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  • Emergency scam targets military families

    Staff Report

    We just celebrated Veterans Day, a time when most people honor those who’ve served their country in the military, but the Better Business Bureau warns that some unscrupulous scammers are doing just the opposite.

    BBB Scam Tracker reported last week that it is seeing reports of an emergency scam (sometimes called the “grandparents scam”) that targets military families.

    Here’s how the scam works:

  • Lewis convicted of killing Fries woman

    Copyright 2017, Wytheville Enterprise

    Reprinted with permission

    MARION — A Wythe County man awaits a sentencing hearing in Smyth County Circuit Court following his Alford plea earlier this month, to a second-degree murder charge in the death of his ex-girlfriend.

    John Randolph Lewis, 35, was convicted in the hit-and-run attack that left 35-year-old Heather Michelle Clontz dead and 28-year-old Samuel David Lawson injured.

  • Combs arrested after failing to surrender

    Staff Report

    A suspect involved in an altercation at a home in Grayson County last week — who promised to turn himself in to police, but didn’t — has been taken into custody by the Galax Police Department.

    David Lee Combs, 39, of Beech Grove Lane, is a suspect in an incident Nov. 14 on Beech Grove Lane, where officers responded at approximately 4 p.m. to a report of a self-inflicted stab wound.

  • Grayson working to bring in health center

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson Board of Supervisors has agreed to partner with the Grayson County Senior Advocacy Committee, in an effort to bring a Federally Qualified Health Center to the county.

  • City council votes on vehicle-related issues

    By D.T. CLARK, Staff

    Issues of vehicles and where to put them held the attention of Galax City Council members at their regular monthly meeting on Nov. 13.

    Once again addressing an on-going issue, council voted unanimously to make some changes to the city’s parking and traffic ordinance. The changes give authority to the city manager to, with council’s confirmation, set the amount of parking fines and establish a method of informing drivers or vehicle owners of parking violations.

  • Carroll considers school bus proposal

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll School Board has approached county supervisors with a proposal to buy five buses at a special price.

    County Administrator Steve Truitt told the Carroll Board of Supervisors about the proposal at its meeting Nov. 14.

  • Man charged with felony child abuse

    Staff Report

    FRIES — A Fries man was recently charged in connection with an ongoing investigation of child abuse by the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office.

    A news release from the sheriff’s office confirmed that Xavier Tyquane Kyle, 21, was arrested and charged with felony child abuse. He is scheduled for a hearing in Grayson County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court on Nov. 28.

  • Galax will create recycling station

    By D.T. CLARK, Staff

    The City of Galax will soon have its own convenience station for residents to recycle cardboard, plastics, newspaper and aluminum.

    Galax City Council voted during its Nov. 13 meeting to have a site prepared on Fair Street, beside the public works department and across from the regional animal shelter. City Manager Keith Barker pointed out that this site is accessible and already has a concrete pad, which would significantly reduce the expense of setting up the station.

  • Insurance healthier than expected in Va.

    Landmark News Service and Staff Reports

    The political brawls over the failed efforts to abolish key parts of the Affordable Care Act beg the question: How has the law – and the fight to repeal it – affected Virginians’ ability to obtain health insurance they can afford?

    Opponents of what is also known as “Obamacare” have argued it’s a doomed system and a disaster for the country. Warnings abound that it has caused health care costs to skyrocket beyond people’s ability to pay.

  • Discovery Center finds home

    Staff Report

    KONNAROCK — Blue Ridge Discovery Center is typically an endeavor that is outdoors, exploring nature and the environment of the region, but now it finally has a place to call home between excursions.

    The Grayson County-based BRDC and the Konnarock Retreat House have formed a partnership through which the center will continue restoration of the Historic Konnarock Training School to become the site of Blue Ridge Discovery Center.