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  • Sales tax holiday set for Aug. 5-7

    Virginia will offer a sales tax holiday from Aug. 5-7 so that shoppers can purchase qualifying school supplies, clothing and footwear, emergency preparedness items and certain energy-efficient products without paying state and local sales tax.

    This two-day tax break is aimed to financially assist families for back-to-school shopping and encourage Virginians to take necessary precautions during hurricane season.

    Tax exempt items include:

  • Eisenhauer won't face capital murder charge

    Staff Reports

    CHRISTIANSBURG — A former Virginia Tech student will not face a capital murder charge in the killing of 13-year-old Nicole Lovell, whose body was found just outside Grayson County last year.

    Mary Pettitt, commonwealth’s attorney for Montgomery County, said Tuesday that investigators had not been able to prove that David Eisenhauer, 19, had sexual contact with Lovell.

  • Four vehicles involved in U.S. 52 wreck

    HILLSVILLE – A Galax man faces charges after a multi-vehicle accident on July 25 at Sunny Side Store on U.S. 52 in Hillsville.

    According to a report from Trooper R.D. Horton with the Virginia State Police, the accident occurred at 4:19 p.m. at the intersection of U.S. 52 and Route 675 (Westover Road) in front of the Sunny Side Store.

  • God's Pit Crew truck wrecks on I-77

    HILLSVILLE – A tractor-trailer carrying donation supplies for a children’s home hydroplaned on Interstate 77 in Carroll County on Tuesday, resulting in the closure of the northbound lanes. The truck was owned and operated by God’s Pit Crew.

    According to a release from the Virginia State Police, at 8:45 p.m. on July 26, troopers responded to a single-vehicle crash at the 12 mile-marker on I-77.

  • State police investigating Carroll Fire & Rescue

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County Fire and Rescue is under a state police investigation involving missing or mishandled drugs, according to the sheriff’s department.

    According to Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner, his department was contacted by Interim County Administrator Nikki Cannon to request an investigation involving Carroll County Fire and Rescue.

  • Court unseals indictments in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Circuit Court has unsealed additional indictments from the June 20 meeting of the grand jury.

    All the indictments were for drug-related charges:

    • Danielle Lee Martin, of Hillsville, has been charged with possession of a Schedule II drug (methamphetamine)

    • Nicole Leann Alderman, of Cana, has been charged with possession of a Schedule II drug (methamphetamine)

  • Galax/Carroll Relay for Life raises $66,288

    HILLSVILLE – Survivors, caregivers, donors and supporters all came out on July 22 to help raise money for cancer research at the Galax/Carroll County Relay for Life held at Carroll County High School. According to organizers for the event, the final total amount raised was $66,288.

    Teams from the region donated their time and money throughout the year to help the cause. Events like the annual Trucker’s Parade and the Second Chance Prom were held as fundraisers leading up the yearly main event.

  • Prayers for healing, unity at Galax vigil

    Ten local pastors and a police chief spoke at the Galax Hearts United prayer vigil, held Sunday evening at the Galax Police Department’s courtyard and attended by about 250 people.

    It began in a punishing blaze of sun and heat but cool shade and fresh breezes moved over the assembly as the evening continued; and ended with a song – “Amazing Grace” – that required no hymnal to be sung.

  • Family stranded on island in river

    FRIES – A family from Independence was rescued from an island last Friday after they became stranded when water levels were dropped for construction at Byllesby Dam.

    The family had been camping on the island since last Wednesday and the water levels were dropped overnight on Thursday.

  • Special election set for Grayson School Board vacancy


    INDEPENDENCE – A special election has been set for Nov. 8 to fill the unexpired term of T.T. Carico on the Grayson County School Board.

    Carico was injured in an ATV accident on July 3 and died of his injuries on July 6.

    The Grayson County School Board — through its counsel, Independence attorney Roger Brooks — petitioned the court July 22 for the special election.