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  • Federal court delays tax fraud trial

    ABINGDON – Jones Keith Andrews, the owner of Andrews Farming Inc. and ANDCO Logistics in Hillsville, was scheduled to appear in court in April for federal tax fraud charges, but a continuance was granted changing the date of his trial.

    According to documents from the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Abingdon, Andrews’ counsel requested a motion of continuance on March 13. The motion was granted and Andrews’ trial is now scheduled for Aug. 7-11 in Abingdon.

  • Beasley indicted for attempted murder

    HILLSVILLE – A Wythe County man who was the subject of a three-day manhunt that spanned two counties in September 2016 was indicted on multiple charges Monday.

    The Carroll County Circuit Court Grand Jury met March 20 and returned 118 indictments against 67 individuals. Among those were seven indictments against Kevin Nelson Beasley, 26, of Austinville.

  • Griffith proposes guns without borders bill

    Staff Report

    Legislation to address a gap in U.S. law related to transport of firearms across state lines has been introduced by Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-Va.) and Sen. Orrin Hatch of (R-Utah).

    Under current regulations, law-abiding Americans unwittingly violate differing rules governing transportation of firearms across state lines, the two said in a news release.

    Griffith and Hatch’s bills would amend the Firearm Owners Protection Act of 1986 to clarify some key provisions.

  • Carroll school chief retiring

    HILLSVILLE – Dr. Strader Blankenship, Carroll County Public Schools superintendent, has announced his retirement effective July 1.

    The Carroll County School Board will begin an immediate search for his replacement.

    Blankenship announced his retirement during closed session of the March 14 meeting of the school board. His wife, Ruby, who serves as a special education assistant in the county, also is retiring.

  • Educators, sheriffs react to state budget

    The state budget passed by the Virginia General Assembly last month is getting mixed reviews from two groups that will receive pay raises, school systems and sheriffs’ departments.

    School superintendents and sheriffs in the Twin Counties said the increases aren’t enough to address bigger issues with pay for teachers and deputies.

    The state spending plan includes a 3 percent raise for all state employees; and the state’s share of a 2 percent raise for teachers, without any added costs for taxpayers.

  • Galax arrests include malicious shooting

    Staff Report

    A Woodlawn man faces 10 charges after an altercation that allegedly involved a firearm.

  • Cause of car fire unknown

    A vehicle fire in front of Waddell Nursing Home in Galax on March 11 apparently left no one harmed, according to Galax Fire Capt. Mike Ayers. Firefighters were dispatched to 202 Painter Street at 5:16 p.m.

    They arrived to find a fully involved passenger car. Hoses were pulled from the engine and the blaze was extinguished in 10 minutes.

    The cause of the fire is unknown.

  • Recycling has saved Grayson $100,000

    INDEPENDENCE ― Recycling efforts over the past several years have added up in savings for Grayson County, with a positive impact to the county budget, as well as the environment.

    Steve Delp addressed the effects with the Grayson County Board of Supervisors during its March 9 meeting, before highlighting a series of events that are scheduled to assist the in safe disposal efforts.

  • Kindergartener making ribbons to help deputy's family

    When Bentley Anderson, 6, learned that his school’s former resource officer had died in the line of duty, the Gladeville Elementary kindergartener’s first thought was to help Deputy Curtis Bartlett’s family.

    “When he came to school, he always had a smile,” Anderson said of Bartlett on Wednesday. “He made sure all the kids were safe. He’d take his dog and walk it all around the school.”

  • End of Watch: Community says goodbye to deputy

    The one word echoed over and over again Wednesday at Curtis Bartlett’s funeral at First Baptist Church of Galax was “inspired.”

    The Carroll County Sheriff’s Department deputy, who was also a U.S. Army veteran and an elite athlete who served as a brand ambassador for RSP Nutrition, was clearly far more than the sum of his titles.

    The funeral was closed to media, but livestreamed over the church’s Facebook page, where videos of the event are still available.