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  • $20,000 in stolen items recovered

    ENNICE, N.C. — A North Carolina couple has been arrested and charged with a series of thefts at Walmart and Magic Mart in Galax and Lowe’s in Carroll County.

    According to a Galax Police Department report, the thefts occurred between February and May 29.

    Officer Terry Woods and Sgt. Shawny Jones were dispatched to the Galax Walmart after police received a complaint that the couple was suspected of shoplifting merchandise.

  • Officials discuss state of economy

    Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones told a gathering of local leaders economic development officials last week that, while the U.S. as a whole has generated more jobs than were lost in the recession, Virginia has yet to recoup its losses in employment.

    Jones was keynote speaker at the Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority’s annual Regional Economic Development Briefing on May 29 at the Crossroads Institute in Galax.

    Representatives of regional businesses and local elected officials attended the event.

  • Two fugitives arrested in Brush Creek

    Grayson and Carroll County deputies have captured two wanted fugitives, according to a report from the Grayson County Sheriff's office on Tuesday afternoon.

  • Court clerk's office audit finds problems

    HILLSVILLE — A state audit of the Carroll County Clerk of the Circuit Court’s office has turned up numerous issues that could reportedly lead to the loss of revenues, assets or compromise fiscal accountability.

    The audit showed that incorrectly classified, disbursed or miscoded funds totaled $250,000.

    The 10-page audit report is a public record that can be read online at www.apa.virginia.gov, and it includes a detailed response from Court Clerk Carolyn H. Honeycutt in regards to the findings.

  • Grayson gets more roads on VDOT plan

    INDEPENDENCE — The Virginia Department of Transportation received a bump in funding for several road projects in Grayson County for 2015, according to Wytheville Residency Administrator Jeff Russell.

  • Fries revisits master plan

    FRIES — Plans for a new Christian school in Fries have been put on hold, as the town re-examines its partnership with the Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority (BRCEDA) and the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD).

  • Crowder named Hillsville Citizen of the Month

    HILLSVILLE — Hillsville Town Council member David Young named Nelson Rufus Crowder as May’s Citizen of the Month at council’s May 12 meeting.

  • Beekeepers' warning: don't hinder swarming

    Since May and June are typical swarm months for honeybees, several Twin County residents are finding bee hives on their property.
    Bees can be perceived as a threat because of their sharp stingers, but local beekeepers and the Virginia Cooperative Extension are stressing how important these bees are to the ecosystem.

  • Bill endorses medical marijuana use

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) has introduced a bill, HR 4498, in the U.S. Congress that would have the federal government legally allow the states to move towards an appropriate use of medicinal marijuana.
    Griffith, whose 9th District includes Galax and the Twin Counties, said Virginia passed a medical marijuana statute for glaucoma and cancer treatment in 1979 in the anticipation that one day, federal law would allow it.

  • Galax City Council approves zoning requests

    At its May 12 meeting, Galax City Council voted to approve two zoning requests that had been reviewed and recommended by the planning commission.
    The first request was by the Elks Lodge, which asked that its property be rezoned from B-2 (General Business) to R-1 (Single Family Residential), per a proffer on a previous rezoning application.
    The property had been rezoned several years ago, when there was a possibility that a retail store was interested in buying it.