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  • New state laws took effect July 1

    New state laws took effect on July 1, covering everything from social media, campus sexual assault and medical marijuana to public breastfeeding, police drones and Virginia’s official song.

    The laws were passed by the 2015 session of the Virginia General Assembly. Some of the new laws include:

    Traffic

    General Assembly amended state code to increase safety provisions for traffic management vehicles, bicyclists, postal vehicles, and refuse-collection vehicles, among other initiatives.

  • N.C. 89 reopens after curve removal

    A scenic road in Surry County, N.C., is safer after road workers removed a dangerous curve near the Lowgap area south of Galax.
    The road links Mount Airy, N.C., to the Blue Ridge Parkway and is the main route between Galax and Mount Airy.
    The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) set up a 40-mile marked detour between Lowgap and the Virginia border last month, so workers could connect the existing highway to the new stretch.

  • Galax police investigate overdose, grand larceny cases

    Galax police officers dealt with two drug cases in the past week, one involving an overdose and another that resulted in grand larceny charges.

    According to a Galax Police Department report, two Galax women face drug charges after a reported drug overdose.

    On June 26, Officer Trevor Jefferson was dispatched to a report of an unresponsive female at a residence in the city, along with Galax-Grayson EMS.

  • Search continues for missing teen

    SMYTH COUNTY — The search for a runaway teenage girl from Tennessee and the convicted Georgia sex offender she is traveling with has led authorities into Smyth County after the two reportedly abandoned a vehicle in Troutdale last week.

    An Amber Alert went out for Hayleigh Cheyenne Wilson, 14, of Hawkins County, Tenn., last week, after Wilson reportedly left her home the night of June 22 to meet a man she had been in contact with online. Authorities say the man is 41-year-old Benjamin Joseph “Ben” Shook, a known sex offender.

  • Grayson approves road plan

    INDEPENDENCE — Five roads have been added to the Virginia Department of Transportation’s six-year plan for Grayson County.

    Wytheville Residency Administrator Jeff Russell presented the plan for the Grayson County Board of Supervisors’ approval at the June 24 meeting. New proposed additions to the plan included Gold Hill Road (Virginia 711), Crestwood Drive (Virginia 799), Church View Road (Virginia 717), Petty Road (Virginia 619) and Spencers Branch Road (Virginia 797).

  • Show goes on after fiddlers' convention struck by storm

    ELK CREEK — The Elk Creek Fiddlers’ Convention was interrupted last weekend, when a storm ripped up tents and destroyed trees in the area during the celebration.

    The Elk Creek Fire Department, which hosts the event each year, reported several tree limbs, awnings and tents were blown around during the storm. One vehicle received minor damage, but power was never lost and no one was seriously injured.

  • Governor McAuliffe Announces 20 New Jobs in Carroll County

    HILLSVILLE — CWW Conveyor Systems will invest $2 million to expand its operation in Hillsville, creating 20 new jobs.

    Gov. Terry McAuliffe made the announcement on Tuesday.

    The company, which supplies conveyor systems for the mining industry, operated as part of Caterpillar Global Mining America until March 2015, when CWW was created as a new, independent entity to serve the United States, Mexico and Canada.

  • Grayson balances budget without tax increase

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County supervisors were all smiles during their June 24 meeting, as a list of positive reports set an upbeat tone for the evening.

    The board took care of several financial matters, including a review of the county’s Fiscal Year 2016 Capital Improvement Plan, budget reallocations from Fiscal Year 2015, and the adoption of the county’s 2016 budget.

  • Dudley enters race for at-large supervisor seat

    INDEPENDENCE — Don Dudley has announced his candidacy for Grayson County Supervisor At Large in this year’s November general election.

    Dudley and his wife, Vicki, have resided and worked in Grayson County since 1965. Their children attended Grayson County Public Schools from kindergarten through 12th grade.

    “We fully support the school system,” Dudley said in an email.

  • Three injured in Glendale crash

    A single-vehicle wreck caused by intoxication left three people with minor injuries on June 19, according to police.

    Galax Police Capt. James Cox said the crash was at 10:32 p.m. on Glendale Road in the city.

    A 1999 Saturn SC1 operated by Donald Eric Trotter, 48, of Galax, was traveling west on Glendale between Larkspur Lane and Cliffview Road, when the vehicle went off the right side of the highway and struck a utility pole, Cox said.