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  • 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.

  • Vehicle involved in missing teen case found in Troutdale

    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.

  • Man charged with eluding police on motorcycle

    HILLSVILLE — A Saltville man was arrested June 24 and charged with eluding law enforcement after wrecking his vehicle and allegedly speeding away from a Carroll County officer.

    Joey Michael Roark, 53, of Ridgeview Road in Saltville, was taken into custody for eluding law enforcement, a felony.

    According to a report from Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner, the sheriff’s office received a 911 call just after midnight on June 24, from a man who identified himself as Joey Roark.

  • Early market day a tough sell for town

    HILLSVILLE – The Hillsville VFW is ready to move forward with an Early Buyer Day during the organization’s annual Labor Day Flea Market, but town officials aren’t sold on the idea.

    Andrew Bowman, flea market manager for VFW Post #1115, told Hillsville Town Council at the June 22 meeting that he’d brought two separate requests for consideration.