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  • Christmas food fund taking donations

    The Galax Community Christmas Food Fund is kicking off it annual activities.

    Spearheaded by the Galax Volunteer Fire Department, the fund helps the public provide holiday food staples for needy families.

    The goal is to raise $30,000 to purchase two food boxes for 550 less fortunate families in the area. For many years, this effort was handled by the Galax Y’s Men’s Club; the fire department has now taken on the project.

  • Grayson to borrow $40,000 for water project

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to borrow $40,000 to complete a project replacing lead-based water meters that officials describe as obsolete.

    The vote came during the supervisors regular monthly meeting Nov. 13 and did not include supervisors John Brewer or David Sexton, neither of whom attended the meeting.

  • Exit 1 utility work nears completion

    LAMBSBURG – Now that the water storage tank has been completed at Exit 1 on Interstate 77 in Carroll County, the next step in the water improvement project is to complete the pump station under construction off Imogene Road.

    Once the pump station is completed early next year, it will pump water to the new 105,000-gallon tank on Cedar Lane in the Lambsburg community of Carroll County. That tank was completed last month by general contractor Eastern Tank & Utility Service.

  • Wreck damages vehicles, causes minor injuries

    A two-vehicle crash in Galax caused consequential damage to two automobiles but only a minor injury to one driver on Nov. 18, according to Galax Police Officer Silverio Gonzalez, who responded to the accident.

    A 2002 Toyota Corolla driven by Amanda Lynn Jansen, 25, of Galax, was hit by a 2004 Dodge Dakota driven by Russell James Kirby, 28, also of Galax, at about 12:03 p.m. Gonzales said.

  • Town manager charged with DUI

    WYTHEVILLE — Retta Nichole Jackson, 23, of Hillsville, faces a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated following a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 81 in Wythe County on Nov. 16.

    Jackson serves as town manager of Hillsville.

    The Wythe County General District Court website shows two charges against Jackson — driving while intoxicated (first offense), a Class 1 misdemeanor; and failure to update license, a traffic infraction.

  • Pa. man arrested on drug charges

    Members of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office captured a wanted man from Pennsylvania in Fancy Gap on Monday.

    On Nov. 17, deputies arrested Daniel Joe Nelson Jr., 25, on a fugitive warrant from Pennsylvania. He was found on Turner Spur Road in Fancy Gap.

    “He had an address here in Fancy Gap as one of his addresses. He had several other addresses listed in other places, as well,” Gardner said, noting that he wasn’t sure where Nelson was really from.

  • Thieves take bait, steal ATV with tracking device

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    WHITETOP — Two men have been arrested after they allegedly took an all-terrain vehicle that was being used as bait by the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department.

    Sheriff Richard Vaughan said after several ATVs were stolen in the western end of Grayson County in the spring, his officers came up with a plan to catch the thieves. Suspects in those cases were arrested and are still in custody, but officers kept the bait ATV in the field.

  • Police using Facebook to find fugitives

    HILLSVILLE — Local authorities are partnering with the community through social media to locate and apprehend criminals on a number of offenses, ranging from failure to appear in court to violent criminal acts.

  • Tractor-trailer crashes on I-77

    State police responded to the scene of a single vehicle accident on Monday, when a tractor-trailer jackknifed in the northbound lane of Interstate 77.

    According to a police report from Virginia State Police Trooper S.E. Kinney, the accident occurred at approximately 7:25 a.m. on I-77 northbound, at mile marker 22.2, about a mile and a half south of Exit 24. Darrell E. Finkley, 48, of Rocky Mount, N.C., was driving a 2014 Freighter tractor-trailer in the right-hand lane, when he lost control of the vehicle.

  • HEALTHCARE ENROLLMENT: what you need to know

    Round two of the Affordable Care Act marketplace began Saturday, so fasten your seatbelt.

    That’s the second open enrollment period for the ACA’s health insurance exchanges, where people without insurance can sign up for plans and receive subsidies if their income is low enough.

    Health officials and community activists think this year’s open enrollment will be less frenetic than last year’s, which was marred by computer glitches and information overload.