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  • Car hits home of chief's parents

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — A New York driver was charged with reckless driving and other offenses on March 22, after reportedly fleeing police at a traffic stop and leading a chase into Hillsville.

    The chase ended when the driver crashed into an outbuilding, followed by a neighboring house belonging to Don and Glenda Yonce — Hillsville Police Chief Wesley Yonce’s parents.

  • Grayson looks at changes to property sales

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County Treasurer Kelly Haga returned to the Board of Supervisors this month to finalize discussions on the county’s policy of putting real estate up for auction.

    Following a discussion between Haga and the supervisors, the board passed a new ordinance to shorten the time frame from five years of delinquency to three years — two years after properties become delinquent, plus an additional year after a lien has been placed.

  • No evidence of widespread voter fraud in Virginia

    Landmark News Service

    Can someone who isn’t an American citizen illegally register and vote in Virginia’s elections? Yes.

    Can a felon whose rights haven’t been restored vote undetected in Virginia? Yes.

    Can someone be registered to vote in Virginia and another state and illegally cast ballots in both places? Yes.

    State and local election officials acknowledge all those crimes can happen in the Old Dominion because the state’s voter rolls aren’t airtight.

  • Child injured in accidental shooting

    Staff Report

    CANA – A Carroll County girl was shot on Tuesday evening and the incident is currently under investigation.

    According to a news release from Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner, deputies were called to a residence in the 8000 block of Wards Gap Road in Cana on March 21 at 10:06 p.m. for a reported accidental gunshot.

    Deputy Jake Worrell responded to the scene and found a 9-year-old female that had been shot through the right arm. The child also appeared to have injuries to her left hand, the release said.

  • Student from Galax makes medical breakthrough

    Julian Elmasry, 18, of Galax, pre-med scholar at the University of Virginia and son of local physician Dr. Medhat Elmasry, seems to have medical wisdom in his blood.

    Now, after a lot of hard work and several failed attempts, Elmasry has figured out how to use his wisdom to keep blood fresh longer, by developing a new kind of test tube, profiled briefly in “Popular Mechanics” and taking him all the way to the International Science Fair in Phoenix, Ariz.

  • 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.