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  • 9TH DISTRICT: Independent challenges Griffith

    Independent candidate William Carr is challenging incumbent Morgan Griffith (R-Salem) in the U.S. Congressional race in the 9th District of Virginia on Nov. 4.

    Carr is a 69-year-old retired businessman from Ararat. He grew up on a 300-acre farm in eastern North Carolina, and graduated from N.C. State University in Raleigh in 1969. He is married, a father of four, and a grandfather of six.

  • Carroll police searching for fugitives

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and the Hillsville Police Department are requesting the public’s assistance to locate two former Carroll County men on a number of charges.

    Winfred Shane Dawson, 28, is wanted for kidnapping, breaking and entering and assault and battery. Authorities are also looking for Timothy A. Laffoon, 34, who is wanted for forgery and uttering.

    Both individuals are wanted in several locations, according to the Hillsville Police Department.

  • IDA takes care of business expansion details

    After last Tuesday morning’s press conference at the Carroll County municipal building announcing the creation of 51 new jobs by Andrews Farming Inc. and its sister company ANDCO Logistics, the Carroll County Industrial Development Authority held a called meeting to vote on details concerning the announcement.

    During the meeting, the IDA voted unanimously on several motions, including approval to sublease the property to ANDCO and Andrews Farming. The property is owned by Virginia Produce, leased by the IDA, and is now being subleased to ANDCO and Andrews

  • Saving green in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — Recycling has a payoff to Grayson County.

    This year alone, Grayson has made $49,398 in revenue and saved $22,550 in landfill fees from citizens who recycle cardboard, newspapers, magazines, plastic, aluminum and steel.

    “The $156 fee on everyone’s property tax bill for yearly trash pickup has not gone up since 2008 because of recycling revenues,” said Assistant County Administrator Mitch Smith, at a public tour of Grayson’s recycling facility. “The more we recycle, the more money we save for our citizens.”

  • Vehicle fire closes part of I-77

    A tractor-trailer fire of unknown origin caused part of Interstate 77 around mile marker 6.7 to be shut down on Friday, according to Virginia State Police Sgt. Mike Musser.

    Musser said the vehicle was coming up the mountain around 7 a.m. when the truck caught fire. The driver pulled over and exited the cab, which burned, along with part of the payload, said Musser.

    “He just noticed it started smoking,” Musser said. “Nobody was hurt. The driver pulled over and jumped out.”

  • Firefighters, tenants participate in drill

    Residents of downtown Galax saw smoke but no fire last Tuesday night when the Galax Fire Department conducted an intensive training session at an apartment building on Center Street.

    The training was set up to simulate “a large fire on the third floor with possible civilian entrapment” according to Capt. Mike Ayers. “Last night’s training was a culmination of several previous trainings that we have had this summer,” he said Oct. 22, listing them as “search and rescue, hose advancement, ladder rescues and mayday.

  • Music to help internationally at The Rex

    Not all international relief effort is aimed at the more practical aspects of offering help to those in need abroad. Some of it is downright fun.

    Operation Christmas Child (OCC) — a program under Samaritan's Purse, a Christian international relief organization — seeks to pack shoeboxes full of small Christmas presents to be distributed to needy kids in countries throughout the world.

  • Man charged with vending machine burglaries

    A Galax man has been arrested and charged with a series of crimes that were first reported on Oct. 15.

    The Galax Police Department investigated numerous complaints of damage to vending machines across the city, and damage at two car washes.

    Michael Darin Haynes, 39, was arrested after an investigation conducted by Officer John Reavis, who viewed surveillance tapes and obtained a description of the suspect’s vehicle. The vehicle was located by Sgt. Mark Burnett on South Main Street in Galax on Oct. 20, according to a police report.

  • Ministry raising money to buy old Hillcrest Church

    McMillian Ministries has spent its time and energy so far trying to be a dynamic spiritual force in the community. This Saturday evening, it’s asking for just a little help back.

    The ministry boasts an active youth program, including a June conference, and is famed for its formal Winter Ball in February at the Elks Lodge, which Pastor Sue Greene describes as no less than “a black tie event.”

    Pretty impressive for a church whose congregation has no building of its own.

  • Galax 5K has been running 25 years

    Blue skies with puffy clouds and a crisp wind characterized the weather for the 25th Annual Twin County Regional Healthcare Galax Autumn Days 5K Run last Saturday.

    The race, which started and ended in Felts Park, with a circuit extending through part of downtown Galax, drew past competitors and new entrants. After registering and receiving number tags, the runners awaited the race eagerly.