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  • Lawson retiring as CATE Center principal

    INDEPENDENCE —Nearly three years after returning to the school system to serve as principal of the Career and Technical Education (CATE) Center at Grayson County High School, Angie Lawson has announced that she’s ready to give her earlier plans for retirement another try.

    Lawson, who was appointed as CATE principal in November 2015, will step down on July 1. In a recent interview, Lawson said she has been honored to work with the school system, but she is ready to retire due to personal reasons.

  • United Way honors Sutherland, local industries

    Staff Report

    ABINGDON – During its annual awards on March 15, United Way recognized Brenda Sutherland of Grayson County as its 2017 “Woman of Distinction,” and presented honors to Mohawk Industries, Vanguard Furniture and Food City.

  • Carroll discusses land use

    HILLSVILLE – Land ordinances, road building policies and potential zoning plans were up for discussion at the Carroll County Planning Commission’s March 15 meeting.

    Commission members discussed the idea of agricultural preservation and examined circumstances set forth under the comprehensive plan; as well as guidelines defined under the county’s subdivision ordinance.

  • Pair charged with neglect, malicious wounding

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE – Two local residents have been charged by Hillsville Police Department (HPD) after officers concluded an investigation last week regarding harm to a juvenile.

  • Galax police make two drug arrests

    Two drug arrests were made last week in Galax, according to Police Chief Rick Clark.

    Dakota Shayne Edwards, 21, of Cana, was arrested on March 16 after a traffic stop. Sgt. Chris Hines, who was participating in a DMV grant-funded directed patrol, stopped Edwards for a traffic violation.

    During the course of the traffic stop, Edwards fled on foot from the traffic stop but was quickly apprehended by Hines, the police report said.

  • Hit-and-run death nets 30-year sentence

    Copyright 2018, Wytheville Enterprise

    Reprinted with permission

    MARION — Convicted in the 2016 hit-and-run killing of 35-year-old Heather Michelle Clontz, a Wythe County man for the first time gave his version of the events that led up to the incident that ended her life.

    Until his sentencing hearing, the now-35-year-old John Randolph Lewis had remained silent during court proceedings. Ahead of his sentencing, Lewis, whose eyes were red and face blotchy, broke that silence.

  • 'Rolling Thunder' defendant sentenced in federal court

    ABINGDON — An Independence man arrested during the Operation Rolling Thunder investigation was sentenced last week in federal court for his part in a methamphetamine distribution network, and seven more co-defendants are set to be sentenced this week.

    Operation Rolling Thunder was a joint local, state and federal investigation. A total of 24 people were charged; 21 have pleaded guilty and three have not been convicted.

  • Fries does away with vehicle decals

    FRIES — After several months of discussions and planning, Fries Town Council has approved the decision to move away from vehicle decal stickers, in favor of a motor vehicle licensing fee.

    The decision was made with a unanimous vote by council members during their March 6 meeting.

  • Police warn of AEP scam

    Staff Report

    According to an alert the Galax Police Department, a phone scam is making the rounds in the Twin Counties.

    Citizens have reported that a caller — a male with a foreign accent — claims he is with American Electric Power. If called back, the line sounds like AEP’s automated service, but is not; one number the alleged scammer calls from is (844) 235-4804.

    If you speak directly with the caller, citizens say he demands money that must be paid right away over the phone or power will be disconnected, police warned.

  • Principal nominated for 'LifeChanger' award

    FRIES — Fries School Principal John Alexander has been nominated for the 2017-2018 national LifeChanger of the Year award.

    Sponsored by the National Life Group Foundation, LifeChanger of the Year recognizes and rewards the K-12 educators and school district employees across the United States, “who are making a difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership.”

    Alexander was nominated by an anonymous colleague, according to a news release.