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  • Future uncertain for young DREAMers

    “I think most of our parents brought us here for a better life, for the American Dream,” says Gustavo Mar of Galax, who came to America from Mexico with his family in 1999.

    He was 9 years old, and Mar and his two sisters were accepted into the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program as soon as it was created. They’re among about 800,000 young people in the U.S. — from toddlers to millennials — often called “Dreamers.”

  • HPD receives complaints about flea market vendor

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — The Hillsville Police Department has issued an alert for anyone who bought an electronic device at this year’s Labor Day Flea Market & Gun Show, held last weekend.

    The alert said the police department has received phone calls concerning electronic devices purchased from a vendor that was set up near CVS in Hillsville.

  • Va. attorney general warns of Equifax breach impact

    Staff Report

    Attorney General Mark R. Herring is warning that more than 4 million Virginia consumers could be affected by a massive data breach from Equifax Inc., which is one of the country’s three major credit bureau monitoring agencies.

    According to Equifax, hackers have exploited a vulnerability in the agency’s website application to gain access to files potentially affecting 143 million consumers nationwide.

  • Two suspects charged with Fries break-ins

    Staff Report

    FRIES — Two Fries residents were recently arrested in connection with reported break-ins and larceny cases in the town.

    According to a news release from Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan, deputies executed a search warrant at 36 Red Brush Lane in Fries on Aug. 28.

    “Prescription pills, drug paraphernalia and several items linking two suspects to burglaries in the Spring Valley and Liberty Hill Road area were located and seized from the residence,” Vaughan said.

  • Carroll IDA buys Cana Rescue buildings

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Industrial Development Authority voted on Tuesday to borrow $250,000 to purchase the Cana Rescue Squad building and run it as part of Carroll County Fire-Rescue.

    County Administrator and IDA Executive Director Steve Truitt said the squad has been running limited calls for the past several months, while about 70 percent have been answered by Carroll County Fire-Rescue.

    The Cana squad was founded in 1971 and has been an all-volunteer organization.

  • Region has no options in health insurance exchange

    Landmark News Service and Staff Reports

    With Optima and Anthem leaving the federal health insurance exchange in Virginia, residents of the Twin Counties are left with no options to select an individual plan, unless other companies agree to offer plans before the end of the month.

  • Two injured in Blue Ridge Parkway crash

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a single-vehicle accident on Aug. 31 at 9:42 p.m.

    The wreck was on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Coleman Lane in Carroll County, according to Fire Chief David Hankley.

    While en route, GVFD firefighters received additional information that the vehicle had rolled over and landed on its side, with an unknown number of occupants.

  • Car fire under investigation

    Virginia State Police are investigating a vehicle fire on Elkhorn Road at 5:54 a.m. on Sunday, which damaged a car but caused no injuries, according to the Galax Volunteer Fire Chief David Hankley.

    A passerby saw the car once it was blazing and alerted authorities. Hankley said that the car appeared to have a flat tire, and had driven on the rim for some distance.

    The make and model were not available, and there was no owner or occupant at the scene.

    Firefighters arrived on scene and extinguished the fire. The car was a total loss.

  • Two arrested for drug charges after traffic stop

    Staff Reports

    Two Galax men were arrested on Aug. 27, after a traffic stop by Sgt. Shawny Jones and Officer Jeremiah Foutch.

    Trey Mckinnley Smith, 21, and Joshua Tyrone Coletrain, 18, were arrested, according to a report from the Galax Police Department.

    Jones conducted the stop after he recognized Coletrain driving a vehicle and had knowledge that Coletrain’s privilege to drive in Virginia was revoked.

    Suspected narcotics were discovered during the stop, the report said.

  • Lead testing completed ahead of schedule

    Beginning July 1, schools in Virginia were required by a new state law to test their drinking water for lead.

    Galax schools have already completed the required testing and fixed the problems found, said Superintendent Bill Sturgill.

    He reported on lead testing at the Galax School Board’s August meeting.