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  • Will vulture bill fly in Assembly?

    Sen. Bill Carrico (R-40th District) of Grayson County plans to introduce a bill addressing the problem of black vultures during the General Assembly session that starts this week.

    Areas of the Twin Counties, particularly Galax, have seen huge flocks of the birds roosting in trees and on rooftops and circling in the skies for the past couple of years.

    Despite efforts to drive them off, the vultures stubbornly remain.

  • Feeling Lucky? What to do if you win the lottery

    Wednesday’s multi-state Powerball lottery jackpot is expected to reach a record $1.4 billion. The following column offering advice on what to do if you are a significant lottery winner was provided by Ken Diggs, a spokesman for State Farm Insurance in Tennessee.

    We all dream of winning the Powerball or Mega Millions, but you are more likely to be bitten by a shark or struck by lightning in your lifetime.

  • N.C. man arrested after standoff in Cana

    Staff Reports

    CANA – A Mount Airy, N.C., man was arrested after a five-hour standoff with police in Cana on Tuesday.

    According to a report from Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner, deputies from his office, deputies from the U.S. Marshals Service and troopers with Virginia State Police arrested Dale Thomas Willard, 37, after the standoff.

  • Tractor-trailer turns over on Coulson Church Road

    An accident involving a truck hauling stone occurred today, Jan. 11, around 1 p.m. at the intersection of Coulson Church Road and Rescue Road in Carroll County.

    Tyler Lane Cassell, 25, of Mount Airy, N.C., was driving a truck for McCraw Trucking when the vehicle overturned on the passenger side. Cassell was transported from the accident by ambulance, but the nature of his injuries are not known at this time.

  • Police chief: concealed weapon decision won't cause many changes

    Law enforcement officials and many gun owners have expressed their opposition to Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring’s decision that, as of Feb. 1, the state will no longer recognize concealed carry handgun permits from 25 other states.

    Herring said these states — including the border states of North Carolina, Tennessee, and Kentucky — have criteria for concealed carry permits that are more lax than Virginia’s requirements.

  • Suspect took $1,000 worth of teeth-whitening products

    Staff Reports

    Given the nature of the theft, it’s surprising that a suspect in a teeth-whitening kit theft didn’t smile in his mug shot.

    On Jan. 7, Galax police were called to investigate a shoplifting at CVS. Officer Darrin Alley responded and discovered that a male subject had fled the store with more than $1,000 in teeth whitener kits. The suspect left on foot and no vehicle was seen.

  • Dog attack results in infant death; babysitters facing charges

    Staff Reports

    INDEPENDENCE – A 15-month-old baby has died from injuries sustained last week, when she was attacked by a dog while in the care of John Underwood and Terra Connell of Independence, police said.

  • New technology helps patients regain speech

    Waddell Nursing Home & Rehabilitation Center has two new weapons in its arsenal against decline in speech and swallowing functions: the Synchrony SEMG (Surface Electromyography) and the OmniStim FX2 PENS (Patterned Electrical Neuromuscular Stimulation).

  • Fries clears obstacle to property sale

    FRIES — The Town of Fries held a public hearing on Jan. 5 to receive comments about removing a possible reverter clause from the deed to the town’s mill property and adjacent 40 acres.

    The mill and corresponding land — along with downtown properties in Fries including the bingo hall, former fire station and garage — are pending sale to a local buyer for development.

  • Bill would return Confederate flag to plates

    Staff Report

    RICHMOND — Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson County) has filed a bill that, if approved, would allow motorists to once again display the Confederate battle flag on their license plates.

    Senate Bill No. 45, which was pre-filed by Carrico on Dec. 15 and will be offered during the General Assembly session that begins Jan. 13, seeks to “amend and reenact § 46.2-746.22 of the Code of Virginia, relating to Sons of Confederate Veterans special license plates; logo or emblem on plate design.”