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  • Willing Partners to close store in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE— Freezing and flooding over the winter have resulted in the decision to close the Willing Partners thrift shop in Independence, according to Executive Director Kathy Cooley.

    The local nonprofit organization has served the area for more than 15 years with thrift stores in Galax and Independence and a food bank. The thrift stores have provided supplemental revenue for the ministry to operate the food bank and provide crisis intervention to families in need.

  • Police seize cocaine, pills and marijuana

    HILLSVILLE — An Asheboro, N.C., man was arrested on several drug charges last week, when a traffic stop turned up 3.5 pounds of marijuana and a stash of cocaine, prescription pills and cash.

    According to a report from Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner, Cpl. Rocky Dalton stopped a 2002 Nissan for speeding on Interstate 77 on March 16. “Dalton observed the driver move a small bag from the console of the car. When questioning the driver about the bag, [Dalton] detected the smell of marijuana coming from the car.”

  • Galax man charged after pursuit

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — A Galax man faces several charges following a pursuit that began in Independence on Feb. 28 and ended in Galax when the vehicle wrecked near Armory Road.

    The pursuit began after Independence Police Officer Renee Dalton observed a Dodge Stratus with New Hampshire license plates following another vehicle too close.

  • Car crashes into Woodlawn post office

    WOODLAWN — The U.S. Post Office in Woodlawn is still open and running despite structural damage caused by a vehicle slamming into the building Tuesday afternoon.

    According to a report from Virginia State Police Trooper P.K. Cheek, Suemay Melcher, 75, of Woodlawn, was pulling into a parking spot at the post office on March 17 when she attempted to slow the car down. “Unfortunately, she hit the gas pedal instead of the brake,” Cheek said.

  • McAllister Mills expanding in Grayson County

    INDEPENDENCE — McAllister Mills Inc., the leading manufacturer of safe, heat-resistant materials for the textile industry, will invest $1.05 million to expand and significantly increase its textile manufacturing operations in Grayson County, according to an announcement Wednesday from the governor’s office.

    The company will purchase and renovate a vacant 33,000-square-foot facility that will house new automation and equipment. The site is the former Parsons & Reeves building in Independence.

  • Toney to challenge Gardner for sheriff

    HILLSVILLE — Chris Toney of Galax has announced his desire to serve as Carroll County’s next sheriff, registering to run in the Nov. 3 general election as an independent candidate challenging incumbent Republican J.B. Gardner, who is seeking a second term.

    Toney made his announcement at the Historic Carroll County Courthouse on March 14, which he noted was the 103rd anniversary of the infamous Allen trial and courthouse shootout.

  • Woodlawn fire destroys home

    WOODLAWN — A fire at 3790 Oak Lane left a resident without a home, though he was taken in by his grandchild, who lives next door, according to Hillsville Volunteer Fire Department Unit 1 Chief Donnie Spangler.

    HVFD, along with the Galax Volunteer Fire Department, got the call a little after 1 a.m. on Monday. Hillsville was in charge while Galax provided support and assistance in controlling and cleaning up the fire, according to GVFD Capt.Mike Ayers.

  • Shinault registers to run for Grayson School Board

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — A second candidate has filed to run in the Nov. 3 general election in Grayson County.

    Randy Shinault, who ran for the at-large seat on the Grayson County School Board in the 2011 election, has announced his candidacy to run for the Providence District seat on the board this year. Wynn Combs currently holds the seat, but she hasn’t announced her intentions.

  • BBQ event brings in more than $20,000 for Delp family

    A roadside barbecue fundraiser quickly gained momentum last weekend, as the community gave nearly $20,000 in donations for the Delp family, who recently lost their home and three children to a house fire.

    “Today, God showed you what I’ve seen all week long. You gave from the heart,” said “Mountain Man” Hodges, one of the organizers of the March 14 event, in a Facebook post later that evening.

  • Meadow Street closed for storm drain repairs

    Storm drainage repairs begin this week on Meadow Street (the truck route) at Shaw Street, near Southern States and CVS Pharmacy in Galax.

    The closure will probably last for two weeks, according to the Galax Police Department.

    Businesses in that area will be open during the repair project and are accessible via Givens Street. CVS is accessible via East Stuart Drive.

    The road will be closed to through traffic between the Grayson Street and Shaw Street intersections, but there will still be access to the businesses in the affected area.