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  • VDOT uses helicopter to prevent rock slides on I-77

    HILLSVILLE – The Virginia Department of Transportation has used a new process in our area to prevent the possibility of rocks falling on Interstate 77.

    Last week, VDOT used a helicopter to install a metal mesh covering on rock faces bordering the southbound lanes of I-77 in Carroll County, which will affect the corridor from the North Carolina state line to mile marker 8 on Sugarloaf Mountain near Fancy Gap.

    Teams of workers also rappelled down the slope from the top on ropes to fasten the mesh in place.

  • Carroll receives grant to preserve court records

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Circuit Court has received a grant to aid in the restoration of deed books dating back to the 1800s.

    The $14.626 grant was awarded from the Circuit Court Records Preservation Program through the Library of Virginia.

    “This was the very first grant application I have ever completed and it was a success,” said Gerald Goad, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court.

  • New state laws took effect July 1

    Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND — New state laws and changes to the law passed by the General Assembly and signed by the governor went into effect July 1.

    They include changes to the legal age to marry, a law prohibiting smoking in cars with kids and protections against stalkers and domestic abusers. There’s even a law that allows you to hunt some wild game with a slingshot.

    Here’s a look at some of the new laws and changes, compiled from the Virginia Division of Legislative Services:

  • Galax arrests include two felonies

    Staff Report

    According to a report issued by the Galax Police Department, arrests the week of June 19-June 26 included two felonies.

    Erik Donald Harriman, 38, of Galax, was arrested on June 21 at 10:31 p.m. by Officer Trevor Jefferson and charged with felony assault.

  • Homeowner asks town to extend historical district

    HILLSVILLE — The owner of a home in downtown Hillsville wants the town to extend its historical district to include his property.

    John Johnson owns property at 173 South Main St., a home built by the Early family in 1915. Over the years, it has been home to others of historical significance to the town, including Dr. Cox, Bill Copeland, a preacher and Judge Brett Geisler, he said at Hillsville Town Council’s June 13 meeting.

    It’s “arts and crafts” architectural style also make the home historic, he added.

  • Grayson schools eliminate $900K deficit

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Public Schools administration announced Wednesday that in one year, a previous $900,000 deficit in the school budget has been eliminated using a series of cuts and savings methods.

    This announcement came one week after the Grayson County School Board’s close-out meeting for the year. At that time, there was an estimated remaining deficit of $8,715.53, with the possibility for receiving more funding before the end of June.

  • Galax police investigate burglary

    Staff Report

    Galax police are investigating a burglary at Roses Discount Store on June 18.

    According to a police report, two suspects entered the store at 6:15 p.m. “An older black male wearing a red plaid shirt and shorts shopped while a second black male forced entry into a room and committed a larceny of cash,” the report said.

    Both suspects were previously observed at R.J.’s Pizza around 5:30 p.m. and Tlaquepaque restaurant around 6 p.m.

  • Split vote on budget with tax hike

    HILLSVILLE – In a 3-2 split vote on Monday night, the Carroll County Board of Supervisors approved and appropriated the fiscal year 2016-2017 budget for the county, which will raise real estate taxes by 2 cents to 68 cents

    The board scheduled this second June meeting with the purpose of approving and appropriating the budget and setting the tax rates and levy. The real estate tax was the only tax affected in the vote and other tax rates remained the same.

  • Trail rider dies after being thrown from mule

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    TROUTDALE – A 61-year-old Bristol woman was killed June 23 when she was thrown by a mule on national park property in western Grayson County.

    Lt. Todd Perkins of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department said Michelle Childress was riding the mule with some friends in a remote area, near Cabel and Wilson Creek trails.

    Perkins said something evidently spooked the mule, causing it to go down an embankment. Childress was thrown off the mule and hit her head in the accident that occurred about 11:20 a.m.

  • Police recover stolen truck, suspect in custody

    Staff Reports

    An Independence man is charged in connection with a burglary at Ramey Plumbing & Heating and the theft of a work truck.

    According to police reports, someone broke in to the business on South Main Street last week and stole a white 2003 Ford F-150 pickup, along with chainsaws.

    The Galax Police Department released photos of the suspect, taken from security cameras, and on June 22 received information from the Independence Police Department about the suspect’s identity.