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  • Man charged with vending machine burglaries

    A Galax man has been arrested and charged with a series of crimes that were first reported on Oct. 15.

    The Galax Police Department investigated numerous complaints of damage to vending machines across the city, and damage at two car washes.

    Michael Darin Haynes, 39, was arrested after an investigation conducted by Officer John Reavis, who viewed surveillance tapes and obtained a description of the suspect’s vehicle. The vehicle was located by Sgt. Mark Burnett on South Main Street in Galax on Oct. 20, according to a police report.

  • Ministry raising money to buy old Hillcrest Church

    McMillian Ministries has spent its time and energy so far trying to be a dynamic spiritual force in the community. This Saturday evening, it’s asking for just a little help back.

    The ministry boasts an active youth program, including a June conference, and is famed for its formal Winter Ball in February at the Elks Lodge, which Pastor Sue Greene describes as no less than “a black tie event.”

    Pretty impressive for a church whose congregation has no building of its own.

  • Galax 5K has been running 25 years

    Blue skies with puffy clouds and a crisp wind characterized the weather for the 25th Annual Twin County Regional Healthcare Galax Autumn Days 5K Run last Saturday.

    The race, which started and ended in Felts Park, with a circuit extending through part of downtown Galax, drew past competitors and new entrants. After registering and receiving number tags, the runners awaited the race eagerly.

  • Distracted while driving? Hands off, says legislator

    Convinced that phones behind the wheel endanger everyone on the road, the legislator who championed a stronger anti-texting law for Virginia in 2013 wants to take them out of drivers’ hands altogether next year.

    Del. Richard Anderson told a conference on distracted driving in September that he will introduce a bill to ban all use of handheld devices by motorists in the commonwealth, as 14 other states and Washington, D.C., have done.

    Phone calls by hands-free technology would remain legal.

  • CCMS sets goal for new soccer team

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County School Board is considering a request for a soccer program for Carroll County Middle School.

    Information about the potential program was presented by Dr. Mark Burnette, who turned the floor over to middle school principal Marc Quesenberry at the school board’s Oct. 14 meeting.

  • Ebola unlikely, but local agencies prepared

    As a meme going around Facebook proclaims, more people have been dumped by pop star Taylor Swift than have caught the Ebola virus in the U.S.

    On a more sober note, Ebola, worldwide, has caused slightly more than 4,500 deaths from 1976 to mid-October this year out of more than 7,000 reported cases — most of them in West Africa, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). By contrast, the Great Influenza Epidemic of 1918-1919 infected 500 million people across the globe and killed at least 50 million of them in that time frame alone, according to the CDC.

  • Andrews Farming announces 51 new jobs

    UPDATED 10/23/14:

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – The county filled the last building in the Carroll Industrial Park on Tuesday when Andrews Farming Inc. and its sister operation ANDCO Logistics Inc. announced plans to expand their operation, invest $5.6 million and hire 51 people over a three-year period.

  • Carroll couple makes history after ban lifted

    Virginia became a new wedding destination for same-sex couples on Oct. 6, when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear appeals of same-sex marriage court rulings in Virginia that declared the ban on same sex marriages unconstitutional. In the days that followed, Carroll County saw a significant amount of activity, as well as continued debates on the topic.

  • Fries will help church with flood damage

    FRIES — The town of Fries is working with Pastor Lee Thomas of Fries United Methodist Church to control flood damage to the church building that has been caused by heavy rains.

    During Fries Town Council’s Oct. 7 meeting, Mayor Richard Farmer requested an update on the situation from Thomas, who had approached council earlier in the year with the problem.

    Thomas presented a plan to the board that involved digging a ditch to divert the path of rainwater from the building.

  • Rooftop of Va. launches annual toy drive

    Local businesses have an opportunity to help kids in need and create good public relations at the same time.

    Rooftop of Virginia’s Community Action Program has begun its annual drive for its Toy Shop and requests items suitable for children 0-18 years of age, but they’re also seeking businesses to participate in their donation box programs.