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  • County moves ahead with water projects

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Public Service Authority heard updates on several utility projects and chose new leaders at its Jan. 9 meeting.

    Jessica Montgomery, PSA executive director, said the authority is working to set up a meeting with Mount Airy, N.C., officials to discuss the possibility of purchasing water to supply the Cana-Meadowbrook area. She said it could involve an extension of the city’s water system along the U.S. 52 corridor.

  • Six seek Republican nomination in Carroll

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    HILLSVILLE — Six Republican candidates have filed for the Carroll County Board of Supervisors election to be held Nov. 7, including a candidate with the same name as a supervisor currently serving.

    Three seats are open this year on the board of supervisors and three on the Carroll County School Board. Terms are for four years.

    The filing deadline for Republican supervisor candidates was noon Monday.

  • TCRH implements new flu visitation guidelines

    Staff Report

    Twin County Regional Hospital is taking precautions to minimize the spread of flu-like illnesses, according to a report issued by Martha Cole, TCRH’s marketing director.

    “The health of our community is very important to us,” said Susan Cox, the hospital’s infection prevention coordinator. “The flu increases the risk of severe complications to patients with other illnesses, especially in individuals who are receiving cancer treatments, or whose immune systems may be compromised.”

  • Bogeys closing after 11 years

    Bogeys Restaurant, after changing hands and seeing periods of success and struggle since August 2005 when it first opened, is closing again, this time permanently

    At the end of shift on Saturday, the popular Galax eatery will close its doors. A new owner plans to re-open soon, with a new name and concept.

    Bogeys is located at the corner of Glendale Road and Country Club Lane.

  • Galax employment office moving

    The Virginia Employment Commission office in Galax will be moving to a new location from Jan. 25-27 and will re-open Jan. 30 as usual, according to VEC Communications Manager Joyce Fogg.

    The new location will be in Suite 167 at the Crossroads Institute in Galax, said Fogg from Richmond during a phone interview on Monday.

  • Treasurer proposes change to delinquent property sales

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors received a proposal this month to ensure that the county’s policy to put real estate up auction aligns with the Code of Virginia.

    Grayson County Treasurer Kelly Haga approached the board at the Jan. 12 meeting to present the proposal, which would shorten the time frame for delinquent taxes to be paid off before homes are sold at auction.

  • Two file to run for Fancy Gap supervisor

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    HILLSVILLE — Two candidates have filed for the Fancy Gap District seat in the Nov. 7 election for the Carroll County Board of Supervisors.

    According to information provided by the Carroll County General Registrar’s office last Friday, only two candidates have filed, Greg Spencer and Ronnie Collins.

  • Suspects who took dog from shelter still at large

    Staff Reports

    Police are still looking for two suspects in conjunction with the theft of a pit bull from the Galax-Carroll-Grayson Animal Shelter on Jan. 11 at around 10:30 p.m., according to Galax Police Capt. James Cox.

  • County interviewing administrator candidates

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors has received 33 applications from people in 15 states (and one foreign country) to fill the vacant county administrator position.

    Supervisors Chairwoman Brenda Sutherland provided an update on the progress of the board’s search this week. “We’ve made it through our first round of interviews, and we are now working on the second round. We are a team, and everybody has been involved in this process,” she said, referring to the five board members.

  • Police find cause of explosion

    Investigators have identified a butane honey oil (BHO) lab as the cause of an explosion at a Carroll County home last week, which cracked walls and foundations, blew out windows and sent one man to the hospital with serious injuries.

    In a BHO lab, the chemical THC is extracted from marijuana using butane. The butane is evaporated, leaving behind a waxy resin, but filling the air with highly flammable and explosive butane.