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  • County offers tax relief to seniors, veterans, disabled

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County is offering two tax relief programs that benefit local veterans, the elderly and the disabled.

    At the April meeting of the Grayson Board of Supervisors, Commissioner of the Revenue Larry Bolt talked about the county’s real estate tax relief program for the elderly and disabled. Passing around a handout for the program, Bolt explained that his office provides an initial questionnaire to the public, to give citizens an opportunity to see if they may qualify.

  • Firefighters extinguish blaze at unoccupied house

    Staff Report

    FRIES — Fries and Galax firefighters battled a fully involved structure fire at an unoccupied building in Fries on Monday morning.

    According to a report from Chief Chad Stanley, the Fries Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire on Barbershop Lane at 3:42 a.m. on April 17. Upon arrival, the department found a one-story, unoccupied house that was fully engulfed.

  • Car hits Galax bank

    No injuries occurred on Wednesday around 2 p.m. when a car crashed into the glass foyer of BB&T on East Stuart Drive in Galax, according to the Galax Police Department.

    The incident left the lobby temporarily closed.

    Sgt. Mark Burnett said that an elderly man reported that he pulled into a parking space directly in front of the entrance when the brakes on his car, a Ford Lumina, failed. The crash caused the metal frame of the foyer to buckle at and around the point of impact, and two panes of glass to shatter.

  • Galax arrests include felony larceny, drug possession

    Two people are charged with felony larceny for a break-in in Galax last week.

    According to a Galax Police Department report, Sgt. Mark Burnett and officers John Reavis and Tyler Houk responded to a report of suspicious activity on Mill Street.

    “While they were investigating, Houk observed three individuals flee from a residence in an obvious attempt to avoid detection,” Chief Rick Clark. said. “He gave chase and ultimately detained the three after a short foot chase.”

  • 10 Carroll roads set for improvement

    HILLSVILLE – Ten roads in Carroll County should receive improvements this year, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation’s proposed six-year road plan.

    Representatives from VDOT were present at the April 10 meeting of the Carroll County Board of Supervisors to discuss the plan and hold a public hearing on road improvements in the county.

  • Crash flips vehicle onto parked car

    HILLSVILLE – A wreck in Hillsville on Tuesday sent one woman to the hospital and caused significant damage after her car flipped over upside down onto a parked vehicle.

    The accident occurred shortly after noon at 300 North Main Street in Hillsville.

  • Independence apartment fire investigated

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — The Independence Volunteer Fire Department responded to a structure fire in the former Ogle’s Restaurant building Saturday.

    According to a report from the fire department, the department arrived at the building on South Independence Avenue on April 15 at 11:47 p.m. At the scene, firefighters discovered flames coming out of two windows on the second floor of the building.

  • Enrollment down at WCC

    Enrollment at Wytheville Community College has dropped slightly from last year – 2,359 as opposed to the previous 2,434, WCC President Dr. Dean Sprinkle said in his annual report to Galax City Council.

    At the April 10 council meeting, Sprinkle said 225 students this year are from Galax, compared to 240 the year before; and 70 Galax High School students took dual enrollment classes for college credit, down from 74 last year.

  • Advice you can take to the bank

    INDEPENDENCE ― In today’s economy, having money often isn’t enough.

    Being able to manage what you have is the key, and a new service in the Twin Counties has empowered an agent to help people stabilize and improve their finances.

    Family and Consumer Sciences Agent Demi Sexton, an employee of the Virginia Cooperative Extension, provides financial planning services for residents of Grayson and Carroll counties and the city of Galax through a new position was created by a partnership between Extension and United Way of Southwest Virginia.

  • Hicks charged with multiple break-ins

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — An Independence man was charged in connection with multiple break-ins last week, when a deputy responded to a residence where a suspect had reportedly gained entry.

    Timothy James Hicks, 34, of 2875 Riverside Drive, was charged with three counts of breaking and entering, trespassing and destruction of property.

    According to Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan, Deputy Seth Cutshall responded to reports of a break-in in progress at Eagle Bottom Road in Fries on April 11 at approximately 6:15 a.m.