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  • Car catches fire at Galax body shop

    A vehicle fire at Fenders Body Shop on Monday left no injuries, according to Galax Volunteer Fire Captain Mike Ayers.

    At 4:04 p.m. on July 17, the fire department was dispatched to the body shop for a reported “structure fire with flames showing.” Firefighters arrived to find a vehicle on fire in front of the business.

    A hose was quickly pulled by part of the Engine 1 crew, while the other half of the crew checked the structure for the extension of the fire.

  • Donation goes up in smoke

    Denise Hood of Galax suffered perhaps the most unusual bout of car trouble the city has ever seen.

    Her new car — a donation from a kind friend and generous strangers — went up in flames last week. What wasn’t destroyed was Hood’s faith in the community, after people pitched in again to help buy a second car for the woman in need.

    According to her friend, Kisha Johnson of God’s Storehouse and Soup Kitchen, “Denise is the most grateful person I have ever met.”

  • Youth baseball rule questions cause tournament turmoil

    HILLSVILLE — A parent and coach from a Wythe County baseball team have expressed concerns over how their team was treated by Carroll County parks and recreation officials at a tournament held in Carroll.

    Damon Alley, a parent, and Jacob Porter, assistant coach, spoke to Carroll County Board of Supervisors members at their July 10 meeting, on behalf of a baseball team from Max Meadows.

    The team advanced to and won a semi-final game for the Southwest Virginia Youth Baseball League, which includes the counties of Wythe, Carroll, Grayson and Floyd.

  • New rescue helping animals find homes

    It was a typical weekday afternoon when the Angels of Assisi rescue van pulled around the curve on Fair Street in Galax, at the regional animal shelter; sending many of the four-legged patrons inside into barking fits as the engine cut off and the door opened.

    For shelter dogs, this sound usually means that at least one animal might be about to meet its forever family and get a second chance; but little did they know, second chances on this particular day would be ten-fold.

  • Town's historic bell could find new home

    FRIES — Fries Town Council discussed the topic of potentially relocating the Fries bell during its monthly meeting on July 11.

    Ideas include putting the bell near the planned Fries Depot site, or by the Whistle Stop Ice Cream Shop by the New River.

    The large metal bell was taken down when the old Washington Mills cotton mill was demolished.

  • Andrews will plead guilty to fraud

    ABINGDON – A Carroll County businessman accused of fraud will plead guilty in federal court this week.

    According to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Abingdon, Jones Keith Andrews, owner of the bankrupt Andrews Farming Inc. and the still operating ANDCO Logistics, will plead guilty to charges against him.

    Andrews will appear in court on July 20 at 1:30 p.m. to plead guilty to one count of obstructing the lawful function of the Internal Revenue Service, failure to collect or pay taxes and bankruptcy fraud.

  • Suspect in deputy's fatal crash waives hearing

    HILLSVILLE – The man facing charges related to the crash that killed a Carroll County deputy has pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors and his two felony charges will go to a grand jury.

    Joseph Alan Lambert, 21, of Goodview, was being pursued by Carroll County authorities on the night of March 9. Deputy Curtis Bartlett was on his way to join the pursuit for Lambert, answering fellow deputies’ calls for help, when his patrol vehicle collided with a tractor-trailer. He died at the scene.

  • 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.