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  • Mobile meth lab seized after traffic stop

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — Two suspects have been arrested and a mobile meth lab seized by the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department.

    Sheriff Richard Vaughan said his office recently received a tip from an off-duty police officer about a vehicle driving recklessly on U.S. 58 west of Independence.

  • Carroll, Hillsville seeking fugitives

    HILLSVILLE — Local authorities are seeking help from the public to locate people who have outstanding warrants for various crimes.

    On Monday, the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office released a mugshot of Nathaniel Steven Edwards, 19, who is wanted for violation of probation for breaking and entering and grand larceny charges.

    Hillsville Police Dept. put together a video on its Facebook page featuring an updated list of the town and county’s most wanted individuals, including:

  • Grayson supervisors select Sexton as chairman

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors has picked David Mack Sexton as its new chairman for 2015.

    The selection of Sexton, which was by a unanimous vote, came at a special Jan. 5 called organizational meeting at the Matthews State Forest Meeting Center. Sexton succeeds John Brewer, who served one term in the post.

    The board annually selects its chairman near the start of the year.

    Brenda Sutherland was picked for the second consecutive year to serve as vice chairman. She was also selected by a 5-0 vote.

  • Deadline nears to sign up for insurance

    The open enrollment window closes on the Affordable Care Act marketplace Feb. 15, so counselors are gearing up for the last-month rush and educating callers.

    For instance, some people think that as long as they sign up for insurance, they’ll avoid the tax penalty for being uninsured, but they also need to pay the premiums each month.

    In Virginia, 164,884 people selected plans in the ACA marketplace in the first month of the enrollment period that began Nov. 15. That doesn’t include automatic renewals.

  • Resolve to be healthy in 2015

    By Jon D. Applebaum, Chief Executive Officer of Twin County Regional Healthcare

    At the beginning of a new year, many of us make resolutions to be healthier and maintain better habits: to lose weight, stop smoking, or exercise regularly.

    If you’ve recently enrolled in a health insurance plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace or are considering signing up, it’s a perfect time to think about your resolution of good health and understand how healthcare coverage can help you achieve this goal.

  • A Citizen's Guide to the General Assembly

    Professional lobbyists aren’t the only ones who can have a voice at the General Assembly in Richmond. Thanks to the Internet, you can see what legislators are up to and share your opinions.

    Here’s a guide to the basics for this year’s session, which runs from Jan. 14 through Feb. 28.

    Do Your Homework

    Become familiar with the legislation beyond what you read or hear.

  • Fries urged to focus on tourism

    FRIES — The Town of Fries is looking at opportunities to expand as a tourist attraction.

    Town council used the majority of its Jan. 6 meeting to discuss several options for bringing more traffic into the town, and attracting new businesses and residents.

    Kitty Barker, development specialist for partnership alliance marketing for Virginia Tourism Corporation, arrived at last Tuesday’s meeting to discuss development and marketing strategies related to tourism.

  • VFW's mission: recruit America's newest veterans

    HILLSVILLE — A new satellite group is being formed within the Grover King VFW Post 1115 in Hillsville.

    Mike Lara, a Marine Corps Veteran of the and one of the newer members of Post 1115, has been named coordinator and chairman for the “Young Guns” organization of the post, according to a news release.

    “We are really excited about launching this venture,” Lara said. He had suggested the formation of the group during the VFW’s monthly meeting in December, and it seemed that a large majority of the members present were in favor.

  • Man airlifted from wreck in Ivanhoe

    An Ivanhoe man who suffered serious injuries was airlifted from the scene of a two-vehicle crash on Ivanhoe Road on Thursday.

    According to a report from Virginia State Police Trooper S.M. Phillips, units were dispatched at around 2:35 p.m. on Jan. 8, on reports of a two-vehicle accident on Ivanhoe Road.

    A 2000 Blazer operated by Frank Tidwell, 56, of Ivanhoe, was traveling north when it ran off of the right shoulder of the road about .02 mile north of Virginia 601, and skidded broadside into oncoming traffic.

  • Police seek help finding sex offender

    The Virginia State Police Sex Offender Unit is asking for the public’s help in locating a sex offender who has failed to re-register.

    Two warrants have been issued for Kenneth Daniel Townsend, 30, of Galax, for violation of probation and failing to re-register in December 2014, according to an alert issued by state police.

    He is described by the state police as African-American, brown eyes, 5’6” tall and weighing 170 lbs. His last known address was on Fifth Avenue in Galax, and police said they believe he is still in the Galax area.