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  • Stolen car chase ends in Grayson

    Staff Report

    ELK CREEK — A Wytheville man has been charged in a series of car thefts and a police chase that led officers from Wythe into Grayson County earlier this week.

  • Carroll receives resource officer grant

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner has announced that the sheriff’s office has received a school resource officer grant from the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services.

    Gardner said the grant was in the amount of $28,581, with a local match of $10,690 to be split between the sheriff’s office and the Carroll County School System for a total of $39,271.

  • Missing dog sought, best friend Piggy distraught

    LAUREL FORK — The story of a local dog gone missing went viral on social media this week, as neighbors and friends assisted efforts to reunite the canine with her family in Carroll County, and most notably, her bonded partner in crime: the family’s pet pig.

    The search for Stella, a boxer brindle mix, began Monday morning, after she disappeared from the family’s yard in Laurel Fork. Emily Goad, Stella’s owner, said she knew something was wrong when their pet pig, aptly named “Piggy,” went along with Stella, but came back alone.

  • Kaine talks national issues on Galax visit

    U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) stopped in at The Galax Smokehouse on Jan. 6 as part of what he called an “informal retail tour” of Southwest Virginia.

    While waiting for lunch with his wife, Anne Holton, formerly Virginia’s secretary of education, and three staffers, Kaine spoke briefly about what he has been doing in the Senate to help Southwest Virginia.

  • Hill, McCraw named new leaders on Carroll board

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Board of Supervisors elected new officers during an organizational meeting held Monday morning.

    Outgoing chairman Bob Martin nominated At-Large Supervisor Robbie McCraw for chairman and Sulphur Springs District Supervisor Rex Hill for vice-chairman and asked that they be elected by acclamation. The supervisors agreed and approved both nominations unanimously on separate votes.

  • Four Galax council seats up for election

    Staff Report

    Four seats on Galax City Council will be up for election this year.

    Any registered city voter wishing to qualify as a council member candidate for the May 1 general election should submit required candidacy forms and documents to the city’s director of elections and general registrar at 111 E. Grayson St., Room #102, no later than 7 p.m. on March 6.

    The seats that will be up for election are currently held by C.M. Mitchell, Willie Greene, Margo Crouse and John Garner.

  • Carroll house lost to fire

    A structure fire at 11:23 p.m. on Jan. 6 at a home on Danville Pike in Carroll County proved a total loss, but caused no death or injury, according to Hillsville Fire Chief Donnie Spangler.

    “The occupants weren’t home,” he said. “They had gone to visit family elsewhere.”

    Spangler said the home had experienced “a partial collapse already when we pulled up.” Nonetheless, firefighters managed to protect a barn and a few outbuildings from the blaze.

  • Man rescued after being pinned under large tree

    Staff Reports

    A man was flown to Wake Forest Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, N.C., after being pinned beneath a tree while cutting wood on Tuesday.

    First responders answered the call at about 1 p.m. on Blackberry Lane in Galax, according to Assistant Chief Mark Burnett of the Galax Volunteer Fire Department.

    Burnett, who was in charge of the extrication, said a large tree fell on the man, whom he declined to name, as he was cutting it for wood, trapping his leg.

  • Andrews to serve 2 years for tax fraud

    Staff Report

    ABINGDON – A Carroll County business owner, who paid some of his employees in

    cash to avoid paying taxes to the Internal Revenue Service and later lied in a bankruptcy proceeding, was sentenced Monday in federal court in Abingdon.

    Jones Keith Andrews, 62, of Galax, was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison and was ordered to pay the IRS restitution totaling $609,604, according to U.S. Attorney Rick A. Mountcastle.

  • Grayson honors schools' success

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors invited representatives of Baywood and Fairview elementaries to the December meeting to honor the schools for their recent accomplishments.

    Principal Mike Reavis of Baywood and Fairview schools and Director of Student Learning Susie Funk were present at the meeting to receive two honors on behalf of the schools. They were also joined by Del. Israel O’Quinn (R-5th District), who represents Grayson County.

    At the meeting, the board approved two proclamations in honor of the schools.