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  • Faulkner is region's top EMS provider

    FRIES — Chrystal Faulkner, captain of Fries Volunteer Fire and Rescue and an employee of Galax-Grayson EMS, was recently named Regional EMS Provider of the Year by the Southwest Virginia Emergency Medical Service Council.

    As the winner, Faulkner also is a contender for State EMS Provider of the Year.

    Faulkner received the award during a picnic and awards ceremony in Marion on June 17, where 11 others were also recognized. She was nominated for the award by one of her peers, Tammie Hyatt.

  • Citizens speak in support of coach

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – More than 100 people turned out at the Grayson County School Board meeting Monday night in support of Charles Campbell, who was not renewed as the assistant varsity baseball coach during the board’s June meeting.

    Because of the large crowd, the meeting was moved from the Grayson County Courthouse Board of Supervisors meeting room to the auditorium at Grayson County High School.

  • Changes coming to Cana rescue services

    CANA – Carroll County will utilize a mixture of paid and volunteer workers as part of a plan to enhance emergency medical services in the Cana area.

    County Administrator Steve Truitt said Wednesday that Carroll has been investigating options to reorganize its deployment of county EMS to improve the level of service and response times.

    “A particular focus of the new plan is the southern region of the county, ‘below the mountain,’ including Cana and other nearby communities,” Truitt said.

  • Wytheville, Galax police look for robbery connections

    Staff Report

    Police in Wytheville and Galax are working together to see if bank robberies in both localities on July 7 are related.

    The incidents occurred about an hour apart, which means the suspect in the Galax robbery would have had time to reach Wytheville for the second incident.

    Wytheville Police Chief Rick Arnold said the two robberies had similar characteristics.

  • CCHS named one of Virginia's top schools

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County High School has been recognized by Virginia Living Magazine as one of Virginia’s top high schools and will be featured in an upcoming issue.

    “I would like to say that we are very proud that Carroll County High School is being recognized by Virginia Living magazine for its accomplishments,” said Assistant Superintendent Mark Burnette after receiving notification of the honor. “The administration and staff at the school deserve all of the credit for a job well done.”

  • FBI joins bank robbery investigation

    The FBI is assisting in the investigation of the Carter Bank & Trust robbery that occurred on Friday, according to Galax Police Chief Rick Clark.

    The robbery occurred at the East Stuart Drive branch around 5:08 p.m. on July 7. The suspect was still at large on Monday.

    The suspect, caught on bank security video, entered CB&T and demanded $50 and $100 bills. Reports did not indicate if the man was armed, and Clark declined to say if a weapon was used, though he added, “Robbery does not require a weapon.”

  • Six charged in home invasion

    Three adults and three juveniles were arrested in connection with a series of home invasions in Carroll County last week.

    According to a release from Sheriff J.B. Gardner, on July 5 at approximately 11 p.m., members of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a home invasion, where several men had pointed guns at the occupants of a residence on Pleasant View Road in the Austinville community.

  • Grayson County closes out 2017 fiscal year

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County boards put an end to budget discussions last week, closing out their budget years with positive numbers and a favorable outlook for the year.

    The Grayson County School Board’s close-out meeting for fiscal year 2017 was held at the Independence Middle School Library on June 26.

    Summarizing the totals, Dr. Ted Phillips, director of finance, said the school system “came up short in some areas, but ahead in others. I am happy to report that we will meet the June and July payroll, and all of the June bills.”

  • Schools must test water for lead

    Capital News Service

    RICHMOND – With the water crisis in Flint, Mich., safe drinking water is a high priority nationwide, especially for children. Beginning July 1, schools in Virginia are now required to test their potable water for lead.

    Senate Bill 1359, which Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed into law on March 20, seeks to ensure that local school boards test the drinking water in schools and that it meets federal guidelines. The Food and Drug Administration recommends that the level of lead not exceed 15 parts per billion.

  • Bank robbed in Galax

    Staff Report

    Police on Friday afternoon were looking for a suspect in a robbery at Carter Bank & Trust on East Stuart Drive.

    The robbery occurred around 5:08 p.m. on July 7.

    According to preliminary reports, the suspect entered the bank and demanded $50 and $100 bills. Reports did not indicate if the man was armed.

    Witnesses said the suspect carried the money in his hands.