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  • NAPCO expansion will bring jobs to region

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    SPARTA, N.C. – NAPCO announced an expansion of its plant in Sparta, N.C., and the hiring of 35 new employees during a press conference held in conjunction with the start of the Alleghany County Board of Commissioners meeting Monday.

    Michael Smith, Alleghany County manager, praised NAPCO for its commitment to Alleghany, where it has operated for 40 years.

  • I-77 crash results in child's death

    Staff Report

    A child died after two tractor-trailers collided on Interstate 77 in Carroll County on Sunday.

    Trooper C.H. Campbell is investigating the two-vehicle crash, which occurred Feb. 19 at 10:45 p.m., on I-77 at the 2-mile marker, according to a Virginia State Police report.

    Two tractor-trailers traveling north on I-77 began changing lanes at the same time. During the course of changing lanes, the 1999 tractor-trailer struck the rear of the 2000 tractor-trailer.

  • General Assembly to honor CCHS girls softball team

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Cavalier girls’ varsity softball team has received several honors over the last two years, and will add another one on Tuesday.

    In 2015, the girls were undefeated with a 26-1 record and won the Virginia High School League Group 4A state championship. They followed up their dream season with a 22-1 record last year.

  • Grand jury indicts man for running driver off road

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — A man who allegedly chased another driver off the road and caused him to crash through a house in Galax was indicted by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury that met Jan. 27.

    Four sealed indictments against Travis Dale Coulson, 38, of Galax were recently opened, in connection with a chase that occurred Jan. 3 in the county and city. The charges were sealed until Coulson could be served with warrants.

  • GES project could require tax increase

    Galax could refinance debt and raise the tax levy to pay for a proposed $17 million expansion of the elementary school.

    At a Feb. 13 joint meeting with Galax City Council and the Galax City School Board, accounting firm Davenport & Company gave a presentation on how the funding for the Galax Elementary School renovation and upgrade might be achieved.

  • Cana man charged with two car thefts

    Staff Reports

    A Cana man is in custody after police say he stole two cars last week and eluded police after he was spotted driving the second vehicle.

    On Feb. 12 at approximately 7:10 p.m., deputies with the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the new Dollar General Store in Laurel Fork on U.S. 58 to take a stolen vehicle report, according to Sheriff J.B. Gardner.

  • Virginia Senate OKs 'religious freedom' bill

    Capital News Service

    RICHMOND – Democratic officials and the American Civil Liberties Union blasted Republican senators after they passed a “religious freedom” bill that would protect people who refuse to marry same-gender couples.

  • Fries welcomes new assistant town manager

    FRIES — February’s Fries Town Council meeting opened with the introduction of Brian Martin, who will serve as a part-time town manager along with Brian Reed.

    Martin is employed by the Mount Rogers Planning District Commission, and serves as a circuit town manager for the Glade Spring and Troutdale communities, in addition to his new position in Fries.

    Martin’s day job, he says, is his position as a loan funds administrator.

  • State legislators designate Suicide Prevention Week

    Capital News Service

    RICHMOND – Joshua Alburger grew up in a large, supportive family in Goochland, says his sister, Marcie Allen. “We were nurtured, loved, respected and made to feel safe.”

    Their parents had five children of their own while raising an additional five, Allen said. She said that later in life, Alburger developed a mental illness and struggled with suicidal thoughts. In 2013, at age 32, he died by suicide, leaving behind a wife of 10 years and three children.

  • Drivers urged to 'Zone In' near Galax schools

    Staff Report

    Galax students and parents dropping them off at school may not be aware that, just a few blocks from the campuses, Galax Safe Routes to School has yard signs posted in the Parkwood Street neighborhood urging drivers to “Slow Down! Keep our kids safe,” and the message behind it goes deep.