:45 a.m. on April 8.

  • Art school draws more to Galax

    Chestnut Creek School of the Arts is seeing more revenue and attracting more people to Galax, according to a yearly report given at Galax City Council’s March 23 meeting.

    CCSA Executive Director Chris Pollins-Shackelford told council that the school has continued to increase its revenue from sales, classes and donations since last year, which also followed their aim to increase exposure.

  • Fant seeking at-large seat on Grayson board

    INDEPENDENCE — Col. John S. Fant, U.S. Army (Ret), will seek Grayson County’s supervisor at-large position as an independent candidate in the upcoming November election.

    A graduate of Independence High School, Fant holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Furman University; a master’s of management from Troy State University; and a master’s of strategic studies from the Naval War College. He is also a graduate of the Army’s War College.

  • Galax new home of holiday light show

    Galax’s Felts Park will be the scene of Christmas splendor this year as High Country Lights, hosted in Glade Valley, N.C., for the last decade, will be on display from Thanksgiving night through Jan. 2, 2016.

    According to a press release from Galax City Manager Keith Barker’s office, the move is the result of “months of planning.”

  • Williams to announce court clerk campaign

    INDEPENDENCE — Robert “Bobby” Williams of Galax has filed to run for clerk of Grayson County Circuit Court and will officially announce his candidacy April 21. The announcement is set for 7 p.m. at the Baldwin Auditorium, located in the Historic 1908 Courthouse in Independence.

  • Three minor injuries in Meadow Creek crash

    A wreck Monday afternoon on Meadow Creek Road in Grayson County left only minor injuries to three victims, but severe vehicle damage, according to Virginia State Trooper J.E. Tilson.

    A 2006 Chevy Cobalt driven by Casas Zamir Echeagaray, 17, of Galax, collided with a 2002 Dodge Dakota, driven by Luke Daniel Weatherman, 31, also of Galax, said Tilson.

  • Few incumbents filing for re-election

    INDEPENDENCE – Incumbent supervisors and school board members in Grayson County have not filed to seek re-election, and only two constitutional officers have filed.

    Three seats are open on the Board of Supervisors this election season — the Oldtown and Providence districts and the at-large seat.

    So far, only newcomer John Fant — seeking the at-large seat — has filed to run. Incumbents Kenneth Belton, John Brewer and David Sexton have not announced whether they will seek re-election.

  • Third phase of U.S. 58 work underway in Carroll

    LAUREL FORK — Representatives from Branch Highways Inc. are discussing this year’s plans for the Route 58 Corridor Development Program.

    Since 2004, Branch has led the development, design and construction improvements on three phases of expansion for the 36 miles from Hillsville to Stuart as part of an agreement between the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) under the Public Private Transportation Act.

    The U.S. 58 project was intended to create a “Super 58,” a four-lane expressway from Hampton Roads to Interstate 77.

  • Man charged with defrauding coyote bounty program

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — A Galax man has been charged for allegedly collecting bounty money on coyotes killed outside Grayson County.

    According to Grayson General District Court records, James Edward Lawrence, 32, was charged by Game Warden Jason Harris with fraud (obtaining money by false pretense in excess of $200).

    For the past several months, the Grayson Board of Supervisors has been operating a bounty program for coyotes. According to county records, 238 coyotes have been turned in for the $40 bounty.