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  • Truckers roll out to fight cancer

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE – The 10th Annual Truckers Parade Against Cancer on Saturday benefits the American Cancer Society and travels from Hillsville to Independence with truckers showing their support in the fight against cancer.

    The event will begin at Hillsville Elementary School and end at Grayson County High School in Independence. Registration will begin at 10 a.m., lineup will be at 11 a.m. and lunch will be provided for truck drivers and their families at noon. The trucks will depart the school at 2 p.m.

  • Company holding 'Pokemon Go'-themed job fair

    With tongue firmly in cheek, the Results Company in Galax has set out to “catch” new employees with a Pokemon Go job fair on Sept. 15.

    While the job fair is lighthearted in tone, the promise of seeking new employees is quite serious. According to materials put out by the Galax Results call center at The Crossroads Institute, numerous sales and customer service positions are available now.

    However, that’s not to say there’s no fun to be had, as part of the fair will center around playing Pokemon Go.

  • Carroll names new county administrator

    HILLSVILLE – After nearly a year, the Carroll County Board of Supervisors announced on Monday that the search for a new county administrator was over and Steven B. Truitt was unanimously appointed to the position.

    The announcement of a person to fill the position came after Nikki Cannon, assistant county administrator, served as interim administrator for nine months following the departure of Gary Larrowe. Larrowe left Carroll at the end of 2015 to become the county administrator for Botetourt County.

  • Galax arrests include strangulation charge

    Staff Report

    According to a Galax Police Department report, a Galax man was arrested on Sept. 2 at 10:55 a.m. by Officer Kevin Hall and charged with felony strangulation, causing wounding or injury.

    Justin Quinn Flora, 26, was charged “after his companion reported that she had been the victim of domestic violence,” said Police Chief Rick Clark.

    Other arrests last week included:

  • Grayson fills in service gaps to help youth

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson Board of Supervisors has given its blessing for the county Community Policy Management Team’s plan to use end-of-year local funds for preventative care programs.

    The leftover funds are tied into the Children’s Services Act.

    Tony Isom, chairman of the policy team, presented the request to the supervisors in July and, after a discussion, agreed to return with a list of potential investments for the board to consider at the August meeting.

  • Multi-vehicle wreck ties up I-77 traffic

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE – A multi-vehicle accident on Interstate 77 in Carroll County on Sept. 8 resulted in short lane closures headed northbound. No injuries were reported in the crashes.

    According to a release from Corinne Geller, public relations director for the Virginia State Police, authorities were alerted to an accident at 11:15 a.m. last Thursday. The accident was in the northbound lanes of I-77 around the 18 mile marker.

  • Galax gets $3 million to improve Cranberry

    A project to straighten a curve on Cranberry Road in Galax and make other improvements has been funded by the Virginia Department of Transportation.

    At a meeting last month, City Manager Keith Barker told members of city council that the project was funded through House Bill 2, which established the new “Smart Scale” program. The program invests limited tax dollars in high-priority projects that meet critical transportation needs.

    The award was the result of a competitive grant application process.

  • Minor injuries in sideswipe wreck

    FRIES — A two-vehicle accident on Fries Road at 12:40 p.m. on Friday saw three people transported to Twin County Regional Hospital with minor injuries, according to Virginia State Trooper J.R. Alderman.

    A 2011 Cadillac SUV, driven by Jane Elizabeth Akers, 26, of Fries, was headed towards Galax when it crossed the solid yellow dividing line and ran into the path of a Dodge Caravan SUV, driven by John Michael King, 54, of Fries, headed towards the town.

    Alderman called the incident “a pretty significant sideswipe.”

  • Clontz remembered, suspect in court

    MARION ― As John Randolph Lewis was arraigned for a charge of first-degree murder in the death of Heather Copeland Clontz, the woman’s family is remembering her.

    Clontz, 35, of Fries, was a graduate of Grayson County High School and worked as a waitress at Porky’s restaurant in Galax.

    Following the news, family and friends have shared heartfelt tributes and posted messages of love on Clontz’s Facebook page.

  • Galax staff to explain new stormwater fee

    The Galax city staff is preparing to meet with business owners and residents so they view a new stormwater program’s requirements, including a fee that will come due in December.

    There will be public information sessions in September for people who have questions about the new stormwater fee.