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  • Connell to serve 15 years for fatal dog attack

    INDEPENDENCE — Terra Lynn Connell, charged in the 2016 dog attack death of a 3-year-old girl, has been sentenced on multiple convictions after submitting a plea in Grayson County Circuit Court on Oct. 3, 2017.

    Connell was sentenced on Jan. 26. According to Grayson County Commonwealth’s Attorney Doug Vaught, she was convicted of involuntary manslaughter, felony child endangerment and maintaining a dangerous dog.

  • CCHS begins metal detector drills

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County High School will use walk-through metal detectors at various times throughout the remainder of the school year.

    “This procedure will be conducted in a similar manner to fire and lock down drills” said CCHS Principal Chuck Thompson, “and is merely being adopted to familiarize personnel and students with the presence of the equipment and how it works.”

  • Va. Senate OKs guns in church

    Capital News Service and Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND – Lamenting the fact that more than 900 Virginians were killed by guns last year, Gov. Ralph Northam said Jan. 23 that the state should do more to restrict the proliferation of firearms.

    “We do not need these weapons on our streets and in our society,” Northam told a multi-faith congregation at St. Paul’s Church.

  • Deputies ride the lightning

    By ETHAN CAMPBELL, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – Imagine feeling a sharp, sudden sting as four electrically charged barbs puncture the skin, forcing all air from the lungs.

    You feel a joltingly painful force, as if being hit with a baseball bat from an MLB player, while tens of thousands of volts course along the neuromuscular system, rendering the body completely immobilized.

  • Audit shows Hillsville financially fit

    HILLSVILLE — An audit report shows that Hillsville ended the 2017 fiscal year with a fund balance of $3 million, an increase of $544,000 from the previous year, putting the town at a healthy starting point for planning its 2018-19 budget.

    Juan Garcia, with the firm Hicok, Fern, Brown & Garcia, presented Hillsville Town Council with the audit report for the 2017 fiscal year, which included no negative notes.

    “Everything looked great this year,” Garcia said at council’s Jan. 22 meeting.

  • Grand jury indicts 24 in Grayson

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE – A Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury met Jan. 26 and handed down indictments against 24 suspects on drug violations, burglary and other charges.

    The grand jury also indicted several suspects and sealed the indictments until arrest warrants can be served.

    Among those indicted were two men charged in December 2017 with breaking and entering at different locations in Grayson County and Independence.

  • Ruritans to host 20th annual bazaar

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    WOODLAWN — Planning is underway by the Woodlawn Ruritan Club for its 20th annual Spring Bazaar.

    The club met Jan. 16 at the Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church for their regular meeting and to enjoy a supper of biscuits and gravy and all the trimmings prepared by Bill Lundy and his wife Mary. The Lundys have prepared many meals for the Ruritan Club and other groups over the past several years.

  • Galax makes changes to downtown parking rules

    City council has approved changes to parking in downtown Galax, including fines for those who don’t move their cars every four hours.

    Council recently approved the parking resolution as presented by City Manager Keith Barker, which had been discussed in previous meetings last year.

    The resolution included maintaining the four-hour parking limit along downtown streets — Main Street from Washington to Calhoun, Rex Lane, Grayson Street from Jefferson to Carroll streets; and East Oldtown Street to Carroll Street.

  • Va. Senate rejects Medicaid expansion

    Capital News Service and Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND — Republicans in the Virginia Senate on Jan. 25 tabled legislation that would have expanded Medicaid coverage to hundreds of thousands of lower-income residents of Virginia.

    Voting along party lines, the Senate Education and Health Committee indefinitely postponed action on the proposal. The eight Republicans on the panel voted to kill the measure; the seven Democrats voted to keep it alive.

  • Police investigate GHS threat

    Rumors of a threat from a student on Thursday at Galax High School proved to be without merit, according to Galax Police Chief Rick Clark.

    At 3:35 p.m. on Jan. 25, School Resource Officer Vickie Taylor became aware that a student, who was absent that day, had made threatening remarks. She immediately began an investigation.

    Because the information was received after school hours, said Clark, it “changed the way we reacted. If it had been during the school day, we would have handled it differently.”